Year Group Weekly Updates - 13th November 2020

Each week, the teachers in each year group write a small update newsletter to keep parents up to date and informed on life in their child's class. These are glued in the children's Home School Link, alongside other personalised communications for all to enjoy.  If you have any questions about life in your child's class, please do speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to help.

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Reception - Robins, Wrens and Redwings:

Dear Parents,

Wow – what a busy week we have had. We started off with Anti-bullying Day on Monday, learned about Diwali in the middle of the week and have finished today with Children in Need! Thank you for your donations to this very worthwhile cause.

In phonics this week we have been learning ‘h’ as in hot, ‘b’ as in bump, ‘f’’ as in fish and ‘ff’ as in puff. Please do take time to complete the phonics sheets sent home if you can – they really do help.

Next week we are looking forward to using the story ‘Owl Babies’ to practise our writing skills.

In Maths this week we have been learning all about positional language; over, under, through, on top of, behind, next to and in front of. We even went on a bear hunt! Perhaps together, you could make an obstacle course over the weekend and you could direct them around it using this language.

The children have been impressing us with their independence in the mornings – they are hanging up their coats, taking their books out of their bags, choosing their lunches and then getting going with their morning challenge. Well done children!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Edmond, Mrs Sisson, Mrs Merry, Miss Carter and the EYFS Team

Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents,

Well what a busy week it has been in school. We started off the week wearing odd socks for Anti-bullying Day. This helped us to think about how we are all unique but together we are united. Our current value of Peace also enabled us to think about being a good friend to others.

In Literacy, we have been practising our reading skills to read lots of facts about woodland animals. Can your child tell you any facts they have learnt? We have been thinking about the questions we want to ask about woodland animals and written our own questions using question marks.

In Maths we have been adding using our Numicon shapes and on a number line. We have been trying to start at the biggest number to make it easier when we are jumping along the line.

We have been thinking about Remembrance this week. We were very proud of the children who took part in a 2 minute silence to help us remember why we wear poppies.

Today we have really enjoyed Children in Need day. The children looked amazing in their bright and spotty clothes. We have enjoyed taking part in a whole school colouring competition as well as taking part in our act your age tasks. We thank you for any donations made.

Next week Penguins and Puffins have got their rescheduled Forest School session on Tuesday 17th November. Puffins are going in the morning and Penguins in the afternoon. Please do remember to send children in with spare shoes and clothes on these days as it is very muddy!

Best Wishes,

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

Dear Parents,

This week we have loved writing revolting recipes in Literacy. We used a range of ingredients to make our own ‘disgusting’ sandwich and then used our senses to write instructions on how to make it! Next week we will be learning about poems and riddles!

In Mathematics we have been learning all about measurements – the children really enjoyed this! We found it tricky to decide which unit of measure to use for certain tasks. For example, what unit of measure would you use for measuring the length of the playground?

We hope you have been enjoying the new menu of choices for Learning at Home for ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. We certainly enjoy sharing the learning in school. We have put this on the portfolio section on Class Dojo if you wish to send any photos or work this way. On Monday we enjoyed our ‘We believe in peace’ anti-bullying day and on Friday we enjoyed our mufti day for Children In Need. We thank you for your support!

Best wishes,

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

This week we have continued to develop our understanding of life in the Stone Age. We have looked at different aspects of everyday life, such as clothing, food and cooking. We have also designed our own Stone Age tools and weapons.

In literacy, we have enjoyed reading the first chapter of our new class novel ‘Stig of the Dump’. We have planned our own adventure stories based on the opening chapter of the book. We have created our own problems for the main characters of Barney and Stig and thought about how they can be resolved. 

In maths, we have begun looking at how to complete division number sentences through grouping and later moving onto using a blank number line. Next week we will continue to further develop our skills by learning how to divide by chunking.

Next week as part of our topic work we will be making our Stone Age tools that we have designed. Over the weekend if you are out and about we would appreciate if you could collect sticks, twigs, pebbles, and stones for our tool and weapon making.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend

Mrs Adams, Mrs Connell, Mrs Eddy & Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week we have had in Year 4 enjoying, achieving and learning.

In Literacy, the children have travelled back in time to AD 410 to when the Saxons first arrived on Brancaster beach and settled in Britain. The children have challenged themselves to write an eye witness report about the Saxon landing.

Continuing our topic Traders and Raiders, the children completed research about everyday life of the Anglo-Saxon settlers and presented their research to the class. In Geography, we have continued to use maps, using the internet to explore Ordnance Survey maps to find sites of historic significance.

n Maths, the children have enjoyed learning how to measure the perimeter of different shapes and find missing measurements. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin