"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


Non-reversible changes!

Friday 7th May

We've completed a variety of learning tasks this week. 

In literacy, we planned our hot write. We wrote our diary entry as if we were a child who lived in the workhouse. This links to our class book. After we wrote our diary entry, we edited it and wrote the final version. 

In maths, we learnt how tenths and hundredths are shown as fractions and decimals. We converted fractions with a denominator of 10 to decimals and we identified the place value of numbers with decimals. We then used this to help us plot numbers with tenths on number lines. 

We conducted a science experiment this week which linked to non-reversible changes. We mixed different items in different liquids and observed what happened. We really enjoyed this experiment and were excited to see what happened.

In music, Year 5 continued to develop their understanding of how to play the ukulele. Year 4 developed their improvisation skills using the glockenspiels and xylophones. 

We also enjoyed our library session this week. We spent some time in the library deciding which books we would like to read and take out next week. We are looking forward to going back to the library! 

Well done to Belle who is star of the week this week. Belle has settled into Kingfishers really well and she follows all the school rules exceptionally well. Well done Belle.

Have a good weekend. 

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Lots of great work happening!

Friday 30th April 

We've worked really hard in Kingfishers this week. 

In maths, we learnt what tenths and hundredths are and wrote these as fractions. We then partitioned fractions into tenths and hundredths in different ways. 

In literacy, we planned and then wrote our shared diary entry. We shared ideas as a class and then used these in our writing. We also recapped what relative clauses are and researched what it would have been like to have lived in a workhouse. 

In history, we compared royal shoes over time and learnt why they changed. We learnt that shoes showed the status of people, for example, if you had a high heel, you had a higher status. 

In science we learnt what reversible and non-reversible changes are and learnt how sugar in water, salt in water and sand in water can be separated. 

We continue to enjoy our PE lessons. In cricket this week, we practised our throwing skills and then used a bat. We played lots of passing games in rugby and we also ran/walked a mile round the track. 

Well done to Owen who is our star of the week this week. Owen has been really thoughtful recently and he has been stepping outside his comfort zone with his learning. Well done Owen!

Have a good weekend!

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We love PE!

Friday 23rd April 

We have been very busy in Kingfishers this week! 

In maths, we subtracted mixed numbers which required us to convert them into improper fractions and then subtract them. We then calculated fractions of amounts at the end of the week.

In literacy, we identified the key features as well as the grammatical features of a diary. We then practised some of the skills needed to write a diary; we learnt how to use brackets, commas and dashes to show parenthesis; we used adverbs and adverbial phrases to link sentences and then we practised writing cohesively. 

In our topic lesson this week, we looked at shoes in the past and asked historical questions about them. We studied Egyptian shoes, Viking shoes, Roman shoes and Greek shoes. 

In science, we completed an experiment to see which items dissolve in water. We discussed what a fair test is, why it's important and how we were going to make our test fair. 

We have really enjoyed PE so far this term. We learnt some cricket and rugby skills and then applied these skills to different games. 

Well done to Lucy who is star of the week this week. Lucy's attitude to learning has been excellent and she has been working really hard. Well done Lucy!

Have a good weekend. 

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Summer term begins!

Friday 16th April 

Kingfishers have come back after the Easter holidays ready to learn!

In maths this week, we have subtracted fractions, with both the same denominators and different denominators and then we moved on to adding mixed numbers.

In literacy, we began our diary unit. We began by completing a cold write and identified why diaries are written. We then looked at our focus text and identified its theme and context and then we did some work on vocabulary by identifying synonyms, antonyms, prefixes and suffixes for some of the words in the text. 

We completed our computing unit this week which was focused on 3D modelling. We discussed what 3D modelling is and why it is used. We then designed a house and vehicle by changing their shapes, creating patterns and adding details. We then designed our own packaging for a target audience and printed the net for it. We cut out our nets and turned our packages into 3D shapes. 

Well done to Blessing who is star of the week this week. Blessing has made excellent contributions to class discussions this week and has produced great pieces of work. Well done Blessing! 

Have a good weekend. 


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A DT week

Friday 26th March

 We have done lots of DT this week. We made cam mechanisms. To start with, we learnt how a cam mechanism works and identified the key parts. We then designed our own cam toy and then made it. We painted our frames, made the mechanism and then put it all together. At the end of our project, we evaluated what we made. 

In literacy, we planned and wrote our persuasive letter hot write. We included many key features and we worked really hard on them.

In maths, we continued to practise the written method for multiplication by either multiplying numbers by 1 or 2 digit numbers. I have been really impressed with everyone's perseverance with this. 

In geography, we identified some of the human features in Barcelona and then we researched these. We found some really interesting facts about some of the most famous places in Barcelona. 

Well done to Sephie who is our star of the week this week. Sephie constantly works hard and shows great resilience when she's faced with challenges.

Have a lovely Easter Kingfishers!

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So much great work!

Friday 19th March

In Kingfishers this week, we have produced some amazing pieces of work!

In maths, we reviewed our learning by identifying the area of irregular shapes. We then moved onto multiplication where we practised using the formal written method. 

In literacy, we learnt how to use emotive language to make a reader feel emotions and we also learnt how to write cohesively. At the end of the week, we combined these skills to write a persuasive letter. The letters we wrote are fantastic!

In science, we reviewed our learning on the life cycles of mammals and amphibians and then learnt what the life cycles of birds and insects are. 

We did two geography lessons this week. In the first lesson, we learnt what large and small scale maps are and identified different scales of maps. We then discussed when we might use these scales of maps. In our second lesson, we learnt what the physical features in Barcelona are and identified these on a map. 

Well done to Rose who is our star of the week this week. Rose has produced excellent pieces of work, especially in maths. It has been great to see Rose become more confident in the subject and to see her challenge herself. Well done Rose!

Well done for another great week Kingfishers! 

Have a good weekend. 

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It's great to have everyone back!

Friday 12th March

It has been really nice to have all of Kingfishers back in school. Even though it is our first week back with everyone in the classroom, we have still done lots of learning!

In maths this week, we have recapped some of our learning that we completed during home learning. We focused on area and practised finding the area of rectangles as well as compound shapes. In our geometry lesson, we learnt what angles are and applied our understanding of what an angle is to problems. 

In literacy, we read our persuasive letter focus text and discussed the purpose of it. We then annotated it with the key features and the grammatical features. 

In science, we learnt what the life cycle is for mammals and amphibians. We then applied our learning and created flow diagrams to show each part of the cycle. 

In geography, we used globes and atlases to identify where countries are on a map. We then described where some of these countries are by stating which continent they are in and which oceans they are near.

Well done to Tyler who is our star of the week this week. Tyler has come back to school with a fantastic attitude. He has been eager to complete his work and share his ideas. He has shown a lot of focus! Well done Tyler! 

Well done everyone for a great first week back! You have all done really well!

Have a restful weekend Kingfishers. 

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Christmas is here!

Thursday 17th December

While we have done some Christmas activities this week, we have still continued with our learning. 

In maths, we continued to develop our understanding of perimeter. We began by calculating the perimeter of rectangles and then some of us learnt how to calculate the perimeter of compound shapes. As an extra challenge, we had to calculate missing lengths of the shape before we could calculate their perimeter. 

In literacy, we planned our hot write poem and then we wrote it. We created some amazing poems, using all of our learning over the past couple of weeks. 

We completed our hockey unit in PE by participating in some games which required us to apply all of the skills we have practised over the last 6 weeks. 

We've completed many Christmas tasks over the week; we made our Christmas hats for our Christmas dinner, we practised our Christmas song and we made Christmas cards for our family. 

Thank you to all the parents who watched us sing our Christmas song this afternoon. We really enjoyed performing it to you. 

Well done to Charlotte L who is our star of the week this week. Charlotte's determination and enthusiasm for learning this week has shone in the classroom.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of all the adults in Kingfishers for our Christmas gifts. It was very thoughtful and we really appreciate them. 

Have a lovely Christmas! See you all in 2021! 

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The Penultimate week before the Christmas holidays!

Friday 11th December

Even though we are getting closer to Christmas, there is still lots of learning happening in Kingfishers. 

In maths, we have converted a variety of different measurements, for example, cm to mm and vice versa. We then measured the lines of different shapes to calculate their perimeter. Like always, we then applied our learning to reasoning and problem solving questions. 

In Literacy, we practised some of the skills needed to write a good poem; we practised using commas and a variety of figurative language. At the end of the week, we planned our shared write which we will write next week. 

We came to the end of our science unit this week by understanding why some countries have daytime while other countries have night at the same time. We used our learning from last lesson to help us with this.

We did some exciting Christmas activities this week! We made Christmas cards for the other classes in the school, created parts of our window display and created a Christmas decoration. We have also been working hard at practising our Christmas song!

Well done to Antonio who is our star of the week this week. Antonio is always polite and he has worked exceptionally hard this week, listening to adult feedback and improving his work from these comments. Well done Antonio.

Have a good weekend. 

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Assessment week

Friday 4th December 2020

At the beginning of the week, we completed some assessments in reading, maths and grammar. Everyone in the class had a good go at the tests. Well done Kingfishers. 

We did some tricky maths this week; we multiplied and divided numbers by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. We then applied our learning to some reasoning problems. 

In Literacy, we began our poetry unit by identifying what the purpose of poetry is. We then looked at our focus text and showed what it is about in different ways. To end the week, we used dictionaries to identify the meaning of words. We then explained what these words tell us in our poem. 

In science, we learnt why we have day and night. We learnt that when it is night, we face away from the sun and when it is day, we face the sun. 

In PE, we continued to practise our passing skills by completing different activities. 

Well done to Olivia who is our star of the week this week! Olivia has worked really hard in lessons this term and her resilience and determination has shown in her assessments. She achieved fantastic scores! Well done Olivia. 

Enjoy the weekend. 

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Ancient Greek democracy

Friday 27th November 2020

We have had another great week in Kingfishers class. 

We have learnt how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 this week. We began by using place value grids to move each digit but we quickly became experts on how to do these calculations in our heads. We applied our learning to reasoning and problem solving questions where we had to explain our answers. 

We have done so much writing this week! At the beginning of the week, we completed our shared write about Roald Dahl, which allowed us to practise the skills we have learnt. We then planned our hot write on Tim Peake and then used this to complete our hot write. To finish the week, we edited our biography and wrote the final version. 

In topic, we learnt that the Ancient Greeks were the first to create democracy and we learnt how it was organised. We then used images as well as writing to describe what it was like. 

In science, we learnt why we see different shapes of the moon and identified what phase the moon will be in over the next couple of weeks. 

In PE, we continued to develop our hockey skills by learning how to pass the ball. 

Our star of the week this week is Seth. Seth has worked really hard to stay focused in lessons this week and he has made some great contributions to whole class and group discussions. Well done Seth!

Have a good weekend. 

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Lots of spreadsheets!

Friday 20th November 2020

We have done some fantastic maths this week! At the start of the week, we learnt what factors are and then used this knowledge to identify common factors. We then learnt about prime, squared and cubed numbers and applied our learning to some tricky reasoning questions. 

In literacy, we practised some of the skills we need to be able to write a biography; we practised writing in the past tense and then identified and wrote subordinate clauses. We also created a box up plan for our shared write which we will complete next week. 

In PE this week, we completed a dribbling circuit where we had to make sure we kept control of the ball.

It was computing week for us this week and we learnt lots about spreadsheets. At the beginning of the week, we learnt what they are and why people use them. We learnt some important vocabulary and learnt how to identify cells. As the week progressed, we learnt how to create a formula to solve calculations and we used a spreadsheet to create a list of things we would need for a party. We then used this list to calculate prices. To end the week, we inputted data into a spreadsheet and then created a graph to show this data. 

Well done to Isabella who is star of the week in Kingfishers this week. Isabella always has a great attitude towards her learning and she always comes into class with a smile on her face. She has produced some excellent pieces of work this week. Well done Isabella. 

Have a good weekend. 

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Statistics, biographies and myths

Friday 13th November 2020 

In maths this week, we came to the end of our statistics unit by learning how to read two way tables and timetables. We read a variety of timetables, including school timetables, bus timetables and train timetables! We finished the week by learning what multiples are and applied this learning to problems. 

In literacy, we identified words that we didn't know the meaning of and used a dictionary to define them. We then identified the structure of our focus text as well as identifying the grammatical features. We began to practise some of the skills needed to write a biography by practising how to use inverted commas for quotes. 

We read different Greek myths in topic this week and discussed the hidden messages behind each one. We came up with some great ideas! We then learnt how Greek myths have influenced us today and specifically looked at why Amazon, Nike and Hermes are called these names. 

In science, we learnt about the planets in our solar system and asked scientific questions about some of the planets. We then used fact sheets to gather information about each planet. 

We discussed what healthy relationships are in PSHE, specifically focusing on friendships. We discussed what make a good friend and what responsibilities we have to our friends. 

Well done to Charlotte who is our star of the week this week. Charlotte has been the first to follow instructions this week and is always ready to listen and learn. She has also produced some good pieces of work and contributed great ideas to class discussions. 

Have a good weekend. 


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Second half term begins!

Friday 6th November 2020 

We have done so much learning over the last 4 days!

In literacy, we completed a cold write where we wrote a biography about someone we know. We were then introduced to our biography focus text and began to get an understanding of what it's about. 

In maths, we continued our statisitcs unit by using data to complete line graphs. We then applied this learning to problems and to finish the week, we learnt how to read and interpret data in a table. 

Our new unit in science is Earth and Space and our first lesson was all about whether the Earth is round or flat. We looked at several theories for each idea and then classified them into two groups. 

In music, we began to learn how to play the glockenspiel and read different notes. We sounded quite good! 

At the beginning of the week, we discussed what Remembrance Day is and why it's important. We learnt why people wear poppies and why poppies are used for Remembrance Day. We then created some lovely information posters.

Some of Kingfishers also did something lovely for the community this week. They took plants to some of Greens Norton's residents to make them smile during lockdown. 

Well done to Matilda who is this week's star of the week. Matilda has become a lot more confident this week and is answering more questions during inputs. She is also challenging herself during tricky tasks. Well done Matilda!

Have a good weekend.

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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