2 Mar 2015

Musical Theatre Club - Cancellation

Dear parents and carers,

Please be advised that the Musical Theatre Club, on Tuesday of this week, is cancelled.

Mrs. Hood will not be in school on 03 March. 

The club will take place on Tuesday 10 March as normal.

Thank you for your understanding. 

27 Feb 2015

Headteachers message

Year FS1 Week 9 2015

Welcome back after the half term holidays. The children really enjoyed their visit to the medical centre this week and have been busy bandaging, using their stethoscopes, giving injections and making us feel better with lots of TLC. Next week we will continue with this topic, looking at x-rays and making x-ray pictures. We will also be looking at our bodies, healthy eating and how to keep healthy and fit.

Request for junk modelling boxes.
We need lots of small boxes and packets, rather than corn flakes type boxes which tend to be too big to make their models. Thank you.

Don’t forget there is “Book at Bedtime” again on Friday 13th March at 6 p.m. Send in your completed form if you wish to join us.

Snack next week: baguettes, ham & cheese, digestive biscuits & Philli, hotdogs, savoury kebabs & wraps.

Dates for your calendar:
The end of spring term is Friday 27th March. Please note that FS1 will finish at 12.00 and that there will be no E.D.C. on Friday 27th March. The main school will finish at around 13.00. The summer term starts at 8.45 a.m. on Monday 13th April.

Thank you for your support,
The FS1 Team

Year FS2 Week 9 2015

We hope you have all had a lovely half term holiday. The children have come back into school refreshed and eager to learn. This week we have been busy writing our holiday news. The children have been telling us all about their different adventures they have had and then writing a sentence using capital letters and full stops. We have also been practising how to put finger spaces in our writing.
Meeting the chickens
Our Forest School session this week involved the children taking part in a ‘Texture Trail’. The children used our outside environment to touch and collect as many different textures they could find! Whilst sharing our findings with each other outside, the chickens paid us a visit and we had the opportunity to say hello and touch them as well!
Next week we are going to be learning all about Chinese New Year. We will be learning all about Chinese customs and making and trying some Chinese food.
On Thursday 12th March we will be having a “Mother’s Day Tea Party” Stay and Play session in FS2 at 10.30-11.30am.
Have a lovely weekend
Best wishes from the FS2 team

Year 1 Week 9 2015

This week, your child may have told you about the princess who asked for some help. We all walked to the pond, where we found a precious, golden ball. Unfortunately, the princess ran away without keeping her promise. We were so disappointed to miss out on a visit to the palace! This was our “hook” to introduce the children to the fairy tale of “The Frog Prince”. We have started to tell the story with a story map and actions.

In Mathematics the children have been estimating how many objects they think are in a container. Each child has counted the objects in 5’s or 10’s to find out the correct number. The children have also been practising counting forwards or backwards in 10’s from any number eg 53, 43, 33 and 7, 17, 27.

Water Bottles
Unfortunately, some reading books have been ruined by being brought to school in the same bag as a water bottle. Please remind your child to carry their water bottle separately, or keep it in a bag away from the reading book and journal.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year One Team

Year 2 Week 9 2015

We had a wonderful China day today. It was lovely to see so many parents as well. The children enjoyed all the activities and we hope you did too!

In English this week, we have been looking at instructions. Following on from our non-chronological reports about dragons, we are now finding out how to look after a pet dragon! These are unique pets that need lots of special care. We are sending home a copy of the text map for your child to ‘read’ to you at home.

In maths, both groups have looked at doubling and halving and using the greater than and less than signs.

We will continue to set on-line maths homework every week.

 The children need to visit www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and use their Education City user name and password (these can be found in the front of their journals). The school code is x677.

We will run a homework club at lunchtime on Mondays is your child is unable to complete their on-line homework at home.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Mead, Mrs Halstead and the Year Two team.

Year 3 Week 9 2015

Maths investigation
In Literacy we have started our new Talk For Writing unit which is based on the narrative genre of a 'losing tale'.

In Maths Mr.Askew's children have looked at finding fractions of amounts and using the double, double again and double again strategy for the 8 times table. Mr. Kerray's group have been recognising 3D shapes and describing their properties.

In computing the children finished their latest Scratch project and were proud to show off all the great skills they have acquired in this coding program.

In RE the children have been using pastels to create images of light in a creative format.

Mr. Reeves continues his work on the ukulele, where new chords are being added every week.
Please make sure the children bring their ukulele to school every Tuesday.

In art Mr.Fidler has launched a printing unit based on the work of the Victorian designer William Morris.

History this week continues to look at the Victorian period in more depth: we have entered the 'dark and murky' world of child labour. Those poor Victorian children!

Just a little reminder about your creative homework project on a famous Victorian - many children have chosen their character and are researching them.

Remember to continue reading daily with your child, 10 minutes daily practice will really help them to improve. You could also discuss together the book you have read, again this is an important reading skill that the children need to develop.

Please keep signing your child's journal to indicate that you have read with your child.
Many thanks.

Please bring PE kits into school on Monday, we will send them home on Friday.

Many thanks for your support
Mr Askew, Mr Kerray, Mrs Jeffery and Mrs Baker.

Year 4 Week 9 2015

The ‘Food Faces’ are great! We have had a range of faces that have been made in such creative ways using many different ingredients, they look fantastic! – Thank you!
The children continue to amaze us with just how quickly they are learning the different skills involved when learning to play the guitar. This week, we have been learning to play a piece of music by Antonin Dvorak, ‘New World Symphony’, and the children have brought home the music notation to practice at home. Please continue to encourage your child to practice playing their guitar each day for 10-15 minutes.
In Literacy this week, the children completed a ‘Cold Write’ (‘Have a go’) piece of writing in preparation for our next unit of work, which is descriptive writing with a focus on settings.  The children have also completed a reading assessment.
In Maths the children have been learning about angles. They compared angles and recognised which were right angles and which were more or less than a right angle. The children identified different angles and sorted them into 3 sets: right angle, acute and obtuse angles. Some children then went on to ordering angles from smallest to largest and then checked their estimates by measuring angles using a protractor.
During our Topic session, we have begun to look at the ancient Maya Civilisation. We talked about what we already knew about the Maya people and identified questions about the Maya that we would like to find the answers to. We then discovered where the Maya people lived and we used an atlas to find countries that are in that area today and talked about how these countries did not exist when the Ancient Maya were alive. The children worked hard to identify and locate the countries of Central America on their own map outline.

Maths – Some children have an angles activity to complete, where they need to identify acute, right and obtuse angles in different polygons. Some children have an activity to complete where they need to identify parallel and perpendicular lines in relation to other given lines. All the children have an angles game to play on www.activelearnprimary.co.uk called ‘Reel It In’. Maths homework needs to be completed and returned to school no later than Thursday 5th March.
Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and record any reading that they do in their journals.
Spellings – Children will bring home a new list of spelling words to learn on Monday.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell

Mrs Whitaker and Mrs Porter

Year 5/6 Week 9 2015

Firstly we’d like to say well done to all the children in Y5/6 for dealing with this week’s changes so well. They have taken the new timetable in their stride and all the teachers involved have been suitably impressed!
Maths homework will be sent home this week with Mrs Hood’s and Mrs Scannell’s maths group. With many children in Miss Kinsey and Miss Graham’s group being involved in the ski trip next week, we have agreed that children can access targeted activities on both Mathletics and Active Learn to consolidate their prior learning.
Mrs Hood’s maths group have been learning about 2D shapes and have been developing their shape vocabulary as well as measuring language. Miss Kinsey’s class have been using ‘fact families’, ‘smile multiplication’ and ‘coin maths’ to develop their mental maths skills working with place value, multiplication and division. Miss Graham’s maths group have been choosing efficient methods for adding decimals and investigating decimals.
Whether in Y5 or Y6, next week will be a most enjoyable week. Children remaining in school with take part in many exciting book related activities to celebrate World Book Day. The weather is looking good for a great week of skiing for those taking part in the trip.
 As well as reading fiction and non-fiction books at home, we are encouraging children this week to dip in to poetry books or find a poem on the internet that they might like to share with the class.
 Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Mrs Hood & Mrs Goddard
Mrs Scannel & Mrs Porter
Miss Kinsey & Mrs Creighton
Miss Graham & Mrs Grant