Year Group Weekly Updates - 20th 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,

This week we have used the story Owl Babies as a focus for our Literacy and classroom activities. The children have loved playing in dark dens using torches and mark making in the dark.

In phonics this week we have been learning ‘l’ as in leg, ‘j’ as in jam and  ‘v’ as in van. The children have impressed us this week writing sounds, words and even sentences!

This week in Maths we have been learning all about numbers to 5. We have been counting on and back and have been adding two numbers together to make 5. We have also been practising our counting skills and have been counting up to 20. The children would benefit from practising counting down from 20-0. Can they get their shoes on while you count down together?

This week we have listened to the fire bell and have talked about what it is for. We also practised leaving our buildings safely and the children really impressed us with how calm, quiet and sensible they were. We think they were the best in the school!

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

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

Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents,

We have had a lovely week in school continuing with our topic of The Enchanted Woodland. We have drawn and painted our own wonderful woodland creatures and have spent some time learning about the parts of a plant. In Literacy this week we have been writing our own fact books about a woodland creature of our choice. We have even included a diagram labelling their body parts. We are very proud of our writing!

In Maths we have been subtracting by using our Numicon shapes and using a number line. We know that we need to start at the biggest number and count down.

Can you try practising counting backwards from any number at home as we are finding this a bit tricky! A big thank you to all those children who have completed the extra maths homework sent last week, it really makes a big difference to the children’s confidence.

In PE we have been working hard on our competition skills to take part in a virtual competition run by Redbourne SSP. We have been able to balance a tennis ball on a racket whilst walking around a coned course; we have also been completing rugby shuttle runs whilst carrying a rugby ball. We are challenging ourselves to become quicker each time we do it!.

Next week is Forest School again. Parrots are on Tuesday and Penguins and Puffins are on the Wednesday. Please do remember to send children in with spare shoes and clothes on these days as it is very muddy! If you can help at Puffins or Penguins Forest school please do speak to either Mrs Hargreaves or Mrs Calver.

Finally please can each child bring in by Tuesday an empty, clear and cleaned 500ml water bottle. We will be using them at Forest School!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best Wishes,

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

Dear Parents,

In Literacy this week we have been using adjectives to describe and commas to separate a list. We also wrote our own riddles and poems. In Mathematics we focused on times tables, where we drew arrays to answer questions, recalled times tables for our 2, 5 and 10 and practised missing number problems. We would love to see the children using TTRockStars – Please use the ‘Gig’ or ‘Garage’ mode to practise. ‘Studio’ mode is how their rock speed is gained. Click here to understand more. Next week we will be focusing on division.

In our topic we have been learning about the different food groups and which foods are healthy and unhealthy. We also created artwork from food and used ice cubes to paint! Another fun filled week in our Muck, Mess and Mixtures topic! We hope you are enjoying similar tasks at home. We thank you for bringing in activities as soon as they are completed.

Next week we will be holding a Christingle workshop on Thursday. A reminder that Friday 27th November is our school’s training day and we are closed to pupils.

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

Dear Parents,

We have enjoyed looking at art throughout the Stone Age and creating our own cave paintings of animals or geometric patterns. We have also practised the techniques of knotting and weaving and thoroughly enjoyed making our Stone Age tools and weapons. A big thank you for the kind donations of resources to support this, we really appreciate it!

In Literacy, we have considered how we can make our adventure stories more exciting by using a variety of techniques to build suspense.

In Maths, we have continued our work on division including looking at remainders and the chunking method.

Thank you to those who have been accessing the Education City pathways set each week. Completing these activities really helps support your progress. Please remember that these are updated weekly and the new activities are available each Friday evening for you to access at home.

Just to remind you that next Friday 27th November is a Teacher Training Day.

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 fantastic week we have had in Year 4, delving deeper into our topic and stretching our artistic skills.

In Literacy, the children have been learning about the legend of King Arthur, exploring  different versions of the story and discussing if he really existed. The children have been creating a character profile of King Arthur and retelling their version of the legend.

Continuing our topic Traders and Raiders, the children have been learning about Anglo-Saxon pattern work and then creating their own intrinsic patterned, print blocks and creating charms out of clay.

In Maths, the children have enjoyed learning how to measure the perimeter of compound shapes as well as moving on to our new topic of Multiplication and Division. We have been continuing to practise our timetables and corresponding division facts. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes,

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin