Friday 9th November 2019
There was an actual cheer from Kingfishers when the running track opened earlier this week. We have made the most of it , building our stamina and using the short bursts to energise our bodies and minds. By the end of the week, some very fit Kingfishers were running a mile.
In literacy, we are learning about the text and language structures of formal, persuasive letters. Kingfishers are clear on the placement of addresses, greetings and sign-offs and are now moving on to thinking in more depth about how to use powerful verbs, adjectives and nouns to change a person's thinking.
We have continued with multiplication this week, with many children earning the next award in this week's assembly. Practise really does pay off!
In science, Kingfishers explored reflective surfaces and came to understand that all surfaces reflect some light, otherwise we would not be able to see them. Some surfaces are more reflective than others and the children have been looking for similarities between surfaces that do and don't reflect.
Our exploration of the globe continued and the children in Kingfishers have begun researching a state in America. This will help us to explore similarities and differences between parts of America.
It was wonderful to speak to so many parents this week during the parent consultations. Thank you to all who made the time to come and see me.
A busy first week
Friday 2nd November 2018
It has been an busy week for Kingfishers.
In literacy we have been developing out understanding of descriptive writing- using powerful verbs and adjectives alongside similes and metaphors to create a setting description which really immerses the reader in the place being described. From our first draft, Kingfishers really took ownership of the editing process and supported each other well to improve the language and grammar of each piece.
In maths, we explored patterns and methods for learning the 3, 4, 8, 6 and 9 times tables. It is so important to develop quick recall of these facts in order to be mathematically fluent in later years.
In topic, Kingfishers landed in America and learned how it was divided into States. There is a really helpful (if a bit silly) song that places the States throughout the song.
In PSHE, Kingfishers began preparing for a special event that is coming up. We learned why so many people wear poppies at this time of year and began making our own preparations by creating poppies and writing poems to explore this.
Autumn 1 Half Term- POW!
Friday 19th October 2018
What a half term! The children in Kingfishers have worked incredibly hard and I am proud of each and every one of them. With some very lyrical similes and metaphors in our narrative settings, some impressive sessions in maths to develop our maths toolbox and the start of a very exciting project that will show us showcase our understanding of light and materials, this final week has been packed with learning.
Over the half term, I have asked Kingfishers class to spend some time learning the times table group that they are learning and have included some links below to help support with this.
Singing, stories and seeing
Friday 5th October 2018
During this week, we were introduced to Curly Clare from Pop UK, who has taught us some really wonderful songs. We have been practising hard and cannot wait until our concert day next Wednesday.
This week saw Kingfishers really immersing themselves in the class text. Michael, from Kensuke's Kingdom, finds himself overboard and alone. Y4 thought about what might happen if he were to find land and create a shelter. The children thought about making sure he was safe from the elements, wild animals and that he had food and water stores to see him through a few days. What an amazingly creative bunch! The Y5 children took part in a very important and thought provoking workshop hosted by the NSPCC and explored how they keep themselves safe and what tools they have at their disposal when they inevitably come across challenges in their lives.
Somehow, we also managed to complete writing at length, investigations into place value and deepening our understanding of how we see (including some nifty optical illusions to trick the brain!). What a packed week!
Friday 21st September 2018
I have been truly impressed by Kingfishers this week and will go home with a huge smile on my face due to the kindness, hard work and enthusiasm of the children.
We have dived into Kensuke's Kingdom and have had a debate about whether or not the family should sail around the world. The children elaborated points well and challenged each others' ideas respectfully.
Our literacy work delved deeper into how to structure paragraphs in a non-chronological report and by the end of the week, all children had designed their own town and used this to create a plan for their own writing.
In maths, Kingfishers learned more about place value and how partitioning can be used to explore numbers in more detail.
Our geography work explored rivers around the UK and the children used atlases to locate major rivers. In RE, we began to learn about Sikhism and asked sensible questions that we will be exploring in the coming weeks.
Our Star of the week was April. What a super star she is, always pushing herself in lessons and going above and beyond to help the class understand more about the RSPCA's compassionate class project.
Josh A was spotted going above as well. Whilst playing football, he noticed a younger child who looked sad and alone. He left his own fun behind to make sure the other person was okay.
As requested, here are this week's spellings.
Y4: hyena, pyramid, hyphen, hydrogen, pyramid, typhoon, hygiene, tyrant, dynamic, analyse, hygienic
Y5: official, artificial, special, artificially, confidential, essential, partial, circumstantial, torrential and influential
A Stunning start to a new year
Friday 7th September 2018
This week saw the return of the fantastic Kingfishers to Greens Norton School. Along with many familiar faces, we have made new friends and spent some time getting to know each other.
Our topic this term is 'Earth Explorers' and Kingfishers have been developing essential map-work skills this week alongside perspective drawings, basketball tasters, collage creations and online safety. What a packed week! In all honesty, it is a good job there are a full 5 days next week.
Singing our hearts out
Friday 12th October 2018
What a busy week!
With our amazing Pop UK concerts on Tuesday and Bikeability for Y5 children, it is a wonder that we managed to fit in anything else.
We are well into thinking about settings descriptions and have been playing around with similes and metaphors in order to create vivid pictures in the reader's mind.
In maths the children have been working on their strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems. They did so well, that today they were able to apply these skills in an 'Around then World Travel' game.
We discovered how Sikh children are welcomed to the Sikh community and shared some wonderful stories of how we got our names.
The discussions became quite heated as we thought about our compassionate class project. We began to explore whether using animals to help us is always the right thing to do. I was so proud of the children who were so accepting of other people's opinions.
Well done to Edward, who because he is such a star, was our Star of the Week. You are an amazing role model for what a great learner looks like Edward.
Sunday is our church service and I am looking forward to seeing you lots of you there.
Friday 28th September 2018
So much learning has been packed in again this week, as well as a lovely shared Harvest celebration.
Kingfishers have been learning about negative numbers this week and how to solve problems that cross zero. The homework this week will help the children to consolidate this knowledge.
The non chronological reports are almost finished with everyone trying hard to include factual expanded noun phrases, adverbial phrases (excellent homeworks this week by the way) and a range of conjunctions. This is not easy when alongside, the children are trying hard to consolidate kinetic letters and making sure that their writing is entertaining to read. Great job Kingfishers.
We learned about the human eye in science and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the range of iris colours, as well as how the pupil expands and contracts in different lighting conditions.
Thank you to all the children (and families) for the generosity shown at the Harvest festival today. The messages we heard from the different classes, about thankfulness and fairness, were so important and the donations will no doubt make a difference to families in our area.
Finding our way through our second week
Friday 14th September 2018
This week saw Kingfishers class developing their geography skills by using compass directions to describe where places were, relative to somewhere else. We had a great outdoor session, where we directed our partners using compass directions.
Maths continued to focus on number and the numbers system. We finished the week by looking at an alternative number system- Roman Numerals. This week's homework task also links to how to write and read numbers using a system where the place value system is different to our own. There are sheets to help support this learning in Kingfisher's classroom.
In our writing sessions, we deconstructed a non-chronological report in order to understand the features of this type of writing and began to explore some of the language we might use to describe places.
Well done to Ellie, who was our Star of the Week for being an all round superstar. What a fantastic role model you are!
Lilia was also noticed this week for going above and beyond when helping a younger child who had been hurt.