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Summer 2 Newsletter

The school year has flown by and we have reached the last half term, which promises to be a busy one, as ever.

The Vikings are coming!
The visit of Greg the Viking has been a great start to our Vikings topic. We plan to re-enact the shield wall at the battle during which King Alfred defeated the Danish army with the shields the children have made over half- term.

Drugs Education
This half term, the children will be taught age- appropriate information about drugs and medicines. Please see me if you have any questions.We plan to start the lessons on Fri 16th June.

Dearne Valley residential trip
Only a few more days to go until about half of the class go to Dearne Valley for two and a half days with Mrs Caballero.

Those remaining with me, Miss Edwards and Mrs Beach will be joined by members of her class. I have planned a special set of activities for them all to do together.

Years 5 and 6 show

The year 5 pupils will be supporting the year 6 children by forming the choir to sing in this year`s show. The performance for year 5 parents will take place on Weds 19th July. You are welcome to come to the performance on Fri 21 July, but bear in mind that this is aimed at year 6 leavers and their parents. You will receive a letter about ordering tickets nearer the time.

Transition Week
The children will spend some time in their next class from Monday July 3rd onwards. Details about next year`s classes will be sent in a letter nearer this date. 

Reading targets

Artemis Fowl

Stanley Yelnats

Discuss themes and conventions in fiction and non-fiction e.g. What is similar about the characters and stories in myths? How are double page spreads set out to help you find information quickly?

Ruskin Splinter

Dido Twite

Distinguish between statements of fact and points of view.

 

 

 

 

 

Topic Web Summer 2

Click to download and view our topic web, with all the exciting things we'll be learning this term:

Summer 1 Newsletter

To Infinity and Beyond!

Thank you for helping your child construct such fabulous models of the Universe, the International Space Station, rockets and satellites ! I believe some of you even went to the Space Centre in Leicester during the holidays. The children are certainly very enthusiastic about this subject. We have begun the topic by hearing extracts from the famous science fiction book The War of the Worlds and collaging planets to stick on our display of the Solar System. We will be writing information texts and summarising them onto PowerPoint presentations, learning to use PowerPoints as a prompt, not as a book! We will also  composing space music. You are warmly invited to come and see what we have been up on Thurs 25th May at 2.45pm. 

Reading Targets

Artemis Fowl Stanley Yelnats

Discuss and give opinions on poetry.

Discuss the poet`s use of language.

Ruskin Splinter

Ask questions to help them understand an unfamiliar text and know how to find the answers.

Dido Twite

Retell some Norse myths

Homework timetable

w/e  

Yr4

 Yr 5

28.4.17

Maths –I Am Learning

English worksheet

Maths -I Am Learning

English worksheet

5.5.17

Maths - book

Maths- book

English- I  Am Learning

12.5.17

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

19.5.17

Maths - book

Maths- book

English- I  Am Learning

26.5.17

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

topic

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

Topic

Topic Web Summer 1

Click to download and view our topic web, with all the exciting things we'll be learning this term:

Big Bunny Bounce

The class managed to bounce a fantastic number of bounces in  just 5 minutes each to raise money for the PTA and the school just before Easter.

Try some of our Saxon Soup…

Class 4/5P made soup along the lines of the everyday fare of Saxon villagers. They offered their parents a cup of soup to drink when they came in to watch the class`s plays and PowerPoints about life in Saxon times.

DJ's in da house!!

We have been overlaying tracks and songs this unit and have loved creating a mash up. Come and have a look!

Heritage High Dance Festival

Well done to all year 4/5 pupils who participated in the Dance Festival at Heritage High School. You all performed fantastically despite the technical difficulties. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

Thank you to all parents and volunteers for your help on the day.

Well done all!

Icelandic volcano creates havoc across Europe!

Deadly 60 presenter and Olympic gold medal rower tie the knot!

This January and February, the Optimistic Owls enjoyed learning all about earthquakes and volcanoes. They started their topic by building a frothing, foaming volcano with soil and a mixture of  bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. They learnt about the effects of the Icelandic volcanic eruption of 2010 and some even learnt how to spell the name of the volcano! The class presented their findings in their class assembly, which took the form of a TV news bulletin.

At the end of the Ten O`clock News, they always have a more light-hearted news item…

In Science, the year 5 children have been learning all about the life cycles of plants and animals. We always take the opportunity to do some writing in all areas of the curriculum and in Science lessons , the children wrote a biography of the TV presenter and naturalist , Steve Backshall. They  included this in their assembly. 

Stay Positive Online

On Internet Safety Day, the class thought about how images that we post online remain there forever. Therefore, it`s very important that we obtain people`s permission before uploading photos and that those photos are positive images of the person. We took photos of everyone in the class projecting a positive image of themselves ­-showing one of their strengths. 

Newsletter and Topics SP2

Saxon Shores
Thank you once again for helping your child do their holiday homework on the Saxons . Hopefully, it will arouse their interest in this half term`s History topic. You are invited to come and enjoy some Saxon soup on Weds 5th April .This event will take place in the afternoon- we will confirm the time  by text .Do put the date in your diary.

Homework timetable
I shall try to make the timetable a little clearer than last half term`s!

The children receive spelling lists each Weds which are tested the following Mon. Other homework is given out every Fri to be completed by the following Weds.

 w/e  

Yr4

 Yr 5

24.2.17

Maths –I Am Learning

English worksheet

Maths -I Am Learning

English worksheet

3.3.17

Maths - book

Maths- book

English- I  Am Learning

10.3.17

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

17.3.17

Maths - book

Maths- book

English- I  Am Learning

24.3.17

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

31.3.17

Maths - book

Maths- book

English- I  Am Learning

7.4.17

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

topic

Maths – I A L

Eng worksheet

 Topic

   

Reading targets

Artemis Fowl

Stanley Yelnats

Summarise the key points in a story and non-fiction text –the children are finding this skill hard to grasp.

Ruskin Splinter

Decide on the most likely meaning of an unfamiliar word ,taking into account the topic of the text, whether their idea sounds sensible within the sentence and if the word  is a noun, verb, adjective  etc.

Dido Twite

Retell orally some myths and legends with intonation and volume.

  

What we are doing this half term…

English

Writing a chapter of an adventure story based on the story The Witch`s Daughter .

Instructions – how to make bread with extra fact  boxes  about bread.

Maths

Miss Parsons` group-

negative numbers- counting up and down

Yr 5 – solve problems

 

Multiplication methods including  mental and use of tables  and written method to multiply  HTOXO .Use multiplication to solve problems

 Yr 5  Multiply HTOXTO  THTOxTO using  grid method.

 

Division-  mentally using tables

“bus –stop” written method HTO /O inc remainders

 Yr 5  THTO /O.  Round remainders up /down according to context.

Miss Harbottle`s group

Mental strategies of calculation

Fractions

Problem solving

 Measures

Science

 Yr 5 The Human  Body

Identify & name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels & blood.

Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs & lifestyle on the way their bodies function.

Describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 

Yr 4 Living things and habitats

Y4 objectives:

*Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways.

*Explore & use classification keys to help group, identify & name a variety of living things in their local environment.

History

Saxon Shores

Why the invaders came

Everyday life

What we can learn from the discovery at Sutton Hoo.   

Christianity and the monasteries

DT

Cooking – Saxon Soup

*Making bread & soup

*Look at Saxons diet/typical food and compare with our own diets.

*Compare their cooking methods with our own.

*Safely use hobs etc.

*Understanding seasonality, & know where & how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught & processed

RE

What do religions say when life gets hard?

Identify big questions about life that are difficult to answer

Suggest what difference following a religion makes

Talk about what different religions believe about when we die.

Discuss secular views about the subject.

PE

Hockey

Yr 4 – Five 60

Yr 5 -  Dance

Computing

 We are musicians

PSHE

Passports

We will continue to work towards this term`s  goals on their personal passports

 Discussing and following the class rules we agreed last half term,  revisiting the  goals they set themselves –are they making progress?

What is right and what is wrong?

Why should we tell the truth?

Relationships and Sex Education

This will take place in the whole  of KS2  in the week beginning March 13th .

You will receive a letter of permission soon .

Music

Keeping Healthy

Musical focus – Beat.  Put together performance using musical techniques

Spring 1 2017: Newsletter

Happy New Year! Thank you for the lovely Christmas presents that I received.

Thank you also for the help that you have given your son or daughter with their homework on earthquakes and volcanoes.This half term the year 4 children will be taking part in the 5/60 project which aims to encourage them to make healthy eating choices and to introduce them to different types of exercise. All the class will have Rich teaching them dance (rather than my attempts!) which I am sure they will greatly enjoy.P.E. this half term will therefore take place on Mondays and Fridays.

At the end of this half-term  we have our class assembly which will take place on the afternoon of Thurs 9th February, time to be confirmed.

Homework timetable 
Spellings - sent home Weds, tested following Mon.

Other homework- set Fri to be completed by following Weds.

 Yr 4 w/e

6.1.17

13.1.17

20.1.17

27.1.17

3.2.17

10.2.17

Spellings

*

*

*

*

*

*

English

*

 

*

 

*

 

Maths book

 

*

 

*

 

*

Online

*

 

*

 

*

 

Topic task

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

 Yr 5 w/e

6.1.17

13.1.17

20.1.17

27.1.17

3.2.17

10.2.17

Spellings

*          

*

*

*

*

*

English

*

*

*

*

*

*

Maths book

 

*

 

*

 

*

Online

*

 

*

 

*

 

Topic task

 

 

 

 

 

*

What we are learning about this half term….

English

Adventure story –Trapped!

Newspaper article about a volcanic eruption

Maths

Miss Parsons` set

Please see other teachers for further details

Fractions

 Decimals

Yr 5  percentages

Continue  geometry

Revise area and perimeter

Addition and subtraction  problems

Science yr 4

Rocks

Compare & group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance & simple physical properties.

Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have been trapped within rock.

Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter

            yr 5

Living things and their habitats

Describe the difference in the life cycles of a mammal, amphibian

an insect & a bird.

Describe the life process of reproduction in some plants & animals.

Geography

Earthquakes and volcanoes

Location of earthquake zones and volcanoes

How they are caused

Effects of an earthquake or a volcanic eruption on humans

RE yr 4

What are the deeper meanings of festivals?

     yr 5

What do different people believe about God?

Explain what faith means

Suggest meanings of stories from sacred texts

Reflect on different ideas about God

DT

Textiles – sewing

PSHE

We will continue to work towards the goals on their personal passports.

Review class rules, personal strengths and goals

What is right and what is wrong?

Why should we tell the truth?

Music

Keeping Healthy

Musical focus – Beat.  Put together performance using musical techniques

PE

Dance

Yr 5 Basketball    yr 4   5:60 project

Computing

We are Artists

Reading targets

Artemis Fowl (year 5)

Stanley Yelnats (year 5 )

Identify the themes of different types of stories.

Ruskin Splinter    (year 5)

Find information efficiently from different non-fiction texts e.g. by scanning the text looking for key words.

Dido Twite (year 4)

Use dictionaries and the Internet to find out background information to help them understand a non-fiction text.

                                                                                                             

We support Bluebell Wood!

Enterprising Owls

Autumn 2 Newsletter

Dear parents/carers,

Thank you for all the adverts that you have helped your children make up over half –term. They will look very attractive on the wall and make a great introduction to our Shopping topic.

There`s plenty going on –as usual- this half term. Fri 11th Nov is our visit to Chesterfield. Don`t forget that your child needs to be in school by 8.40 am, please. On Tues 22nd Nov, from 9am to 10 am ,you are invited to come and watch our  English lesson. A separate letter will be sent out for you to say whether you will be attending this event .The School Council will be sending you a letter inviting you to our Children in Need fund-raising event on Fri 18th November. On that day, they will be inviting all the children to dress in the most spotty outfit that they can dream up- the theme of this year`s Children in Need is linked to the spots on Pudsey`s bandage. Looking ahead, our celebration of our topic work will take place at 3pm on Thursday Dec 15th.

Please can you make sure that your child has their spelling book in school every Monday, as one or two children seem to be forgetting it. Secondly, a quick reminder that their PE kit is needed every Tuesday and Thursday.

On the back of this letter is an overview of what we are doing across the curriculum this half term.

Below are the children`s reading targets.

V.Parsons.

Overview of what we are doing across the curriculum this term

Artemis Fowl

Stanley Yelnats

Discuss the main ideas over several paragraphs- learning to summarise key themes.

Prepare and read aloud wide range of poetry with increasing accuracy and intonation.

 

 

Ruskin Splinter

Dido Twite

Use intonation, volume and action when preparing poems.

Explain my viewpoints on a wide range of non- fiction.

 

 

 

 

Topic Web: Autumn 2

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The Optimistic Owls` Alpine Adventure

The Optimistic Owls  have been learning all about  life in the French Alps.They  made 3D models of Mont Blanc and the River Rhone. They learnt  how to show the height of the land on a map  and how to make a key.

Optimistic Owls climb Mont Blanc

To mark the beginning  of our Geography topic on The Alps , we hired the mobile climbing wall.
All the classes in Key Stage 2 had a go at climbing it. Some members of our class scaled the heights quicker than a mountain goat while others were just content to conquer their fear of climbing and have a go.

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Dear parents/carers,
I do hope that you and your children have enjoyed the Summer break. I`m writing to give you some information about what will be happening in 4/5P this half term.

You will be receiving details in a separate letter about two events that we have planned in conjunction with this term`s topics, both of which are Geography- based.

Do come and join us at 3pm on Tuesday 18th October to see some of the work that we have been doing during our Alpine Adventure.

The children will need their PE kit this term every Tuesday and Thursday.

As my class is a mixed year 4/5 once again, we have planned the weekly timetable to make sure that the needs of the different age groups are met. The children will be set for Maths each day- they already know their new classes. The Year 4 children will cover the year 4 curriculum in Science with the year 4 children from the other classes on Monday afternoons. At the same time, the year 5 children will cover the same Science curriculum as 5H. On Thursday afternoons, years 4 and 5 will be split for RE.  The children will be taught all other subjects together as a class.

As you may already know, I will be sharing the teaching of the class with Miss Edwards and Mrs Beach. I will teach the children all day Mon, Tues and Thurs and on Fri mornings. Miss Edwards will teach them from 9am until 2pm on Weds. Mrs Beach will be in charge for the last lesson on a Weds and on Fri afternoons. Please do not hesitate to pop in to see us if there is anything you want to discuss- we do pass on messages!

Here is the homework timetable for this half-term:

Mondays

Return spelling books for spelling test.

Wednesdays

New spellings sent home with spelling book

English /Maths homework deadline

Fridays

English/ Maths homework sent home

 

Week commencing

Year 4

Year 5

5.9.16

Maths worksheet

English  worksheet

Maths worksheet            

English worksheet

12.9.16

Maths –I Am Learning

 

Maths –I Am Learning

English worksheet

19.9.16

Maths -Homework book

English worksheet

Maths -Homework book

English worksheet

26.9.16

Maths –I Am Learning

Maths –I Am Learning

English worksheet

3.10.16

Maths -Homework book

English worksheet

Maths -Homework book

English worksheet

10.10.16

Maths –I Am Learning

Maths –I Am Learning

English worksheet

17.10.16

Half  term project

Half term project

V. Parsons

Autumn 1 Topics

English

Description - story settings - focused on the novels of our class author, Joan Aiken

Diary entries - two contrasting views of a skiing holiday in the alps

Maths

Place value

Addition and Subtraction

Perimeter and area

Science

Year 4 – Light- dark is the absence of light

 Shadows , how light is reflected

Year 5- Forces- gravity, air resistance ,friction

How some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys & gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

Geography

Alpine Adventure- mountains and rivers

Physical and human features of alps                 

The course of the River Rhone

 How humans have changed the  alpine environment

RE

Year 4-Why is the Bible so important for Christians?

Year 5- What makes a leader worth following?

Identify qualities they admire in heroes/role models

Describe events in the life of a modern day Muslim or Sikh and make links with Muhammad or Guru Nanak

Art

Drawing & using colour 

Landscape drawings- the Alps

Use of scale and tones of colour to create perspective

Vanishing point

PE

Sports Hall Athletics

Tag Rugby

Computing

 We are Cryptographers

PSHE

It`s Good to be Me-

Our strengths  and talents

Dealing with disappointment

Music

At the Movies-

Musical focus – Composition.  Explore film music and compose own movie music.

Reading targets

Group

Targets

Artemis Fowl

Explore the meaning of words in context

Stanley Yelnats

Explore the meaning of words in context

Ruskin Splinter

To use a dictionary to check the meaning of words and spellings

Dido Twite

To use a dictionary to check the meaning of words and spellings