Welcome back to the summer term.
The sounds that we have been looking at this week include, ey = key, money, air = hair, stairs and ure = secure, adventure. Can you please emphasise and highlight these sounds if you come across them in your child's reading book. In numeracy we are learning how to solve word problems, finding out if we need to add or subtract to find the total. We have also introduced the new topic - dinosaurs to the children which has created great excitement particularly the planned visit to the Natural History Museum on Wednesday 5th May. Many thanks to all the parents who have volunteered to join us.
At the parent consultations a number of parents asked about numeracy homework. With this in mind I have put a worksheet in the handwriting folder. If your child would like to try this maths activity and then return it in the handwriting folder I will mark it and send another one home each Friday.
Welcome back to everyone, it has been great hearing all the exciting news and events that the children have taken part in over the Easter Holidays.
This week the children have spent some time on literacy that we were not able to complete during last term. The class have learnt about Grace Darling and the heroic events that she completed. They also looked at a serious of paintings depicting her life and thought carefully about the different adjectives and emotions that could be used to describe the images.
In our maths learning this week the class have continued to work on fractions. We have introduced thirds and also looking at mixed fractions. The class have used pictorial representations and number lines to count in fractions, observing patterns and similarities within the fractions.
This term the class will be participating in Forest School sessions every Friday. Please can you make sure that the children have the required kit for our Friday afternoon sessions, all relevant information can be found in the email correspondence. Please do contact me if you have any queries or would like to offer your assistance with any of the sessions.
Please see attached for the children’s homework.
Well done to all the children for an excellent first week back. We started by looking at the three different types of rocks; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, and how they are formed. Our little trip round the area revealed that the Chidingstone is 135 million years old and is made of sandstone. I was impressed that the children were very quick to identify it as a sedimentary rock.
In class, we looked at several samples of rock, and used lots of different adjectives to describe them. We will move on to identify and classify them as the term goes on.
We began our lessons on time by forming human clocks and asking the children to be the long and short hands and to move around according to instructions. Our biggest challenge has been understanding the concept of minutes to the hour; any discussions on this over the weekend would be very helpful.
In literacy, the children have been writing a recount of their trip and we have been delighted with the volume and quality of writing they have produced.
Please could they all have a rubber in their pencil cases from now on as our stash has vanished over the last few months.
Homework is spellings and Mymaths. We will be discussing the spellings in class and they won't be tested until Wednesday of next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mr Rowland and Mrs Hester
We have started the term by embarking on some writing based on author's experiences, using George Layton's The Fib to inspire us. We have ensured that we have organised our work into logical paragraphs -do keep looking at how authors handle this in your reading books. We have also commenced reading Phillipa Pearce's time travelling novel Tom's Midnight Garden and used it to help us identify themes in literature.
In maths we have begun to develop our data handling skills, drawing and interpreting tally/pictograms/bar graphs.
We have dipped into Fizzlebert Stump and the Bearded Boy by A F Harrold. AF Harrold is the author that we have booked to see at the Chiddingstone Castle Literary Festival on May 2nd. He is happy to sign books that the children bring to his workshop, or if you wish to buy them at the festival do send cash on the day and he will sign it there and then. The book's plot is full of twists and turns, as well as being lighthearted with some actual laugh out loud moments. The first book in this series is entitled Fizzlebert Stump - The Boy who ran away from the Circus (and joined a library), if you want to start from the beginning of his adventures.
Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help with lifts to and from our residential trip to Windmill Hill. We are still looking for another car to pick up at 1.30 on the Friday afternoon and help transfer students/luggage. Please see one of us, or let the office know if you can help. Thank you.
The children have enjoyed presenting their excellent art projects and learning about the famous artists and their paintings and sculptures. Caleb's project resulted in a debate on the origins of graffiti art - were the Stone Age cavemen the first graffiti artists?
We are all looking forward to our very exciting trip to Barcelona next week - please note that the children do now need to bring a towel (not too big) - an email has been sent to you all.
Year 6 have had a fantastic week for their first week back. In literacy they have started studying the Tempest and revised lots of SPAG. In numeracy they had a lesson building cubes of different volumes using multi-link today. We have been investigating the difference between surface are and volume of cubes.
West Kent MIND gave year 6 some personalised tips for managing the stresses of transition to secondary school - learning organisation, being active, staying connected and others. Well done year 6 stay calm and enjoy the weeks leading up to our trip to Seville.
This week we have introduced our mini beast topic. We have begun by building the bug hotel and doing some mini beast hunting in our outdoor area. For homework please ask your child to write a piece of information about their favourite mini beast. What does it look like? What does it eat? Where does it live? How many legs does it have? Can it fly?
Also, as from next week each child will take turns in taking home a cuddly toy for the evening, and writing about what they do. Please read the instruction letter inside the book for all to be clear.
If your child would like milk, please make sure you have registered at www.coolmilk.com/parents/
Have a good weekend.
Mrs Edwards and Mrs Clare