"Pupils behave well. They play happily together and consider each other’s needs very well.""Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching at the school.""Pupils learn well because the work they do provides good levels of challenge and helps them learn new skills.""There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms.""The curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.""Pupils get off to a good start in early years."

Kingfishers 2020-21

 

The end of our first half term!

Friday 23rd October 2020 

I can't believe we have come to the end of our first half term already! 

In maths, we began our statistics unit, specifically focusing on bar charts and pictograms. We learnt how to read data in these charts and then we compared the data. To end the week, we interpreted data in a line graph.

In literacy, we completed our setting description by planning and then completing our hot write. We included fantastic description in our writing by using figurative language. To end the week, we edited our hot write and wrote the final version. 

We have had lots of computing lessons this week linked to coding. We began the week by learning what coding is and we inputted simple instructions for an object to follow. As the week progressed, the instructions that we gave different objects became more complicated, for example, we repeated actions and used timers. We did really well on this. We finished our week of computing by changing the variables in our coding.

In PE, we completed our netball unit by practising the skills we learnt and we played a few different games. 

Well done to Annabelle who is Kingfishers star of the week. Annabelle is an excellent role model for demonstrating the school rules and she always tries her very best in class. 

Have a lovely half term!

 

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The Olympic Games!

Friday 16th October 2020 

We've had a very busy week in Kingfishers class this week. 

We came to the end of our addition and subtraction unit this week. We finished it by learning how to identify inverse calculations and how we can use these. We also answered tricky multistep word problems and we used rounding to estimate answers. Next week we will be starting our statistics unit!

In literacy, we practised using figurative language to describe a setting. We used similes, personification, alliteration and metaphors. We then created some fantastic sentences to describe the atmosphere of a setting and began to create tension through our writing. To end the week, we completed our shared write, where we created a great setting description together. 

We had two science lessons this week! For the first lesson, we learnt about food chains and identified which animals are prey and which are predators. We had a good discussion about the fact that some animals can be both! In our second lesson, we learnt how to ask scientific questions. Our lesson was all about how our bodies change over time. 

In topic, we learnt about the Ancient Greek Olympic Games! We compared these games to the Olympic Games we have today. We conducted our own research to find out more information and chose which information to present. We discovered some really interesting facts!

In PE, we learnt how to throw a netball into the hoop. We practised from different angles and distances from the net. We also completed our circuit in our second PE lesson. 

Star of the week this week is Hannah. She has participated more in class discussions and is starting to challenge herself in the subjects she finds tricky. Well done Hannah. 

Have a good weekend. 

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Art, art and more art!

Friday 9th October 2020 

We've had an art lesson every day this week!

In maths, we continued to practise using the column method for addition and then we moved on to using the column method for subtraction. We started by using a place value grid to identify whether we needed to exchange and then we used the formal written method.

In literacy, we unpicked what makes a setting description. At the beginning of the week, we identified what a variety of words meant using a dictionary and then we identified all of the key features of a setting description. At the end of the week, we wrote our own descriptive sentences using the 5 senses. 

In art, we learnt all about Vincent Van Gogh and we practised some of the skills he used to create his art work, for example, at the beginning of the week, we used paints to create layers and we also practised blending colours. We then used lines to create movement when we sketched a landscape. At the end of the week, we combined all of these skills to create our final landscape picture.

In PE, we completed our circuit, doing 6 different movements including line jumps and spotty dogs. We also learnt about pace when running around the track. We ran for 12 minutes!

Tillie is our star of the week this week. She has worked exceptionally hard every day this week and her attitude to learning is fantastic! She asked to stay in during lunch just so she could complete a maths problem. Well done Tillie!

Enjoy your weekend. 

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Science results, hot writes and addition!

Friday 2nd October 2020 

We have had a very busy week in Kingfishers class with lots of learning. 

In literacy this week, we planned and then wrote our hot write. We wrote some fantastic character descriptions about a Minotaur, which links to our topic Ancient Greeks. We then began our new literacy unit by understanding the purpose of a setting description and we also visualised a setting. 

In maths, we came to the end of our place value unit. We finished the unit by learning how to count back into negative numbers and how to read and write Roman Numerals. We then began our addition and subtraction unit by recapping how to use the written method for addition. 

In science, we completed our experiment to see which drink has the biggest effect on egg shells. We found out that the drinks with the most sugar had the biggest impact.

In PSHE, we participated in a class discussion about disappointment. We discussed how we cope with this feeling and how we overcome it. We shared some great ideas. 

Our star of the week is Seb this week. Seb has worked hard to remain focused in lessons and has made sure he has completed his work. Well done Seb!

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Science experiment, literacy masterclass and numbers to 1 million!

Friday 25th September 2020 

In maths this week, we have continued to develop our place value knowledge by understanding hundred thousand numbers. We also ordered and compared these numbers as well as round them.

In literacy, we finished our masterclass by Luke Temple, a published author. We completed a shared write, where lots of great ideas were given and then learnt how to edit our work effectively. 

In science, we identified the different types of teeth we have and then began our own science experiment to see which liquids effect our teeth. We used 5 eggs and 5 different liquids and discussed how we were going to make the test fair. We will find out the results next week!

In PSHE, we discussed why taking time to relax is important. We drew and wrote about the places that we find the most relaxing. 

Well done to Lilly who is this week's star of the week. Lilly's passion for learning shines in the classroom and she is always eager to learn new things. Well done Lilly!

Have a good weekend. 

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Amazing work completed this week!

Friday 18th September 2020 

We have had another great week in Kingfishers class with lots of learning. 

In maths, we learnt to partition numbers up to 100,000 and then we rounded numbers to the nearest 10,000. We also compared different sized numbers and ordered them. We've been practising our times tables and are getting quicker at recalling some of them. 

In literacy, we used dictionaries to learn the meanings of words from our focus text. We also started our exciting masterclass by Luke Temple who is a published author. We learnt lots of different figurative language and used it to describe two different characters. We watched several tutorials and watched the trailer for Luke's book which looks very interesting!

In science, we recapped what the different parts of the digestive system are and created an information leaflet to explain what each part does. 

In PSHE, we discussed what anxiety is and talked about what might make us feel anxious and worried.

Well done to Rose who is this week's star of the week. Rose always demonstrates the school rules and she has completed amazing work this week. Well done Rose!

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Our first full week completed!

Friday 11th September 2020 

We've had a very busy full week in Kingfishers! We are working hard and getting used to the classroom and the school routines. 

In maths this week, we recapped the place value of numbers. We then began to round some of these numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, learning when to round up and when to round down. 

In Literacy, we looked at our focus text and identified what is included in a character description, for example, physical appearance and personality. 

In science, we asked lots of great questions about the digestive system and why it is important. We then learnt which parts of the body are part of the system. 

In PE, we learnt the different passes in netball and practised these skills by playing games. 

Congratulations to Edward who is our first star of the week this year. He has shown an amazing attitude since being back in school and he is focused in every lesson. 

Please ensure your child reads 5 times a week and that this is recorded in their reading records. They will be collected once a week and each child will earn a sticker if they read 5 times. 

Have a good weekend.

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A fantastic start to the year!

Friday 4th September 2020 

We've only been back in school for two days and I am so impressed with the children's attitudes to learning. Everyone has worked really hard which has been amazing to see! Keep this great effort going Kingfishers!

The first activity we completed when we came back to school was a time capsule - we identified what we wanted to learn this year and set ourselves targets to achieve. We also measured our height with string. At the end of the year, we will open our time capsules to see all the progress we have made! 

We also began our new topic - Ancient Greece. We learnt about some of the Gods that the Ancient Greeks worshiped and asked questions as if we were historians. We also painted one of the Gods using watercolours. 

In Literacy, we completed a character description about Zeus. We used some fantastic adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe him. 

A great start to the year Kingfishers!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Whitwood