April 2021 – Summer Term 1
Welcome to Kingfishers’ class page!
Since returning from online schooling during Term 4, Kingfishers have continued to impress with their hard-working attitude and enthusiasm for learning. They have maintained this with whichever adult has taught them, and they should be proud of the excellent comments received from different members of school staff!
Working hard and showing enthusiasm for learning brings us to our class mascot – Rio! He was kindly handcrafted by one of the schools’ parents, and has a certain role to play in class each day.
Rio will sit on the desk of a pupil who has passed their secret mission the day before…..
What is this secret mission? Each day, we secretly choose, at random, a child to demonstrate the focus of the day (e.g. participating, working hard, listening well etc). The class will be unaware of who has been chosen and so will all focus on achieving this target. If they pass their mission, the mystery student will be revealed! However, if they do not pass, their identity will remain anonymous, and as a class we will reflect on improvements we can make for the next day.
Eagles class have a similar mascot, and have made various items for him – this may be something Kingfishers may also like to do!
Our topic for this half-term is The Slave Trade.
We will be researching why this trade came about, which countries were involved, and why this is a subject is still spoken about today, especially just recently.
Our latest writing topic will be taking the subject of slavery, and creating our own version of 'Cinderella', concentrating on setting the scene with powerful adjectives and similes to describe the protagonist, antagonist and the setting.
In reading, we will be continuing the story of 'Millions' by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This is set in England, before a fictional change to the euro currency, when two boys must decide what to do with a windfall of a vast amount of money that will soon become un-useable. The class will continue to develop their skills in answering ‘VIPERS’ comprehension questions.
Kingfishers enjoyed creating their own natural sculptures in the Forest School area, after researching the work of Andy Goldsworthy, who works with nature to create art in natural and urban settings.
Spellings: Each week, the class is given a set of spellings to learn for a Friday afternoon test. Kingfishers are very enthusiastic about their spellings as a whole, and can practice during certain times at school and also take a set of spellings home for further revision. Occasionally, these copies can go missing, so a list of this term’s spellings has been attached below (Spellings Summer 1).
Here are our topics for other areas of the curriculum:
Science – Living Things and their Habitats
Computing - Online safety
RE - Sikhism
Art - African art
French - Getting to know you
PSHE - Thinking Positive
PE – Cricket
Music - Brass
Kingfishers class have made a fantastic and hard-working return to classroom learning. We are very proud of their efforts and are looking forward to this continuing in the terms ahead.
Mr Wooster and Mrs Saqib
Topmarks is a useful website for practicing times tables and other areas of maths as part of home-learning. A link to Topmarks can be found below: