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Kingfishers - Year 4/5

Summer term 6

 

Welcome back to our final term of the academic year. Just think … only seven more weeks until the summer holidays! Let’s make this the best term ever!

 

The school has taken a slightly different approach to this term’s topic. Instead of studying different topics, we are all going to be focussing on the same thing; ‘The Island’. Each class will be developing their own island – naming it, creating its culture, deciding upon its climate and geography and finally, selling it! It will be quite a child-led experience, though the curriculum has been carefully planned to complement the topic.

 

We will be reading Kensuke’s Kingdom – a Michael Morpurgo classic, and Robinson Crusoe – a retold version of a good old-fashioned, ‘stranded on a desert island’ adventure masterpiece. Both books will be central to our writing foci – ‘writing to persuade’, ‘writing to discuss’ and a bit of story-telling. We will also be studying a bit of island-inspired poetry.

 

Children will be learning a few geography skills including using a compass, map-reading and navigation (using the stars). They will learn about the natural features and climates of well-known islands in order to understand what makes them different. Also, we will be looking at different cultures (including festivals and feasts) across islands. This will give us an opportunity to explore different music and traditions.

 

Last term was not only short but very jam-packed with lots of activities (as you will no doubt have been aware of) including Olympic Values day, Aspirations Week plus other planned visits and of course, weekly swimming. Though this term is a little longer, we still have a lot to fit in:

 

  • Year 5s will be continuing to practise for Tale Trail, with a final performance on Friday 16th June.
  • Year 5s will also be taking part in the annual Moon Mission at St Birinus School on Thursday 15th June. In addition to this, we will be allocating a full morning to making our moon buggies in preparation for the big race-off. Once again, we welcome anyone willing to come into school to help with this (yourselves, friends, family members).
  • Year 4 will be continuing their brass lessons on a Thursday morning.
  • All Kingfishers will be swimming every Wednesday morning – please remember to send your child in with their costume, towel, hat and goggles (if they have permission).
  • They will also have PE on Wednesday afternoon – please send in full PE kit.
  • And finally (for now) don’t forget the whole-school trip to the beach on Tuesday 20th June.

 

Spellings and homework will both be issued on a Tuesday – please ensure your child brings in their homework book or any text book if they have lost it. Spelling tests are every Friday (so please encourage your child to practise them). Homework (which is compulsory) is expected in by the following Tuesday.

 

As ever, if you have any questions or would like to speak to me in person, please don’t hesitate to pop into the class.

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview below.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher.

 

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Okay, so here we are again, back to school. Full of chocolate, full of energy and full of enthusiasm and, of course, ready to battle learn! And what an exciting term it will be.

 

The knights nights are getting shorter meaning the days will be lighter for longer so that we can fit more in! It’s now time, squires and maidens, peasants and noblemen, to don your armour school uniforms, mount your horse bike and be seated at your round rectangle tables to begin your quest work, for it is time to start our new topic (including science and maths).

 

Can you guess what it is yet? (Surely you can, there are many clues above)

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That’s right.

 

In tune with our whole school approach of The Arts this term, we are going to be looking at ‘story-telling’ through the media of traditional tales, poetry and art. Myths, Maidens and Magic is an cross-curricular topic centred mainly on the legend of King Arthur and his knights (not forgetting his infamous round table, the holy grail and damsels in distress). For more than a thousand years, the Arthurian Tales have been told and retold, being passed down the generations – both here in the UK and across the world, inspiring countless of writers and artists. What do you think inspired JK Rowling to write Harry Potter?

 

Our writing genre this term is ‘to entertain’. This means that children will have the opportunity to create their own legends in the form of story reinvention, poetry and play scripts. We will be studying the well-known narrative poem, ‘The Lady of Shallot’. Although written in the 19th Century (by Lord Tennyson), it was inspired by one of the Arthurian legends involving Sir Lancelot (Arthur’s finest Knight) and Elaine of Astolat (the maiden, or damsel in distress). I won’t say too much now – I will leave it to the end of term when we will have a class assembly where the children can showcase their work and perform their play (which they have to write yet).

 

If you want to get involved in helping your child, why not get some books out of the library or DVDs (First Knight, King Arthur plus there’s a new one coming out soon). There is lots of literature on the subject which is really good fun and exciting to read. Personally, I have enjoyed doing a lot of this during the holidays.

 

Hopefully the clues above might hint at the fact we are going to be studying geometry in maths (round rectangle table). This is the study of shape and form, including measurements, angles and position. We will continue to go over previous maths learnings.

 

Science this term will be Earth and Space. We touched on this last term due to learning about gravity. Quite often however, we ended up discussing much ‘bigger’ questions like how big is the universe? and where do we come from? Whilst I cannot truthfully answer these questions, we should have plenty of time this term dedicated to at least having a go!

 

Art / DT will be focussed on our topic. Children will be making finger puppets (to use to use in their performance). We are also going to look at famous Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces, in particular Waterstones ‘Lady of Shallot’. These artists were interested in Arthurian legends and reflect this in their artworks. Children will create their own.

 

 

Spellings will be explicitly taught on Tuesday mornings by Mrs Fletcher (as well as within phonics classes). Testing will continue to be on Friday mornings (as before). Children will be given homework EVERY Tuesday, which is due in on the following Tuesday – this is compulsory, so please could you continue to ensure your child has done this. As before, it will consist of a times table focussed activity AND their weekly spellings, that they need to learn for the Friday morning test.

 

PE is changing slightly this term. As before, PE will continue to be taught on a Wednesday afternoon by Elite sports. However, as you are no doubt aware, the whole class will be going swimming on a Wednesday morning (until the year end). So, all in all, a sporty day! Please make sure that they always have their PE kits in school (including outdoor trainers) and their swimming kits brought in every Wednesday morning. They will not be having PE on a Friday anymore.

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. During this time you will be able to work with your child to do a fun activity.

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview below.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher.

 

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@Bristol...

 

Kingfishers and Red Kites had a fabulous school trip yesterday. They played, investigated, explored and experimented to their hearts content. Hopefully, they should have come home with minds more curious than ever before, and perhaps with aspirations to become scientists or inventors in the future. 

 

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Spring term 4

 

Welcome back – we hope that you have all had a refreshing break, and perhaps had a few days away to relax. Now it’s time to get back to work!

 

This term, along with every other class, we are studying flight. ‘Flight – Tremendous Triumphs and Frightful Flops’ will cover the history of aviation, including myths (from thousands of years ago), early designs and prototypes (leading the first aeroplane developed by the Wright Brothers), modern flying machines and future flight. We will research the first brave heroes and heroines that led the way in terms of aviation history, including Amelia Earhart, Amy Johnson and Charles Lindenburgh.

 

This topic lends itself well to both science and designs and technology. The children will have plenty of opportunity to design, make and test their own flying machines, which should be a lot of fun. We are looking forward to experimenting with weight, friction, variables that affect air resistance. Fingers crossed, the weather will allow us to go outside more often!

 

In maths, children will be learning about fractions, statistics (which we can base on our data from our experiments) and measurement (including time). We will continue to practise times tables religiously, which is incredibly important – children should know all their times tables (up to x12) by the end of Year 4. In addition to this, we will continue to consolidate our learnings from previous terms.

 

Spellings will be explicitly taught on Tuesday mornings by Mrs Fletcher (as well as within phonics classes). Testing will continue to be on Friday mornings (as before). Children will be given homework EVERY Tuesday, which is due in on the following Tuesday – this is compulsory, so please could you continue to ensure your child has done this. As before, it will consist of a times table focussed activity AND their weekly spellings, that they need to learn for the Friday morning test.

 

There will be two PE lessons every week, which will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (subject to change). Please make sure that children bring their PE kit in with them every Monday, including trainers so that they are always equipped.

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. During this time you will be able to work with your child to do a fun activity.

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview below.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher.

 

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Flight - Tremendous Triumphs and Frightful Flops - termly curriculum overview

Spring term 3

 

Happy New Year to everyone – we hope that you’ve had a jolly and fabulous Christmas holidays (and not eaten too many mince pies, sausage rolls and chocolates!). Anyway, it’s now time for a fresh start to 2017 beginning with a brand new topic.

 

In line with the ‘game-changers’ theme this term, Kingfishers will be studying all about Sir David Attenborough, including what he has done for conservation, animals and our environment through the media of television.

 

Last term, it was apparent that the children enjoy the subject of animals very much as they had plenty to say during discussion, inspired by various episodes of Planet Earth II. In fact, we were all absolutely amazed by the weird and wonderful creatures shown on there. In addition to this, our science programme this term is ‘Living things and their habitats’. Therefore, David Attenborough (Life on Air) is the perfect topic choice for us.

 

Did you know?

  • David Attenborough was rejected by the BBC for the first job he applied for.
  • He does not have a driving license or own a car.
  • He has been on our telly for nearly 70 years.
  • He is a ‘Sir’ (so a knight).
  • He is scared of rats.
  • He is one of the most travelled people in the world.
  • He is 90 – the same age as our Queen.

 

David Attenborough – Life on Air lends itself perfectly to our literacy genres this term. Children will be writing both to discuss and to entertain. They will learn how to argue a point, analyse, critique and write their own poetry. The subject of animals should provide a rich foundation for story-writing too.

 

In maths, not only will we continue to consolidate previous number work but we will also begin to understand fractions, decimals and percentages along with measurement (time and length). Children will continue to practise times tables as they did last term. With a specific focus each week, children will learn these in a varied, fun and interactive way. It would be great if you could help them practise at home. There are plenty of websites that offer free online games, such as TopMarks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables).

 

Spellings will be explicitly taught on Tuesday mornings by Mrs Fletcher (as well as within daily phonics classes). Informal testing will continue to be on Friday mornings (as before). Children will be able to bring spellings home with them to learn, though this is not statutory.

 

There will be two PE lessons every week, which will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (subject to change). Please make sure that children bring their PE kit in with them every Monday, including trainers so that they are always equipped.

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. During this time you will be able to work with your child to do a fun activity.

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview below.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher.

 

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Spring - Term 3. Curriculum overview

Autumn term 2

 

Welcome back all! We hope that you’ve all had a relaxing and rejuvenating week off after what can only be described as a hectic first term ending with a thrilling school trip to Buster Ancient Farm.

 

This term we have a brand new topic! Based around a geography theme this time, we are going to be ‘travelling’ (sadly not literally!) to New York. Our topic ‘New York, New York (so good they named it twice) will be the focus of many exciting activities including: dance, singing and performance; art (we will recreate the work of Pop Artist, Roy Lichtenstein) and DT (children will build a skyscraper with specific criteria!).

 

In literacy, we are writing to persuade. Children will be writing their own tourist information leaflets to see how many parents they can ‘persuade’ to go to New York on holiday next. You never know, they may even ‘persuade’ Mr Knight to let them go on a school trip there!

 

Maths lessons will consolidate skills learnt last term and put into ‘real-life’ situations by way of solving word problems. We have been using concrete resources to support mathematical understanding and will continue to do so this term. Children will also be focussing on multiplication and division, thus supporting times table learning.

 

Children will continue to practise times tables as they did last term. With a specific focus each week, children will learn these in a varied, fun and interactive way. At the end of the week (Friday morning), they will have a very brief test to demonstrate their learning. It would be great if you could help them practise at home. There are plenty of websites that offer free online games, such as TopMarks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables).

 

Spellings will be explicitly taught on Tuesday mornings by Mrs Fletcher (as well as within daily classes). Informal testing will resume on Friday mornings (as before). Children will be able to bring spellings home with them to learn, though this is not statutory.

 

There will be two PE lessons every week, which will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (subject to change). Please make sure that children bring their PE kit in with them every Monday, including trainers so that they are always equipped. .

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. During this time you will be able to work with your child to do a fun activity.

 

Please see our termly curriculum overview below.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher. 

 

 

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Welcome to Kingfishers class 2016/2017.

 

Autumn term

We are all very much looking forward to an exciting new year, starting off with our new topic ‘Look out! The Vikings are about!’ We have lots of exciting activities and projects planned about Viking invasions, warriors, daily life and of course, Norse mythology, art and culture. We will be having a term trip at some point – so watch this space!

 

There will be two PE lessons every week, which will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please make sure that children bring their PE kit in with them every Monday, including trainers.

In addition to this, we aim to incorporate a 15 minute run (or power walk) into our school day. Not only will this help us all stay fit, but as research suggests, regular exercise helps our brains too. As we are studying humans (including diet, the digestive and cardiovascular systems), in science, our running could form part of our learning.

 

In order to boost children’s mathematic ability, we have scheduled ‘times tables’ sessions in every week. With a specific focus each week, children will learn these in a varied, fun and interactive way. At the end of the week (Friday morning), they will have a very brief test to demonstrate their learning. It would be great if you could help them practise at home. There are plenty of websites that offer free online games, such as TopMarks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables).

 

Children will be taught spellings each week (which are in-line with the National Curriculum for their age), which will be tested alongside times tables on a Friday.

Weekly spellings and times tables focus will be displayed in the classroom each week. Spellings will also be sent home with the children to practise.

 

Don’t forget, as before, you are welcome to come to parent activity morning every Friday from 8:40 until 9:00. During this time you will be able to work with your child to do a fun activity.

Please see the website (class pages – Kingfishers) for a termly overview of our curriculum.

So here’s a big ‘thumbs up’ to a great new academic year, and we look forward to meeting you.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Durman, Mrs Laws, Mrs Gibbard and Mrs Fletcher. 

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