To my fantastic Kingfishers,
What a bizarre year it has been! I am so upset that I can't see you all on the last day of the school year.
Despite not teaching you all this term or having you in class, I have had an amazing two terms with you all and I wanted to reflect on all of the positive experiences we have had together.
Meeting you all for the first time at the end of the last academic year was brilliant. Enjoying ourselves, doing just dance, playing games and having a game of rounders on the field. I'll never forget those first experiences with you, getting to know all of you on a personal level. My favourite memory was Morwellham Quay and I know you'll share this opinion with me as you all got to see me wearing a dunces hat and being told off by a Victorian teacher! How embarrassing!
Throughout this year I have also seen all of you have that 'magic moment', where you have produced your best piece of writing or figured out a tricky maths concept which you struggled with previously. Moments like that are why I came into teaching.
I've taken many of you on sporting events and on many occasions, we came off second best but seeing how gracious you were in defeat as well as celebrating those occasional victories was fantastic.
I've been teaching for 5 years and without a doubt, this is the year where I laughed the most. You all have amazing personalities. As you go in to year six, remember to be kind to yourselves, enjoy yourselves and most importantly, try your best! I can't wait to see you all at some point in September!
A big thank you also has to go to your parents for supporting you this year with everything that has gone on.
Have a great summer holiday and stay safe.
Good morning Kingfishers!
I would imagine that you have all completed the reading books you took home before school closed. We want you to continue reading at home so we have set up an account for each of you on myon.co.uk. On this website, use your usual AR reading details to log in and access thousands of different books (within you ZPD). It is fairly straight forward to get your head around but Mr Bemister has created a video on the school Facebook page explaining how to use myon. You can also take AR quizzes in the same way you would at school which is great. Please make use of this excellent resource!
I hope you are enjoying our theme this week 'Wild week'. Please continue sending work to me through the class email, it's great seeing what you are all up to! As next week is half term, we will be providing optional project based activities for you to complete. There is no obligation to do these activities but please access them if you are feeling creative!
I have managed to get through my list and contact all of your parents! A few parents were unable to pick up when I called so I will try again next week as it would be great to touch base and see how you're getting on.
I hope you are all finding the new approach to the maths learning much easier to manage. If you are having any difficulties, please don't hesitate to get in touch through the class email.
Some parents have asked if home learning will continue when school is opened for foundation, year one and year six. Rest assured that we will still be providing you with weekly learning on the school website and this will continue until the start of the summer holidays if required.
Each day will still consist of writing, topic, maths, rapid recall boards, spelling and reading. Make sure you record any evidence of learning in your books too, it will be great to see all of it when we are back to normal!
Please continue to use the class email address to communicate with me and send over any work! firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful websites for additional home learning:
•PE will be on a Tuesday. The children will have one session in the morning and one session in the afternoon. It is essential that children wear their PE kit to school on these days. They should have their Knowle t-shirt, hoodie, black shorts and suitable trainers.
• I have noticed that some children are arriving at school without a coat on rainy days. Please ensure your child has a coat if the weather is forecast to be raining.
Kingfisher's Curriculum Overview 2019/2020
Please visit our Curriculum page for further details.
The children will receive spellings and times tables every week on a Friday. It is important that this homework is completed to ensure your child is consolidating their learning. We will also give out topic or science homework on a regular basis.
We also expect the children to be reading regularly. This will give the children the opportunity to take AR quizzes regularly in school and maintain a high pass rate. We would expect a minimum of 15-20 minutes of reading, 5 times a week.
On Thursday 5th March 2020 it was World Book Day! The children came in dressed up as their favourite book characters. There were lots of fun activities in school too. We had a brilliant assembly from Mr Bashford, created our own bookmarks, had a story extract read to us by every teacher in the school and we shared a book with some younger children in the school. The pictures below show some of our children sharing a book with another class.
Yesterday, Year 5 had their second session with Nuffield Health. The children are learning about how to keep their minds and bodies healthy. So far they have looked at how to deal with stress and how eating healthily can have a positive impact on our health. The children are looking forward to their next set of sessions!
Throughout the last two weeks, the children have been learning about angles in maths. We are now moving on to look at shapes and comparing the features of shapes, using language such as regular, irregular and symmetrical. In today's lesson (Monday 16th December 2019) the children sorted different shapes into those that were regular, those that were irregular, those that had the same size angles but different sides and those that had the same sides but different sized angles.
On Wednesday 9th October, we were very lucky as the smoothie bike came to school! There is a city wide project that is promoting how important it is to walk to school, stay fit and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Some of our children got the chance to pedal on the smoothie bike and they all got to drink a delicious, healthy smoothie!
The pictures below show two of our children on the bike!
On Wednesday 25th September, the children took part in a science investigation where they had to think of ways to separate shells and sand from water. The children discovered that they could use funnels and filter paper to separate their solution. The photos below show some of the children in action!