Category: Classes

Nursery

Week Ending Friday 13th July

Here we are with just one week left of the school year, we really can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! It has been an absolute privilege to work in Nursery this year and to have the opportunity to work alongside such lovely, bubbly children and to get to know all of the parents. For those children who are moving to Reception, we wish you lots of luck and for those of you who are returning to us in September we look forward to having you back with us as the new Nursery big boys and girls.

We will finish school at normal time next Friday (20th July) and Nursery re-opens on Wednesday 5th September for our returning children. New starters to Nursery will start the following week depending on which days children are attending.

Over the summer parents may wish to continue to practise numbers 0-10 and the sounds that we have learnt so far as well as name practise. More importantly please have lots of fun during the holidays and make lots of memories, the children have worked so hard all year and they have earned their summer break.

Week Ending Friday 6th July

This week we have had a fun filled sports week, please see the pictures below of our ‘Splash and Fun’ morning and the other events that we have taken part in this week.

We are fast approaching the end of the current school year. From next week we will be collecting reading bags in ready to audit our reading books over the summer break. Please return any reading bags/books that you have at home.

The beautiful weather seems to be here to stay (at least for another week!). I cant remember the last time we had a summer term this hot and sunny. The children are coping really well with the heat but please, please make sure that your child is as comfortable and safe as they can be by providing a water bottle, suncream and sun hat. Some of our children are still attending Nursery without these items and whilst we endeavour to keep all of our children safe it is very difficult to do this in this weather if they don’t have these items. Suncreams are kept in the basket inside the Nursery classroom, please check your own child’s suncream to ensure they have enough for next week, if there is no name on the bottle ask a member of staff to write your child’s name on. We have 45 children on our register and although you may recognise your child’s suncream we have no way of identifying which bottle belongs to which child!

Our school summer fair is tomorrow 12-2.00. Please come along and support us (even if only for an hour before the football starts!)

Please have a safe and enjoyable weekend, the Nursery staff will have everything crossed tomorrow for the England match!!!!

Sports Week

This year for our sports activity, Nursery are hosting a ‘Splash and Fun’ event. There will be lots of water play and outdoor equipment. Children are welcome to either bring or come to Nursery in swimming/wet play clothes and appropriate footwear (nothing that will be damaged if wet). Please send children with a change of clothes and a towel in a clearly labelled bag for after the fun! Parents are welcome to attend and participate in the fun. The event starts at 10.30am and will finish at 11. We will provide children with an ice lolly as part of the fun therefore, if your child has any allergies not already known to school please let us know ASAP.

Week Ending Friday 15th June

A quick reminder for parents who have a child due to move to Reception in September, the transition dates for those children are Monday 25th June, Tuesday 26th June and Wednesday 27th June. If you have not already done so, please return the reply slip to Miss Grant to confirm that your child will or will not be participating.

We have had another reported case of scarlet fever in Nursery, please be vigilant and if your child appears to be unwell check symptoms online via the NHS website.

Mrs Brown reported in the most recent newsletter that the school lost property box is very full and that any items in there will be disposed of imminently if not claimed. If your child has misplaced something I highly recommend that you check if it is in there. The school lost property box is located in the school main entrance area. Our Nursery lost property box is also very full, please check in it for misplaced items, before the end of the summer term we will also clear it out and either dispose of its contents or take them to a charity shop.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

Week Ending Friday 8th June

This week we have started our ‘Pirates’ topic. We have been learning about some famous pirates and doing lots of fun pirate activities such as making treasure maps, going on treasure hunts and exploring buried treasure.

Next Wednesday 13th June is our ‘Stay and Play’ session for any children due to start Nursery in September. Please sign in at the main entrance, the session starts at 9.30. For all our other children the day will remain as normal.

On Thursday is the PTA Father’s Day sale. Children will be able to purchase a gift for their Father. Payments for gifts must be made in advance (all gifts are priced the same) and can be made online via TUCASI. Please be aware that payments must be made before Thursday and unfortunately we CANNOT accept cash payments on the day.

Homework this week is to tell a grown up what you have learnt about Pirates and ask them to upload your comments to your online learning journey.

Have an enjoyable and safe weekend!

Week Ending Friday 25th May

We finish school today for the May half term break, school will re-open on Monday 4th June.

We have had lots of fun this half term learning all about Kings and Queens and Under the Sea. Here are some pictures of our achievements and hard work…..

We hope you have a happy, safe and fun filled half term break!

Charity Day 2018

This Friday is our annual Charity Day, organised by Year 6 this is a fun filled day that all the children can take part in and raise money for charity. Please click on the link below to read further details of the day.

Charity Day 2018

Week Ending Friday 18th May

This week we have continued with our ‘Under the Sea’ topic. In cookery we made starfish biscuits and in the finger gym we have been adding tentacles onto jellyfish to make the right number. We have finished our 3D rainbow fish which are hanging in the Nursery class window and we have been writing our names on fish for a display.

Next Friday 25th May we break up for our May half term. We return to school on Monday 4th June.

A reminder for any parents who have not yet returned a preference form for your child’s session in Nursery September 2018. The deadline for this is Friday 25th May.

We have been enjoying some lovely weather this week and hopefully this will continue after the May break. If you have not already done so please send sun cream into school clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Every Friday we put our Nursery lost property outside the classroom, the box is becoming quite full! Please check if your child has misplaced anything as it may be in the box. If your child does not attend Nursery on a Friday the lost property is always available for checking and is kept under the snack table.

Have an enjoyable weekend and if you do anything to celebrate the Royal Wedding please upload it to your child’s SPTO.

Friday 4th May

We have had a very busy and exciting week in Nursery. Our wedding celebration on Thursday was a lovely occasion and the children and staff really enjoyed it and today we have celebrated Star Wars Day. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of our parents for making such an effort to help the children participate in these events I appreciate what busy lives we all lead but I can promise you that the children have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Monday 7th May is Bank Holiday Monday so Nursery will be closed.

All children should by now have brought home a letter and preference form for which sessions you would like them to attend in September (if returning to Nursery). Please check your child’s bag and lunch box if you have not yet seen this.

If your child has a packed lunch could parents please put this on the lunch trolly in the morning. If your child has started to bring themselves into Nursery please remind them as they are coming through the door to put their lunch box on the trolly. We have had some tears in the lunch room recently when children cannot see their lunch box! If you are returning a letter/preference form to Nursery please hand this to a member of staff to ensure we have received it as we do not check the children’s bags on a daily basis.

Have a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend everybody and don’t forget if you do something exciting please upload it to your child’s learning journey.

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Just a reminder about our Royal Wedding on Thursday. If your child attends Nursery on a Thursday morning and they have not given you their invitation please let us know so we can give you further details of what they need to wear/bring to the wedding.

Star Wars Day!

For any of our parents who are fans themselves you will be aware that this Friday (May 4th) is Star Wars Day. Lots of our children (and staff) are fans so we will be celebrating by wearing our star wars t-shirts/jumpers/pyjamas/costumes etc. You can also send them in dressed in any space themed clothes.

Next Year

We are starting to prepare for next year. All children should be bringing home a letter allowing you to make preferences for which sessions they will complete from September. Please check bags and lunch boxes for this letter as it contains a slip that you will need to complete and return!

Week Ending Friday 27th April

This week we have continued with our topic ‘Queens and Kings’. As part of our learning next week we will be celebrating the Royal wedding by hosting our own ‘EYFS’ wedding. The children in Nursery will all be guests attending the wedding and will bring home an invitation. We are asking the Nursery children to dress appropriately for the wedding in smart party clothes. For homework this week all children are being invited to bring in party food to contribute to the wedding celebration. Details of this will be on your child’s invite. If you have any questions please see a member of the Nursery staff.

Any children who are returning to Nursery in September will shortly bring home a preference form allowing you to choose your child’s sessions for the next school year. Please complete these ASAP and return to a member of the Nursery Staff.

 

 

Week Ending Friday 20th April

Welcome back everybody! We hope that you had a very enjoyable Easter break? We have begun this half term with our topic ‘Kings and Queens’. This week we have been building castles in the construction area and decorating crowns in the finger gym. We listened to the Nursery rhyme all about the Queen of Hearts and made jam tarts in our cookery session.

Next week we will continue with this topic. Homework this week is to bring a shoe box into Nursery next week in order that we can complete a creative activity.

At the risk of counting chickens before they hatch, please be mindful of the warmer weather conditions. Children can bring sun cream into school in a labelled bottle. Please talk to your child about the importance of not allowing their friends to use their sun cream and let your child have a practise of putting it on themselves. In Nursery, children are given a sun cap to wear in the outdoor area. If you require them to wear a cap to walk to and from school please put this in their bag once you have arrived at Nursery. This prevents confusion for the children when we ask them to put a hat on to go in the outdoor area.

A very special welcome to our new friends who have joined Nursery this week.

Week Ending Friday 23rd March

This week we have had a reported case of chicken pox in Nursery and scarlet fever in Reception. Please be vigilant, unfortunately we are now in chicken pox season and as you are aware germs and bugs love Nursery children! I can tell you from personal experience that chicken pox often starts with a high temperature and tantrums! the spots usually appear 1 or 2 days later.

Our phonics update for you includes

‘i’- down his body dot for his head

‘n’- down Nobby over his net

I have put a poster on the Nursery door with all of the rhymes and letter formation if you would like to take a look (or a photograph).

You may have noticed that we have started to put water bottles/lost property outside the classroom at the end of the day. Please check in the box before sending your child back into the setting to look for items. A reminder to parents of our packed lunch children to please include a drink in your child’s lunchbox that is separate from their classroom water bottle. The majority of our parents are now doing this, it is much easier for the children rather than having to remember to take their classroom water bottle to the lunch room as well as their lunch box. This also avoids water bottle being left in the club room and inconveniencing yourselves at the end of the school day by having to go and hunt for them!

We finish next Thursday for the Easter holidays and we will return to Nursery on Monday 16th April. The spring term has gone really quickly! We have had a lovely time in Nursery and it is a pleasure to see how much the children have grown and developed in over the last 12 weeks. We wish you all a happy and enjoyable Easter and hope you get to enjoy lots of chocolates and tasty treats!

 

 

Week Ending Friday 16th March

This week we have been listening to the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. On Thursday we wrote our own version of the story ‘The Very Hungry Early Years Children’ please read our story below:

The Very Hungry Early Years Children

Next week we will continue with ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story’. Homework this week is to talk about the story with a grown up. Please upload to SPTO any comments that your child makes. If they would like to they could draw/paint the hungry caterpillar and again parents can upload them to SPTO.

After the Easter break we would like the children to bring themselves into Nursery in the morning. It is important that they start to develop their independence particularly for our older children who will be making the transition to Reception in September. Please start to prepare your child for this over the next couple of weeks. If they do not already, encourage them to hang their own coat up, put their water bottle on the table themselves and put their own book bag in the reading boxes.

Week Ending Friday 9th February

This week we have continued to learn about the farm and the names of the animal babies. We have started to learn the days of the week and next week we will continue with this. Homework this week is to practise  the week. Please try this at home with your child and record their achievements in SPTO.

Many thanks to those parents who attended parents evening this week. As always I welcome any ideas and comments from our parents and a few of you requested more information about our phonics. Therefore please find below a list of the sounds that we have learnt so far and the story of that sound. The story of the sound helps the child to remember the formation of the letter. If you need any other information please just let me know!

‘m’-Maisie, mountain, mountain.

‘a’-Round the apple, down the leaf.

‘s’-Slither down the snake.

‘d’- Round his bottom, up his tall neck, down to his toes.

‘t’- Down the tower, across the tower.

World Book Day Competition:

World book Day Competition sheet 2018

Week Ending Friday 16th February

We break up on Friday 16th February for our half term, Nursery will re-open on Monday 26th February.

World Book Day is Thursday 1st March. This year we will be celebrating in school by completing an ‘Extreme Reading’ challenge. Children are invited to read a book in a very unusual (but safe) place. Parents can photograph their child completing extreme reading and submit it to school. I would encourage parents to share with your child your favourite book from when you were little or maybe ask your child what their favourite book is. Please upload any comments to SPTO.

Cookery!

As you are aware we have cookery every Thursday in Nursery. Due to Mrs Spencer’s commitment elsewhere in the school, from next half term we will no longer be cooking on a Thursday afternoon. If your child only attends on a Thursday afternoon please see a member of the Nursery team so that we can arrange for any cookery money already paid to be transferred to another account eg. mini dinners, toast, 30 hour provision etc.

Packed Lunches

Please can parents include in your child’s lunch box a drink that is separate from their water bottle. Many of our packed lunch children do not have a drink in their lunch box and therefore when we move to the lunch room they are without a drink as their water bottle has been left in Nursery. We have also noticed the volume of food that some children have in their lunchbox which means they are spending all of their lunch break trying to plough through its contents. If you would like further ideas, please click on the link below.

https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/childhealth6-15/Pages/Lighterlunchboxes.aspx

.

Week Ending Friday 9th February

This week we have continued with our learning all about traditional tales. We have looked at the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears today and this afternoon we have been tasting different flavoured porridge.

We are very sad that today is Miss Trigg’s last day in Nursery with us. We have really enjoyed having her here and the children have loved all of the exciting activities that she has planned. We wish her lots of luck as she moves onto her next teaching placement, they are very lucky to be getting her as an associate teacher.

In our phonics this week we have been learning ‘a’. Homework this weekend is to find one thing in your house or the local area that starts with ‘a’, one that starts with ‘s’ and one that starts with ‘m’. Please upload your child’s homework to their online learning journey along with a comment on how they found the activity.

 

Next Friday we break up for our February half term. School is closed for one week and will reopen on Monday 26th February.

Next week we will be celebrating Chinese New Year!

 

Monday 5th February

We are well into our Spring term now and have welcomed our new starters into Nursery. Therefore I would like to do a quick update/reminder of our arrangements for drop offs and collections from Nursery and some other useful information. All Nursery parents should have received a text and email last week regarding issues with parking in the school car park. Unfortunately despite many reminders, Nursery parents/carers are continuing to do this. The school car park is for staff parking, adults dropping children at school are welcome to use the drop off zone for breakfast club drop off and afterschool club collection however, at ANY other time during the school day (including lunchtime collections for our morning children), adults MUST NOT park in the staff car park or drop off zone. Senior leaders will be monitoring parking over the next few weeks and will be taking registration numbers of any vehicle not abiding to our parking guidelines.

 

Cookery

Parents who use our afterschool club provision on a Thursday are politely requested to check with the afterschool club staff if their child has any cookery items to take home from Nursery that day. Our afterschool club staff work incredibly hard however it can be extremely difficult for them to keep track of any individual items that need to be given out as pupils are collected at all different times during the afternoon/evening. They would greatly appreciate you checking with them as you sign your child out.

Week Ending Friday 2nd February.

This week we have been learning all about ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and next week we will be learning about ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ as part of our Traditional Tales topic. Please ask your child to tell you anything they can about either of the stories or any of the characters and upload it to SPTO so that it can contribute to their learning journey.

As we are learning about ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ next week and it is Miss Triggs last day, we will be having our own Teddy Bears picnic on Friday the 9th February. The HOMEWORK is for the children to bring in their own Teddy Bear for the day. At our Teddy Bears picnic we will be trying lots of different porridge. If your child has any allergies or you do not wish for your child to take part in this, please let a member of staff know.

We have also been learning all about different shapes this week and trying to recreate them so please encourage your children to recognise shapes both within your homes, or when out and about.

As some of you may or may not know, next week is Mental Health Week. In Nursery, we will be doing work with the children around their emotions and feelings and their Social and Emotional Development.

 

Week Ending Friday 19th January

Please read the information below regarding our supporting of a local charity. The Nursery children will be preparing food for the homeless on Wednesday of this week however we are still desperately short of plastic food containers. If you are out and about and spot any we would be incredibly grateful of the donation to enable us to package up the food.

This week we have been learning about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and next week we will be moving on to ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Please ask your child to tell you all about the story and characters and anything that they say you can upload to SPTO in order to contribute to their online learning journey.

 

We are very lucky this half term to be joined by Miss Trigg, she is our associate teacher from Liverpool John Moores Unviersity and is here to complete her phase 2b placement.

 

As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook. Each month a different class will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Mini-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the class teacher when your child will be cooking.  In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s class teacher.

 

Many thanks for your support

 

Mrs Toal

 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break, it is lovely to see the children again ready now to tackle the spring term!

A very special welcome to all of our new parents and children, we hope that you are coping well with your little one starting Nursery and please remember that we are here to support you as much as the children. You should be receiving your log in details very shortly (if not already) for Tucasi (school payment system) and for School Pupil Tracker Online (SPTO). This is the electronic system that we use to track and monitor pupils assessments and progress. You can log in at anytime as a parent to see what your child has achieved so far and to contribute to their online learning journey.

If your child attends Nursery on Thursday and you would like them to participate in our cookery activities, you can pay for this on the Tucasi system at a cost of £1 per half term. This half term we are cooking delicious treats from around the UK.

Our topic this half term is ‘Traditional Tales from home and around the world’. We will start with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ next week. Therefore for HOMEWORK this week please share the story with your child however you wish to (book, online story, telling the story in your own words).

Next week EYFS children will be helping to prepare meals for the homeless. You should hopefully have received some information about this already via the school office. We are kindly asking for a donation of £1 towards the cost of this very important cause. If you wish to make a donation again, this can be paid via the Tucasi system. I would like to thank parents in advance for your support.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year from all the Nursery staff. Please enjoy yourselves and have a wonderful break with the children. We are back in school on Tuesday 9th January (Monday is an Inset day).

Nursery Carols around the Christmas Tree

Thank you to everyone who was able to come and watch the children sing their Christmas songs today, they all looked very festive in their Christmas Jumpers and costumes.

 

Christmas Cards

Recent changes to safeguarding guidelines mean that we are no longer allowed to give out lists of children’s names even with the surname removed. Therefore if you would like to send Christmas cards to your child’s friends can I politely request that you instead write a card to the whole class and we will display them in the Nursery class window? We will read out any cards to the class at register time.

Updates This Week!

We have been informed by the local authority that approximately 40% of Wirral families have not yet submitted their application form for their child to start Reception class in September 2018. As some of you may be aware, over the last 3 years we have seen an increased number of children not being offered a place in their first choice of primary school. To avoid any disappointment please ensure that you have submitted your choices to the local authority ASAP. The closing date is January 15th however I strongly advise that you complete the form sooner rather than later. If you require any advice please feel free to speak to a member of the Nursery staff.

Week Ending 08/12/17

We have started to decorate our Christmas cakes, please be aware that they don’t have a long shelf life like traditional Christmas cake does so please enjoy them on the day they come home.

Our ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’ celebration is next Friday. A quick reminder that if your child does not normally attend Nursery on a Friday, please bring them for 10.45 in preparation for the performance at 11. All parents who ordered tickets should now have them, if you havn’t please see a member of the Nursery staff. Children are invited to wear either a donkey, reindeer or Father Christmas costume. If you are unable to get hold of these then any Christmas character will do!

Homework this week is yet again to practise our Christmas songs ready for the performance next week.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend and good luck with the Christmas shopping!

Week Ending 01/12/17

‘Songs Around The Christmas Tree’

The closing date for ordering tickets for our Christmas performance is next Friday the 8th December. If you havn’t already done so please ask a member of staff if you would like tickets.

Homework for this week is to continue to practise the songs for the Christmas performance. Links to these can be found further down on the Nursery page.

Our Christmas cakes are well under way.The children have been working hard in our cookery sessions to make the cakes and stir their wish into it! Next week we will start to decorate our cakes. If your child attends Nursery on a Thursday or if they are in the Reception class, please send into school a small Christmas cake topper in a clearly labelled bag or envelope that they can use to decorate their cake. Please be aware when buying a cake topper that each child’s cake is approximately the size of a large bar of soap so the cake topper will need to fit on this. Your child could also use sugar craft decorations such as the ones below.

Polite Request

We have noticed recently that more and more of our children are being dropped off later than usual ie/ after the bell has gone but before 8.55am. Whereas this does not present a problem in terms of children getting their morning mark, it does have consequences in that it can be very disruptive to our children who are already in Nursery. Unfortunately, some of our parents are entering the Nursery classroom very loudly and actually having conversations with other parents whilst staff are trying to settle the children and register them. If you happen to enter the classroom and the children are already seated on the carpet please be mindful of the effect this disturbance can have on the children. This is also a safeguarding issue in that if the environment is noisy, staff may miss a child responding to their name as the register is taken particularly as we are very little and have quiet voices. We politely request that if you are slightly later than normal, please bring your child in quietly and say a quick goodbye. Any conversations that need to be had with other parents and carers should be conducted outside of the classroom as you exit the school premises. Unfortunately if this continues, we may have to request that parents leave children at the Nursery door and do not enter the classroom at all in the mornings. Thank you.

 

Week Ending 24/11/17

This week we have been learning all about 2-D shapes.

Homework this week is to ask your child to find 2-D shapes around the house, see if they can spot them in the environment and please upload a comment to SPTO.

We are taking bookings for our ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’. Please let a member of staff know if you would like 1 or 2 tickets for the performance, there is no charge for these.

We started our learning about winter this week. Mrs Embery bought in a suitcase of holiday clothes and we had to decide if she was going on a summer or a winter holiday. Please talk to your child about what clothes we wear in winter and why.

Art Exhibition 23/11/17

Please find below details of the Art Exhibition along with order forms that you can download and complete prior to the exhibition or complete and bring along tomorrow evening.

Nursery children have been working very hard, you can see a sneak preview of our masterpieces here…….

Art Exhibition Letter 2

Art Exhibition Letter order form 2

 

Week Ending 17/11/17

Next week we will be starting our new topic, ‘Winter’. We will be making igloos in our construction area and in the finger gym. We will be building snowmen in the playdough area and reading stories about winter and arctic animals.

Our Christmas performance ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’ will take place on Friday 15th December at 11.00am. If your child normally attends Nursery on a Friday morning please bring them in at normal time. All other children are invited to join in, please bring them to the main office for 10.45 ready for the performance at 11.00. Following the performance we will serve coffee and mince pies for adults, morning children can be collected or taken home at 11.45 as normal and children who stay for the afternoon will go for their lunch at 12.00 as normal. Please click on the links below to take you to the songs that we will be singing this year, you can encourage your child to practise these at home. We thought it would be lovely to have our children dressed up as either a donkey, Father Christmas or a reindeer for the performance.

Little Donkey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVQPmtjHzh4

When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM6mDRhKAcA

 

We can accommodate 2 adults per child to watch our performance, there is no charge for the Nursery performance.

Homework this week is to follow the links and have a practise of our Christmas songs!

Children in Need 2017

This Friday is Children in Need. As part of our mixed afternoon, children will be invited to decorate a plain biscuit. If you would rather your child does not participate please see a member of Nursery or Reception staff. If you have any allergy concerns regarding your child again, please see a member of staff before Thursday to discuss your concerns. As mentioned in the latest school newsletter it is also a non-uniform day and cash donations are welcomed to support the charity.

Week Ending 10/11/17

This week we have been learning all about Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and then used puppets to re tell the story in the small world and masks to re tell the story outside. We have made diva lamps and we are now decorating them to make them look beautiful. We have coloured Rangoli patterns and in our messy play area we made Rangoli patterns in the brightly coloured sand. In the finger gym we have been threading beads to make a new necklace for Sita.

Next week we will continue our learning about Diwali.

Homework this week is to tell an adult all about Diwali. You could tell them the story of Rama and Sita or you can tell them how Diwali is celebrated. Ask an adult to upload what you have told them to your online learning journey on SPTO.

Please have a safe, enjoyable and happy weekend!

Week Ending 03/11/17

This week our Nursery themes have been Halloween and Bonfire Night. We have been dressing up as scary skeletons and making scary tissue paper Mummies. We have also made some fireworks paintings and chocolate apples!

Next week we will start our topic on Diwali. We will be listening to the story of Rama and Sita and using puppets to retell the story to our friends. We will also be making Diva lamps and decorating them.

Homework this week is to watch the fireworks (either in real life or on YouTube etc) and tell your grown up all about what you can see. Your grown up can then record what you have said on your online learning journey.

Please have a happy and safe Bonfire Weekend!

 

We have started to make our scary tissue Mummies! If you would like your child to make a scary tissue Mummy please send an empty toilet roll into school.

Week Ending 20th October

We finish today for our October half term break. We have had a very busy and successful half term and we are all ready for a break!

Homework for the holiday is to upload to your child’s online learning any activities or exciting things that you do over the break. This could be anything from a walk in the park, number practise, name writing, jigsaws, playdough……..anything!

Our first week back after the break we will be making ‘Mummies’ for Halloween. If you would like your child to make a scary Mummy, please send into school an empty toilet tissue tube.

Please have a happy and safe half term and we will see you back in Nursery from Monday 30th October!

Neon Disco

The children loved our neon disco!

   

PUMPKIN SOUP!

Today in Nursery we made pumpkin soup. We watched Mrs Embery cut the pumpkin open and take all of the seeds out. Then we peeled and chopped the pumpkin and made it into soup. Then we tasted the soup!

A reminder that it is school photograph day tomorrow, Wednesday 18th October, this is your final warning to wash hair, brush hair, polish shoes, iron uniforms and practise smiling!

Please do not be alarmed if your child comes home with green feet, we are preparing our artwork for the art exhibition and we have been painting our feet!

 

Week Ending 13th October

This week we have been learning all about Autumn. We have talked about what we can see in Autumn including the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees, pumpkins and apples and the different animals that we see around Autumn time. We have talked about hedgehogs and foxes and squirrels. In the playdough area and finger gym we have been making hedgehogs and in the small world we have had our Autumn Woods imaginative play. On the investigation table we have looked at different sized pumpkins and all the resources that children have brought in as part of their homework from last week, acorns, pinecones, leaves and twigs.

This week for homework we would like parents to upload to your child’s learning journey a piece of evidence showing what your child has learnt about Autumn. It could be a comment about what they can tell you about Autumn or you could ask them to draw/paint a picture of a hedgehog, squirrel, leaf etc. You could look up on the internet about hedgehogs or squirrels and record this activity on you child’s learning journey. We have a handful of children who have already received bronze awards for consistently completing our homework activities and it would be lovely to be able to give out some more awards before the half term break.

Monday and Tuesday next week are our parent appointment days. If you have not yet made an appointment to see your child’s key worker please contact the school office.

Next Wednesday is our school photograph day. Children will have individual photographs and sibling photographs taken. If your child does not attend Nursery on Wednesday but you would like them to have their photograph taken please speak to a member of staff and we will make provision for this as best we can.

Our neon disco is on Thursday 19th October, please see the latest school newsletter for further information. This is available on the school website and all parents receive a text with a link to the webpage.

We finish for our October half term next Friday for one week and school re-opens on Monday 30th October.

EYFS FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURES!

Finally, have a very enjoyable weekend!

 

Week Ending 6th October

This week we have been continuing to learn all about ourselves and our families. We looked at ourselves in the mirror and talked about our facial features and what we could see. We also made our faces using playdough and a variety of different materials. We had a lot of fun doing this!

Homework

Next week we will be starting to learn about Autumn. For homework we would like you to go on a walk around your local area or to the woods or a park and look for signs of Autumn. You could even just look out of your window and talk about what you can see. We would like children to collect any brightly coloured Autumn leaves, sticks, acorns or conkers for our Autumn interactive display table.

All Nursery children should come home with their reading bag this week. On the inside cover of their blue reading record is your child’s reading day. Please send your child’s reading bag into school on this day to be changed.

Have an enjoyable weekend and we will look forward to seeing you all back in Nursery next week!

Week Ending 29th September

This week we have continued to learn all about our houses. We have built our houses in the construction area and we have made them out of junk modelling in the creative area.

Homework

Next week we are going to be looking at our faces and making some self portraits. For homework this week please sit with your child and look into a mirror. Talk about the features that they have on their face including hair and eye colour. Ask them how many eyes they have?, how many ears? how many noses? etc. Please record what they say and add it as a comment on your child’s electronic learning journey.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents who attended our workshop on how to use SPTO to access your child’s learning journey. If you did not attend, your child will be bringing their reading bag home very shortly, please read the information included. Your child’s reading day is written in their reading record. Please send their bag in on that day for their book to be changed.

Week Ending 22nd September

A huge thank you to our children and parents who completed the homework activity last week. We are slowly building up our interactive display about our homes and families and it would be lovely if some more of our children could contribute towards it! Please send into school a photograph or picture of your house that we can use as a communication tool with your child.

This week we would like you to talk about your family with your child. Ask them who lives in your house and record what they can tell you. You can upload your child’s response to their online learning journey using the log on details given to you. For any parent who has not yet received these please see a member of our admin staff in the school office.

Cookery to the end of the half term is bread followed by pizza baguettes. So far we have allowed all the children to participate in our cookery activities however, please bear in mind that we do request parents contribute £1.50 per half term towards cookery. This should be paid via Tucasi. Mrs Spencer oversees the cookery and she takes the online payment as permission from you to allow your child to participate therefore if you have not paid then unfortunately from next week your child will not be able to cook.

A reminder that our parent workshops for EYFS are being held on Thursday 28th September at 9.00am and 2.30pm. This is an opportunity for you to see how we use SPTO to track your child’s progress and also how you can contribute to their online learning journey if you have not already done so. I will also be giving out home reading bags and some other information that you will find useful to support your child throughout their time in Nursery.

Have a very enjoyable weekend everyone!

Week Ending Friday 15th September

We have had a very busy but successful week for our first week in Nursery! The children have really done themselves proud. They had been very brave either returning to Nursery or attending for the first time and we can already see lots of new friendships forming.

Homework

This half term we are going to be learning all about our homes and families. We are putting together a display about our houses and so for homework this week we would like children to bring in either a photograph or a picture that they have drawn of their house. We will then display our photographs and pictures on a map of Pensby.

Hopefully by now you will have had the opportunity to log on to the Tucasi system. You can also now pay for your child to participate in cookery if you would like them to. We cook every Thursday as part of our mixed morning provision. Cookery is £1.50 per half term and if you have paid, your child will cook every other week. Please bear in mind that you do not need to pay for cookery if your child does not attend Nursery on a Thursday.

A reminder that our EYFS parent workshops will take place on Thursday 28th September at 9.00 and 2.30. This is an opportunity for you to see how we use our online tracking system to assess children against the Early Years expectations. This tool also allows parents to contribute to their child’s learning journey and again, we will show you how to do this. We will also talk you through what early writing and number look like in Nursery and how you can support your child with these at home. I will be giving parents their child’s reading bag and reading record along with some other information that you may find useful now that your child has started at Nursery.

Please check your child’s online Learning Journey to view their achievements from this week, have an enjoyable weekend!

 

30 Hour Provision

We have now set up the Tucasi system which will allow parents to make payments for breakfast and after school club, additional provision in Nursery (2.45-3.30), mini dinners and toast for all of our Nursery children. You should by now have received your log on details for Tucasi if not, please see a member of the Nursery staff.

You will need to book any sessions that you require through the Tucasi system if they are NOT being included as part of your 30 hour entitlement. If you are using breakfast, afterschool or the additional provision to 3.30 as part of your 30 hour entitlement you do not need to book these sessions through Tucasi.

Please find below a brief outline of how to use Tucasi to book your sessions:

  1. Log on to the Tucasi website and register your child.
  2. You will need to credit your basket BEFORE booking any sessions, the system will only allow you to book sessions if your account is in credit.
  3. Select ’30 Hour Childcare’ option.
  4. Click ‘Add Sessions’.
  5. The drop down menu will now show you the different sessions that you can choose: A=Additional provision from 2.45-3.30, B=Breakfast club, S=Full session in afterschool club (3.30-6.00), H=Half session in afterschool club (3.30-4.30).
  6. To pay for mini dinners you will need to credit your child’s ‘Dinner’ basket. The office staff will then use that credit to pay for mini dinners as and when your child has one. You will be required to credit their dinner account with a minimum payment of £10.
  7. Toast must also be paid for through Tucasi, you will be required to put on a minimum payment of £5. Your child’s toast account must be credited by 11.00am in order for them to have toast the following day.

Please be aware that if you have not booked and pre-paid for sessions your child will NOT be able to attend and you may be issued with a fine if your child is not collected from a session that has not be paid for.

If you have any further questions please ask a member of the Nursery Staff or contact the school office.

 

 

 

*IMPORTANT*

Information Regarding 30 Hour Provision

Nursery parents should have received a text on Friday regarding paying for any additional provision that your child may be receiving in Nursery. As you are aware, if your child attends Nursery 8.45-2.45 they can stay in Nursery until 3.30 however this is at a cost of £5. Currently the Tucasi system does not allow you to make payment for that provision therefore this will need to be paid in cash until it has been set up. This should be handed to Nursery or office staff in a clearly labelled envelope.

If your child is a new starter and you are wanting them to attend breakfast or after school club, these will also need to be paid for in cash until you have received a log on for the Tucasi system.

We will inform you when Tucasi has been set up for the new provision. The system will then allow you to book breakfast and afterschool club specifically for Nursery age children in addition to pay for the additional provision from 2.45-3.30.

 


Nursery Re-opens on Monday 11th September for children who are returning to Nursery.

Children who are due to start Nursery this term are invited to our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions which will run on Thursday 7th September from 1.00-20.00 and Friday 8th September from 9.00-10.00. At this session you will be given a start date for your child.

IMPORTANT NEWS

You may have noticed on the most recent newsletter that there are parents meetings coming up on Wednesday 13th September – these are for Ks1 and Ks2 ONLY. However – all parents of EYFS children (Wraparound/Nursery/Reception) are invited to a workshop on Thursday 28th September at either 9.00am or 2.30pm. This is because the information we need to share with you is slightly different and we will be demonstrating how to use the online Learning Journey system – which you will also use to access all of your child’s reports throughout their life at the school.

This information is VERY important – please make sure yourself or a member of your family can attend.

Thank you

Week Ending Friday 21st July 2017

End of the Year

We have had a fantastic fun last week, the children had a great time on pyjama days playing games both inside and outside. Here are a selection of photographs we took during the pyjama sessions.

Ava sent us an email and pictures from Australia after they emigrated earlier on this year. She is having a lovely time and said we could share a photo with everyone. How wonderful to be able to feed kangaroos.

Reception children start school on Wednesday 6th September and Nursery on the dates that have already been given to them.

A big thank you for the cards and gifts that you have given so generously to the teachers. Have a fun filled fantastic summer holiday.

The Nursery Team

Please find below the form you will need to complete to indicate your preference for Nursery sessions for your child. The Nursery Options leaflet provides you with the different options that we offer. Please complete this form and return it to the school office.

30 hour session preference

Nursery options 2017

Week Ending Friday 14th July 2017

This week we have continued talking about transition in September with the older children moving to Reception with Miss Grant or Reception classes in other schools and also talking about those children who are staying in nursery with Mrs Embery, Mrs Spencer and Miss Goddard.

Next week is our last week, so we are going to have a pyjama fun session on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Thursday morning. So please come in your pyjamas for those sessions. Any questions then please ask.

As it is the last week, there is no homework. Have a lovely weekend, we are all looking forward to the last week after a busy term.

 

Week Ending Friday 7th July 2017

This week we have had a fantastic Sports week. All the children have enjoyed the activities on offer each day. We combined with reception for the morning activities and repeated the activities with afternoon nursery.  On Monday we played our Early years version of Dodgeball. On Tuesday it was target practise with the netball goals, Wednesday was penalty shoot out day with Joe and Harry from Year 6 showing fantastic sportsman ship with the little ones. on Thursday we played rounders early years style and on Friday morning we finished off with the Race for Life with the rest of the school.

     

 

 

As it is the summer fair this weekend there is no homework but we would love to see as many families as possible come down to school on Saturday and support the fundraising. Can you find which stalls the nursery teachers are on?

There have been several cases of D & V this week in nursery so please continue to be vigilant.

Have a lovely weekend and hope to see you on Saturday.

Week Ending Friday 30th June 2017

This week we have enjoyed our transition sessions to reception. We have also been talking about some children going to other schools and some children staying in nursery. We were very proud of how well they have coped in reception this week. Mrs Stocker has also been to visit her new school which she starts in September as Mrs Embery will be returning shortly and will be back in nursery fully in September. Mrs Stocker is in nursery till the end of term.

We are looking forward to Sports Week next week. All children need to wear their kit all week (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers). Any t shirt and shorts – it does not have to be school ones. We would like them to wear a t-shirt in their house colour and parents should have received a txt saying which house/colour they are in – this is to make teams easier to follow. It doesn’t matter if they have pictures / logos on them.

Kentmere – Yellow

Ashlea – Green

Penmon – Red

Greenbank – Blue

Children will stay in their houses for the rest of their time in school.

On Friday morning (7th July) all nursery children – afternoon and children who do not come on a Friday –  are invited to join in with the ‘Race for Life’ and parents are welcome to watch this event.

This will be last week for library books and we will be collecting them in from next week onwards.

Please be aware that there have been several cases of sickness and diarrhoea in nursery at the end of the week, please be vigilant and if your child is ill then please keep them off school for 48 hours from the last bout of sickness. Thank you for your support.

Homework this weekend is to help mummy or daddy do a job around the house or in the garden and share on your learning journey.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Week Ending Friday 23rd June 2017

This week in nursery we have watched the life cycle of a butterfly and talked about the changes from a caterpillar to the butterfly.

We have talked about how to keep safe in the sun by wearing a hat, putting on sun cream and drinking lots of water and what could happen if you do not take care of yourself. This also linked in to why we stayed inside during the very hot weather as it was too hot and the sun too strong.  A big thank you to the parents that put sun cream on their children and sent hats and water bottles in. It amazes us that there are still some children who do not have sun cream, hats and water bottles with them.

Here are a few of the photos we took when we did get out early morning when the sun was not too strong.

The children really enjoyed the cutting and sticking homework and it was lovely to see so many pieces of work. Thank you for your support. This week our homework is to see if your child can find any signs or letters when you are out and about, photograph them and post them online. Can they recognise any letters in any words on signs or the Tesco / Asda words on the supermarkets. This links into recognising environmental print and we will share your photos in class during next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 16th June 2017

This week in nursery we have been talking about safety in the sun and how to keep us safe. We have talked about wearing hats, using sun cream and drinking water. We have been reminding children to have a drink when the weather is warm, so can all children please bring a named water bottle every day. This is as well as the daily snack we have in class.

We have continued with The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and have also looked at some other stories by Eric Carle. The children have enjoyed painting pictures of butterflies or caterpillars to go on the wall. Please look out for them in class next week.

We had sweet peppers for snack a couple of days this week, despite talking about trying new foods most children were reluctant to taste them – we did cut them up and deseed them.

We have been working on scissor skills, some children are still working on how to hold them correctly so any help at home would be beneficial. Some children can cut out really well. Homework this week is to make a collage of faces / toys / flowers / transport / animals / food / tv characters – anything you can think of, by cutting out any pictures from magazines, comics, leaflets or catalogues you have at home. (Early Learning Centre do both right and left handed scissors and you can get children’s scissors in most places that sell children’s craft and art bits if you haven’t got a pair already – we suggest you keep them in a safe place at home when they are not using them!)

Please bring your creations in at some point during next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 9th June 2017

Apologies for not updating the pages last week, but due to sickness I was not in school at the end of the week.

Last week we enjoyed ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We also enjoyed looking at some photos from Abigail about the caterpillars she had had at home that turned into butterflies during the half term holiday.  Her mum had posted them on her Learning Journey so we could share them with the class. We have also had minibeasts in the small world area as well as minibeasts in the gloop (cornflour and water).

We also enjoyed ribbons and pom poms outside on a windy day.

  

Any fun activities that you do at home we love to see on your child’s Learning Journey and they can be uploaded at any time not just linked to homework activities. There will be a new homework for the weekend posted at the end of the week.

NURSERY SEPTEMBER 2017

Thank you to the parents who attended the induction meeting for nursery for next year. If you haven’t returned the forms please do so by this Friday – if forms are not returned we will assume that you no longer require a nursery place for September 2017. If you need any help or support in completing the form then please ask any of the nursery staff.

Forms for nursery for September 2017 are here nursery session form Nursery options 2017

Welcome Meeting

Dear parents, this is a reminder about the welcome meeting that will take place on Tuesday 6th June at 5.00pm. This meeting is not just for our new intake of children but for all Nursery children. We will be discussing the offer of 30 hours provision and providing parents with information about how they can claim this. Parents will also be given the opportunity to complete a preference form for the sessions they wish their child to attend. Children who currently attend Nursery will NOT automatically retain their current sessions, parents are required to complete a new form for September 2017. Therefore we strongly advise that you attend the meeting to avoid disappointment.

Week Ending Friday 26th May 2017

This week we have enjoyed ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’ and have been doing lots of counting both forwards and backwards.

We have also been working on recognising and writing our names and encouraging a correct pencil grip if the children are ready for it.

Cookery has been continuing with making cheese twists. The concentration on the children’s faces when they were twisting the pastry was just gorgeous.

     

During the half term break, homework will be to upload up a photograph of something fun that you do at home or when out and about.

Can we ask that all children bring a named water bottle, even in this very hot weather there are children without one. Bottles are available from the office for £1.50. As the children do take off their jumpers, cardigans etc.. can you also please make sure they are named too.

Have a lovely week off and see you the following week.

Please remember school is closed to children on Thursday 8th June for the general election.

Week Ending Friday 19th May 2017

For children entering our reception class in September, please see the information and link at then end of this post.

Thank you to the nine parents who helped their child and sent in the homework. This week we will continue with the same homework as we would like more numbers that the children find. If you are having trouble logging onto the on-line learning journey then please arrange with the staff a mutually convenient time to come into school and we will endeavour to support you. Alternatively if there is enough demand we can put a parent help session on during the school day. So please let us know if you are experiencing difficulties and we will try to help you as much as possible. You will need a login from the school office and you will have to sign for it. If you have lost your login we will need to generate a new one and there is a small charge for this, so again please let the ladies in the office know.

There was great excitement earlier in the week when the children received a letter again from ‘Harry’. This time he said there were ‘dinosaur bones’ buried in our school grounds. So we set out to dig them up….

 

This week in cooking we have been making cheese twists, this is to help with their manipulation skills. The children had fun making twists this week and will continue next week as well.

Have a lovely number hunting weekend.

There is a class photo on Tuesday, if your child does not attend on a Tuesday and you would like them to be on the photographs, then please phone or ask in school on Monday for a time to come into school for the photograph – it won’t take that long.

Wrap Provision

If you need wrap around provision can we politely remind parents to book on line, we are finding an increasing number of parents are assuming that the children can stay for lunch if they are in all day. We have to ensure we have enough staff to cover for all of the children so please book in. Thank you for your support.

New Reception intake 2017 information

If your child is due to start in Reception class in September 2017 please see the link below:

Welcome to Reception 2017 Letter

Week Ending Friday 12th May 2017

We have had a fun week this week. We found some eggs on the funky finger table and when we opened them we found little dinosaurs. We have had great fun opening the eggs to take the dinosaurs in and out as well as helping to strengthen our fingers.

We have continued to look at information books and the children are getting good at saying if the book is a story or information book when we look at the front cover together. As well as finding out facts about the dinosaurs.

We have been having shape hunts with the 2D shapes this week and the children have loved finding them around our classroom. They are also amazing at telling me all about the shapes as well as naming them. We are super impressed and proud of them.

We listened to some more of the ‘Funnybones’ stories and really enjoyed the one with dinosaurs in. So we decided to make our own dinosaur skeletons using black paper and white art straws. We have been using the scissors to cut the straws. Some of us are really good with scissors and some of us need more help. So any cutting activities at home with a pair of children’s scissors are really beneficial.

We have changed the words to our’ elephant on a spiders web’ song to ‘dinosaurs on a spiders web’ and we have had some very scary dinosaurs in class.

Homework this week is to take a photo of a number your child finds in the environment, preferably with your child in the picture too and post it on SPTO. https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/index.php?logout=1 This could be the number on your front door or the number on Grandma’s door or a number on a sign or in a shop etc… Do they know what number it is?

We are going to print them off SPTO and make a display of the photos in class next week.

Can we remind parents that all children need a hat in school so they can go outside in this lovely weather. They also need a named water bottle with tap water in and not flavoured water or juice. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1.50. Thank you for your support.

Have a fun number hunting weekend.

Week Ending Friday 5th May 2017

This week we have had fun looking at and listening to information books about dinosaurs. We have learnt some of their names, how big some of them were in relation to buses and if they were plant or meat eaters. We have listened to the Funnybones dinosaur story and have begun to make dinosaur skeletons.

We have enjoyed our outside time this week and have had time on the playground going round the track on the wheeled toys. The children have called the new sit on wheeled toys ‘crazy bikes’ and it has stuck. Some of them whizz round the track but with fantastic control. We have also been walking up and down steps and jumping off as well as rolling and throwing balls with the teachers. Most of the older children are good at rolling, throwing and catching a medium sized ball. We have also been looking at core strength and seeing if they can raise their head and shoulders whilst lying down with a soft toy between their knees. All of these skills are important to help the children develop both gross and fine motor skills and eventually neat handwriting as they progress through school.

As the weather becomes warmer can we ask that the children have a sensible named sunhat in school and also that if you want them to apply suncream in school they must be able to do it themselves and we need a named bottle sent into school. We will put the suncream on their hands so they do not waste it and encourage them to rub it in themselves. Alternatively if they are only in for the morning or afternoon session you may find it easier to apply a high factor before they come to school. We spend a mixture of time inside and outside and when the sun is really strong we will stay inside to keep the children safe from the sun. Please see the school policy for more information.

Homework this week is for parents to try and talk like a robot and sound out words for the children to work out. For example, when going out you could say – ‘Go and get your c-oa-t’  and bed time – ‘Time for b-e-d’ – Do the children know what you are saying? Can they work it out?

We have been doing some of this in nursery and the children are enjoying it. It is best to use the last word in the phrase. Have fun and try and incorporate it into your everyday routine and it will also help when they have to sound out words when reading. Please let us know how clever they are on the online Learning Journey.

Have a lovely weekend.

Week Ending Friday 28th April 2017

This week the children have had a fantastic time with the dinosaur small world area. A big thank you to all of the children and parents who sent things in to enhance the children’s play.

    

We also had a letter and bucketful of dinosaurs from Harry sent to school this week, the children are beginning to learn the names of some of the dinosaurs and next week we will be looking as some basic non fiction books about dinosaurs.

Homework this week is to find shapes when you are out and about and see if you can name them. In class we work on square, circle, triangle & rectangle for 2D shapes and cylinder, sphere, cube, cuboid and cone (I also mention triangular prism as we have some in our wooden blocks in the construction tunnel) for 3D shapes. We will be doing some more shape work in class next week focussing on recognising and naming them and investigating some of their properties.

Over the bank holiday could we ask that all families check their children’s hair and grown up’s for nits as we have had a few visitors in class over the last week. Thank you to the parents for letting us know so we can alert others to check their family.

Also a reminder please do not let the children bring toys in. On a daily basis we are having to find things from home which we have asked the children to put in their bags and they go and get them out again and then are upset when they leave them somewhere in class. Thank you for your support.

Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and see you on Tuesday.

Week Ending Friday 21st April 2017

Welcome back and we hope that everyone has had a lovely Easter Break. We have enjoyed hearing about what the children got up to while they were not in school, most of what they told us involved copious amounts of chocolate, but they obviously had a great deal of fun too. We have been very impressed with how they have settled back into nursery so quickly.

We have some super bean plants that have returned to school and we will hopefully be planting them in the garden next week. Please send your bean back in as soon as possible even if it has not grown as we will reuse the pots next time we grow seeds.

Our new theme for this half term is Dinosaurs and the children have enjoyed making dinosaur deserts in cooking this week, they may have said they were putting the dinosaur in ‘mud’ – Chocolate Angel Delight, which we whisked up. We have enjoyed listening to Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school and we are wondering if any dinosaurs may come to our school soon? We have been doing dinosaur rubbings with chunky crayons holding them on their side.

Homework this week is to find something to bring in to help make a dinosaur small world area in class. Could you go for a walk on the beach and find some interesting pebbles? Or to the park and find some interesting sticks / branches that are on the floor we could use. Or have you got any logs in the garden that we could use. I’m sure you will have fun finding something for our small world area together.

During mixed morning on Thursday we looked at some photos that Mrs Jones had sent to school as she has been in Australia visiting her daughter. We told the children they could look at more if they wanted to at home by going on the reception class page.

Can we ask that all clothes/coats are named, children are starting to take jumpers and cardigans off as the weather improves and we would like them to go home with the correct child at the end of each session. We do try and make sure they have all of their belongings at the end of each session and it makes it easier when items are named. Can we also remind parents to put just water in named water bottles and not flavoured water or juice. This is for several reasons, mainly water is a healthy drink if we are thirsty and secondly if it gets spilt in class it is easy to clear up and does not leave a sticky mess to attract flies, wasps and ants. Thank you for your support in this.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 31st March 2017

This week we have continued to read Jasper’s Beanstalk and the children have planted beans. We have talked about what plants need to grow and the children have each planted a bean and are bringing it home for the spring break. It may need a water when they get home to start it off. While we are off school if you could record what happens to your bean and what your child notices and upload it to the online learning journey that would be fabulous. Please bring your bean back after the break. The learning journey can be found here

https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

Also if you have any fabulous wow moments at home could you also please share them with us over the break through the online learning journey. We are loving seeing the contributions from home and endeavour to comment when new ones are posted.

We have continued to have great fun outside. Last week we had some new resources in nursery including 2 sit on toys. The children have soon grasped how to make them move by sitting on them and using their feet to propel themselves.

The children are thoroughly enjoying the areas and activities that are in Nursery both inside and outside.

There has been great excitement with our new magsnaps and children have been exploring how they fit together, they have also had the teachers making models on the leaflet that was in the box. Mrs Stocker made a pterodactyl and a rocket with some of the children. This is one of the rockets that one of our children made afterwards.

In  cooking and maths the children have made spring nests and we have focussed on counting out the correct number of eggs from a bowl to put on our nests we have also been counting how many eggs altogether on both of the nests we have made.

Have a lovely spring break and see you when we return to school on Tuesday 18th April.

Week Ending Friday 24th March 2017

This week we have had fun reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and also hearing the Jack and the Beanstalk story as Jasper goes looking for giants at the end of the story. Next week we are going to plant beans like Jasper and the children will bring them home over the Easter holiday to look after them and then return them to school after the holiday. We will be seeing who has managed to grow the tallest bean! We then want to plant them in our garden area to see if we can reach the sky like Jasper.

In cooking we have been whisking eggs. The children have had fun learning how to use the whisks as many just wanted to stir. If you whisk anything at home perhaps they could help you.

The children have also had fun making smoothies and watching the food change and use a blender. We have had some lovely comments about how we made them and what they tasted like.

In our phonics sessions we have been using alliteration for the children’s names. We have linked this in to animals so we have had names such as Sid snake, Martha mouse and Barry bat. Ask your child if they can tell you a name. Could you come up with names for the family linked to either animals or adjectives such as marvellous mummy, super sister, lovely Lucy and dashing daddy. You can use brother and sisters first names as well. Please let us know the names you have come up with on SPTO the link is here https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

Thank you to the parents who have been sending in resources for us, it is greatly appreciated. We are still on the look out for the following:

Large wooden cable reels

A bi-fold airer for den building

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside

If you can help then please send anything in.

We finish next Friday for our Easter break and return to school on Tuesday 18th April.

Have a lovely weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing Mums.

Week Ending Friday 17th March 2017

This week we have added actions to Rosie’s Walk and have been saying the story with the actions. For homework see if your child can say the story with the actions. We have included what we have done with the children in class here. Rosie’s walk talk4 writing story and actions

Please can you leave a photo and/or comment on your child’s on-line learning journey about the homework or anything else you have done at home. Thank you to the parents who have uploaded photos and comments. It is lovely to see your children having fun and doing things outside of school. Some parents have still to get their log-in details, please can you go to the office to get this. This is different from the on-line payment log-in and system. The link to the on-line learning journey is below.

https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php

We have had great fun in the outdoor area with new resources. Thank you to Saul’s mum for sending fabric, wool and ribbons in. The children have had great fun making dens and weaving on the weaving wall.

We are still on the lookout for

Ball pond balls

Large cardboard boxes or tubes

Wooden cable reels

A bi-fold airer for den building

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside

If you can help then please send anything in.

Some of the photos we have taken outside this week.

We have reminded the children to please not touch the resources first thing in the morning that we have set up outside. We know they are very tempting!

Spare clothes – we have no girls knickers in class for any accidents – if you have any spare or have not returned spare clothes please send them in. We are also asking that all children do have a spare change of clothes in their bag in case of accidents or getting wet in the water play.

Have a great weekend, we are looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Week Ending Friday 10th March 2017

This week we have been reading Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins and have been acting out the story in the outdoor learning area. We have used things we have to represent where Rosie went on her walk as it focusses on prepositions. The tuff spot has been the pond and the tyres have been the haystack. All of the children have a good understanding of prepositions but they now need to increase their actual use when talking. We have a lot of ‘It’s there!’ So homework this week is to use a soft toy and take it in turns to tell each other where to put it. Perhaps you could photograph the funniest place you can find and write a comment on SPTO.

In maths we have been using the balance scales to see which vegetable is the heaviest / lightest. The children have had fun weighing the vegetables in their hands and then using the scales.

We have continued to develop our outdoor learning area further this week and Friday afternoon nursery and wrap helped to plant some sensory herbs and violas as well as extend our musical pans and put up a new weaving wall. We are waiting for guttering to go up to form part of a water wall.

We are asking if parents / grandparents friends or relatives have the following to donate to school:

Large cardboard boxes or tubes

Wooden cable reels

Fabric, sheets etc.. for den building

A bi-fold airer for den building

Fabric, wool or ribbons for weaving.

Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets

If you can help then please send anything in.

As we are developing the outside area we will be having more water play, although we have wet weather gear please can we ask that all children have a change of clothes with them in nursery in case they get wet. Some children do bring a bag with spare clothes in but can we ask that all children do. Thank you for your support.

We had seven cases of chicken pox this week, lets hope that all the children have had it now.

Have a fun weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 3rd March 2017

We hope everyone has had a wonderful half term, unfortunately the bugs remain with us and we have had sickness again as well as several cases of chicken pox this week in nursery. So please be vigilant if your child has not had chicken pox yet!

This week in nursery we have enjoyed Mr Wolf’s pancakes and we have focussed on helping each other using the story as a starting point. We joined in the pancake flip on Tuesday, with pancakes landing on heads, shoulders as well as the floor. However we all had fun.

The children have been trying to write a shopping list for Mr Wolf to take to the shops, we have had some lovely emergent writing and mark making linking in to our story.

We have also been planting seeds and talking about what the seeds need to grow and what we have used to plant them. Thank you to Mrs Olsen for asking Dave the gardener to come into school and weed the overgrown area. It now looks amazing and we are in the process of getting some sensory plants such as lavender and thyme that the children can plant to make the area more attractive and also add to the experience when outside.

Homework this week is whilst you are out and about over the weekend, can you spot any signs of spring and talk about them together. You should still be able to access the learning journey on SPTO and we have hopefully now got it set up so you can add a photo and comment on the photo you have uploaded. Alternatively you can still do wow moments on paper.

Have a fun weekend.

Week Ending Friday 17th February 2017

This week in nursery we have continued to work on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have enjoyed making story maps and also using a storytelling hat and sitting in the storytelling teachers chair to tell their version of Goldilocks. We have been writing to baby bear saying sorry for breaking the chair and pretending we were Goldilocks and we even found a broken chair in our role play and one little one just put it back together and fixed it.

  

Nursery have no half yearly report as on Mrs Brown’s letter on SPTO, instead we are beginning to use electronic learning journeys and share that with you. This is very early days in nursery but we are very excited by the prospect of sharing more things with you that your child has done as well as you being able to contribute without having to print photos out etc… This should make us more efficient with time as well as increasing the home school links further. Your child’s paper learning journey will still be available in school for you to see and will be out for parents evening but we will increasingly do more electronically. So both will run side by side with observations and your child’s learning in one or the other.

Homework this half term is to do something fun together and then try and upload a photo and a comment onto SPTO that we can share with the class when we return after the half term.

We continue to have chicken pox going round nursery as well as the sickness bug. Hopefully the half term break will eradicate all of the bugs and we will all return to  full health.

Have a fantastic fun filled half term and see you on 27th February.

Week Ending Friday 10th February 2017

This week in nursery we have been reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have had fun sequencing and retelling the story. Children suggested then we can work as a team to fix baby bears chair, and fix it with tools and glue! We have been learning actions to go with our story to support children’s language development.

This weeks homework is to practice the actions to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and to talk about the story with your child. We are creating a display is the classroom of the children’s ‘story map’, so please could you write a wow moment to go on the display – something that your child has said about the story. The story and actions are here: Goldilocks talk for writing

The children have been busy having fun in all of the different areas. Children have been writing letters to the three bears, mark making and popping bubbles in the tuff spot.

We have displayed the children’s trolls which they have worked very hard on, showing them off to the rest of the school in the corridor. Please pop your head outside of our classroom door to have a look if you wish.

We are getting a collection of small toys being brought into nursery. Can we please ask that the children leave their toys at home so that they do not get lost.

Some of the teachers are concerned that younger children are playing and running around whilst waiting to collect older children. We would hate for an accident to happen to any of the children. We will remind the children next week that they are to stay with their grown up when collecting older children. Thank you for your support.

Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week before half term!

Week Ending Friday 3rd February 2017

This week in nursery we have continued with work on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

Thank you to the 10 children who did the homework and shared their bridges, we had some wonderful models made from boxes etc.. as well as some great thinking with the construction toys at home using blocks, Lego, train track and even tins from the kitchen cupboard. We are making a display of the photos of the bridges in class and the children can bring them home next week. They have been on display outside of our classroom for the whole school to see.

In class the children have had great fun making trolls heads with air dry clay, pipe cleaners, straws, lolly sticks, googly eyes and glitter. All of them are so individual and I wouldn’t like to meet them if they jumped out from under a bridge. We will display them outside our classroom before they bring them home in a few weeks time. They are still drying at the moment.

  

The children have been having fun in our new water tray, pouring and filling as well as learning how to put the aprons on properly and keep as much water as possible in the tray without getting it on the floor.

We have also had rice in the other tray and we have been filling cups up and emptying them and focussing on the vocabulary linked to capacity  – full, empty, half full and half empty. These are good words to use when playing in the bath with toys or just plastic cups to see if they can use the words in other contexts.

In Stacey Time this week the children have enjoyed going into the hall and using a variety of instruments for quiet and loud sounds. They have been listening very carefully to distinguish high and low sounds as well as using the instruments to represent each of the three billy goats in the story. They have been making loud and quiet sounds as well as going fast and slow when playing their instruments.

As Spring approaches we have been having a tidy and a sort out in the outdoor area and we want to put out more activities for the children to do over the coming weeks linked into our themes and planning. Please can we ask that the children do not play with the toys and resources before school as we will be talking about the activities before they go outside.  If any parents or grandparents have any spare time to help us weed and sort out the digging, planting and bug area we would be very grateful for any help.

Once again this week we have a variety of bugs going round nursery please be vigilant for sickness and diarrhoea as well as chicken pox. There are the usual winter coughs and colds which we expect and we do have tissues freely available in nursery and we encourage the children to wipe and blow their noses and then dispose of the tissue and wash their hands.

We have decided that the children can hang their coats up anywhere now. We easily have enough coat pegs for every day but due to parental choice of sessions and increasing numbers in nursery we no longer have enough to give everyone a dedicated peg across the week. So far the children have been able to find their coats easily and from Monday we will go back to finding their name on the low table near the carpet and putting it on the whiteboard in the carpet area.

Homework for this week is following on from our maths work in class. We have been sorting, counting and ordering Smarties. We have emptied a tube of Smarties out and then sorted for colour, counted each colour and found the numeral to match with it and then we have ordered them before putting them on a bar model.

At home we thought you could either sort and count a tube of Smarties or other similar sweets such as Haribo’s or count a small box of raisins or segments in a tangerine etc.. before eating them! Can you help your child to count accurately pointing to each sweet as they say a number. You may also want to count other things whilst at home or out and about. Remember we love to hear about your child’s activities at home and we put any parents wow moments and comments into their Learning Journeys. You can download a WOW moments here.

Have a fun weekend, full of lots of counting and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 27th January 2017

We have enjoyed activities based around The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and then using the character toys we have to act out the story in the small world area. We have also been making bridges using the blocks from the construction tunnel for the goats to cross over the river.

  

In hall time this week we have been focussing on traditional circle games so we have been playing The Farmers in his Den and There was a princess Long Ago. The children have enjoyed learning the songs and actions as well as putting their pumps on for the session. I was really pleased and thankful that all the pumps sent in were named, it is really appreciated and makes changing a lot easier.

 

We have listened to the story about the Jade Emperor this week and how he named the years after animals in China, this has also linked in to the spring rolls we have made in class.

Homework this week is to make a bridge from either found materials (boxes etc..) or construction toys such as Duplo and photograph it or bring it in (junk models only) so the children can show and talk about to all of the children in class and make a display of the photos of their bridges.

Children are allowed to bring in a named water bottle every day for if they are thirsty in class, this is as well as the carton of milk they get in class. Please remember it has to be plain water, not flavoured water or juice as if it gets spilt it is very messy. Thank you for your support in this.

There have also been a lot of bugs and illness going round nursery this week including chicken pox in case your child has not had it and develops spots.

Have a fantastic bridge building weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 20th January 2017

You may have noticed an extra teacher in class. Miss Wright has joined us from LJMU for this half term and she is enjoying getting to know the children and working alongside all of the existing nursery staff.

We have had lots of fun with activities around the story of the Gingerbread Man, from drawing characters, and painting gingerbread men. Putting raisins on a gingerbread man with plastic tweezers to help our fine motor skills. Counting and putting buttons on gingerbread men. The children enjoyed joining in with the the repetitive part of the story and making the sounds of the animals as we read the story. We have been singing 5 currant buns and using real pennies to pretend to buy a current bun and we also had pennies and made a shop area to buy gingerbread using the pennies too. We have been ordering gingerbread men and the other characters from the book for size and getting the children to use the correct vocabulary.

 We are moving onto the Three Billy Goats Gruff next week.

Homework this week is to find something in your home which you can order in size, such as teddy’s, cars etc……You may also want to count them pointing to each object as you say the number,  please write a wow moment and/or take a photo about the homework or anything else that makes you say wow at home and send it in to school to go in your child’s learning journey. You can down load a wow moment or just use a post it note or piece of paper.

Thank you to all of the parents who have paid online for the cooking for the rest of the academic year. If anyone is having trouble logging on or with payments then please see the staff in the office. We are unable to accept cash in class.

Have we any green fingered parents or grandparents?

The garden area in nursery is looking rather sorry for itself and I’m not sure what is dead or alive or what will grow again if anything! So before the spring it would be nice if anyone would be willing to weed it and help create an area for planting with the children as well as a weed free digging area. If you can help at some point then please let me know.

Towards the end of the week we have had a few cases of sickness and diarrhoea in school so please be vigilant and if your child is poorly then please keep them away from nursery for 48 hours since the last episode. Thank you

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

Happy New Year and welcome back to school.

Apologies for not updating on Friday but the internet was down in school and so we were unable to update our page.

The children have settled back into class really well. I think they have grown over the holiday in both height and maturity.

This half term we are looking at traditional tales and focussing on The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks. We will also be sharing a wide variety of other traditional tales at story time. Last week the teachers have all enjoyed hearing about the children’s Christmas and the lovely presents that Santa brought them.

Cooking on a Thursday. If your child is in on a Thursday cooking will resume this week. In order for your child to take part there is a contribution of £4 for the rest of the academic year. Please pay online and this also gives the school your permission for your child to take part in this extra activity.

On Tuesday mornings we are continuing to go into the hall and we are going to get the children to take their shoes off and put black school pumps on. Please send them in with names in both pumps and shoes to help us if they get separated from each other! All children except the new starters for this term have had a red kit bag so please bring them in and we will have a box to put them in. We are also trying a new coat peg system as due to the increase in numbers there are not enough coat pegs to even double up due to session choice. We have more than enough for all of the children every day but not enough for a dedicated peg for everyone.

Remember if your child does something that amazes you then please write a wow moment on a star, post it or paper and send it in.

Thank you for all of your support.

Week Ending Thursday 22nd December

We have had another fun filled few days in nursery. Thank you for all of the kind gifts we have received. We wish everyone a wonderful

and fun filled Christmas and New Year.

The Nursery Team

We all return to school on Monday 9th January 2017.

Week Ending Friday 16th December

The week was finished off by some lovely singing from the children. It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents. The children made us so proud with their super singing and behaviour. It is hard to believe they are only 3 and 4 years old. Thank you to everyone who supported us, the children loved having you there. They also enjoyed the surprise visit from Father Christmas at the end. 

This week in nursery we have heard ‘The Nativity Story’ and have been playing with the small world nativity figures to encourage us to retell the story.

We have continued with our craft activities and this week we have been using air dry clay. It was very cold and squishy and made our hands all dirty. We have watched it dry and become hard.

Homework this week is to do something Christmassy and see if the children can tell us something they have done next week in nursery.

Have a super weekend and we will see you next week. Please remember we break up on Thursday afternoon and we return to school on Monday 9th January.

Week Ending Friday 9th December

We have continued to have fun in nursery doing our Christmas craft activities. The children have also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree outside of our classroom. The yule logs continued to look amazing and the children enjoyed making them.

     

We have been ‘writing’ our names and looking at how we hold our pencils and crayons. We are continually doing activities to promote hand eye coordination and strength in the children’s wrists and fingers to help with their writing now and in the future. Since last half term the progress the children have made is so wonderful so see and the teachers think they are very clever.

We have not sent book bags home on Friday as we are collecting the books in over Christmas as well as using the bags to send the Christmas activities home in during the last week. Please send the bag in as soon as you have enjoyed the book together. If you have lost your bag then please send a named carried bag in to bring things home. Thank you.

We have had a case of chicken pox in nursery this week so please keep an eye on your child if they have not yet had it.

Homework this week is to go on Busy Things and find the Santa dash game (it’s in the foundation section) and play it with a grown up. Please write a wow moment and send it in if you have enjoyed it. Wow moments can be downloaded here.wow If you have mislaid the login then please ask the teachers next week and we can give you a flyer with the details on again.

Most children should have brought their 2 tickets home for ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’, we still have a few left to give out at the start of next week.

Have a fun weekend and see you next week.

Songs around the Christmas tree..

Change of details

Due to the many Christmas activities in school and our determination to give as many Christmas activities and opportunities to all of the children in our school we have had to change the timing of our singing. Morning and afternoon nursery will now be as normal, but children who do not attend on a Friday morning are welcome to join us for our songs starting at 11.00am. Doors (main entrance) open at 10.45am. Tickets are in the process of being amended before being sent out with the children as soon as we are able to.

For afternoon only children you may want them to have lunch in school which can be booked and paid for through club – lunch session is £3.50. (Please call Hayley at club to make these arrangements, bookings cannot be taken on the day due to staffing organisation)

The Christmas fair is now first thing in the morning. As this is a PTA event children in nursery can bring up to £3 in a named envelope / purse and we will take them in small groups around the fair. We are not able to accept money not in a named envelope or purse, so please send the money in as we have asked.

Thank you for your patience and support.

The Nursery Team.

th17ljjzf4

Week Ending Friday 2nd December

This week in nursery we have been busy printing with our hands and feet, we had great fun and it was very tickly on our feet. We are continuing with this next week as we are making special things with them over the coming weeks.

We had great fun in the hall using the large parachute during our hall time, singing rhymes and making waves and mushrooms. I am so proud of how sensible and quiet the children are when walking through school to the hall. You would not think they are nursery at all they are so grown up.

img_1362-2 img_1363-2

We have continued to make yule logs and will continue next week, if your child has not made one and attends Thursday mornings then please send in a decoration as soon as possible. Thank you.

As part of our pre-phonics work we have been listening for sounds in school and talking about what we can hear and we have also enjoyed drumming with drumsticks on different things outside and finding different sounds when drumming.

img_1368-2 img_1369

We will be sending 2 tickets per family out next week for the ‘songs around the Christmas tree’. Details were posted earlier in the week and can be found by scrolling down to end of this post.

As it is cold season, if your child has a cold please encourage and support them in wiping and blowing their nose independently.  We are also encouraging them to wash their hands afterwards to reduce the spread of germs. A good way to help children learn to blow their nose is to blow a feather by blowing down their nose when they are cold free! Its also a fun activity.

Homework this week is to sing ‘Jingle bells’ and ‘Rudolph the red nose reindeer’ together. We have been learning some makaton signs to Rudolph so if your child starts to make signs then you know they are learning them in school.

Thank you to the handful of parents who did the homework last week. The children enjoyed sharing their stories and making sounds to their friends in class.

On a safety note, please can you not let the children walk, run and play along the wall at the front of the school at home time. We would hate one of them to fall and have a nasty accident once we have handed them over to you or grandparents.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Songs around the Christmas Tree

On Friday 16th December it is our traditional songs around the Christmas Tree for Nursery. All children in nursery are invited for the morning and then 2 adults per child are invited to join us at 9.30am for a Christmas sing song, followed by refreshments and mince pies. There will be no nursery session for the afternoon as all are invited for the morning. It is also Christmas jumper day so if both children and their grown-up’s could come in festive tops that would be lovely and make it even more Christmassy. We are looking forward to singing lots of lovely songs for you.

th17ljjzf4

Week ending Friday 25th November 2016

We had a special visitor on Tuesday morning as the fire engine came to visit. We enjoyed using the hose pipe and sitting in the cab. The siren was very loud and we found out about how firefighters help us.

img_1270 img_1275

This week some children have made their yule logs, the rest will make them over the coming weeks. Please can you send in a small decoration for the log as soon as possible. Thank you.

All the children in nursery have snack every day. There is a small carton of milk and fruit/vegetables given to the children every day. As parents you also have the option of buying a piece of toast every day for your child. This needs to be paid through the online payment system and is linked to the electronic registers. In class there are a mixture of children who have both toast and fruit, just toast or just fruit. If you need any help or support using the online system then please contact the school office where they will be more than willing to help you iron out any problems.

Last half term we sent out a learning story for each child on the chip making activity. There are quite a few that have not been returned so if you have not sent it back then please do so by next week so we can stick it in your child’s learning journey books. If you need another one please let us know so we can print another one off.

Please be vigilant as we have had a sickness bug and high temperature going round nursery this week. If children are sick they need to be at home for 48 hours after the last sickness bout.

Homework for this week is to pick a favourite story book and find objects around the home to make sounds or make sounds with your voice or body parts to enhance the story  as you read the book together. Stories such as ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘Dear Zoo’ are starter ideas. I’m sure you will have amazing fun together and this all works towards the skills they need when they begin to learn the letter sounds. Please could you send in the book (with your child’s name inside) so that we can share them with the rest of their friends in Nursery next week and hear about the wonderful sounds you have made together.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 18th November

This week in nursery we have all made a card for Mrs Embery to wish her well on her exciting new family adventure. We will miss her but she will visit us in the new year once she is settled with her new family.

Mrs Stocker takes over as Key Person for all of Mrs Embery’s children and you can read her profile here

key-person-letter-mrs-stocker

The midwife came to visit us this week and told us how she helps look after mum’s and their babies before and after they are born. We saw how a baby was weighed on the scales and had a go at weighting the ‘baby’.

img_1207 img_1208

In cooking on Thursday over the new few weeks the children will be making yule logs. Could you please send in a small cake decoration in a sealed bag / envelope with your child’s name on in preparation for this activity. If you have any question then please ask the teachers. Thank you for your support.

Homework for this week is to find things around the home that make a sound. Such as keys when they jingle, money in a purse, noisy toys etc.. Can you find some things and then play a guessing game to see if you can find which one makes that sound. You can hide the objects behind something or use a blindfold, but we hope that this is a bit of fun as well as linking into the sound work we are doing in nursery over the coming weeks. If you enjoyed the game you may want to do a wow moment or let us know on a piece of paper / post it note.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 11th November

This week in Nursery we have been having lots of fun counting backwards from 5 like rockets. We have also been counting objects and our friends in class not forgetting to count ourselves.

On Tuesday we went into the big hall for some action songs during movement time. We really enjoyed the session and we will continue these each Tuesday morning. After Christmas we will need a pair of pumps each and we will change our footwear, but at the moment we will stay in our shoes. For those children in during the afternoon we also did some of the songs in class.

 2       3

Cooking this week and next week is mince pies, we rely on the voluntary contribution of £1 each half term. If your child is in on a Thursday please send in the contribution as soon as possible so that we can continue this weekly activity. This half term each child will cook 3 times. Thank you so much to the parents who have already sent the money in.

Lots of children can now do their coats, please keep up the good work at home too. If your child is struggling the Montessori way of putting the coat on the floor, standing by the hood, putting your arms in and then throwing it over your head is very effective and we have seen children who are not yet 2 put their coats on by this method. Although there are a couple who can do their own zip we are helping the children to fasten their coats once on.

Homework this week is to go on a listening walk with a grown up and listen carefully to all the sounds you hear. Talk about what you heard, did you recognise all of the sounds? Were they loud or quiet? Were they long or short sounds? Please write a wow moment which you can download here wow or a note on a piece of paper/post it note.

Have you see the amazing firework collage the children have created in class? It looks amazing and the children had so much fun creating their piece.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Week Ending Friday 4th November

This week in Nursery we have had fun printing firework pictures and adding glitter to make them sparkle. These will form a display in Nursery over the coming weeks so please keep a look out.

img_0985

We have also been having fun in the sand and water play filling and pouring playing with the diggers and boats.

We have also been seeing who can put their coat on by themselves and we have certificates to give out next week for those who have shown us they can do it this week. We will be working with those children who still need support to become independent as the weather gets colder. Please can you continue to support your child to put their coat on themselves. The children have also had a great deal of fun putting different hats, scarfs and gloves on and looking at themselves in the mirror.

Next week we are starting our people who help us topic for the next few weeks before moving onto winter for the remainder of the term.

Homework for this week is to see how many words you can think of to describe the colours and sounds of fireworks and you can write a wow moment with which ones your child can think of.

Please can we remind parents about library books, they are changed on a Friday and need to be returned on the first day your child attends the following week. If your child does not attend nursery on a Friday please collect from the from the out box when they do come in. We know that some children are not taking them home and we will endeavour to catch those that go to club and who are not collected by a parent / family member.

Please keep safe and enjoy any fireworks you are going to over the weekend.

Week Ending Friday 21st October

This week in Nursery we have been doing our Autumn half term writing and number assessments. Our teachers are very impressed with the progress that we have made in just one half term! We have been investigating all the different Autumn resources that we collected for our homework last week and we have been learning all about shape and making shape pictures. Mrs Stocker has been making ‘shape witches’! in preparation for Halloween and to help us to develop our fine motor skills and revisit our shape learning. During ‘Mixed Morning’ this week some of us used the tablets in the Reception class area all by ourselves!

img_0960 img_0921 img_0956 img_0928

Homework for the holidays is to continue practising our number recognition and counting using 1:1 correspondence. Please click here to download the resources you will need to help your child complete their homework-number-flashcards-to-20 some children will be working with numbers 0-5 others will be working with numbers 0-10 and some children will be working with numbers 0-20. It is really important that you child becomes secure with 0-5 before progressing any further. It would be lovely if parents could complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework. You can download WOW! moments here wow

Thank you to all of our parents who attended parents evening, if you did not manage to make an appointment please see Mrs Embery to make an appointment.

After the half term break we will really start to focus on our independence skills. We will reward all of the children who can put on their own coats with a certificate at the end of the first week back! Below is a link to a YouTube clip that may help you out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPPFiaYpWY

When we come back after half term we will be learning all about Bonfire Night. We will be practising putting on hats, gloves and scarfs in preparation to watch the fireworks! If anyone has any old hats, gloves or scarfs that they could donate to Nursery it would be very much appreciated!

Please have a happy and safe half term!

 

Week Ending Friday 14th October

This week in Nursery we have continued with our ‘Vegetable’ theme. When we read the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ last week, we were shocked to discover that chips came from potatoes and not from McDonalds! So this week Mrs Embery made chips with us so that we could see how they came from potatoes.

img_0736 img_0739 img_0743 img_0786

We also had a visitor from Pensby High School this week. He did some lovely potato printing with us.

Please be aware that we still have some nasty bugs in Nursery. Keep and eye out for diarrhea and vomiting and if you spot any signs please keep your child off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours.

We have also had a reported case of headlice. I would like to thank our parents for their honesty when informing us of any cases so that we can warn other parents.

This weekend we would like all of our children to continue practising putting on their own coats, now that the weather is getting colder this independence is even more important!

Homework:

This weekend we would like you to go on an Autumn walk and collect 5 things for our Investigation Table, you can practise putting your coat on for the walk! Please count the objects with your child using 1:1 correspondence as explained in last weeks weekly news. If you would like to please feel free to complete a WOW! moment telling us how amazing your child is at counting or collecting Autumn objects.

Download your WOW! moments here wow-moments

Below you will find information about our upcoming school events the Halloween Disco and the Fireworks display, click on the pictures to see an enlarged version.

A quick reminder for any of our parents who use our Wrap Around service, please ensure that you are completing your booking forms in advance of the sessions that you wish to use. The service is very flexible and the staff are more than happy to accommodate short term or 1 off care however this must be arranged through the Wrap Around service not through Nursery. Therefore if you require your child to have lunch or use the afternoon service that day, please ring Wrap using  the ‘Extended Children’s Service’ option or pop in to see the Wrap Around Staff. Booking forms are available to download from the website on the school office page.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

 

 

Week Ending Friday 7th October

Warning! We have now had 2 reported cases of diarrhea and vomiting in Nursery this week! Please be extra vigilant with your child. If they show any signs of illness please keep them off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours to stop the bug spreading and to prevent other children catching it. Our children’s little bodies do not cope well with tummy bugs so please be considerate of others.

Homework

This week we have continued with our vegetable theme. Homework is for your child to tell you all about a vegetable that they have learned about this week. Children might like to draw a vegetable and they can ask an adult to label it for them. If they do not wish to draw they can tell you all about a vegetable and an adult can record their learning on a WOW! moment.

Number Sacks

This week we are sending home our ‘Number Sacks’. The sack contains a card with a song or a story to encourage counting. It also has resources to encourage children to count with your support. They are activities for you to complete together as parent and child. Please look after these very precious resources and return them to Nursery on Monday or at your child’s first session following the weekend. if any of the resources are lost you may be asked to replace them or cover the cost of them being replaced. We only have 8 number sacks so we will have a rota for them being sent home. Please have lots of fun with your child.

Reception Applications

All children who are due to start in Reception in September 2017 will require an application to be completed online. We have an information leaflet available for parents, if you have not yet received it please ask a member of the Nursery Team. We like to hand out the application in person so that we can ensure you have received it. If you struggle to get to school and see the staff in person for example if your child attends breakfast and after school club, then please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Embery and I will be able to assist you. Each year we have many parents disappointed when they are allocated a school place for September, please bear in mind that applications are completed and dealt with by Wirral authority, unfortunately school has no say in allocation. I would strongly advise ALL parents even those who have older siblings in the school or who think they may live in the catchment area to check where exactly your catchment school is. Parents cannot simply choose a school rather they are assigned a school place for their child based on where you live. This is the main criteria for places, if your child has an older sibling in the school this DOES NOT guarantee you a place for a younger sibling and again, every year we have families whose children have been assigned to schools different to where their sibling attends. Unfortunately last year we experienced what the local authority referred to as a ‘bulge’ year with an extremely high birth rate, therefore sadly even some families who did live in catchment still did not receive a place. I am aware that this can all sound very worrying but I would rather be open and transparent with our parents and provide you with the information that you need sooner rather than later. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to speak to me or contact the school office and make an appointment to see me. The leaflet provides you with all the information you need as does the Wirral.gov website. To look up your catchment school please click on this link:

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions/school-catchment-area-finder

The deadline for admissions is January 15th 2017. Please be aware that there is no ‘first come, first served’ basis, rather as mentioned above places are allocated on catchment.

To complete your online application please click on this link:

http://www.wiral.gov.uk/schooladmissions

In Nursery this week we have been using the smart board to complete data handling, looking at our favourite vegetables and counting how many children chose each one!

img_0684 img_0682

Remember to keep practising children’s independence skills!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!


Week Ending Friday 30th September

Please find our weekly Newsletter here 30-09-16

WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments

This week in Nursery we have been continuing with our ‘All About Me’ topic. In our playdough area, we have been making faces using playdough and Autumn materials.

img_0547 img_0568

We have also been using acorns to help us with our counting. Our job in the number area was to match the correct number of acorns to the leaf with the corresponding number on it. Our teachers have been showing us how to count using 1:1 correspondence. That means that as we count we say the number out loud but only as we touch the acorns, this helps us to count slowly and clearly instead of just counting in rote.

Please feel free to practise counting using 1:1 correspondences at home with your child. It helps to put the objects that are to be counted in a straight line to avoid confusion.

If we are able to count securely, our teachers have been working on number recognition with us, 0-5 and then 0-10 if we are ready!


Week Ending Friday 23rd September

Please find our weekly Nursery newsletter here 23-09-16

WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments

This week we have been very busy in Nursery! On Tuesday we went to the hall for P.E and played games with the giant parachute.

In the outdoor area, we have been building our houses. We are making lots of new friends as we play and learn together.

img_0536 img_0446 img_0506 img_0518


Welcome Back Everybody!

It is the start of a brand new school year and we are learning all about ‘Ourselves’. Please find here our weekly newsletter 16-09-16

Each week we set the children a homework that is appropriate for Early Years. This week in preparation for learning all about ourselves, please look in a mirror with your child and talk about their hair and eye colour, how many eyes they have, where their nose is etc.

Ask them to look at your hair and eye colour, is it the same or is it different?

We very much welcome contributions from our parents regarding your child’s learning. We encourage you to use our WOW! moments to record any achievement or goal that your child meets at home and send them into school. This information will form part of your child’s learning journey. You can download WOW! moments here wow-moments

Alternatively you can record your child’s achievements on post its or just on a scrap of paper, any contribution is welcome. Please feel free to use a WOW! moment to record their homework this week.


Nursery Holiday Homework

In preparation for your child starting in Nursery, it may be useful to check if your child can do the following independently:

  • Can they recognise their own name? This is a useful skill to help your child to identify where their coat peg is and which jumper/cardigan is theirs at the end of the session.
  • Are they able to pull their own trousers/leggings/tights up? If they are still learning how to be independent when going to the toilet it is much easier for them to wear loose clothes that they can manage themselves…..no skinny jeans!
  • Can they put their own coat on? They may still struggle with zips and buttons but if they can manage to put their arms in the sleeves of their coat independently this will help them to access the outdoor area more readily.
  • Can they wash their hands without assistance after using the toilet? Please use constant reminders with your child to wash their hands after using the toilet, this is vital for the health and safety of your child and others in the setting.

Have a practise of the above with your child over the summer and help them to be Nursery ready!  

 


 

15 07 16 Newsletter

08 07 16 Newsletter

01 07 16 Newsletter

WOW moments You can download WOW! moments by clicking on the link.

This week we having continued with our ‘Minibeasts’ topic. We had a special visitor to our classroom, a tarantula named ‘Tilly’. We learnt lots of facts about Tilly and other spiders, ask your child to tell you something that they have learnt and record it on a WOW! moment.

IMG_0265

24 06 16 Newsletter

17 06 16 Newsletter

  Welcome back!

This week we have been celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Nursery. We have written birthday cards for the Queen, played in the castle small world, built sandcastles, dressed up like the royal family, and on Friday we had a birthday party and played party games.

IMG_0122 IMG_0123 IMG_0124 IMG_0125 IMG_0126 IMG_0127

Our homework was to make a crown to wear at the party, we had some amazing ones!

IMG_0143IMG_0142IMG_0141

10 06 16 Newsletter

Have an enjoyable half term break everybody and we will see you back in school on Monday 6th June!

‘Race For Life’

We have celebrated our ‘Race for Life’ in school today. We had a warm up session on the top playground with the whole school and then completed our laps of the race circuit. We are very proud of the Nursery children despite their very short legs they have very big hearts and every child completed the course with a huge smile on their face!

IMG_0026 IMG_0027 IMG_0028 IMG_0029 IMG_0030 IMG_0031 IMG_0032 IMG_0033 IMG_0034 IMG_0035 IMG_0036 IMG_0037 IMG_0038 IMG_0039 IMG_0040 IMG_0044 IMG_0045 IMG_0046

IMG_0053 IMG_0054 IMG_0055 IMG_0056 IMG_0057 IMG_0058 IMG_0059 IMG_0060

27 05 16 Newsletter

This week in Nursery we have been showing off our 3-D space models that we have made at home, we had some amazing models sent into school!

20 05 16 Newsletter

Space


This week we started our ‘Space’ topic.

We have been dressing ourselves in the spaceman costume and engaging in role-play flying our spaceships and working on the space station.

We have also been playing in our small world space station and reading stories about space and aliens.

In the finger gym we have been choosing different size, shape and textured materials to create a space scene.

IMG_9802IMG_9818

13 05 16 Newsletter

Race for Life/Charity Day 2016

To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.

You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.

Friday 6th May 2016

A special thank you this week to Abigail Irons and her family for bringing into Nursery a beautiful African mask for us to look at as part of our ‘Africa’ topic. Dad kindly brought the mask all the way from Angola!

IMG_9675

WOW moments

This week we have been learning all about the fruit from the Hand’s Surprise story. Homework this week is an interactive activity for you to complete with your child. Please see below a recipe for a healthy, fruity treat. Please complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework.

Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Cups

Ingredients:

200g of yoghurt (any yoghurt will do!)

Selection of different fruit cut up into small pieces

Method:

  • Lay 12 paper cake cases out on a baking tray or you can use silicone cake cases.
  • Dollop the yoghurt equally between the cases.
  • Place pieces of fruit on top of the yoghurt and press them down slightly using the end of a spoon.
  • Place the baking tray with the filled cases into the freezer for 2 hours.
  • Remove the tray and serve peeling off the paper case (any leftovers can be placed into a sandwich bag and popped back into the freezer for later).

06 05 16 Newsletter

This week we have been learning all about Africa!

Jamie and Ellie have been reading stories about life in Africa. The children carried their ‘buckets of water’ on their heads and Saul went on safari. Ava has been playing in our safari small world.

Africa Homework 29/04/16

29 04 16 Newsletter

Welcome Back!

I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and are ready to tackle the summer term. Please find below our topic web for the summer A half term.

Space and Africa

22 04 16 Newsletter

WOW moments

Please remember to complete WOW! moments over the Easter weekend if your child makes you go “Wow!”

EASTER EGG COMPETITION


Well done to all of our children who entered the competition and congratulations to our winner……

FREYA MORRIS

for your ‘Big Blue Monster’ egg.

IMG_9415

24 03 16 Newsletter

Our Week 14th March-18th March 2016


For Sport Relief today, we completed 3 laps of the playground!

IMG_9285IMG_9284IMG_9283

This week we have had a very sporty week! On Tuesday we went to the school hall for P.E. We listened to the music and moved our bodies and our ribbons in time to the music.

IMG_9105IMG_9108

18 03 16 Newsletter

Pirates!


This week we have had another very busy week in Nursery! We have been playing in our Pirate small world and sharing pirate stories with our friends and teachers. In our construction area we have been building pirate ships using the photographs for inspiration and in the making area we have used 2-D shapes to make pictures of pirate ships. In our mathematics we have learnt positional language, on, under, behind, in front of and next to. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions and put the pirate and the octopus in the correct place. In phonics we have re visited ‘s’ and we sorted the animals into two groups. One group who’s name started with ‘s’ and the other group who’s name did not start with ‘s’. Next week we will be writing messages in a bottle.

11 03 16 Newsletter

IMG_8597

World Book Day!


04 03 16 Newsletter

26 02 16 Newsletter

12 02 16 Newsletter

Well done to Freya Morris for fantastic homework this week!

IMG_8465

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We listened to the story of the animal race and used the masks in the role-play area to retell the story. We have been exploring in our investigation area with noodles and giant tweezers to build on our motor control and we have been writing numbers using Chinese symbols. In our construction area we have been building Chinese temples and we have watched a Dragon Dance on the smartboard.

IMG_8405 IMG_8439 IMG_8433

22 01 16 Newsletter

15 01 16 Newsletter

People Who Help Us

08 01 16 Newsletter

Swimming Permission

04 12 15 Newsletter

This week in Nursery we have been learning all about winter. Our classroom has been turned into a winter wonderland! We have been marmaking in the snow, decorating our winter tree with snow, making Christmas cakes and snowy pictures and building igloos! On Friday when we came into Nursery, two naughty penguins had become trapped in the ice and we had to think of a way to rescue them.

IMG_7852

IMG_7885

IMG_7883

IMG_7858

IMG_7873

Topic Web Winter

27 11 15 Newsletter

 

 Newsletter 13 11 15

Autmn 2 Topic WebBonfire Night

Newsletter 06 11 15

Bonfire Night


This week we have been preparing for Bonfire Night. We have been making rockets in the creative workshop and we have been practising putting on our hats and gloves to keep us warm whilst we watch the fireworks. Today we made chocolate dipped apples for a tasty Bonfire Night treat.

IMG_7186

firework poster

09 10 15

Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…

Halloween Disco 2015

 

02 10 15

18th Sept newsletter

11 09 15 newsletter

Please read our first newsletter of the term. We look forward to  welcoming some more new children to Nursery next week. Once everyone has started we will let you know all the exciting activities we have planned for this half term and beyond.

All of our Nursery children have been stars this term ! We wish those moving on to new schools lots of luck, we’re sure that you will have lots of fun in your new classes. We look forward to seeing and working with those children moving into Miss Scott’s class every Thursday during mixed morning. To those children returning to Nursery – have a great summer and we will see you either at our stay & play sessions on Thursday or Friday 3rd/4th September or in the week beginning 8th September.sports_day_0Thank you to all our parents who attended our mini sports day and family picnic on Friday – we were so lucky with the weather ! If you have a child taking part in the main school sports day on Tuesday 14th July and wish to collect your child from Nursery so that they can watch their sibling compete please let staff know.

33822735-collection-of-creepy-crawly-insects

The children were fascinated by our visit from The Creepy Crawly Show – we were able to watch and handle some amazing creatures including Liz the Royal Python, Ginge the Corn Snake, and Michelle the Terrapin. We were very proud of the children when Steve the “bug man” said Nursery children usually scream and squirm but ours sat so still and listened and asked sensible questions. Check out our Nursery window to see some of the photos of the children handling the creatures…..you will notice there are non of the staff – we had to hold the camera of course !

Newsletter friday 10th July

 Well done to all our Nursery children who completed our 1k Race for Life challenge. Children who were in Nursery all day actually completed it TWICE so a fantastic effort from them ! We have had amazing amounts of sponsor money sent in, a big thank you to all our Nursery families for their support.

rfl_stand_alone_logo_rgb

Newsletter friday 3rd July

Newsletter friday 26th June

newsletter friday 19th June

newsletter friday 12th June

newsletter friday 5th June

newsletter friday 22nd may

newsletter friday 15th may

newsletter friday 8th may

newsletter friday 1st may

newsletter friday 24th April

 Nursery Summer term 2015

Friday 27th March

newsletter friday 27 March

Easter Bonnet Competition  – Wednesday 1st April.

Nursery children are more than welcome to take part in this competition. We will choose a winner and a runner up for the best bonnet.

Every child who comes to school in a Easter Bonnet willreceive a Creme Egg.

 

Friday 20th March

newsletter friday 20 March

Friday 13th March

Comic Relief came to Pensby and Nursery did themselves proud by making their faces funny and bringing in their money. The children ran a beauty spa and throughout the day staff were able to visit and have a make over. This was a once in lifetime experience as staff were treated like super stars and looked like super stars! Well, nearly.

Thank you to all of our children and our fellow staff members for being such fantastic sports. We had a great day together.

 

newsletter friday 13th March

Friday 6th March

newsletter friday 6th March

Friday 27th March

newsletter friday 27th February 

Friday 13th February

Valentines Day and finsihing our topic – Chinese New Year.

The children have experienced more Chinese traditions – the Lion Dance, where some lucky individuals were selected to take part in their own dance using the Lion head! We have listened to music, tasted some more delights from the orient and made wishes for our wishing tree for familiy and friends.

Finally the children have made their own cards for their loved ones ready for Saturday 14th February.

Half term – school closes Friday 13th February and we all return ready to learn and have fun – Monday 23rd February.

Have a lovely holiday.

newsletter friday 13th February

Friday 6th February

Chinese New Year Celebrations. The children have started to learn about Chinese traditions and how and why they celebrate Chinese New Year.

The children really enjoyed reading the zodiac story, tasting different food and making Chinese Dragons and lanterns.

newsletter friday 6th February

 

 

Friday 23rd January

A reminder to parents that toast is available at snack time in both morning and afternoon nursery.

10p for half a slice and 20p for a full slice.

newsletter friday 23rd January

Friday 16th January

newsletter friday 16th January

Friday 9th January

 

Happy New Year.

newsletter friday 9th January 1

Thursday 18th December

 

newsletter thursday 18th December

Friday 12th December

Wow what a fantastic Christmas Performance!!!!!

Nursery we are so proud of you – absolutely awesome singing with all the children taking part and looking great.

Thank you to all who mangaged to attend our small but wonderful performance.

Next week is our last week in school. Our last day is Thursday 18th December.

However we have a fun packed week ahead. Christmas cards to finish and of course our CHRISTMAS PARTY! Donations for party food please – 50p.

Our party will be Tuesday 16th December in our classroom with all Nursery children being asked to arrive at 12.30pm for a full afternoon session. Therefore please can we remind parents that as a result we will have no morning nursery that day, but Wrap have offered to swap all afternoon sessions that day to morning sessions. So if this is convenient for parents then please contact club to arrange this.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Friday 5th December

newsletter friday 5th December

Friday 28th December

newsletter friday 28th November

This weeks newsletter details our plans for next week!

Keep practising our Christmas songs – Twinkle Twinkle, Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

Friday 21st November

A busy week in Nursery practising our songs ready for Friday 12th December! Remember we need to practise at home too.

Three songs – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Chrstmas.

This week – Don’t forget your Christmas decorations for Yule Logs – in bags with names please.

newsletter friday 21st November

Friday 14th November

newsletter friday 14th November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 7th November

 

newsletter friday 7th November

333

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Friday 21st October

newsletter friday 24th October

Friday 17th October

It’s been a great week in Nursery. Read our latest newsletter to find out why?

newsletter friday 17th October

Friday 10th October 

newsletter friday 10th October

We have had a great week welcoming our new friends into Nursery. The weather has been fantastic and enabled us to utilise our outdoor area to its full potential.

Friday 3rd October

newsletter friday 3rd October

Please find the first newsletter listed below for you to enjoy reading over the weekend. 12th September 2014


 

Year 6K

Monday 16th July 2018

FINAL WEEK as PENSBY PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS

Awards Ceremony

What an fantastic show we had on Friday. We worked really hard to prepare all the videos and performances for you. How amazing are Year 6?!?! We really hope you enjoyed it… it was lovely to see so many family members, staff (and Mr Leathers) join us for the evening. We had managed to keep the trophies a surprise until the night, they will hopefully be something year 6 will cherish for many years to come.

As you can imagine, the videos take a very long time to make, each 4 or 5 minute video can be up to 5 or 6 hours of editing and rendering. As a special gift to all of Year 6 we will be presenting each child with a copy of all the videos that were shown on the night in the form of a DVD.

 

Spanish Morning

We have been invited to spend the morning at Pensby High School. The MFL department will be providing Spanish activities for the children to experience in small groups. This is a half day activity for children in Year 4 and 6.  We will leave school just after registration and return at about 1.10pm.  Arrangements have been made for the children to have lunch as normal when they return.

Plan for the day:

9:30am  arrive at Pensby High School

9:30 – 9:50am Welcome and explanation of the day

Groups go off to join an activity (Carousel of 20 minute activities)

11:10am break for juice and biscuits

11:30am Carousel resumes

12:50am Final farewell

1:10pm Back to Pensby Primary School for lunch.

  • Wednesday 18th July: PE Kit needed in school today for our final ever Dodgeball competition.
  • Thursday 19th July: Walking up to Pensby High School for Spanish activity morning. 
  • Thursday 19th July: Fish and Chips for dinner today (as tomorrow is Summer Picnic).
  • Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils. Children may bring an old shirt to be signed. We cannot sign anything that a child is wearing. Shirts are preferable to polo tops as they are much easier to write on. Each child will also need a pen (permanent marker type) and a piece of stiff card (cereal box will do) to put inside the shirt.
  • Friday 20th July: Summer Picnic.

 

The Hive

We had an superb day out to The Hive, all thanks to our PTA. The day was better than we expected as we had the added bonus of the skate park. We also had use of the climbing wall, the ‘rec’ area and the music room (when we could get Miss Whitty off the microphone).

In the afternoon we made full use of the unbelievably large sports hall and went in small groups to make ‘chocolate mug cakes’.

The staff at the The Hive were excellent and made it a day to remember. It was completely FREE to Year 6 thanks to the PTA, who paid for the whole trip.

Monday 2nd July 2018

Sports Week

Children may come to school wearing their sports clothes every day this week as we have team activities each and every day.

 

Leavers/Treat Day 

A letter has been sent home today detailing the Leavers’ Ceremony and the treat day out to The Hive. Please ensure you read it carefully and complete the return slip by Friday 6th July.

 

Photographs for Leavers

As part of the Leavers’ show we would would like to share some images of the children when they were younger. Could parents/carers please dig out some old photos and either email them to the school office (preferred method) or if they are printed copies they can be sent into school to be scanned and returned (last resort). We will need them by this Friday, 6th July please, as it takes a very long time to put the video together and our show is a week this Friday.

Email: schooloffice@pensby-primary.wirral.sch.uk

Oaklands

We added some more pictures (see below)… the children all had a great time (some are still recovering) and had lots of stories to tell this morning. It is something we will all remember for many years to come. We will share more photographs and video clips a the Leavers’ show next week.

 

Sports Week 2nd – 6th July 2018

PE KIT To be worn/brought into school every day!

Make sure you come to school with a filled water bottle and sun-cream applied!

Each day next week we will be taking part in a wide range of fun activities, from dodgeball to netball and everything in-between. On Thursday 5th July, parents are invited to come and watch Year 5 and 6 compete in some traditional sports day races as chosen by the children.

Thursday 5th July – as part of our sports week the children have decided to take part in a few traditional activities and compete against each house during our 30-45 minute slot. This will include the sack race, egg and spoon, sprint and relay. We hope parents can come and enjoy the fun!

It will take place on the top playground and hopefully we will be able to use some of the grassed areas around it.

Oaklands 2018 – Day 3

Blue Group

Red Group

Green Group

 

Oaklands 2018 – Day 2

Blue Group

Green Group

Red Group

Good Morning…

We all made it through the fist night…The class ‘snorers’ are well and truly outed and we have some sleepy heads this morning, but all is well.

We finished our orienteering activity at around 9pm and after a quick wash and teeth brushed we began settling down for the night.

Breakfast is at 8am then we will begin preparing for the day’s activities.

Check back this evening for some photographs of what we got up to…

Oaklands 2018 – Day 1

We split into three groups and set to our first task. Each group was tethered together and half of them were blindfolded! The task was to negotiate the ‘dingle’- a maze of ropes, bushes, trees, rocks, streams and buckets of water. Each group was designated a leader who had to pass clear instructions to the rest of the group. They had to all work as a team to get to the end safe and sound (which thankfully they all did). It was then shower, change and set up for dinner… We are now just preparing for the evening activity… orienteering. We’ll try and add some photos of it if we get time. For now, here are some pictures from this afternoon. 

 

Blue Group

Red Group

Green Group

 

Year 5 and 6 Sports Day – Thursday 5th July 10:30am.

Thursday 5th July – as part of our sports week the children have decided to take part in a few traditional activities and compete against each house during our 30-45 minute slot. This will include the sack race, egg and spoon, sprint and relay. We hope parents can come and enjoy the fun!

It will take place on the top playground and hopefully we will be able to use some of the grassed areas around it.

 

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on Thursday and a water bottle and sun cream!

 

Friday 22nd June 2018

Week 3

(4 Weeks to go!)

What a Week!

What a hectic week we’ve had!  Many think that Year 6 can relax after the SATs tests, but unfortunately we can’t. This is probably our busiest term… we have visits from the High School teachers, the leavers’ show to prepare for, Oaklands to arrange and this year we also had the writing moderation! The moderators were in school today, they looked through the children’s books are were really impressed with the standard and amount of work we’ve completed this year. Well Done Year 6K!

Thankfully we’ve had Miss Toft on hand to help over the past few weeks. She will be leaving us next week and we will be very sad to see her go.

 

Attendance Treat Day

We finally have a spare day to use as our ‘Attendance Treat Day’. We are all really looking forward to spending the day together enjoying some team games and a movie. Check out the picture below… Luke S’s mum brought this array of goodies into school for us to devour whilst watching ‘The Greatest Showman’… THANK YOU so much!!!

Weekend Homework:

  • Pack your bag for Oaklands (make sure your bag has wheels!) check everything off the list as you do.
  • Learn how to put on a pillow case and duvet cover

 

Key Dates – Final Half Term

  • Monday 25th June: Oaklands medicine to be brought to school office, clearly labelled and medication form to be completed.
  • Tuesday 26th June: Attendance Treat Day. Attendance Treat Day Letter
  • Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential – get your bag packed (make sure it has wheels) and make sure you know how to put a pillow case and duvet cover on.
  • Thursday 5th July: Year 5 and 6 Sports Day. More details to follow.
  • Tuesday 10th July: Year 6 Treat Day out to The Hive (moved from 16th due to unforeseen circumstances)
  • Wednesday 11th July: Transition Day. Year 6 children to attend their new High School for the day wearing their Pensby Primary uniform. Any information will be provided at the evening meeting held at each high school. Please contact them directly for details.
  • Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance 6pm, prompt start. No tickets required. Bring the family.
  • Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out to The Hive. More details to follow.
  • Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.
  • Additional Transition Visits (2nd July) for Selected children only.

Wednesday 20th June 2018

Reminder: This Friday is own clothes for ‘bring a bottle’ for the Summer Fair.

Attendance Treat

As I hope they have already told you, Year 6 won the attendance award (finally) and are due a ‘treat’. After discussing it with all the children, we have decided to have a special day next Tuesday, 26th June 2018. It is perfectly timed as it will also be Miss Toft’s last day with us and we are off to Oaklands the following day. Miss Toft has really enjoyed her time with Year 6 and she will come back and see us at the Leavers Show. The children have opted to come into school in their pyjamas (or onesies) for the day and some want to bring a pillow and/or a teddy. We will spend the morning playing team games and spend the afternoon watching ‘The Greatest Showman’ together, which is rated PG. If you wish your child/ren to watch the film, you must complete the reply slip below and return it to school by this Friday (a paper copy has been sent home today)…

Attendance Treat Day Letter

Homework: research theories about how/why the Titanic sank, make some notes and bring them to school tomorrow.

Friday 15th June 2018

Week 2, 5 Weeks to go!

What a fantastic week we’ve had, ending with two amazing visits to school by Sue Hoffmann and Mr Putman.

We spent the morning working with Sue and hearing extracts from High King. We designed our own fantastic creatures (building on our science work on classification) and wrote a short story about an encounter with a dragon!

Sue commented on how amazing we were at answering questions. She brought lots of cute and cuddly teddies to help us with ideas for our writing.

 

Mr Putman guided us through the first of 5 Bible sessions with his usual enthusiasm and entertainment. He is fascinating to listen to and made the first few books of The Old Testament come alive. We needed lots of volunteers to take part in the re-enactments of each story.

 

Weekend Homework:

  • Learn the words to our two songs from The Greatest Showman
  • Begin to pack your bag for Oaklands (make sure your bag has wheels!)
  • Learn how to put on a pillow case and duvet cover

 

Key Dates – Final Half Term

  • Tuesday 19th June: Personal safety session.
  • Friday 21st June: Walk Through The Bible, Session 2.
  • Monday 25th June: Oaklands medicine to be brought to school office, clearly labelled and medication form to be completed.
  • Tuesday 26th June: Attendance Treat Day. More details to follow.
  • Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential – get your bag packed (make sure it has wheels) and make sure you know how to put a pillow case and duvet cover on.
  • Thursday 5th July: Year 5 and 6 Sports Day. More details to follow.
  • Wednesday 11th July: Transition Day. Year 6 children to attend their new High School for the day wearing their Pensby Primary uniform. Any information will be provided at the evening meeting held at each high school. Please contact them directly for details.
  • Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance 6pm, prompt start. No tickets required. Bring the family.
  • Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out to The Hive. More details to follow.
  • Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.
  • Additional Transition Visits (25th June and 2nd July) for Selected children only.

IMPORTANT – Oaklands Consent Forms were due in on the 7th June. If you haven’t already sent your form in then please make sure you complete it and send it in with your child on Monday 11th June or you may risk your child losing their place.

 

Monday 11th June 2018

Kooth – Online support for young people

We had a visit from Jude Leng who works for KOOTH. Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. After speaking to the whole class and guiding us though the online registration process she showed us how the website works and how it can benefit young people if they are feeling negative. She then took a small group of children to work with on their worries about moving to High School.

 

Information about us

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

For more information about XenZone, please visit XENZONE.COM. If you’re a parent looking for more information about Kooth, please email PARENTS@XENZONE.COM

 

Homework

Science – Classification Tree. Use ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ questions to sort your chosen animals. Choose at least 8 to sort through and make sure you bring it into school on Wednesday 13th June.

Friday 8th June 2018

Summer 2nd Half Week 1

6 Weeks to go…

End of Year Reports, Writing and Moderation

It is getting close the end of the year and we are thinking about all our progress and achievements since being in Year 6 and Primary School as a whole. Over the coming weeks all the adults who work with Year 6 need to make a decision on whether or not each child has met (or exceeded) the Expected Standards in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science.

This ‘Teacher Assessment’ goes hand in hand with the SATs results (which we will find out next month) and is what will be detailed on each child’s The End of Year Report. This information is also sent to the High Schools and the Local Authority. Making a final decision is a difficult process and a very important one as it highlights each child’s achievement and progress throughout Year 6 and their entire time since being in Primary School.

We are lucky enough to have the Local Authority helping to moderate our judgments in writing this year, this is to ensure we are accurate in our assessments and to offer guidance and support if needed. It also ensures that all schools are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’.

We are working hard to get lots of evidence to support our judgments, it has been a challenging week but everyone has proved just how amazing they are! Well done Year 6!

 

Miss Toft

We are lucky enough to Have Miss Toft teaching some lessons over the coming weeks. Although she has only spent a sort time with Year 6 she is really enjoying being in the classroom and has prepared some fun and exciting lessons. 

 

Outdoor Learning:

As the weather was so glorious all week we moved our tables and chairs outside for some lessons. It was going well until the wind blew all the work off the tables (not so good when trying to paint).

Visiting Author – Friday 15th June 2018

On Friday 15th June Year 6 will be visited by Sue Hoffmann, a local author and former teacher. Sue will be sharing extracts from her book, High King, and supporting us with some fiction writing (which may include dragons). Sue has visited Year 6 many times before and it is always a very productive morning.

Sue will also be selling signed copies of her book ‘High King’ for the special reduced price of £7. Any child who would like to buy a copy can bring cash into school in a labelled envelope on Friday 15th June. This cannot be paid through TUCASI nor through the School Office.

 

Mr Putman – Friday 15th June 2018

Friday 15th June will be the first of 5 sessions run by Mr Putman. It is entitled ‘Walk Through The Bible’ and it will run for 5 weeks, each session lasting for one hour. Mr Putman is a joy to listen to and we are very lucky to have been given this opportunity to work with him once again.

 

Weekend Homework: 

Leavers’ Finale – We are considering ‘The Greatest Showman’ as the influence for our musical numbers. Many children are familiar with the movie and songs but some are not. Use whatever resources you have available to experience either the movie or some of the songs. We’ll have a go at singing them together next week…

 

Key Dates:

Thursday 7th June: Oaklands consent forms due in today.

Monday 11th June: Late Oaklands forms to be brought into school today at the latest.

Friday 15th June: Sue Hoffmann visit. Bring £7 if you would like a signed copy of her book ‘High King’.

Tuesday 19th June: Personal safety session.

Monday 25th June: Oaklands medicine to be brought to school office, clearly labelled and medication form to be completed.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential – get your bag packed (make sure it has wheels) and make sure you know how to put a pillow case and duvet cover on.

Thursday 5th July: Year 5 and 6 Sports Day. More details to follow.

Wednesday 11th July: Transition Day. Year 6 children to attend their new High School for the day wearing their Pensby Primary uniform. Any information will be provided at the evening meeting held at each high school. Please contact them directly for details.

Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance 6pm, prompt start. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out to The Hive. More details to follow.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

Additional Transition Visits (25th June and 2nd July)

We have managed to secure some additional visits to Pensby High School over the coming weeks for a small number of children who will be attending there in September. We will inform parents if your child has been chosen to attend via a all from the School Office.

Monday 4th June 2018

Maths – This week we are focussing on calculator skills. We created decimal numbers from fractions by dividing the numerator by the denominator. We then played a game called ‘Three in a Row’.

Writing – We reviewed our homework notes and drafted the informal section of our Barnstondale leaflet. We will be sharing the finished leaflets with Year 3.

 

Homework – Leavers’ Show… do you have a hidden talent? Or maybe one that we already know about? Would you like to perform on stage? If so, we will gladly ‘consider’ your ideas on Wednesday, be ready to showcase your talent to the rest of the class (it doesn’t have to be prefect). 

Visiting Author – Sue Hoffmann – 15th June

Imagine you are the first to set foot in a new land. 

Keep imagining…

On Friday 15th June Year 6 will be visited by Sue Hoffmann, a local author and former teacher. Sue will be sharing extracts from her previous book, High King, and supporting us with some fiction writing (which may include dragons). Sue has visited Year 6 many times before and it is always a very productive morning.

Sue will also be selling signed copies of her book ‘High King’ for the special reduced price of £7. Any child who would like to buy a copy can bring cash into school in a labelled envelope on Friday 15th June. This cannot be paid through TUCASI nor through the School Office.

A new land and a new start for the Almari people but have they brought an old enemy with them?

As the old country breaks down, ravaged by earthquakes and plague, an advance fleet of Almari ships sets out in search of the mythical paradise island that some believe awaits them far across the sea. They find a wonderful land, but a land with voices in the night and many mysteries to solve. And what has become of High King Lantor? When more ships are finally seen on the horizon, do they bring the old powers with them — or plague, disaster and new enemies? Young Zenton and his cousin are finding their strengths and becoming the leaders of their generation, but what will they do when dissent and violence break out in paradise?

It should have been a sanctuary — the refuge promised in legend.
The Almari should have been safe here.

Friday 25th May 2018

End of Summer 1st Half – Half a term to go!

Charity Day

What an amazing end to the busiest half term in Year 6… Charity Day. A big thank you must be said to the children in Year 6 and their families for helping to make it one of the most memorable charity days yet. We don’t have a final figure yet as not everyone managed to get their donations in on time, but we are certainly close to £600.

Chip Butty Time… mmmmmmmmmm

Cake Sale

Ben’s nan made us the most amazing cakes to sell at the end of the day…

The cake sale alone raised over £80… that’s astonishing. Thank you Ben’s nan.

All the money raised will be going directly to help homeless people in the North West.

 

Half Term Homework

Remember Barnstondale? Talk to your family and friends about your experience there…

  • What activities did you do? Describe what you did and how it made you feel.
  • What was the accommodation like? Describe the rooms/beds/ facilities.
  • Would you recommend it to a friend?
  • If you could sum up your experience in one sentence what would it be?

Make notes on the the above points and consider how you could use them to form the main part of your information leaflet.

If you didn’t go to Barnstondale then use another experience that you have had where you have stayed away from home or taken part in adventurous activities, such as rock climbing or archery.

Bring your notes to school on Monday 4th June as you will be suing them to write your leaflet to share with Year 3.

 

Have a lovely half term break. You deserve it.

Monday 21st May 2018

Writing

We revised, edited and published our speeches this morning. Tomorrow we will share them with the class and vote for our favourite. There are lots of deserving charities, it is going to be difficult to choose…

Winning Charity Day Poster

 

After a secret vote, Steps of Hope was victorious in becoming our charity for this year. Amy wrote a compelling speech and did just enough to sway the vote in her favour. Well done Amy.

Art

In the afternoon we found out about ‘famous artists through time’. We created brief fact files about a range of different artists who use a variety of medium, from wood to textiles and everything in-between. We put some of them on display…

Homework: Artist Comprehension. Due Wednesday 23rd May.

 

Key Dates:

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands payment due in full by today.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day (last day of half term). ‘Chip Butties’ for dinner (no cost) as a thank you for all their hard work.

Friday 18th May 2018

Summer 1st Half

Week 5 – One week to go

Friday 25th May is Charity Day. Your child knows what they are doing (hopefully) and what they need to prepare. All materials need to be in school by Wednesday 23rd May please!

Here is the letter sent out to parents. Year 6 DO NOT need to make an online donation. Their donation is the hard work and effort they are putting into the event. Charity Day 2018

As a ‘Thank You’ to Year 6 we will be proving them with a ‘chip butty’ lunch on Friday 25th May. If your child does not want a chip butty, then please provide them with a packed lunch.

 

SATs are finally over. What a fantastic week we’ve had. Everyone has excelled themselves and really ‘pulled it out of the bag’ for the tests. Breakfast was amazing, it was so good to see so many staff offering support and encouragement before each test.

SATs Party

We ended the week with our legendary water games. The weather was kind (not that it mattered) and  we got extremely drenched earlier than usual (blame Mr Davies).

Party

We spent the afternoon enjoying some refreshments. Alfie brought us all a chocolate covered donuts and Harriet made her famous tiffin. This was after we had enjoyed James’s cakes yesterday… we are so lucky!

 

Science with Mr Orr

We made poo.

Treasure Hunt with Mr Davies

We went on a maths question hunt around the school.

 

Weekend Homework:

  • Writing – Make notes/draft a short speech detailing your chosen charity and why we should donate our Charity Day donations to it. On Monday you will revise, edit and publish your speech before presenting it to the rest of the class. We will then vote for which charity we should nominate. Good Luck. Charity Choice
  • Spellings – Spellings will be tested on Thursday (sorry about the confusion this week). Week 4 and 5.

Year 6 Term 3A Week 4

Year 6 Term 3A Week 5

Key Dates:

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands payment due in full by today.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day (last day of half term). ‘Chip Butties’ for dinner (no cost) as a thank you for all their hard work.

Monday 14th May 2018

Yippeee. That’s the first lot out of the way. No more Grammar, Punctuation or spelling tests (for now).

Breakfast was delicious, it was nice seeing everyone in so early. We didn’t get time to play any games in the hall this morning, but we made up for it in the afternoon. During a mid-afternoon break from comprehension revision, we ‘tested’ out some water balloons ready for Friday’s epic event. Luckily the weather was nice and warm, giving us time to dry off before heading to the hall to play some Teddy games.

No Homework tonight – get to bed early! There was lots of yawning today.

Friday 11th May 2018

Summer 1st Half Week 4

Test Dates 2018

The 2018 Key Stage 2 tests will take place from 14th -17th May. There will be no authorised absences for this week.

All the tests will take place in the mornings. Each day the children will be split into two groups, one group will sit the test whilst the other group work with Mrs Shaw in the hall. The groups will switch places after each test. This enables us to utilise the space we have more effectively, ensuring the children have enough space to work comfortably and to minimise distractions during the tests. It also allows us to have enough staff on hand to support the children, should they need it.

  • Monday 14th: English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • Tuesday 15th: English Reading
  • Wednesday 16th: Arithmetic – Paper 1 Mathematical Reasoning – Paper 2
  • Thursday 17th: Mathematical Reasoning – Paper 3
  • Friday 18th: No tests today

SATs Breakfast

During each day of the test week (including Friday), ‘Bacon or Sausage Butties’ will be available to buy from 8:15 in the school Hall. They cost £1 each and are accompanied by a drink of either: water, tea or juice. Cereals and toast are also available for free (if paying for a sausage/bacon butty). This is to be paid in cash on the door. Some children find it easier to pay £5 on Monday so they don’t have to remember to bring money in each day. If your child does not want a sausage or bacon butty they can still join us for some cereal and toast (50p) or have breakfast at home then join us for some socialising and games.

SATs Party

Own Clothes Day is on Friday 18th May. We would like to have a party to celebrate the end of the test week and let off some steam! This will involve party games, activities and some refreshments. The children can come into school wearing their own clothes and will need to bring in a change of clothes (including a change of footwear and underwear) and a towel for our party games (in case they get wet – it has been known to happen). Actually, they most-definitely will get completely soaked! In the afternoon we will have some light snacks (crisps, biscuits) and enjoy the end of the week.

Lucky Mascots

We do encourage the children to bring in a lucky mascot to keep with them during the tests. Teddy bears are a firm favourite, but please ensure these are of a sensible size (and don’t have a calculator in them)!

 

Weekend Homework: NONE! Enjoy the rest, have some family time, think about your activity for Charity Day and get ready for next week… See you at 8:15am Monday!

 

Key Dates:

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. Please read information above.

Friday 18th May: Own clothes day. SATs Party. FULL change of clothes and a towel essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands payment due in full by today.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities. Chip Butties for dinner (no cost) as a thank you for all their hard work.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

Wednesday 9th May 2018

No homework tonight! Rest please.

Everyone is totally exhausted, it must be a combination of the Bank Holiday and all the revision we’ve been doing. We still had just enough energy for some House Team games of ‘benchball’, Penmon being victorious overall.

 

SATs 2018 – a Teddy (or other ‘Good Luck’ charm) is essential

The SATs tests are in the week beginning 14th May. All the tests are in the morning. There are no tests on Friday.

Breakfast = Brain Food – During the test week (including Friday) ‘Bacon or Sausage Butties’ will be available to buy from 8:15 in the school Hall. They cost £1 per day and are accompanied by a drink of either water, tea or juice. Cereals and toast are also available for a small donation (50p if not having a sausage or bacon butty). It is vital that the children get a good start to the day and it is also an excellent way to make sure that they are in on time! Even if your child does not want to eat breakfast in school, we still encourage them to get in early and play some games with us in the hall.

Party – On the Friday 18th May we would like to have a party to celebrate the end of the test week and let off some steam! This will involve party games, activities and some light refreshments. The children will need to bring in a complete change of clothes and a towel for our party games (in case they get wet – it has been known to happen).

Friday 4th May 2018

Summer 1st Half Week 3

This week we have been revising really hard for the SATs tests. We looked at ratio and proportion and completed most of our punctuation revision booklet.

In Science Mr Orr began our new topic of ‘Animals Including Humans’ with an introduction to the circulatory system.

In writing we began planning a leaflet advertising a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to take a ride in a hot air balloon! 

Our Year 6K Parent Writers… HERE

We set our second writing task for parents last week. Only 3 were able (or brave) to give it a go. They each wrote about a different image (shown below). Click on the link above to go to the page and enjoy reading… Maybe next week your writing will feature!

Here are this week’s choices…

 

Next week is only 4 days and we have lots to cram in! Our author visit is on Tuesday afternoon and we have our flyers/leaflets to draft and publish. We will be revising measures and geometry as well as going through the grammar revision booklet.

 

SATs 2018

The SATs tests are in the week beginning 14th May. All the tests are in the morning. Details of each test and its content can be found in the booklet that was given to you during the Parent Meetings last term.

Some pupils may need additional arrangements to be put in place so that they can take part in the key stage 2 (KS2) tests. We carried out the KS2 practice materials with all of the pupils to enable us to identify where support is needed.

Applications for additional time can be made by a teacher who has a good knowledge of the particular pupil’s needs and abilities. On being awarded additional time, each pupil is allowed 25% extra time for each test identified.

We have successfully applied for additional time for several children in Year 6. This means that they will have 25% extra time to complete each of the SATs tests this coming May. We have organised the class into two groups to accommodate this.

If you would like more details on the extra time application process of would like to know if your child has qualified for it, then please contact the School Office in the first instance.

Breakfast = Brain Food

During the test week ‘Bacon or Sausage Butties’ will be available to buy from 8:15 in the school Hall. They cost £1 each and are accompanied by a drink of either water, tea or juice. Cereals and toast are also available for a small donation. It is vital that the children get a good start to the day and it is also an excellent way to make sure that they are in on time! Even if your child does not want to eat breakfast in school, we still encourage them to get in early and play some games with us in the hall.

Party

On the Friday 18th May we would like to have a party to celebrate the end of the test week and let off some steam! This will involve party games, activities and some light refreshments. The children will need to bring in a complete change of clothes and a towel for our party games (in case they get wet – it has been known to happen).

 

Charity Day 2018

Year 6 will be holding their annual charity day event on Friday 25th May. The details haven’t been finalised yet. Your child will let you know what they need and when they need it! We have yet to choose a deserving charity. If you have any ideas then please let us know.

 

Homework: Due Tuesday 8th May 2018 (8;50am)

Comprehension – Cyber-Bullying pages 26 and 27. Read the text and answer the questions.

Arithmetic – Percentages pages 45, 46 and 47.

Grammar – Synonyms and antonyms pages 58 and 59.

Spellings – Year 6 Term 3A Week 3

Leaflet/flyer – over the Bank Holiday weekend, try and collect some leaflets or flyers that advertise a specific event, competition or place to visit. Look at their key features and how they try to persuade you. Bring them to school on Tuesday.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Homework:

  • Number, Ration and Algebra – pages 5, 6 and 9
  • Punctuation – pages 36-41 (36, 37, 38, 39, 40 and 41)
  • Times Tables – tested every day

Due: Friday 4th May 8:50am.

 

Friday 27th April 2018

Summer 1st  Half Week 2

Yes, week 2 has gone already! We have two more weeks until SATs week and one of those has a Bank Holiday Monday in it! So… 9 more school days to go. That’s only 9 more days to really think hard about whether or not we want a sausage or bacon butty for our breakfast that week! It’s not as easy as you think.

We had our second successful day trip out this half term, make sure you scroll down to see some pictures from our days at Barclays and Toyota. We have spent the rest of the week working hard to complete some writing tasks in our red books and revising fractions.

 

Weekend Homework:

CGP Grammar Book Section 3 (Pages 32-37).

CGP Arithmetic Book Adding Fractions (page 35), Subtracting Fractions (page 38) and Multiplying Fractions (pages 42-43). Refer to revision booklet for help if you’re unsure.

PE Kit in school on Wednesday please.

Spellings – Week 2. Paper copies were sent home on Thursday for revision.

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 2

 

Writing Challenge (Parent/Guardian): None of our parents/guardians took up the challenge to write about last week’s image. This week we’ve given you a choice of images to write about, hopefully you will find one to inspire you! Click on each image for a larger view… and get writing!

Key Dates:

Monday 7th May: Bank Holiday.

Tuesday 8th May: Author Visit. Author Letter

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet was given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed. SATs Breakfast is available each morning from 8:15am. Cost £1.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party. FULL change of clothes and a towel essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands payment due in full by today.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities. Chip Butties for dinner (no cost) as a thank you for all their hard work.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

Wednesday 25th April 2018

TOYOTA

Wow, we were treated to a full day at Toyota in Deeside. The staff there were brilliant and commented several times on how well-behaved our children were. They have run this activity day with 97 other schools and our Year 6 were considered to be one (if not THE) best class they’ve had.

We began with a short talk about the history of engine building at the plant.

We were then taken to a large room and put into teams. Our first task was to work together to build Lego cars. We then had to improve our build times by finding ways to increase efficiency.

After lunch we were set a range of challenges to test our engineering capabilities. These test are used by Toyota to train their staff who work on the production lines.

We ended by announcing the Car Design Competition winner (or in our case winners). Amy and Kian were awarded with a special certificate and a £10 Gift Voucher! Well done.

A BIG Thank You to Toyota for accommodating us today.

PE Kits in school TOMORROW (Tuesday) Please!

Monday 23rd April 2018

We have been looking at fractions today! We had a quick go at multiplying and dividing them. In the afternoon we identified equivalent fractions and reduced them to their simplest form.

Maths is Fun – FRACTIONS

Homework:

Arithmetic Test 2a and Grammar and Punctuation Test 3. Both due Wednesday 25th April 2018.

 

 

Friday 20th April 2018

Summer Term 1st Half, Week 1

Welcome to the Summer Term! This year is truly flying by…

SATS

We spent this week having another go at some SATs papers. We were lucky enough to have Mrs Shaw in again so that we could split into two smaller groups. This really helps as it means we have more adults to support us during the tests.

We did all but one of the maths papers and have already shared our scores. All the staff were really impressed by how well we’d done and felt proud to have had such an impact, working so closely with Year 6 these last few months. All the hard work is really staring to pay off. The actual tests aren’t for a few weeks yet, so we till have time to go over some areas (particularly in maths) that need revisiting.

 

Barclays

We had a fantastic day out at Barclays in Northwich on Wednesday. The staff there were extremely welcoming and made the day very special. We had an amazing coach to travel in (it had curtains, tables and footrests!) and it was a good rehearsal for when we travel to Oaklands. We’ll let some photographs tell you he story…

 

Journey and Welcome

Some of us used the journey time to catch up on some much needed rest. When we arrived we each had a ‘goodybag’ containing jelly beans, a pencil, a pen and a notebook.

First Challenge

Our first task was to work as a team to build the tallest structure using only spaghetti and tape.

Second Challenge

After a tour of the building (and lunch) we set to task trying to manage our monthly salary. Where does your money go? Finding the balance between paying for the mortgage (or rent), food, travel and luxuries isn’t as easy as it looks!

Final Challenge

Needs and wants. What do we need? What do we want? Time to decide…

It was a fantastic day, thank you to all the staff at Barclays that looked after us.

 

Writing

Look at the following picture. What do you think is happening? Could you write a story about it? We were given 20 minutes to write a story entitled ‘The Skypath’. We wondered if one of our parents could write a story in 20 minutes? Anyone brave enough to have a go?

 

Homework:

On Friday Mrs Thomas spent some time with us, she showed us a range of images until we found one that we got excited about. This is the image…

Over the weekend make some notes in your grey book about the image. What piece of writing does it inspire you to write? Does the picture tell you a story? Think carefully about how the image could be incorporated in your writing. Bring your ideas and notes in on Monday so we can share them with Mrs Thomas… she is really excited to hear what your thoughts are.

 

Times Tables – We will be testing all Year 6 children on their times tables next week. We will be holding additional activity sessions for those children who require support in learning their tables. These may be during break and lunch times!

 

Spellings –

Y6 Term 3A Overview

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Summer Term Week 1

Key Dates:

Wednesday 25th April – Day Visit to Toyota. A copy of this letter was sent home with your child today. Toyota Letter 2018

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet was given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party. Change of clothes essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

Thursday 29th March 2018 – Last Day of Spring Term

IMPORTANT Barclays Day Visit Wednesday 18th April 2018: CLICK HERE

IMPORTANT Toyota Day Visit Wednesday 25th April 2018: Please ensure you have given permission via Tucasi as per instructions in the email sent out last week. Packed Lunch Required.

We made it to the end of the Spring Term. Yippee.

This week has been jam packed with fun, exciting and creative activities. We have made Easter Baskets to take home our chocolate gift from Miss Toft and today we finished our Bunny Rabbit Cress Pots. In our pots are some cress seeds.

We spoke today about the process of germination and how we can closely observe the root and shoot emerging form the seeds of the coming weeks. It would be nice to see some before and after photographs of the seeds growing if this is possible. We’ve also set up a small experiment in class where we will keep some seeds in the light and some in the dark over the Easter break to see how they grow differently – if at all.

On Tuesday morning we had the most wonderful experience at St Michael’s Church. We became CSI investigators as we looked into the death and resurrection of Jesus. We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the people involved in making it such a fantastic event – especially Mr Putman.

We teamed up with Year 5 for some fun, yet competitive team games this week. We played ‘benchball’ and ‘dodgeball’ against each other and tried ‘tag rugby’ but were rained off. Summer Term is sure feature some hard fought Rounders Battles!

Spring Break Homework: Due Monday 16th April 2018.

Week 1:

  1. Arithmetic Test 1a
  2. English Grammar and Punctuation Test 1
  3. Spellings Week 5

 

Week 2:

  1. Arithmetic Test 1b
  2. English Grammar and Punctuation Test 2
  3. Spellings Week 5

See you back on Monday 16th April. Have a lovely two weeks (and a day) off.

Monday 26th March 2018 (3 more get-ups)

Grammar: Today we revised adverbs, adverbial phrases, conjunctions and prepositions. We used what we had learnt to write a short passage using today’s picture for inspiration… ‘The Hole in the Fence’

Maths: We looked at the Order of Operations and completed an activity that required us to insert brackets in the correct places to make the calculations correct.

Order of Operations

Day Visits: Our next two big day visits are fast approaching. We are visiting Barclays in Northwich on Wednesday 18th April and then spending the day at the Toyota plant in Deeside the following Wednesday 25th April. These are two very exciting trips for Year 6 (and the staff) and we are very lucky to have been given these great opportunities.

The Toyota trip is completely free, except we have to take our lunch with us, and the Barclays trip provides a free lunch, but we have to pay for our own transport.

You will have received an email from the school office detailing how to give permission for your child to attend the Toyota day out and to give permission for photographs to be taken.

Details about the Barclays trip will be sent out later this week and detailed on this class page.

 

Homework: Think of a question to ask at the Easter Experience at Church tomorrow. Relate it to the Easter Story, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Think about the Last Supper and Jesus being betrayed by his friend.

Friday 23rd March 2018

Spring Term 2nd Half, Week 4

 One Week to Go! (4 days actually)

Yippee… we won the attendance award again this week! That means we are due for a treat. We will arrange this after the Easter break as we have so many other nice things planned already.

 

This week we have tackled short and long multiplication and short division…  we will be re-visiting them after the Easter holidays along with long division…

Long Multiplication – Maths is Fun

Long Division – Maths is Fun

On Thursday morning we designed and built our own catapults as part of a joint project with Reception. We used wooden sticks, string and elastic bands…

We tested our catapults in preparation for launching our Reception Buddies’ seed bombs. When our buddies arrived we talked about how we had built them then they told us about how they had made their seed bombs.

We counted down from 10 and launched them all at the same time…

Hopefully we will see them start to grow over the coming months.

Next Week:

  • PE Kits needed on Tuesday and Wednesday day and we take on Year 5 in our end of term competitions.
  • On Tuesday morning we are walking to St Michael’s Church for the Easter Experience!
  • We finish on Thursday for the Easter Holiday.

 

Weekend Homework:

  1. 10 Minute Grammar book – Set C, Test 1 (pages 38-41).
  2. 10 Minute Maths Book – Set C, Test 1 (pages 38-40).
  3. Spellings – Week 4

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 4

 

Monday 19th March – Wednesday 21st March

On Tuesday afternoon we headed up to Pensby High School for a challenging afternoon arranged by the Science Department…

After a brief introduction, we organised ourselves into teams of three. We were given the task of designing and building a bridge across a 50cm gap between two desks.

We were given a budget of £100 to spend. All the equipment we needed was given a price. Paper was £10 per sheet, lolly-sticks were £1 each etc… we had to cost the equipment we needed to build our bridge. When the ‘shop’ was open, we only had a given amount of time to send one of our team members to buy our equipment.

Once back at our group tables we set about building our bridge…

After much altering, re-designing, destroying and rebuilding, we had a short break… consisting of a juice carton and a GIGANTIC cookie!

Once our bridges were finished it was time to put them to the test… each bridge had to withstand the massive force of a tiny red sports car driving across it…

Most of the bridges withstood the heavy traffic, so it was left to the staff at the High School to choose a winner. After much deliberation they decided that one group had planned their design very carefully and had stuck to it! ‘The Bridge Builders’ won the best design which they named ‘The Pink Gate Bridge’. They were given a box of celebrations that they chose to share with everyone in the class (except the teachers). Well Done boys!

Hopefully we will be invited back soon.

 

Monday’s Homework: Arithmetic Book – Pages 11, 12, 14 and 15. Due Wednesday 21st March.

Wednesday’s Homework: Arithmetic Book – Short Division pages 17, 18 and 19. Due Friday 23rd March.

 

Remember Homework Help is available EVERY morning from 8:40am in the school library!

Friday 16th March 2018

Spring 2nd Half Week 3

2 Weeks to go!

What an exciting week we’ve had! We’ve had ANOTHER trip out arranged for us thanks to Alfie’s dad and Toyota! Information was sent home in a brown envelope today, it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic experience and it’s absolutely FREE! Yippee!!! In the envelope you will also find a ‘Design a Car’ competition form. This needs to be completed at home and taken with us on 25th April.

 

In Science we have been conducting some more investigations in our light topic. We made a picture disappear like magic!

We had our egg tossing competition on Friday afternoon. We headed up to the top playground and measured out the 2.5m distance. After 2 minutes we recorded how many successful catches we had each made. Dylan and Bradley topped the table with an astonishing 56 catches each! The next highest score was only 42. Dylan and Bradley then went head-to-head to see who would win the Golden Egg! After a tense minute passed Bradley emerged victorious. Well Done Bradley! Each participant got a small chocolate egg each to take home. Enjoy.

Would you believe we had another ‘shout out’ from Joe Wicks this morning during our School Workout. The children have been amazing… it’s not as easy as it looks!

Listen Carefully at 19:35…

Joe Wicks School Workout Friday 16th March 2018

Next Week:

  • We have our exciting afternoon visit to Pensby High School! How exciting. The children will be tasked with building a bridge, but must cost all their materials and plan it carefully. Thank you so much to Pensby High School for offering to do this session for us.
  • Our Reception Buddies have asked us for help designing ways to launch their seed bombs! That should be interesting.
  • Spelling test is on Thursday. Please click on the link in the Homework section to view next week’s words.

 

Weekend Homework: New Punctuation Book 2: Pages 2, 3, 4 and 5. Due Monday 19th March 2018.

Spellings Week 3: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Week 3

 

Key Dates…

Saturday 17th March: Secondary School Admissions – reply slips or emails to be returned by this date.

Tuesday 20th March: Science Afternoon at Pensby High School. No cost.

Tuesday 27th March: Easter Experience at St Michael’s Church. No cost.

Wednesday 18th April: Day out to Barclays Head Office. More info to follow!

Wednesday 25th April: Day out to Toyota Manufacturing in Deeside.

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet will be given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party. Change of clothes essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: Year Treat Day out.

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Homework: Grammar Book 2 – pages 40, 41, 42, 43. Due Friday 16th March.

 

We seem to be missing quite a few of our CGP revision books. These were purchased at the start of the year at great expense to both the school and our families. Please search your homes and bring them all in on Friday. We will make a list of any books that have been lost and will have to order more copies at a cost. We will let you know if you will need to pay towards a replacement books/s as soon as we can. We are working from these books each day so they are very important to have in school and to be able to take home for homework. Some books are in school, in trays (or other people’s trays) some are in homework wallets and some are nowhere to be found!

Checklist

  • SAT Buster Grammar Book 2
  • SAT Buster Spelling Book 2
  • SAT Buster Punctuation Book 2 (these are all in school)
  • Comprehension Year 6 Book 2
  • SAT Buster Arithmetic
  • SAT Buster Geometry, Measures and Statistics
  • SAT Buster Number, Ratio and Algebra

Monday 12th March 2018

We worked through a range of maths activities today. In fact we worked through lots of maths activities today and we all did really well!. We have been looking at multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers and cubed numbers… How amazing is that!

We even had time to take part in the Body Coach Schools Workout session live with Joe Wicks. It lasted 20 minutes and many of the children were absolutely exhausted! We think we need to do some more daily fitness activities in preparation for Oaklands. We suggest having a change of footwear in school each day (trainers would be perfect) and a bottle of water.

Tuesday 13th March

Make sure you listen carefully at 19:50…

Joe Wicks School Workout

 

Homework: Number, Ration and Algebra – Monday night complete pages 14, 15 and 16 (multiples, factors and primes) then on Tuesday night complete pages 17 and 18 (square and cubed numbers). Bring your book in on Wednesday.

Friday 9th March 2018

Spring 2nd Half Week 2

3 weeks to go! (well, 2 weeks and 4 days)

This has been a busy week! We had two days of parent meetings (both before and after school) and a full day out in Liverpool on Monday. We still managed to get some work done in our books, including our play script for A Small Miracle.

On Friday we wrote a balanced argument about whether schools should allow children to play out in the snow. As you can imagine, we were more biased towards ‘yes please!’

Next week is our last ‘normal’ week this half term. The week after we have half a day out to Pensby High School and the final week is only 4 days long and on one of those we are visiting St Michael’s for the Easter Experience.

 

Weekend Homework: Grammar Book 2. Determiners (page 8) and Prefixes & Suffixes (pages 52 to 55). These have already been covered in class. Please use a dictionary. Due Monday 12th March 2018.

Mother’s Day: Do something nice for mum on Sunday (like have your homework finished on Friday night).

Spellings: Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Spring 2nd Half Week 2

SNOW DAY (again) Thursday 8th March 2018

We woke up this morning to a beautiful blanket of white snow. The roads were treacherous but we all made it in on time. The schools grounds looked astonishing and serene… but it was all about to change…

We’ve been playing out in the snow. We decided to try and build another snowman after out last failed attempt. We were doing quite well until we were joined by some Year 5 children (and staff), intent on attacking us with snowballs… of course we fought back! After shaking the snow from our hoods, sleeves and down our wellies, we were then joined by Year 4 (and staff)… intent on attacking us with snowballs… so we fought back once again! Once the snow had settled and everyone was exhausted, wet and tired, we continued to roll the snow. Geoff (our snowman) can be seen proudly watching over the school with his ‘place value’ counter eyes. Hopefully he’ll last until the end of the day… but we doubt it.

Monday 5th March – Wednesday 7th March 218

On Monday we had a fantastic day out! All the children behaved impeccably and got to enjoy the wonders of the World Museum and of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The planetarium was fantastic, we learnt a lot about how light travels and how telescopes work (refracting and reflecting). We went from the 5th floor to the 4th were we spent most of our time completing the Egyptian activity booklets. Then we went down to the 3rd floor and back up to the 5th and then back down to the ground floor… and we didn’t use the lift once! We tried to take some pictures but the low light made if difficult to get any decent ones!

Monday’s Homework: None tonight.

Wednesday’s Homework: Learn your spellings for tomorrow!

 

Parent Meetings. Thank you to all the parents that were able to come to meet with me regarding SPTO and the SATs arrangements for this year. If you were unable to attend, don’t worry, I will add digital copies of the information booklets on our class page and send paper copies home. Please read through the SATs booklet carefully and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Mr Klausen

Monday 5th March: We are out all day in Liverpool. Please ensure your child wears sensible footwear and has a warm coat. Please send your child to school with a packed lunch in a clearly labelled, disposable bag. 

NOTE: We may be late back to school depending on traffic and weather conditions.

 

Friday 2nd March 2018

Spring Term 2nd Half Week 1

4 weeks to go!

Apologies for not updating our class page as usual, we had a problem editing it due to the sheer amount of content. We have had to remove most of the videos but they can still be found on Espresso.

This week we have begun our revision for the SATs tests. Each day we are trying to cover grammar, punctuation, spelling, maths and comprehension. We have done extremely well this week! We have upped the quantity of homework and everyone has done a great job of keeping to it. Well done.

So far this week we have covered nouns, noun phrases, pronouns, possessive pronouns, prefixes, suffixes, place value, negative numbers, decimal numbers, rounding, rounding decimals, Roman numerals, written addition and written subtraction… phew. We also managed a fun Yoga session and an extended writing task linked to Mr Klausen’s favourite book. Despite all of this we still managed to get out in the snow for an hour on Tuesday…

On Thursday we found out which High Schools we would be going to in September. How exciting. Places need to be accepted by 17th March.

 

Key Dates – Pencil these into your diary…

Monday 5th March: Liverpool day trip (Museum and Philharmonic visit). Information letter HERE.

Tuesday 6th – Wednesday 7th March: Parent Meetings. Information about SATs week to be given out.

Thursday 16th March: Sponsored Easter Egg Toss – PTA event.

Saturday 17th March: Secondary School Admissions – reply slips or emails to be returned by this date.

Tuesday 20th March: Science Afternoon at Pensby High School. No cost.

Tuesday 27th March: Easter Experience at St Michael’s Church. No cost.

Wednesday 18th April: Day out to Barclays Head Office. More info to follow.

Monday 14th – Thursday 17th May: SATs Tests. A booklet will be given to you during the parent meetings to give you more information about how the week will be managed.

Friday 18th May: SATs Party. Change of clothes essential – your child WILL get wet!

Wednesday 23rd May: Oaklands Meeting for Parents/Carers, 6pm.

Friday 25th May: Year 6 Charity Day. (last day of half term). More information to follow after we’ve planned the activities.

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th June: Oaklands Residential (information meeting on Wednesday 23rd May at 6pm).

Friday 13th July: – Year 6 Awards Ceremony/Performance. No tickets required. Bring the family.

Monday 16th July: – Year Treat Day out (possibly to New Brighton).

Friday 20th July: Final day as Pensby Primary school pupils.

 

Weekend Homework:

Short Writing Task HERE

Talk with someone at home about what you think is happening in the pictures. Imagine there is a conversation between the two characters, what might they be saying?

Consider:

  • Who do you think the gentleman is?
  • Do they know each other?
  • Look carefully at the last picture, why is she kissing the ‘music box’?

Now write a short playscript to accompany the pictures. Remember to include adverbs to describe how the characters should speak. Use stage directions to tell the reader how the characters react, move or behave. When a character speaks in a story we call it ‘dialogue’Bring your playscript into school on Monday so we can read them together.

Spellings:

Y6 Term 2B Overview

Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check Sheet Term 2B Week 1

To be tested on Thursday 8th March.

Activities in Year 5

Oaklands initial letter to families 2019

 

Monday 9th July – Pensby High School Cross Curricular Day

We will be spending the day at Pensby High School where the children will follow a planned timetable of lessons which will include Geography, Maths, Art/DT, Science and PE. We are invited to attend this day each year and we have a fantastic time. The children will return to school before home time but will need a disposable pack lunch and appropriate clothing as we will be taking part in a planned Trampoline workshop.

Sports Week – Day 4

Sports Day Events and Rounders

 

Sports Week – Day 3

Football

 

 

Sports Week – Day 2

Netball and Target Hoops

 

Sports Week – Day 1

Basketball and Dodgeball

 

World Cup 2018 Display

 

 

 

Sports Week

This year our sports week will be held w/c Monday 2nd July, where all year groups will have the opportunity to participate in a number of sports such as, tag rugby, netball, football, dodge ball, rounder’s and basketball. They will also develop their knowledge and understanding of how to stay fit and healthy and how we can look after ourselves by learning about mindfulness and well being. We will also be holding an F1 & F2, KS1 and KS2 style World Cup Competition on Friday 6th July. Children will be able to attend school in sports attire during sports week and team colours for their class activity.

Thursday 5th July – as part of our sports week the children have decided to take part in a few traditional activities and compete against each house during our 30 minute slot. This will include the sack race, egg and spoon, sprint and relay. We hope parents can come and enjoy the fun.

Last week we covered so many areas that we were exhausted and ready for the weekend. We can’t believe that we only have 4 weeks left together. Time flies when your having fun.

This week our focus will be…

  • Sports Day Practice – our event for Sports day will have a traditional theme, practice with purpose!
  • Literacy – Myths and Legends, where we are continuing to develop our ideas and piece them together to create our own book.
  • Spelling – focusing on our year 5 and 6 curriculum words with a few sneaky assessment tasks.
  • Art competition – children can enter for a chance to win a class trip at Knowsley Safari Park by designing a poster to inform people about the new Amur Tiger Trail.
  • Art – complete mythical creature sketches and our world cup themed doorway display.
  • Maths – Geometry, Properties of shape, conversions of measurements, direction and position.

A reminder to all year 5 children that they have been asked to contribute towards our class World Cup Sweep. Each child and staff member have agreed to donate a chocolate bar to make a hamper of chocolate that will be presented to the winning World Cup Team. The children have been researching their teams and finding and sharing lots of interesting facts about their countries. We have also kept track of the scores and positions with some making interesting predictions already.

 

Monday 18th June 2018

Huge congratulations to our year 5 and 6 school swimming squad, who took part in the West Wirral’s Schools Swimming Gala at West Kirby. They were wonderful and we were extremely proud of each and every one of them. They supported each other, respected other swimmers, were motivated and determined to do their very best for each other and were so well behaved. We are bursting with pride.

Congratulations to our squad – they are truly fantastic!

Thank you to our wonderful parents who gave up their time to support of children.

 

This week in year 5…

 

  • Maths. Fractions – we will complete our coaching sessions, where children are working in small groups to explain different mathematical methods to each other and solve the reasoning and problem solving questions for fractions. This includes the homework that the children completed over half term and which was then extended. It is challenging but the children are making great progress.
  • Ancient Greece. This topic will be linked to our writing tasks this week, with the children working in pairs and using their descriptions from their extended write, ‘My Mythical Creature,’ to draw each others creatures. Therefore the children must ensure that their writing is bursting with adjectives, adverbs, verbs.
  • Writing and Reading.  Continue with Myths and Legends and focusing this week on Bellerophon and the Chimaera and Theseus and the Minotaur.
  • Drawing and painting our mythical creatures. This was something the children wanted to include in our plans.
  • Practising our class events for sports week – w/c 2nd July.
  • PE – playing football rounders, tag rugby, athletics and tennis.

Friday 8th June

Congratulations to year 5 and 6 netball team for an outstanding performance against Childer Thornton Primary School on Wednesday evening. We played five matches with the children showing great determination making sure they used all of the skills they have been practising and perfecting in our after school training sessions. Super effort, we are all exceptionally proud of you.

Keeping with the sporting theme we extended the learning log homework until Monday 11th June as the children requested additional time to complete their mission. Therefore during our class worship time we have looked at the World Cup 2018 and in particular the host nation, the host nation of 2022, the governing body and the history of the cup. The children seemed to really enjoy this and wanted to discuss the topic further.

Our maths focus this week has been time and decimals. Morning maths we maintained the footballing theme and completed a number of time questions from Premier League Primary Stars. This enabled the children to apply their time knowledge and also become familiar with the sport. We have also added and subtracted different decimal placed numbers this week and again progressed from calculations to reasoning and problem solving.

The children have really challenged themselves by improving their planning and ability to draft and edit their work. We have had in depth discussions regarding the Parthenon Marbles and Lord Elgin with the children debating whether they should be returned to Greece or remain in Britain. We have as a result linked our grammar to our writing by looking at  phrases, main clauses, subordinate and relative clauses in more detail. The children have worked well in small groups to discuss for and against arguments and have also tried to communicate their own thoughts and opinions by using persuasive phrases and experimenting with different sentence openers and conjunctions. They have worked hard!

 

West Wirral Schools Gala 2018

Swimming Gala 2018 – Letters for children who have been selected for our swimming squad will be sent home on Monday 11th June as we have entered a year 5 and 6 squad into this years West Wirral Schools Gala. This will be held at West Kirby Concourse on Monday 18th June, with a training session arranged for the squad on Sunday 17th June. The letter will include times and arrangements for the training session and the gala.

Homework – reading and extension of learning log and fraction activities. Due in Monday 11th June.

 

Homework for half term

  1. Learning log mission 7 – World Cup 2018.This year’s World Cup will be held in Russia. It’s the first time the country (or any of its previous iterations) have played host, and winning the bid for this summer’s tournament was not without controversy. However your mission is to look at the positive aspects of Russia, by exploring and presenting fun facts about its geography, history and culture as the host nation.This mission is also an opportunity to look at the countries that are taking part, make predictions as to which teams will be successful, suggest top goal scorers and who will be awarded the golden boot, create a league table, predict number of passes, red cards etc. Another suggestion is to create your own dream team and calculate the cost of players and total cost of your team.
  2. Fractions. Please complete 2, A3 sheets showing your all workings. Have a go as we have covered mixed numbers and improper fractions, you need to use your knowledge and apply this to the questions explaining your methods (ways of working).
  3. Reading – as often and as much as you can, ensuring you record this in your reading diary!

Don’t forget to keep checking the moon and each phase. This should be on going.

This week in class we have been researching Ancient Greece.

        Who were the Ancient Greeks?

The children have started our next topic and have enjoyed our adventure so far.

We have answered;

Who were the ancient Greeks?

What does democracy mean?

Where and when was Ancient Greece?

What does Greek pottery tell us about Ancient Greek culture?

What do we know about the climate, landscape and terrain of Ancient Greece?

What were the similarities and differences between Sparta and Athens?

Was the battle of Marathon a great victory for the Ancient Greeks? Why?

 

 

 

 

Secondary transfer meeting for year 5 parents

Thank you to parents who were able to attend our meeting. The points we discussed were based on and around the information that is detailed in the attachment below. If you have any further queries or questions then please do get in touch and we will do our best to try and help.

 

Secondary Coordinated Scheme Presentation 2019-20

 

Friday 25th May – Charity Day

Charity Day 2018

 

Friday 18th May

Year 5 Reward Day

The children have been exceptionally thoughtful this week by giving up their classroom in order to help and support year 6 with their SATs. They have also been awarded 2 attendance awards, achieving 100%! Therefore as a thank you we have organised for the children to bring in their games and toys (no electronic games or expensive toys please) and participate in a number of sporting activities during the afternoon. The children can wear  sports clothing tomorrow or their PE kits and can also bring in some delicious treats to share with each other.

All in all it should be a great morning and afternoon and the children deserve it.

 

Homework

My Moon calendar – we have completed part of May’s calendar in class. The children have been asked to check the moon phases for the rest of the month and record their findings on the sheet.

T2-T-141-My-Moon-Diary_ver_2

The last two weeks we have focused on perfecting our fraction skills. We have covered equivalent fractions, improper fractions to mixed numbers, number sequences and adding and subtracting fractions. We will hopefully move onto multiplying and finding fractions of amounts, linking them with percentages.

Our Shakespeare study has come to an end with the children enjoying Macbeth and in particular the Marcia Williams version of both Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. We have performed scenes from each, recreated scripts and produced snippets of dialogue as well as creating our own comic strip where the children were asked to retell the story of Macbeth.

 

Also some fabulous slogan posters from last weeks homework task, excellent job everyone. We enjoyed reading them.

 

Friday 27th April

 

Homework for this week is Famous People in History

Design a poster that shows at least 4 famous people in History. They can date back to Ancient Greek times, WW2, Victorians etc. They need to be individuals who helped to change the world or who were inspirational figures such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare etc.

You poster needs to be full of information; bright and colourful and most importantly presentable as this will be going on display.

Homework is due in on Tuesday 1st May 2018

We have continued to work with fractions and investigated a number of questions that required the children to show different variations and we tested their knowledge.

There are a few budding actors in year 5 who have a secret talent for performing arts! They showcased their talents by selecting scenes from Romeo and Juliet and performing them in front of the class. The children became familiar with reading play scripts as this informed their writing for this week.

 

 

 

Welcome back

Summer term has begun and we have the weather to match. Hooray!!

Children need to ensure they have water bottles, hats and sun cream in school so that they can remain cool, hydrated and protected from the sun.  Please can we ask that all items are also clearly labelled.

We have enjoyed the warm weather and took advantage this week by playing a few games of rounder’s in place of our tag rugby sessions. The children are always very enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to playing games and competition, especially when the staff decide to join in.

Fractions is our maths theme this half term and it will be a long topic as we will be venturing into the land of decimals and percentages. Each and every Friday we are going to start using some of our maths games to further develop our reasoning and problem solving skills and use this time to review other topics we have covered.

 We read through Marcia Williams’ version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and have since studied William Shakespeare and discussed his life, his work and how he has influenced our language. The children have produced some excellent author studies and expanded them into  biographies, using interesting facts, summarising relevant points and referencing key events.

Homework this week is to continue with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and to complete 5 separate tasks ready to discuss on Tuesday. Please remember to read and record this in homework diaries.

 

Netball and Football clubs will begin again next week, letters and permission slips need to be signed and handed in next week.

Football – Tuesday 24th April, 3.30 – 4.30pm

Netball – Wednesday 25th April, 3.30 – 4.30pm

 

 

Secondary School Open Evenings and Open Day Events

Please find below links to open events at the local high schools.

We will add more events to the list as we receive the information into school. Thank you.

Woodchurch High School Open Events

 

Friday 23rd March

One week left until our Easter break and still so much o do. Where does the time go?

The children will be receiving a special treat during this last week of term as we have won the attendance award, which means they are planning their special activity and they have requested that we create our own Easter Egg Hunt, which will of course be linked to our curriculum!

Tuesday 27th March. We are looking forward to visiting St Michaels Church in Pensby during our last week as we will be participating in a number of organised activities centred around Easter. It will be a morning session and we will return to school for lunch.

We have continued to improve our fitness levels each afternoon with 20 minute blasts of tag rugby which involves short sprints, moving around obstacles and increasing and decreasing speed. We are becoming fitter as our recovery times are now much shorter and we can complete 3 or 4 games.

Maths was very enjoyable this week, even though it was fractions as we used pictures and diagrams to represent our workings and we used photographs, people and baguettes to do this. The children were then asked to explain their workings and to even try and explain each others. It was a great few sessions with children showing us what they know, testing their knowledge and demonstrating a deeper understanding of fractions.

We have completed our class novel, The Demon Headmaster, which the children thoroughly enjoyed and have asked if we can order the next book in the series. Our writing has been linked to our reading tasks with the children developing and securing punctuation, using inverted commas and features of direct speech. We used the rules for direct speech and applied them to our writing to try and move our stories along. We also found that images were a useful tool as the children were free to be creative and really test their skills.

 

 

Homework

  1. To continue with learning log, mission 6  ready to hand in Thursday 29th March.
  2. To learn spellings – spelling review Monday 26th March. The year 5/6 curriculum spelling list is attached below.
  3. Read and note this in homework diaries, with parents/carers to sign work and reading.

 

t2-e-1197-2014-curriculum-spelling-list-years-5-and-6-word-mat_ver_1

 

Friday 16th March

Fitness Week

The Body Coach – Joe Wicks

We have participated in fitness week via a live link each morning at 10am, where the Body Coach devised 5 different daily HIIT sessions.

We began our week highly motivated and eager, we then wilted a little and felt the strains, sweat, aches and pains, however we battled through and finished on a high.

The sessions for each day can be found on ‘The Body Coach TV’ and we have gained ‘shout outs’ on Tuesday and Friday. If the children wish to continue with the exercises at home then they can do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 then continued with the fitness theme and each afternoon we spent 20 minutes playing tag, using rugby as our influential factor and using our agility skills, speed, coordination and balance to work as a team and as individuals to gain tags. Mrs Robson and I decided to participate and were totally out ran and out manoeuvred. We will be continuing with this next week as long as the weather holds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures from our trip to Liverpool – The World Museum and The Philharmonic

We had a fantastic day and our children’s behaviour was exceptional.

 

Keeping with the fitness theme we have also been enjoying our active maths sessions where the children have worked together to produce answers to a number of division questions. Each group ensured that their team understood each question and worked systematically explaining and discussing methods and workings.

 

HOMEWORK 

Learning log – mission 6. Due in Thursday 29th March.mission 6

Reading – Chapter 9 & 10. Due Monday 19th March.

Fitness and times table challenges – due in Monday 19th March. HIIT

Spelling – learn spellings for Monday 19th March.

 

After school clubs

Netball will begin again after Easter for KS2 only.

Football will begin again after Easter for KS2 only.

 

 

Year 5 School Trip – Wednesday 14th March – Floral Pavilion

We have been invited, along with year 4 to attend a Calday Grange Grammar School performance of Arabian Nights. The details of our trip are attached below. Please bear in mind that we do require a payment of £2.50 towards our transportation costs via our online system by Monday 12th March. Hopefully it will be a fantastic morning and the children will enjoy their experience.

Year 4 and 5 Floral Letter 2018

 

 

Friday 2nd March 2018

Welcome back to school.

A rather short term leading up to Easter and so we have so much to do and to look forward to!

We have planned a visit to Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Floral Pavilion.

Monday 5th March – Liverpool World Museum, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING IN YOUR PACKED LUNCHES.

Wednesday 14th March – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. Calday’s Performance of Arabian Nights. Details will be confirmed next week. It will be a morning performance and the children will return to school in time for lunch.

This week;

  • Maths – Division by 10, 100 and 1,000 of numbers and 2dp, 3dp, 4dp numbers. Using the children’s knowledge and applying their techniques to problem solving. Using different tools to aid their understanding.
  • Continued to read our class novel ‘The Demon Head master’ with the children really starting to understand the language of the text and using their newly developed inference skills to aid their group discussions.
  • Our fitness was tested this week as we were all fully engaged in PE this week with the children enjoying a Joe Wicks School Workout. My legs are still sore, but the children showed just how fit they are.
  • Discussed individual liberty and our rights. The children were keen to listen to our new school rules and were not pleased that they were being told and instructed how to act, what to wear and what they should believe in! They gave some excellent suggestions as to why this is wrong and listened to how for some people this is life. They also understood that parents, teachers, medical professionals and police are all there to keep us safe and help us. We read the rights from the Human Rights Act 1988 and discussed additional rights that applied to the children in school and at home. We will be continuing with this next week.
  • WORLD BOOK DAY. We looked at each other’s favourite books, completed the book competition, matching teachers to their favourite children’s book. We had some interesting matches. However congratulations to two members of our class who lead the way and won the whole school competition. The whole school also created a story which started in Nursery and then throughout the day moved up the school, with each class adding a paragraph. Our focus was on our books as we produced a character profile and a book review. We had a great day.

World Book Day Competition:

World book Day Competition sheet 2018

Spring Half Term

We are halfway through our spring term already! Wow how time flies.
We began our week with the final day of bike ability training, where our children learnt how to ride their bikes proficiently and most importantly they learnt how to stay safe when riding on the road. The behaviour of our class was fantastic and we received such lovely positive feedback from all of the instructors. The children were presented with their badges and certificates in celebration assembly. Excellent effort everyone.

This week we have also progressed with our debate topic and experimented with a range of adverbials and modal verbs. The children showed great enthusiasm with each argument and thought deeply about each point they were expressing by using facts and opinions and even statistics. We have discussed CCTV, detention, continental timetables, finishing school aged 14 and gaming devices and whether they should be part of the curriculum? We have also discussed silly arguments based on the Billy Goats Gruff tale, the Gingerbread man, all the kings men, spiders, parks and children. Each group listened and discussed ideas before transferring each point onto paper and developing their paragraphs to create cohesion!
Maths was a little different this week as we had a mixture of Olympic problems which focused on time, WODB images to analyse and discuss, division with 10, 100 and 1,000. Then to finish off we played a range of maths games which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

 

 

 

 

 

Geography has also flowed this week as we have started work on rivers and the journey they make from the source to the mouth. We have looked at the River Clyde and River Severn and also named our local rivers, rivers in the UK and the rest of the world. The children  played a game to help  them learn the new key words and match them to the correct definitions.

 

Homework

  1. Complete the Rivers of the World Map.
  2. Learn spelling from year 5/6 list.
  3. Read.
  4. Take part in our extreme reading challenge.

We are inviting you all (including parents) to take part in Pensby’s Extreme Reading Challenge.

Think about different, exciting, fun and SAFE places you can enjoy a book.

Children – tell your parent/carer your idea and ask them if they can take a photograph of you reading your book in your ‘extreme’ place.

Please bring your photograph into school and share your idea with the rest of the class and the school .

Have fun extreme reading!

World book Day Competition sheet

Year 5 Trip to Liverpool – Monday 5th March 2018

Royal Philharmonic/Liverpool World Museum: Year 5 and 6 are extremely lucky to once again be attending the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Schools’ concert entitled ‘Come to Your Senses’ at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool on Monday 5th March.

Your senses will be wowed by this performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Alasdair Malloy! Come along to listen to classical music, watch the orchestra in action, and taste the excitement in the air at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall!  Pupils will enjoy an exciting, educational, music-filled experience linked to the National Curriculum, including the opportunity to sing as a massed choir accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The performance is in the afternoon, so we have decided to make a full day of it! We have booked for Year 5 and 6 to spend the morning at the ‘Liverpool World Museum’. Each class will visit the planetarium to watch ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ and have the opportunity to visit all the other exhibits in the museum. We will be having lunch at the museum before being transported to the Royal Philharmonic Hall for the concert. How exciting!

 

Year 5 and 6 Liverpool Philharmonic Museum March 2018

Enjoy your half term!

We return to school Monday 26th February 2018

Friday 9th February

Our first week of Bike Ability was very successful despite the freezing cold conditions, as all of the children enjoyed their first day of training. However I think they will be better prepared for Monday’s session with extra layers and gloves! Please remember to bring these in. We have received lovely comments from external tutors about our children’s behaviour.

Bike Ability – Monday 12th February. Please remember to come to school dressed according to the weather conditions and remember your helmets.

Wednesday 14th February – we will be visiting Pensby High School as they will be staging a musical performance of Grease. This will be a morning performance and we will return to school in time for lunch.

Thursday 15th February – PTA Valentines disco will take place in the hall with KS2’s disco starting at 4.30pm and finishing at 5.30pm. Details regarding payments can be found on the newsletter, which is on the office page.

This week…..

Maths – we have continued with multiplication and reasoned our way through multiplying decimals by 10, recognising and using thousandths and relating them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents. We have also worked on writing our own real life examples using some of our calculations, with some of our children feeling so confident with their skills they were able to coach and support others.

 

Literacy – ‘Should teachers give children detention after school?’ This formed the basis of our discussions this week, along with the children noting the arguments for and against and experimenting with modal verbs and adverbials.

 

Spanish – reviewing numbers 1 – 31 to try and secure via Lotto games.

PE – continuing with strengthening and conditioning exercises in Yoga and using Mine craft as our feature this week.

Space – Geocentric Vs Heliocentric and the story of the Solar System according to many different scientists.

Homework this week is to learn spellings for Mondays review, complete the scientist fact file for Wednesday and read please.

Learning Logs were due in today – FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. Please remember to hand them in on Monday if they need finishing off over the weekend.

Some of the missions look great and I can’t wait to read through them.

 

Friday 2nd February

We have had a very busy 5 days, with a familiar face popping in to teach the class.

Maths

We moved closer to securing our multiplication skills, especially x 10, 100 and 1,000, as well as using decimals. The children have also worked in groups to apply their multiplication and tables knowledge to a number of reasoning and problem solving tasks. We also experienced many light bulb moments as we worked through  written methods of multiplication and tried to become more efficient by using the vertical method this week.

Literacy

We have held a debate in class and discussed arguments for and against the use of CCTV in schools and within classrooms. This led to the children presenting their views and opinions but also involved researching and understanding factual information and then deciding which argument to record in their books as a persuasive piece of writing.

 

The children are also excited about starting ‘The Demon Headmaster’ which is our class novel.

The first chapter set as part of this weeks homework. Already a large number of the class have reported that parents also enjoyed reading this book or know of it. Hopefully you can support the children with comprehension tasks as we go?

This week we have introduced modal verbs with the children participating in a quiz to test their knowledge and understanding.

Science

Our second space topic involved a rather interesting method of retrieving information from each other (about planets) in order to produce a factual poster on the solar system. Please ask your children about this, as we played it twice!

 

Homework

  • Spellings – learn ready for spelling review on Monday.
  • Reading – read 1st chapter of Demon Headmaster and also record additional reading from the week and the weekend.
  • Learning log – designing an ecological house, mission details inside the learning log. Due in Friday 9th February.
  • Grammar – CGP books – Adverbs, pg 14 and 15. Due in Monday.

 

Bike ability starts Monday 5th February and then the following Monday 12th February. Children will need their bikes, helmets and appropriate clothing, especially if the weather is cold and showery. The children can walk their bikes into school each Monday and walk them around to the year 5 rear door, leaving them neatly against the walls or benches. Helmets and clothing can be stored in the classroom with the children.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

Friday 26th January

This week in year 5 we have been developing our skills and learning about…

  • Instructions – we edited our work from the previous week and helped each other to further improve our diary entries before we began our next task. Our next task was to read through a set of examples and explore the features of instructions and compare them to other styles of writing that we have covered so far. We learnt how to annotate our sample text and then used this as a basis for our writing plan. We worked together to produce a checklist that we can follow and use as our success criteria.
  • DY/Literacy/Maths – we used a set of instructions and in groups we made batches of delicious shortbread biscuits. This linked with the discussions we had for Burns Night, maths and conversions of weight using kilograms and grams and literacy, with the children writing their own set of instructions.

  • Maths – Measure, weight and time. The children have revised their skills using 24 hour and 12 hour times and converting them, as well as answering a number of unusual time problems. The children used the weighing scales to measure their ingredients for the shortbread and also worked out how many children should be in each group, how many biscuits they should make and how much they need to measure per group. The children have also decided to start a time project to work out how much time we spend completing different activities during the day as part of their maths lessons for next week. We have also worked with decimals this week and tested our multiplication skills and place value knowledge.

  • PE – we are developing our core strength and really perfecting our posture with our yoga sessions. The children are working hard and are securing some of the most popular positions, such as the tree, mountain and warrior II poses.
  • Spanish – we are still working to secure our knowledge of numbers 1 – 31, but we are getting there.
  • Spellings are starting to improve, please keep trying and learn a few each night if possible as this makes it so much easier.

Bike ability starts Monday 5th February and then the following Monday 12th February. Children will need their bikes, helmets and appropriate clothing, especially if the weather is cold and showery. The children can walk their bikes into school each Monday and walk them around to the year 5 rear door, leaving them neatly against the walls or benches. Helmets and clothing can be stored in the classroom with the children.

 

 

Friday 19th January 2018

This week in year 5……..

  • Diary writing – using Anne Frank’s famous diary the children have developed a real empathy and true understanding of her life. We have read through a number of extracts from her diary, read different articles, looked at the official web page, made notes and finished the week with an independent writing task.
  • Maths – securing our ability to calculate area and perimeter, learning the relationship between mg, g, kg and t (tonnes). We have also completed a number of problem solving activities and not to mention practising our times tables.
  • Geography – locating cities within the UK, understanding economic activity within the UK and how land is used for rural farming.
  • Science – we began our Earth and Space topic by discussing evidence based on 2 arguments. The children were asked to organise evidence that supported the theory that the earth is flat or that the earth is spherical. We had some interesting ideas.
  • Spanish – reviewed numbers from 1 – 31 and enjoyed a game of BINGO!

Homework – this week the children have been asked to complete the second part of their maths activity – weight, along with 2 activities from their CPG Books  – Reading and Grammar, set A, test 1.

Bike ability forms need to be handed in Monday 22nd January.

 

Homeless Project 2018

Dear Parents

 

As part of our work on developing links within the community and thinking of others, we have developed links with Wirral’s Homeless Angels, to help to provide food for the homeless people of Wirral – you can find further information and/or follow their page on Facebook https://www.neighbourly.com/wirralshomeless/feed.

 

Each month a different class of ‘Mini-Angels’ will work with Mrs Humphreys to cook meals for the homeless, developing their own cookery, hygiene and health skills as part of their work. This month it is the turn of our ‘Tiny-Angels’ in EYFS who will be preparing the meals and I know Miss Grant and Mrs Embery have already mentioned this on their webpages. You will be notified by the classteacher when your child will be cooking.  In order to enable us to carry this project out, we are asking for a donation of £1 per child to buy the ingredients for the meals and this is payable online, through our Tucasi system. We also require plastic ‘takeaway’ style containers to put the food in, so that it can be reheated at the Shelter, so if you have any that you could donate, we would be extremely grateful. We would also be interested in hearing from any local businesses who may wish to make additional donations to enable us to support this cause.

 

Should you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to speak to either myself or your child’s classteacher.

 

Many thanks for your support

 

Mrs Toal

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME BACK!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and we would like to say a big thank you for your kind and generous gifts.

This term we will focusing on the following….

  • Diaries and reports – looking at a famous diary of a young girl in WW2 – Anne Frank and reading extracts from her famous diary. We will be looking at features of how a diary which will include looking at tense, root words, describing events and placing them in chronological order and also learning how to describe feelings and thoughts by writing our own extracts.
  • Instructions – reading different examples and understanding features such as imperative verbs and time connectives.
  • Play scripts – Reading the story of Romeo and Juliet and then selecting scenes to transform into their own script.
  • Maths – measure is our focus where we will be experimenting and testing different units of measure and linking them with our science. As well as reviewing multiplication and division.
  • Science – Earth and Space is our topic this term. The children will be learning about spherical bodies, planets, Geocentric v Heliocentric, night and day and the movement of the moon.
  • Geography – Study of UK – counties, cities, rivers and mountains, which will include the water cycle and the journey of a river, economic activity and a study of the local area.
  • History – British history and in particular Parliament and crime & punishment over time, which we can also link with British values.
  • Art – Sketches and being able to develop shading and sketching skills using the fantastic buildings in Liverpool as the main influence and learning about the history of those buildings. Linking maths with our artwork through tessellations, symmetry and translations of different shapes.
  • DT – we will be baking this term and trying different WW2 recipes, creating pizzas which will link with maths – fractions, money and ratio. We hope to have enough time to also try some of our favourite recipes.

We are all looking forward to the spring term as we have a number of exciting activities planned.

Bikeability – The dates have been confirmed as Monday 5th February and Monday 12th February 2018. The letter and response form is attached below. The slips need to be signed and returned to school please. We would also like to ask parents to help check the children’s bikes to ensure the brakes are in good condition, bikes are of the correct size, with tyres pumped and of course all children must have a helmet. This is non-negotiable! Children who are taking part will be asked to arrive at school with their bikes, helmet and appropriate clothing as requested in the letter below.

Bikeability 2018

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  – Monday March 5th. Year 5 and 6 will be visiting the World Museum in Liverpool and will then travel across to enjoy a performance from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the afternoon. Letters will be posted soon with all of the details.

 

Science under the stars is returning again this year – Thursday 25th January, 4 – 6pm at Heswall Primary School.

It is a fantastic opportunity for children and parents to explore and enjoy a range of scientific educational stalls and activities hosted by different UK scientific organisations. All the details are enclosed below.

Wirral Science Under the Stars 2018

The children have also been asked to learn the vocals to the song that has been selected for this years Science Under the Stars. The link and the vocals to ‘Rainbow Warrior’ can also be accessed below.

Rainbow warrior verse 2

https://vimeo.com/208473442

 

 

 

Homework – This week the children have completed 2 pages in their CGP blue punctuation books and will be set maths revision on Friday 12th January to complete and hand in on Monday 15th January 2018. The maths homework will be a review of perimeter and area of irregular shapes.

Learning logs will be marked and returned next week along with the next mission. Thank you for your efforts over the Christmas break. I am looking forward to reading them.

 

 

 

Set: 15/12/17           Christmas Traditions around the world        09/01/18

 

There are many different traditions at Christmas with some families following some of their own. There are also many different traditions that are celebrated around the world. Your fourth mission is to find out about these traditions and present your findings creatively. Also think about the true meaning of Christmas and how this is celebrated throughout the world. Consider how Christmas has changed over time and what value it has for people today. Try to remember the discussions and work we have completed in class – ‘The Greatest Gift.’

Have fun and enjoy your mission.

 

 

This week in Year 5

So far this week we have been busy little elves as we have continued with our curriculum festivities. The children are very excited as they are looking forward to their Christmas performances, their Christmas lunch and the Christmas Fair. This will be taking place in school on Friday 15th December just for the children….so please don’t forget to bring your money as there will be lots of great stalls.

We have been working on our unicorn bark so that it’s ready for the fair and they look great.

T 

 

We have also been continuing with our Christmas Card embroidery and they are coming along nicely. They will look fantastic once the children have added the finishing touches.

 

 

 

We have also progressed with our statistics in maths as we have completed 3 different coordinate activities. This was a challenge at first, especially drawing their own axis, but we got there in the end. We also reviewed our number work by looking at cubed numbers and used models to represent our thinking.

 

 

 

Unfortunately we were not able to enjoy the snow as much as we would have liked, but it felt like Christmas and it looked lovely. Our children were very responsible and mature.

 


 

Please click on the link below to view the letter about our exciting trip planned for next week…

Liverpool John Moores Lecture 2017

 

Christmas Performance 2017

Costumes – black trousers, skirts, tights, jogging pants, leggings, white t-shirts or shirts and then silver, blue or red tinsel to decorate and match our country, the United States of America. As we will be performing ‘White Christmas.’

Tuesday 12th December – Dress Rehearsal, 9.30am and 2pm

Wednesday 13th December – Performance, 2pm and 5pm

 

Friday 1st December

Christmas count down  – 23 days

Homework – continue to work on learning logs and mission 3 – Natural Disasters – ready to hand in on Friday 8th December.

Maths homework is to review our work on multiples, factors and prime numbers by completing the questions on the sheets provided and to be handed in on Monday.

Reading Diary –  needs to be signed and reading needs to be recorded from this week and the weekend please.

Spelling – lists were handed out on Monday 27th November for each group to learn throughout the week and weekend ready for our review on Monday afternoon.

 

 

Maths this week involved multiples and factors, with the children really trying to develop and secure their times table skills and use their knowledge through investigational activities. We then decided to have a little fun by trying a few of our brain buster games.

In literacy we completed our letters to Father Christmas which were very persuasive and interesting to read, especially learning how each family has certain family traditions on Christmas Eve. We extended our letter writing to include a video that focused on ‘The Greatest Gift.’ The children discussed and offered opinions on what is the greatest gift we could ask for this Christmas and what we could give to someone else. We then decided to record our ideas as an additional paragraph. I must admit we had some lovely suggestions.

The latest newsletter is now available to read on our main school webpage and this will also include important dates for your diary.

 

Friday 24th November

This week in year 5 we have been wearing our creative hats as the children have produced some outstanding pieces of art ready for their exhibition. The standard throughout the school was exceptionally high and our children should be proud of their achievements.

The exhibition looked amazing and the atrium was full of parents. Thank you to all of our parents who attended last nights exhibition.Your support, as always was fantastic, thank you.

 

We focused our display on the artist Steven Brown, a modern day Scottish artist who paints animals using  bright, vibrant colours. The children decided to choose their favourite animals or try and create something similar to Steven Browns work but with their own unique style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week in maths we have improved and developed our multiplication skills and carried out investigations and tested theories based on multiples, prime numbers and cubed numbers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework – Learning log – Natural Disasters. Mission 3 is to research and show your knowledge and understanding of Natural Disasters. You will need to detail what a natural disaster is, how they occur and the potential causes and even the consequences to both humanity and the environment. You might want to detail the worst national disasters, where in the world they happen or are most common and the most recent disasters? Ensure your work is detailed and set out neatly. You may wish to use pictures, drawings or diagrams as well as writing? Be as creative as you can. I am really looking forward to reading your work.

Please remember to learn your spellings and read. Then get parents/guardians to sign homework diaries.

Have a lovely weekend. Only 30 sleeps until Christmas!!!

 

Pensby Primary School Art Exhibition 2017

Please read the attached letter below regarding our exciting art event on Thursday 23rd November 2017. Orders can now be placed online and forms can be downloaded.

Art Exhibition Letter order form 2

Art Exhibition Letter 1

 

Friday 10th November

Homework – this week is to continue with our learning logs, mission 2, which is due in 17/11/17 please. Also complete pages 4,5,6 & 7 in your spelling books, plurals and double consonants which is due in Monday. As well as learning your spellings and reading.

This week we have finished our maths topic, addition and subtraction and took part in a problem solving circuit. This involved working in pairs and children discussed the information; in particular what they know, what they need to find out and how they will go about doing this to achieve the right answer. Then showing and explaining their methods.


We have discussed our ideas for the time capsule as we plan to bury the school capsule at the new retirement residential area that is currently being constructed in Pensby. The children have produced a 2017 poster detailing such things as popular TV programmes, films, music, sports, the cost of living in 2017 and main stories that have hit the headlines in 2017. The children continued with this theme and tried to forecast what life might be like in 2077 when the time capsule will be opened. There were a lot of interesting ideas.

 

We have started to work on our masterpieces ready for Pensby Primary Schools Art Exhibition 2017, Thursday 23rd November, times TBC. Details for this event will be available next week. Year 5 have been inspired by the vibrant colours and animal theme of Scottish artist Steven Brown. So far they have really  perfected their ideas and understood that patience is key in producing an excellent piece of artwork. They are all really enthused and excited.

 

 

Friday 3rd November

Author Event at Thingwall Primary School

Year 5 and 6 have been invited to attend an author event at Thingwall on Wednesday 8th November. We will be having an early lunch, walk to Thingwall for 1.30pm, participate in the author event and return to school ready for home time.

Congratulations to our year 4/5 Football Team as they won their first match of the season and were outstanding. We are exceptionally proud of you all.

Year 5 finished their first session of swimming lessons today and were really excited. They all had a splashing time.

Learning Logs

We were amazed by the high standard of work and effort from all of our year 5 class, as their RMS Titanic mission was excellent. The books were literally bursting with information, photographs and drawings. We thoroughly enjoyed reading them.

 

 

 

 

 

This weeks homework –  Learning Log mission 2 – Set 03.11.17 and due in 17.11.17

Your next mission is to research WW2 spies and espionage. The success of WW2 was not just attributed to the bravery of our nation, skill of our military but the information collected by undercover spies. Many of our allies worked together and created code names for operations or each other. They communicated through codes and hidden messages. Some of the spies became famous for their work, such as, The White Mouse or Nancy Wake. Your mission is to research different spies and note their contribution to WW2, their skills, codenames, and explain the benefits of international morse code etc. You may include photographs, images, drawings. Good luck.

Spelling and Reading – learn your spellings ready for Mondays review and remember to bring in your signed reading records.

We have been working hard to organise our writing this week by securing our use of paragraphs, especially for our extended writing task. We played a few games and organised themes into different groups to represent paragraphs and then applied this thinking to our theme. This weeks theme was our class time capsule which we are planning to create and bury within the school grounds, with the hope that this will be discovered and opened in 2077! The children made notes, planned their ideas together in small groups, which then enabled them to write and inform children of 2077 of what life is like at Pensby Primary School in 2017.

 

We have tried to finish our DT topic this week, with our paper mache models requiring additional touch ups so that the painting stage can begin. The children have worked in pairs or groups of 3 to make a visual image of the Dunkirk beaches during Operation Dynamo.

 

Maths has been much more active this week as we have tried to review our number skills with addition and subtraction using mental and written methods and then transferring those skills to help solve problems.

 

 

 

We are also preparing for our school art exhibition and have decided to use Steven Brown as our inspiration. The children will choose their favourite animal or one from Steven Brown’s collection and create their painting using his vibrant style. More information will be sent home to parents next week, however please keep Thursday 23rd November free as this will be our grand opening.

 

Friday 20th October

Football Match – Year 4/5 Corgi Cup – Pensby v Lingham (away) KO 3.30pm. Please contact the school office or Mrs Gilleece if any squad members need further information.

 

Homework  –  to complete learning log mission 1 based on the RMS Titanic. We are expecting some wonderful projects so that we can share our findings and swap information. Please also continue to read throughout next week and record this in your homework diaries.

 

Sporting opportunities for our children during the half term – Mini Olympians Athletics Club

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 12th October

This week we have introduced our learning log and our first mission. The children seemed to be really excited by the idea and are keen to get started. We have decided to cover RMS Titanic and the children have two weeks to complete their task. We will begin by decorating the front cover of the logs so that they have a personal touch, then the children will begin their research based on the mission over the weekend as homework. The books will then be returned home on Monday 16th October and the children can begin to put their ideas into their books. To be handed in Monday 30th October.

Please remember to bring in white t- shirts tomorrow to decorate ready for the neon disco Thursday 19th October. Parents evening – Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th  October.

 

Friday 6th October

‘Work hard, have fun, make a difference.’

Time flies when your having fun! We have really enjoyed our lessons this week.

We have worked tirelessly to improve and become much more efficient at editing our writing. This has been tough but beneficial, as the children can see how this improves their work. We will continue to build our skills within this area next week.

 

 

Maths – our focus has been to compare and order numbers to a million, round numbers to a million and use different representations to show different values. The children have had the opportunity this week and this term, to develop their competency and skill base in a variety of ways. So this includes using concrete objects and manipulate them to understand what they are doing, pictorial methods to help reason and solve problems.

 

 

History, DT, Geography – Evacuation of Dunkirk.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the evacuation and as a result have started to construct models from boxes, lego and paper mache to form different Dunkirk scenes. So far we have decided upon the 3 Harbours, decorating them with little ships and destroyers.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

Complete the sentences using different conjunctions and adverbs, whilst practising your handwriting skills. Due in Monday 9th October.

Spelling – learn your spellings ready for our review Monday 9th October.

Reading – complete your reading diaries and ask parents to sign, this also includes parents/guardians signing off homework.

 

 

Thursday 28th September

Homework – set Thursday 28th September and due in Monday 2nd October

Using our new CGP books this weeks task is to complete the following;

  • Comprehension pg 6/7 – Why Recycle?
  • Punctuation pg 31 – Bullet points and dashes.
  • Grammar pg 12 and 13 – Adjectives.
  • Read – record reading with parents/family in your homework diaries.

Please remember to work with family to explain and show them what you know and don’t be afraid of asking for help or support. Ask parents to sign your books to ensure that your homework is complete.

 

This week in year 5;

  •  Negative numbers – addition and subtraction using different representations.
  • Rounding – revisiting rounding to nr 10, 100, 1,000 and 10,000.
  • Numbers over 10,000.
  • Silent letters and the rules we should try and remember to follow to help us with our spelling skills.
  • Editing our work – becoming much more efficient with spellings and using dictionaries to help us.
  • Bullet points – why we use them, how we use them and the type of writing we can use them for.

 

 

  • Dunkirk – why this event in WW2 history is so significant, details of the battle, the evacuation, ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ and the miracle of Dunkirk.

 

  • Science – testing materials. ‘Which materials will dissolve into a liquid to form a solution.’ We tested 11 materials to help us answer our enquiry question.

 

 

Friday 22nd September

We have continued with place value in maths with the children using their reasoning skills and gaining a deeper understanding of number by developing their knowledge through rounding, ordering, counting and revisiting roman numerals.

We have also enjoyed our active maths, improving our fluency and fitness.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The children have taken a keen interest in our history topic – WW2 and in particular the important battles. We have started with Winston Churchill, with the children learning how significant  his role and leadership skills were during WW2. This became our focus for writing this week. The children worked in small groups to collect and retrieve information and present their findings to each other before they write it up.


 

 

 

 

 

We have also made progress with our class display using printing and shading to create a whole class master piece – well we hope!

 


 

Homework this week – revise and review rounding skills from our numeracy lessons this week and then to prepare for next weeks DT topic, along with spellings and reading. Homework details are attached below.

Homework -21.09.17

 

Friday 15th September

This week in maths we have focused on improving our confidence with numbers – Place Value. We have developed our maths help desk with equipment that will aid and support our learning and we have started to use our working wall.  It has been fun to try and present numbers using pictorial methods of recording which has helped to promote their visual skills, which then aids them with the knowledge and understanding when attempting to answer questions. They have then attempted to make connections between their knowledge base and their ability to work out and answer problems.

 

 

The Cave

The children seem to have a passion for writing – which is fantastic. They have used a picture to inform their extended write this week and have enjoyed the freedom of producing their own descriptive pieces. We are working hard to improve our writing and progress by deciding upon the ‘success criteria’ for each piece.

Homework – Thursday 14th September

Homework – iron man and materials

 

Parents Meetings – Wednesday 13th September, 9.10am or 3pm

Information from our meeting can be found by clicking on the link below.

Welcome letter september 2017

 

 

Welcome to Year 5 – 2017/2018

 

We have enjoyed getting to know each other during our first few days together. Hopefully the children have returned home and informed you of what they have been up to. It may take a week or so for them to get used to our routines, but we will discuss this during our parents meetings next week. We look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday 13th September at 9am or 3pm. Please come along if you can.

Year 5 have plenty to look forward to this term and we have already started to work on our displays, maths skills, Spanish, creative writing and our class rules. The children have demonstrated their eagerness already as they have all produced a good piece of writing, based on classroom superheroes. They have been introduced to their new responsibilities which include play leader duties at lunch time along with subject and classroom monitors.

Congratulations to Ashlea who earned a treat from the weekly box for the highest score over the first 3 days.

Homework – To read, complete and learn the Spanish greetings ready for our lesson next week. This is due in on Monday please with parents/guardians signing homework diaries.

 

Our morning maths – emoji algebra theme this week.

 

 

Class rules – we enjoyed our discussions, with the children presenting their ideas to each other in teams and with confidence .

 

 

 

 

To our wonderful year 5 class of 2016 and 2017, thank you for a memorable year. Enjoy your summer holidays and come back feeling revived and refreshed. Thank you for our lovely gifts and cards we appreciate your kind words and your support during the school year. Good luck and enjoy your time in Year 6. Remember we are only next door if you need us!

 

Greek Salad

Food tasting afternoon

 

 

Oaklands Visit –  2018

Initial letter to parents – Oaklands initial letter to families 2017

 

Sports  week – 3rd – 7th July

Race for Life and Samba Band Performance

Rounders

 

Yoga

 

 Active Maths

Next week is Sports Week. We will be taking part in sports competitions each day. Children may come to school in sports clothes each day (team colours preferable – no football kits).

  • Monday is Dodgeball
  • Tuesday is Netball
  • Wednesday is Football
  • Thursday is Rounders
  • Friday is Race for Life (families are invited to come and cheer on their children). Please click the link below and donate to a great cause.

www.justgiving.com/Pensby-Primary

 

Cressida Cowell Activities at Heswall Primary School – making clay dragons, book marks and being competitive during the outdoor book trail.

Meeting Cressida Cowell

Last week (w/c 12th June)

We continued with shape and symmetry in a bid to complete this so that we can spend more time next week on translation of shapes.

Ancient Greece – we have moved onto Democracy and have been researching how Ancient Greece was organised and ruled. We compared the Ancient Greek rules and regulations to that of modern day and the UK’s stance on democracy. This lead to a few different interesting conversations but the children seem to enjoy learning more about their culture and being able to compare it with others. We will be moving onto the city states of Ancient Greece and Athens v Sparta.

The children worked in groups to collect information on Buddhism and create a mind map of their own so they could swap facts and learn about this faith and belief from each other.

Swimming Team year 5 & 6

Huge congratulations to our swimming teams in year 5 and year 6 as they took part in the West Wirral Swimming Gala at Leasowe last week and finished 7th, which was fantastic. We are exceptionally proud of all of the children as it was a highly competitive and exciting event and they coped brilliantly. We returned home tired but ecstatic, as we collected a few more medals this year and seemed to have more to cheer about. Thank you to all of our parents that supported us.

Football Squad

Congratulations to Year 5 & 4 football squad who took part in the Dodd Cup at Heswall last week and finished joint 5th. They played exceptionally well and gave their all in each game. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Netball Squad

Year 5&6 will be participating in their first tournament this week at Pensby High School. Letters and permission slips have been sent home. Any questions please contact the office who will pass any messages on.

Reminder for parents that we have been invited to Heswall Primary School next week – Tuesday 27th June as part of the Cressida Cowell celebrations. We require permission slips to be completed and returned to school as soon as possible please. The letter and information can be found on our web page and then select the office tap at the top of your screen.

Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils are invited to a dragon/dragonfly making workshop at Heswall Primary School. This session is for pupils from Heswall Primary and Pensby Primary who will be attending the Cressida Cowell talk on Tuesday 27th June. This workshop takes place on Monday 19th June with all details attached to the link below. Please can we emphasis that adults will need to stay with pupils during this workshop and all slips need to be signed and into school by Friday 16th June.

DRAGON MAKING WORKSHOP

11+ and Secondary Transfer Presentation

These links will take you to the Secondary Transfer Presentation given to year 5 parents recently and to the 11+ guidance document issued to year 5 parents last year.

11 + Wirral-Familiarisation-Booklet-2016

Secondary Coordinated Scheme Presentation 2018-19 (1)

Friday 9th June

We only have 7 weeks left this term and we have so much to do.

The children are continuing with their morning booster sessions this term which includes reading, focusing on comprehension skills such as inference, fact retrieval, language and word meaning using a variety of texts. Maths is also a focus in our sessions as we are covering times tables, revision of all operations, place value and conversions.

We have finished a 3D shape investigation and even looked at Pringles and their 3D name as well as other unfamiliar 3D shapes. We then tried to visualise the nets and made models from art straws. We then progressed to symmetry and reflection will hopefully move towards translation.

Literacy – War of the Worlds. We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing; very descriptive and produced as a group, with the children sharing their visions and ideas.

History/Geography – Ancient Greece. We have started our new topic Ancient Greece with Alexander the Great. We have discussed the word Empire and prior knowledge of other Empires and their position on our History timeline and how and why they grow. We became familiar with the map of Ancient Greece and the lands and areas that were conquered and were part o the Empire.

Homework this week is attached below and is due in Monday 12th June.

Homework – greek timeline

West Wirral Swimming Gala – a reminder to Year 5 and Year 6 swimming teams that the Gala is Monday 12th June. Please see Mrs Gilleece for information regarding details of time and location.

Charity Day 2017

Disco Dancing year 5 style!

Half Term – school closes Friday 26th May and will re open Monday 5th June.

This week in year 5 we will be putting the finishing touches to our wonderful art portfolio’s, as inspired by Claude Monet. We will be starting our morning booster sessions for reading and writing where we will aim to revise and strengthen skills. Continue with area of compound shapes, triangles and even circles!

So far we have been enjoying listening to and reading Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and will plan our next extended piece of writing.

The children will also be able to progress with their embroidery skills with the help of Mrs Robson. They look fantastic, with the children really enjoying the precision, patience and creativeness it takes to master the needle and thread!

Heswall Primary School and Pensby Primary School Book Event – 27th June 2017

Please read the attached letter below for more details.

Cressida Cowell letter

Logo competition – open to all pupils

Logo competition

Homework  – As part of our British Values topic, we have been talking about democracy, parliament, the role of MP’s and in particular the up and coming election. We have asked to research the parties involved in the election and discuss their ‘promises’ or manifesto topics ready to present to the rest of the class on Thursday.

Practice and secure 8 times tables.

CHARITY DAY 2017

On Friday 26th May, Year 6 will be holding their annual ‘Charity Day’ for all the children from Nursery to

Year 5.

Every year the children in Year 6 plan, prepare and manage their own fun activities and games for all the other children in the school to enjoy. Many of the games offer prizes, all of which have been bought by the children in Year 6 (and their families).

The aim of the day is to raise as much money as possible for a charity (or charities) chosen by the children in Year 6. This year we have decided to share the money raised between Cancer Research UK, Autism Together, Claire House and Ronald McDonald House.

On Friday 26th May your child may come to school dressed in their own clothes.

Throughout the morning your child will be able to take part in a variety of activities and games. These range from ‘Hair Styling’ to ‘Beat the Goalie’ and cost between 20p and 50p a go. There will be prizes on offer (mostly sweets) and it will be a fun and engaging morning. Please inform your child’s teacher if your child has any allergies that may be affected by face paint, tattoos, hair spray/gel etc.

 

One of our year 6 boys has also volunteered to have his hair shaved off if he can raise more than £100 on the day!

It would be helpful if your child could bring in ‘change’ and not £1 coins or notes, in a clearly labelled container/purse.

If your child normally has toast in the morning, this will go ahead as usual.

Friday  12th May

Congratulations to year 6 who have completed their SATs this week and a special thank you to our wonderful Year 5 class who were so thoughtful and mature. We are really proud of you all and we know that year 6 have appreciated your support. As a treat Mr Klausen kindly treated our class to a few party nibbles this afternoon. Thank you.

This week has been a combination of comprehension, maths and art. We have really tried to sharpen our reading skills by using a variety of texts and questions and of course the children have worked hard to progress and improve their understanding. We have also continued with Geometry and worked on a challenging investigation, where the children were asked to draw their full names, using squared paper and no more than 10 squares per letter. This was interesting yet enjoyable activity with great results.

As a class we have decided to link our geography with art and focus on rivers and Claude Monet’s masterpiece’s. We have looked at Monet’s work, with the children producing their own interpretations using pastels, water colours, shading pencils to create their own portfolios. We have also included our Collage pieces of Queen Elizabeth II and embroidery squares. Hopefully we can then show case this next term.

We have handed out a number of leaflets this past week regarding open days for various High Schools. In particular 11+ information has also been handed out with details as to how parents can apply for the tests. If parents require additional information please contact the school office as we will be hosting a parents meeting soon.

Also we would like to remind any parents wishing their daughter to sit the Upton Hall Entrance Examination for a place in Year 7 in September 2018 that the deadline for submission of application forms is Monday 10 July 2017.
Application Forms should be completed online, using the link: http://uptonhallnew.ng1.devwebsite.co.uk/form/?pid=7&form=19  or downloaded and sent directly to Mrs D Taylor, Data Manager, Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton, Wirral CH49 6LJ.

Details of the Entrance Examination will be sent to parents who have submitted an application towards the end of August.
A reminder also that Parent Previews are being held on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May from 9.00 – 10.30 am and 11.00 – 12.30 pm.  Our Open Evening takes place on Thursday 22 June from 5.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

Friday 5th May

Homework this week is based on geography and rivers. In class we have been learning about the journey of a river and in particular the River Thames. Therefore the activity is to compare the River Thames to our local river, the River Mersey and collect and retrieve information about both rivers to then record findings using their own words ready to present on Monday.

Over the last two weeks year 5 have secured their understanding of angles, showing how they can calculate angles, measure, identify and draw a variety of angles. We have made progress this week and will move onto the next stage of geometry and focus on area and perimeter.

We have been journalists this week and have tried to up level our reporting skills from the previous week by editing sentences, ensuring we use the correct tense, check spellings, organise sentences into paragraphs by understanding when to start a new one, know the difference between fact and opinion and answer the 5 W’s in detail.

We have linked history with geography this week by working together in groups to order a timeline of events that focus on the River Thames, dating back from 43AD to present day.

Over the last two weeks we have also researched significant female figures and linked them with British History and British values such as Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale, Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May. We have discussed and identified their key roles within our society, past and present and how their decisions and their work has had, and is having an impact on our society today. We have achieved this through our guided reading tasks over the last two weeks.

The latest newsletter is now available on our documents page, which details the important dates for the diary and has the latest Ofsted information for parents to read.

W/C  24th April – Spellings

This weeks spellings for yellow, blue and green groups. As chosen by the children ready for our spelling review Friday 28th April.

Welcome back

Summer term begins – w/c 18th April – 21st April

So far this week we have re-adjusted and started to prepare for another busy, short term.

The children have already completed their first piece of extended writing, which linked with Science. They were asked to explain and inform their audience about the phases of the moon. We have also tried to edit their work and looked at how their writing should be organised.

Maths – we begin this term with Geometry and in particular Angles. We have looked at acute and obtuse angles, estimating and measuring a range of different angles and the children have familiarised themselves with using a protractor.

Art – we have continued with our love for sketching and have focused our efforts towards the Queen and her reign. We have also looked at her life and a timeline of some key events. This also forms the basis for our homework this week. The children have been asked to collect as many interesting and maybe unusual facts about the queen’s life and present them in a poster, piece of writing or fact box format. The second task is to also record and draw a timeline of key events. Due in Tuesday 25th April.

 

E-Safety – It has unfortunately come to our attention that our children still have a number of applications on their electronic devices that have a set age limit and are also not permitted within school. We have discussed the dangers of these applications and how the children and parents need to fully understand the possible safety issues surrounding these. There are set age restrictions for a reason!

Facebook – minimum age 13

Snapchat – minimum age 13

WhatsApp – minimum age 16

Skype – minimum age 13

Musical.ly – not permitted in school. Parents would be advised to check their children’s devises and in particular check their privacy settings and their followers if their child has and uses this application.

All clubs begin next week – Monday 24th April with a new club being introduced Thursday during lunch times  12 – 12.30pm for years 3 – 6. All willing participants are to hand their club request forms into their class teachers or the school office.

KS2 Netball –  Wednesday 3.30 – 4.30pm and KS2 Football – Thursday 3.30 – 4.30pm.

Easter holiday – Friday 31st March – school closes and re opens Tuesday 18th March.

Week commencing 20th March

This week we were lucky enough to be invited by Calday Grammar School to yet another one of their stunning performances, at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton. It was a great production of Jungle Book, with the children thoroughly enjoying their adaptation. As a gift and a token of their generosity they handed out a copy of the Jungle Book 2016 to each school and as a follow on from our visit we have arranged for this to be shown in school Friday 25th March.

Friday 24th March

Jungle Book viewing. Years 4, 5 and 6 can watch The Jungle Book (2016) together in the hall. The movie was gifted to use by Calday Grammar school as a thank you to the children in Years 4 and 5 who went to see their performance at The Floral Pavilion in New Brighton yesterday. The film is rated PG, so please let us know if you do not want your child to watch the movie by contacting the school office. Click on the following link for more information about the movie and its content: Common Sense Media – Jungle Book 2016.

Our class relocated to the hall this week and worked on finalising their Macbeth adaptations and to film their science productions.

Filming went well with only a few takes!! A huge thank you to Mrs Shaw for all of her help and expertise, as we really appreciated your input and time. Hopefully after Easter we can see the finished article on screen.

Next week we will be focusing on improving our descriptive language and looking at science fiction with Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

Also this week we were spoilt by Mrs Robson who made 34 Butterfly Cup Cakes, enough for one each. They were a delicious treat and were very much appreciated by all of us. Thank you Mrs Robson.

Homework – Friday 24th March – Spelling CGP Books – Please complete ready for next weeks SPaG lessons, page 23 words ending in ‘ably and ibly.’ Page 24 – words ending in ‘al,’ ‘el’ and ‘le.’ Page 25 – words ending in ‘sure’ and ‘ture.’

Friday 18th March

Another lovely week in Year 5 and with a rather eventful trip to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic! Our afternoon excursion was very entertaining with the children experiencing the delightful sounds of a full orchestra. They were amazed and loved every minute of each performance. We had fantastic seats right at the front and their behaviour was outstanding – we were extremely proud of them.

Our next trip is Tuesday 21st March at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton. We will arrive back at normal school time – 3.30pm.

This week:

This week we have analysed all of the space posters, this was part of last weeks homework.They are all very colourful and packed full of information – excellent job. We have extended our space discussions to include phases of the moon, up levelled our vocabulary and key words linked to space and decided which targets we have achieved so far.

Grammar – we have continued with dictionary work and promotion of PROOF READING. Also reviewing prepositions, co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions.

Maths – trying to secure multiplying decimals. We began our journey with x10, 100 and 1000 and even attempted division. We then moved onto multiplying by 1dp and 2dp which requires a little more work before we progress any further. We will get there. Homework this week is decimals and a number of revision questions based on the work we have covered in class – due in Monday.

The latest newsletter is available to read from the documents option on the main page of the school website. Please read this if you get a chance as it will help to guide you through the reports and how you can access up to date assessment information on your child.

Friday 10th March

This week we have completed our jigsaws – finally! They look fantastic and the children have worked tirelessly, using their own time to finish them.

The children have also completed their Geography posters and have worked successfully with a different partner to note the differences between the British Isles and United Kingdom, locate English Cities and identify the Counties in England. They look great and the children have thoroughly enjoyed each session. This adds information to our Geography working wall which is still progressing, but shows the learning journey so far.

SPaG – by request we have reviewed speech and in particular we have tried to secure our understanding of direct and indirect speech, and as a result we have produced another working wall to help aid our understanding and to help us retain the main points using the examples.

Macbeth – we have focused on the banquet scene this week and ordered the events of the play and understanding the plot and traits of the Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. The children have also started to plan their own scene to add to Macbeth.

Reading – one of the classes favourite subjects! We have turned our attention to historical non – fiction reports based on Pompeii and reviewing different techniques to answering questions based on persuasive texts.

Maths – another week of decimals which included rounding, doubling and halving races, talking squares,  WODB (which one doesn’t belong) and sleigh ride (our Friday investigation). Next week we can progress to multiplying and dividing decimals and then focus on percentages.

Homework – Science Homework -08.03.17

A reminder regarding our planned Royal Philharmonic Trip – Tuesday 14th March, details are attached to last weeks news below.

Friday 3rd March

First week back after half term and goodness it was a busy one! It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening as we really enjoy our discussions and sharing your child’s achievements so far. Thank you for coming.

The children are continuing to work hard on their comprehension skills, therefore we have read a variety of texts already this week. One focus has been William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, as we plan to produce an extended piece of writing based the famous play and develop our improvisation skills.

Maths has progressed to decimals this week with the children ordering, rounding and understanding comparisons up to 3 decimal places. Of course this is then transferred to reasoning and problem solving.

Spelling, punctuation and grammar has been interesting this week with fronted adverbials, spelling reviews and new targets set for punctuation. We have also developed a new game which we aim to repeat each week that will review and help us to revise specific areas of SPaG.

We have also enjoyed exploring the British Isles, United Kingdom, English Counties and Cities this week alongside new partners, hence improving our social skills and team spirit. Everyone has worked hard to produce excellent work for each other.

During our class worship time we have discussed many of the topics making headlines, but in particular Shrove Tuesday, Lent and the build up to Easter. Linked with this the children were also able to compete for bragging rights in our Pancake Flipping Competition. Those who decided to participate were given 1 pancake, 1 pan and 60 seconds to make it flip as many times as possible. Some of us were rather gentle, some were a little heavy handed, some of us require target practice and some of us need to give others a chance..(Mrs Robson). Not that we are competitive in year 5! The score to beat was (apparently) 44 flips?

This month we have two exciting trips planned. Tuesday 14th March – visit to The Royal Philharmonic and Tuesday 21st March – visit to the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton to watch Calday Grammar Schools production of The Jungle Book.

Information for parents is detailed below.

Year 4 and 5 Floral Letter 2017

For important information about our afternoon visit to The Royal Philharmonic, please click the following link:

Liverpool Philharmonic Museum March 2017

Half Term Homework

This week we have progressed from fractions to decimals and therefore we have asked the children to complete a number of mymaths decimal challenges, that reviews a number of activities we have used in the classroom.

The second task this half term is for the children to complete two comprehensions. One is ‘Why Recycle’ and can be found in the children’s own CGP books on page 6 and a separate Michael Morpurgo text called ‘Listen to the Moon.’ Yellow group have their own ‘Big Ben Gets A Bath.’

BIG BEN GETS A BATH

Narrative-Listen-to-the-Moon

Of course and as expected we would also ask that the children continue to read over the holidays and record this in their homework diaries, ready for this to be handed in Monday 27th February.

The children have worked hard with their assessments this week and are really progressing and we don’t want to let this slip, hence why we have issued homework to just keep their skills sharp.

Have a lovely week off and we look forward to seeing the children Monday 27th February and seeing parents Wednesday 1st March for parents evening. Appointments can still be made!

Dates for the diary

Valentines Disco – Years 3 to 6 disco starts at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm. Children are not allowed to walk home after the disco and must be collected by an adult. It costs £1 per child and some money will also be needed to sweets and drinks.

Pancake flip Tuesday 28th February. The sponsor form is next to this newsletter. Funds are being raised to purchase a playground canopy so that the children have more shade in the summer – it’s what they have asked for! Instructions and rules can also be found on the sponsor form.

Reports – will be available to view from Thursday 16th February and will be available for 2 weeks.

This week in year 5

  • Maths – completed our work on fractions with the children securing their skills by multiplying fractions together, multiplying mixed numbers and improper fractions. We move onto decimals next.
  • Literacy – guided reading Alice in Wonderland. We looked at Lewis Carroll and completed an author study, whilst discussing chapters, characters, events and comparing texts.
  • Science – children are moving along with their  scripts for their space programme focusing on the solar system, lunar month and day and night. Hopefully we can start to film after half term.
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation – our main focus this week has been relative clauses, modal verbs and adverbs.
  • Homework – to read (3 times at least), estimating/rounding and analysing bus time tables.

Please can we remind parents that we check homework diaries every Monday and we would like parents to sign their child’s book to confirm the  have completed their tasks as expected. We would appreciate parents support with this, thank you.

Sign2Sing

The children did a great job and sang their hearts out as the song was a tough one. Their signing was also fantastic, however we still need everyone’s £1’s. Please ,if you are yet to give, drop it by the office on Monday.

Finally after weeks of devoting lunchtimes and free time one of our groups has completed their 500 piece jigsaw. A great achievement, with the children proving that they have excellent skills to work together as a team.

Friday 3rd February

This week in year 5

  • Maths – groups have really progressed with fractions with a focus on addition and subtraction using mixed numbers and improper fractions. Its great to see the children become so confident and have that ‘lightbulb’ moment.
  • Literacy – Romeo and Juliet – we selected a scene from the play and took on different roles trying to use expression. We identified different features of a play script, watched the national theatre production of the play to see how the professionals do it! The children have used one of the scenes to secure their use of speech by writing dialogue between two characters. We were really impressed with some of the conversations.

 

  • Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation – our main focus has been pronouns, looking at personal, possessive, relative and determiners! In line with literacy we have tried to perfect our understanding and application of inverted commas and direct speech. Our spellings have improved this week with one group learning exceptionally hard spellings that were exceptionally hard to pronounce, never mind spell!!!! Apologies parents. Great challenge though, and one that the children requested, well most of them.
  • Science – Space. The children have been so enthusiastic so far with so many members of our class demonstrating their scientific knowledge. We have had a number of mini enquiries already with homework set around this topic.

Homework – Homework 02.02.17

Friday 27th January

Under the stars was a fantastic evening and our children were amazed by what they learnt,  despite the chilly temperatures, the event was a great success. Thank you to all of our families who supported the evenings activities.

Our focus this week has been to further develop our knowledge and understanding of fractions – improper and mixed fractions together with a range of reasoning and problem solving activities. We have also sharpened our multiplication skills with our x7,8,9 and 12 times tables, recalling and reciting facts at pace.

Our Spanish theme was to recall months of the year and to communicate our date of birth via a few interesting games and conversations.

The children were amazed and stunned during our discussions surrounding the Holocaust, examining the events via a timeline activity and reading various snippets from Anne Franks Diary, watching clips about her life and studying the annex and house where she hid. The children thought about how lucky they are to be free and to value the historic victory for Great Britain in WW2. In groups they thought of some interesting questions that they would ask Anne Frank.

We have really progressed with our Yoga, now sustaining 30, full minutes of movements that require a good level of balance, coordination and strength.

Spellings for each group are issued at the beginning of each week (Monday) and we request that they are looked at, analysed, practised and perfected ready for our spelling review on Friday.

We have worked hard to secure our grammar, spelling and punctuation topics each week and so this week we have continued with an overview on suffixes, commas, dashes and  brackets, hyphens and nouns.

Homework – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Children have been set a number of questions to answer and return to school on Monday 30th January, along with their reading record and becoming familiar with the Anne Frank Diary via www.annefrank.org.

Please can we remind parents that Homework Diary’s need to be returned to school signed and with homework every Monday. Please can we request that parents encourage children to be responsible for their own belongings and promote further independence by encouraging them to be ready and prepared for the next school day. Your support is very much appreciated.

Friday 20th January 2017

Year 5 have enjoyed a lovely week continuing with Romeo and Juliet and in particular studying Shakespearean language and comparing their findings with modern day language. The children worked in groups to identify some well known lyrics by well known artists and were great at decoding.

We have reasoned our way through improper fractions and mixed numbers in maths, which was at first a little tricky to understand but by the end of the week we managed to show great progress. The children have also been revising their times table skills so that they can start to recall at speed and with increased confidence.

In PE we have continued to improve our posture and flexibility through a second week of yoga, with a little bit of wizardry we saw a few magic moves! Although balance and core strength is something we need to continue to strengthen.

Science was also an interesting session this week with the children working together in pairs to design a boat from foil, focusing on shape and understanding how this was an important factor to their investigation. This was part of our water resistance week and is part of this weeks homework.

 

Homework – Homework – 19.01.17

Friday 13th January 2017

Welcome back and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We have dusted ourselves off and started as we mean to go on.

This week the children have worked hard to understand fractions and their equivalents and have started to develop new reasoning skills. We have started to appreciate English Literature as the children have been introduced to William Shakespeare and his work. In particular Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Midsummer Nights Dream. This will be our topic for the this term.

Throughout this half term we will also be looking at starting our new science topic – Space, reading a new class novel, developing our posture, strength and mindfulness in PE with Yoga and learning about climate change.

The latest newsletter for the start of term is now available to read on our webpage and this includes information about the up and coming science events taking place at Heswall Primary.

Wirral Science Under the Stars Flyer

Lantern Making Workshop

Thursday 22nd December

Merry Christmas from Year 5.

We have really enjoyed our final four days of the autumn term, as we have completed the Pensby Air Force display, and showcased the children’s creativeness using sketches and models. They look fantastic.

The children have also produced their own Christmas Card designs and decorations. We have completed our Battle of Britain historical reports with the children assessing their own in great detail. We have also reviewed our Spanish greetings, finished Christmas coordinates, organised Christmas facts and opinions and held our very own history/geography based Christmas quiz.

Below are details of two new and exciting workshops that families can participate in during the New Year.

Wirral Science Under the Stars

Lantern Making Workshop

Remember we return to school Monday 9th January. Have a lovely Christmas break!

Friday 16th December

We started our week with three fantastic performances from the whole school, however we were exceptionally proud of year 5 as they sang their hearts out and were truly amazing. We were so luck to have been able to perform with a live band from Wirral Grammar School.

To top this off we have been busy testing our entrepreneurial skills making unicorn bark and pricing items for our Bric or Brac stall, all for the Christmas Fair, which was a great success.The children were busy rushing between the stalls all having a fabulous time. We were also lucky to have a very special visitor at school today – Father Christmas managed to see and speak to all of the children.

Homework this week is attached below.

Homework 15.12.16

This week has flown by but we have tested this terms progress and continued with statistics and redrafting Battle of Britain reports.

Congratulations to another talented member of our class who competed in a county tennis tournament and finished in 3rd place, to then qualify through to the regional finals, which will be held in April 2017.

Next week

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday

Friday 9th December

In the build up to Christmas we have enjoyed a film night where the children managed to eat Hotdogs, chips, and watch a festive film with their friends.

We have been trying to finish our Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster Bombers. We are nearly there. Just one more week before we have our very own fleet.

Continuing with our e safety theme by discussing on line safety in detail along with setting a number of parent/pupil activities for homework.

In PE our groups have worked hard with Mr Glendenning this week, developing their skills and progress into a match situation. We have some very talented members of our class who have shared their dance achievements with the class showcasing their strengths and educating us on different techniques.

Congratulations.

Next week we should be completing Battle of Britain reports, as our main focus this week has been European Geography, especially countries and capital cities. The children were so enthusiastic that they extended their learning to the world. We played a number of different games to test our knowledge and boost our team scores.

Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ All the children have made a crown to wear for their performance and so just all black attire is required please.

Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.

Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.

Friday 2nd December

Social media

This week as part of our class worship and as part of our curriculum we have been discussing social media – the dangers and the benefits. The children realise that we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning, however this week we have been discussing the use of social media at home. We have addressed a number of issues such as friendship circles, text messages, emails, privacy settings for applications. In school, we have regular ‘e-safety’ activities to remind children of the importance of keeping themselves safe online. At home, sometimes children can be given unsupervised access to the Internet. This, potentially, allows them to access all kinds of society (both good and bad) and bring them virtually into their homes.

Year 5 have really listened to our advice and have decided to discuss this with parents at home. We have asked our class to watch the video on our e-safety parents page by CEOP and then read through our tips – it strongly illustrates why we should all be aware of our children’s safety online.

We have also started to discuss Judaism and the rules surrounding different beliefs around the world and in particular the 10 commandments. The children created their own 10 commandments for school. We will then progress onto signs and symbols and beliefs, then onto Christmas and advent.

The children have worked hard to try and improve their time skills this week with various games and activities as well as polishing their problem solving skills. They have even prepared a presentation on time for the children in year 2, where they plan will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding on the subject. Hopefully this will be delivered next week.

img_2104

The Spitfires and Hurricanes are in the hangers waiting to be painted accordingly as the class have been busy planning their report on the Battle of Britain and swapping facts and information. With a member of our class sharing their family’s heirlooms and heritage from WW2, also telling us the story behind the historic items. We really enjoyed looking at them all.

img_2112 img_2110 img_2108

We completed our final day of Bikeability with the children thoroughly enjoying their course. All badges and certificates have been issued and handed out to the children this week. They were a credit to the school and their families with the instructors commenting on their behaviour. Excellent job everyone, we are very proud of you all.

Our Christmas decorations are starting to surface, slowly. However we have created a Christmas theme for our classroom door. This will showcase the Christmas phrases and greetings in Spanish that we will be learning.

Homework – revision of’ ible’ and ‘able’ words from our spelling review this week. Children have been asked to find the meaning of their words and then create interesting and descriptive sentences with each word.

Finally, many thanks to you for your generous donations to Thompson’s Mission, our charity this Christmas – we have received such a wonderful amount of items that will be distributed to the homeless. Mr Klausen and Mrs Toal will be delivering them to the drop-off points this weekend.

Dates for your diary

Film Night – Thursday 8th December

CLICK HERE

Monday 12th December: Christmas Performances. Dress rehearsal at 11:00am. Performances at 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Ticket only. Year 5 children are to wear regal costumes to represent Kings, as we are performing ‘We Three Kings.’ Regal colours, such as navy/gold/green and a gold tinsel belt and maybe a homemade crown?

Friday 16th December: Christmas Jumper Day – non uniform day in exchange for £1.

Friday 16th December (a busy day): Christmas Fair –children will need some spending money.

Tuesday 20th December: Children’s Christmas Lunch.

Thursday 22nd December: Last Day of Autumn Term – finish for Christmas holiday.

img_2132 img_2128 img_2124 img_2122 img_2074 img_2084

Friday 25th November

Homework this week – Time.

We have been extremely competitive this week as the children have competed for the best overall time using our ‘Stop the Clock’ game, where we have matched analogue and digital times under pressure! Our latest record is 15 seconds!

Therefore we have asked for the children to come up with a presentation about Time and present this to their audience next week. Year 2! Their task is to explain why we use time, how we use it, why it is important especially within school, at home, as a society and how this links to our life skills and the real world. They will also try and put together a lesson on how to teach Time to year 2, referencing the 12hour and 24 hour clock and any equipment or props they will need. The children will also ask their adults to explain Time and discuss their answers as part of this task.

Good Luck.

Year 5 Bikeability

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions on Monday we were forced to re arrange our second Bikeability session. However, we can confirm that our second session will (fingers crossed) be Thursday 1st December. Children will need to bring their bikes, helmets, snacks and all weather clothing with them that morning.

Netball and Football

This is the last week for both clubs, which will re start in the spring term.

Friday 18th November

Click here – Film Night 2016

This week:

  • Division and fractions – completed investigations involving equivalent fractions, patterns to simplify fractions and comparing fractions using < and >.
  • Completed UFO diary recounts with the children trying to use adverbials they have been experimenting with all week. Some of their recounts were fabulous.
  • Spelling review – improved results this week with groups learning their spellings and showing how they can apply them to their written work, along with commas and colons.
  • DT – started to craft our own Pensby Air force using plastic bottles to aid our design. This will be completed next week and linked to WW2.
  • First week of Bikeability complete with the children feeling the pace. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience and are excited and ready for their next session on Monday 21st November. Please remember your bikes, helmets and clothing especially coats as the temperature has started to drop and the rain has been a common theme this week, therefore we need to ensure the children are dressed for the occasion.
  • Swimming – the majority of our class have achieved their 25m and are now developing their bi lateral breathing techniques and confidence with their strokes.
  • We have celebrated success in sports this week with a member of our class gaining a gold medal and first position in her gymnastic competition. We are extremely proud of her achievements and her dedication!
  • Our year six football team competed in the Premiership Schools Tournament at LFC Academy. We had a fantastic morning with the children experiencing the highs and lows of competitive sport and the unpredictable weather! We were extremely proud of our squad and the way they played. Even though they were soaked to the skin they showed great sporting qualities and all came home with certificates and a goodie bag, which was presented to them by a special guest!

Homework – Fractions – finding amounts of and MyMaths activities covering equivalent and improper fractions.

img_2063 img_2060

Friday 11th November

A cold and wet week with no rainbows unfortunately, however the children are now arriving with coats which keep them wrapped up and warm during break times.

We have started our 6 week swimming programme with all of the children really enjoying their sessions and everyone managed to remember their kits. We were most impressed.

Football and Netball club have started again and will be held each week after school until 4.30pm. Our last sessions before Christmas will be Wednesday 23rd November and Thursday 24th November. There will be a lunchtime club starting next week, Wednesday 16th November at 12.30pm in the school hall which will focus on building basic skills and increase children’ s confidence within the game. We will be focusing on progressing with year4/5 and year 6 squads only on Thursdays as of next week.

Year 6 squad have been invited to compete in Premier League Schools Tournament next week which will be held at Liverpool Football Clubs Academy. The squad are really excited, however all forms and permission slips need to be handed in on Monday 14th November .

Bikeability will start for year 5 on Monday 14th November, please can all children taking part ensure they arrive in school with their bikes, helmets and adequate clothing.

bikeability-2016

This week in year 5

  • Continued with recounts and experimented with adverbials for time/number and place whilst using independent clauses, based on UFO’s.
  • Revised our division skills with written methods, problem solving and groups creating their own questions. Fractions – simplifying and finding equivalents through reasoning or Fraction Friday as we now call it in year 5.
  • Spelling – continued with our weekly review with the children looking forward to our 5 bonus spellings.
  • WW2 – The evacuation of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. The children developed an understanding of the events leading up to Dunkirk and the feelings of some of the people involved in the evacuation, especially the soldiers. We discussed why there was a need to evacuate soldiers and the role the little ships of Britain played in the evacuations.
  • We discussed as part of our class worship, remembrance day, using War Game by Michael Foreman as a focal point. The children participated in our 2 minute silence as a mark of our respect and we were very proud of their efforts.

Friday 4th November 2016

Welcome back after half term, what an interesting week it has been and what a great view from our classroom window this morning.

img_2040

There was a great response to our firework display yesterday with a large number of families and friends supporting our school. The display was excellent and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.

The beginning of this week the children were buzzing with excitement as they all seemed to be looking forward to Halloween, however this did not filter over into our lessons. In fact the children seemed to be refreshed and ready to learn.

A couple of reminders ready for next week so that the children are prepared.

  1. Swimming for year 5 – this will start Friday 11th November with children attended lesson in small groups throughout the afternoon. Please can all children bring their kits with them on Friday morning. (Costumes, goggles and towels). We ask that children do not bring shampoos etc with them as we have a quick turn around and unfortunately do not have enough time for this.
  2. Bikeability – closing date for permission forms is today, with the course starting Monday 14th and Monday 21st November. The details are attached if you need them.

bikeability-2016

Homework

  • Collecting and generating adverbials for time. Children have been asked to think of as many adverbials as they can and to look for them in books, newspaper articles, magazines etc. They are to decide which question their adverbials answer. Is it how? Where? When? The children have a table to complete and an extra challenge.
  • This week we have focused on punctuation and in particular the use of commas. The children have 10 sentences to re write  in their homework books. They must decide where to add commas to avoid ambiguity and to show parenthesis.

Overview of this week.

  • Recounts – following on from biographies we have decided to explore UFO and Aliens: Investigating Extra-terrestrial Visitors through recounts, using the context of UFO’s we have been reading and  investigating genuine documents, discussing and looking at famous sightings, looking at the features of recounts and testing the language features with adverbials of time and using commas correctly. This will hopefully lead to a diary entry and a UFO report.
  • Mental multiplication and division – Multiples and Factor investigations and reasoning.
  • Science – Forces with the children working in teams to investigate what makes a parachute effective. They have tested a number of variables and worked hard to apply their understanding of gravity and air resistance. It has been difficult, however the children seem to have grasped that hard work and perseverance pays off.

 

img_2037 img_2034