Mrs Abley & Mrs Baker
Congratulations to our
Autumn Term (1)
Welcome back Kingfishers.
We have had a good week with a fun introduction to our Topic of Aztecs and some inspirational maths. Everyone is settling back into the rhythm of school.
Well done to those people who have begun their reading record – keep it up.
Kingfishers are reading Mr Stink as the text for English and for Shared Reading. The children are writing their own sentences with adverbial starters and relative clauses and including them in a short description of the character Chloe and in a setting description.
In shared reading we are answering questions about that text and have completed our first Big Quiz.
In Maths this week we have been investigating graphs and patterns with numbers and talking about how we can all do high level maths and that it doesn’t matter if we make a mistake because that helps us to move on.
Everyone can learn maths to high levels!
Believe in yourself, it changes what you can do!
Maths is about creativity and making sense!
Mistakes and challenge are the best times for your brain!
Visualize and make connections to strengthen your brain!
Depth is more important than speed.
In English this week Kingfishers have started to unpick the text Mr Stink. Everyone worked really hard to find the tools used by the writer in the text and then annotated around the text to identify them and say what effect they created.
In Shared Reading we have read another two chapters of the story and answered more PEE questions about it. We discussed the text and decided what we liked about it and what we disliked. Then we thought about any links we could make with other stories we’ve read.
In Maths we have continued to work through some investigations about place value, drawing and showing 4 and 5 digit numbers in many ways.
Topic has been fun – working with a partner or in a small group to write a script for a weather broadcast and then performing it.
Well done to those children who have been reading regularly, learning their spellings and practising their times tables.
This week has flown by. In English we completed our box plan changes then began to write some super character descriptions
modelled on the Bird Lady from Mary Poppins. We chose suitable names and set about thinking what she would look like and
where she might live. We wrote three paragraphs and included relative clauses, fronted adverbials and parenthesis. It’s looking good,
In Maths this week we continued with place value of numbers with more than 5 digits- ordering them and comparing them.
In Topic we discussed what we know about historical eras and made a human timeline. Then we drew a timeline in our books.
We also had a session with Dr Collins and learnt about Semaphore. We worked out messages from Dr Collins then we tried out
sending silent messages of our own. It was great fun.
Mrs Baker & Mrs Abley
Reader of the week- Caitlyn
Big Quiz Winners- Diamonds
Kingfishers have been in two places at once this week. Some of the children stayed at school and completed lots of maths, english and art activities on the way to performing in a Talent Show. They worked out costings for merchandise to sell, staff to pay and a venue to hire. Then they made posters to advertise the merchandise.
Letters were written to invite VIPs to the show- in a very persuasive style. After the great performance evaluations were written about the children’s own act and also about another act seen on Thursday.
Costumes were prepared – taking the form of tshirts to decorate with fabric pens and sashes to make and decorate with logos.
|We managed to cram lots of work into the week and also used that work to prepare our celebration assembly for next week so we can tell upper school what a week it’s been. It was great fun working in the teams we chose.
Well done to our…
Reader of Week – Gracie
Big Quiz winners – Poppy Topaz
In English this week we drafted and edited our own writing. Then on Friday we published it. We have tried to include character description and setting description too, with relative clauses and fronted adverbials.
In Maths we have been showing all we can do with addition. We used a rounding up method to estimate our answer or to check the answer. Big Maths has been fun and fast paced – tables, doubling, halving, rounding ….
In shared reading we had a debate ‘Should Chloe let Mr Stink live in the garden shed?’ It was planned by everyone and debated by 5 representatives from each side. It ended in a win for the argument, but was a close run thing. Everyone is trying hard to remember to read for 10 minutes at home each night and don’t forget if you would like to you can read at school for 10 mins at the end of the day.
In Topic we’ve been researching Aztec jobs- Merchants, Priests, Slaves and Warriors. Next week we will hot seat each group so that the rest of the class will find out about the other 3 jobs they didn’t research themselves.
Although everyone is tired at the end of the half term we have begun our Explanation writing with enthusiasm.This week we discussed active and passive voice and conjunctions- using them in short burst writes about the Aztecs.
In Maths we have been showing all we can do with subtraction. We used an inverse operation to check our answers, and we checked some subtraction calculations to find out where mistakes had been made. Big Maths has continued with tables, doubling, halving, adding to 1000 mentally and ordering and partitioning numbers. Our tables competition is very popular and nearly always has a different winner.
In shared reading we answered some PEE questions about Mr Stink having read chapter 9. The Big Quiz went well with many children improving their scores.
In Topic we’ve been hotseating the Merchants, Priests, Slaves and Warriors and recording the information we have learned from the answers to our questions. The merchants group had found out lots of interesting information for the rest of us.
On Friday afternoon we made sun rays and painted people on the fence as our contribution to the decorations for Light Up The Sky, with many parents to help. We produced quite a good number of rays and they’ll look great when in place.
Class Captain Andrew
Big Quiz winners Emeralds
Autumn Term (2)
This week we have been doing ‘Inspirational Maths’ and it has been fun finding patterns and identifying rules to continue a pattern. We also played a game using the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.
In English we wrote many sentences including in them three types of conjunctions- co-ordinating, subordinating and causal. We also found the differences between formal and informal writing. Then we made a box plan showing a summary of each paragraph and finding key language to use in an explanation text.
Our Aztec Topic continues for another half term. This week included art- we produced a piece of weaving and either a design for Aztec jewellery or a repeating Aztec pattern. It was very enjoyable but took longer to complete than we had imagined!
Great results for most people in spelling this week. Well had lots of high scores.
Big Quiz winners – Poppy Topaz
Reader of the Week – Harris H
Class Captain – Keairra
Kingfishers have finished the changes to the text in English – including expert statements and conjunctions. It has gone well.
In Maths we have been looking at decimals and fractions, putting them in order and on to number lines and answering investigations.
In Topic the children have designed a mask for the god/ goddess that they drew earlier in the week. Then they made their masks out of clay and will decorate them next week.
In shared reading Kingfishers answered a Big Quiz about a Dragonfly text which they had to read first as it was a new text to them.
Well done to our Class Captain – HARRIS!
This week we finished the clay masks and wrote our evaluations. Everyone has been very creative and they look great.
In English we drafted an explanation text independently and edited it then improved it. We published it and presented it on an Aztec picture.
It looks really good. In Shared Reading we read several explanation texts and answered questions about them, looked at the vocabulary
and ended the week with the Big Quiz. There was another text to read and everyone tried hard to give full answers to the questions.
In Maths we have continued to order and compare decimal numbers and fractions. We are moving on to adding fractions next week.
Class Captain – Tahlia
We have been really pleased with the writing this week using The Piano as a focus and the emotion sadness.
Everyone made a great effort and thought hard about how to ‘show not tell’ the emotion.
It’s been a good week in Maths too, with some super work done on fractions. The children have shown addition and subtraction calculations using the Numicon equipment and then written them in their books. Some people have really whizzed through it doing a great job.
Keep up the good work reading at home, only one person had to read at school by Friday. Lets try for 100% next week.
In Topic this week the children have continued with the Dragon’s Den team work and decided on flavours and fillings and type of chocolate. Then they found out the cost of making a chocolate then a box of 6 and decided on a price and worked out their possible profit. Two or three groups are really working well as teams and helping each other and listening to everyone’s ideas and collectively making decisions.Those are the teams who do well.
The Rail Safety talk was very interesting and we all learned things we didn’t know before, and saw film clips of some really silly behaviour which put people in danger. We will ALL be VERY CAREFUL in stations and on level crossings. The children were praised by the speakers for enthusiastically joining in with correct answers and being polite and sensible. Well done everyone:)
Well done to our Class Captain – LUCAS!
Well done to our Class Captain – MEEKA
In English we have been comparing three texts – The Piano, Room 13 and The Wizard of Oz.. We have found similarities eg they use dreams and flashbacks in the stories and differences e.g. they show different emotions- sadness, fear. We have identified the tools used by the author and written about the effect created by those tools.
In Maths we have been exploring decimals. Everyone did an amazing job of adding decimal numbers and today we subtracted decimal numbers. This also went well.
This week in Topic we have been preparing for making our chocolate to do with our Angry Aztecs Topic. We have planned a net of the box to hold our chocolates and decorated it in the way agreed by the team.
Everyone is very excited for December the 12th when the professional chocolatiers come in!
Reader of the week Sophie D
No Big Quiz this week
We have been adding our changes to the text this week and we have read some lovely descriptive paragraphs
containing show not tell emotions and modal verbs.
In maths we have shown all the ways we have practised to multiply ending with coin multiplication.
During Topic we have created a snappy slogan for our chocolate- and we are looking forward to chocolate day next week-
that will be fun:)
We have started to decorate our classroom and the tree is up and decorated and we have started to make things to hang up
ready for the classroom competition in the last week.