Michael Rosen

Over the past few weeks, the children have really enjoyed listening to and learning some of his poems.

They especially enjoyed writing their own poems based on his poem 'Don't', some of which will be displayed in the classroom... they really made us laugh!

Our new topic until half-term will be 'Harvest' and we would like to invite parent in to our Harvest Assembly on Thursday 19th October (more information to follow).

I would also like to thank you all for your support in reading at home and completing homework - the children love their 'reading treat' on a Friday and it makes a real difference to their ability to read.

Letters regarding parents evening will be out shortly - please look out for these and return the slips promptly.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to me at the door or telephone the office to make an appointment.

Mrs B.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Dolphins Class!

We are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing about all the exciting things you have been doing over the Summer Holidays!  

Just a reminder that you all need to bring your school bags (we have got your reading books, don't worry!) and PE bags into school tomorrow (our PE days will be Monday and Thursday, so don't panic if they aren't quite ready yet!).

See you tomorrow morning at 8:50!

Mrs Barefield, Mrs Amos and Mrs Steele

 

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Telling the time!

In class this week, we have been practising telling the time.  Lots of us can now tell the time including o'clock, half-past, quarter past and quarter to.  Some of us can also tell the time to 5 minute intervals... WOW!

 

We have now set a date for our class assembly.  It will be held in the hall on Tuesday 11th July at 2pm.  It will give the children an opportunity to show what they have learnt this year and share their achievements with you.  Further information about this will be sent to you in due course.

 

Well done to those children who have been reading at home with their parents.  It really does make a huge difference to their fluency and understanding of what they read.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to me .

 

Mrs B.

 

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the Summer Term!

 

Well done to those children who have planted their sunflower seed.  We would love to see any photographs you have of these as they grow; please email them to me: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can share them with the class.

 

Our new topic is 'Then and Now'.  We will be focussing on 'Changes in Technology within Living Memory', so your children may come home asking you and grandparents questions about life when you were a child! (They were fascinated to learn that I didn't have remote control for my television and that it only had 4 channels!)

 

As always, please speak to me about any questions and concerns you may have.

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Openteach Maths Lesson & KS1 SATs

A huge thank you to those of you who came in to the Openteach session on Tuesday.  It was good to see so many of you.  For those of you who weren't able to make it, we were practising adding two 2 digit numbers together.  Although it may be tempting to teach your child the column method of addition (the way many of us were taught), we ask that you don't do this just yet... we prefer for the children to have a good understanding of place value before they begin 'carrying' or 'exchanging'.  This week's homework will have similar challenges to those we carried out during the Openteach session, along with examples where necessary.

 

Next Friday (the last day of term before the Easter Holidays), we will be holding a parents information session on KS1 SATs, which the Year 2 children will be taking in May.  This session is intended to give you an overview of what the expectations are, how we carry out the tests and how you can support your child.

 

Please return the slip on the letter which will come out to you by the end of this week.

 

Mrs B.

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Brilliant Botanists

The children in Dolphins Class have really enjoyed learning about John Ray and his work with plants.  They all took their beans home on Friday, which are ready to be planted into the ground or a bigger pot very soon!  I would love to see them as they grow, so please feel free to share any updated pictures you may take with me (please email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  This week will be our last week being 'Brilliant Botanists', but we look forward to our topics after half-term, which will include 'Changing Technology' (if you have any old mobile phones we'd love to borrow them!), Little Red Riding Hood and 'A Pirate's Life for Me'.

 

On Tuesday, I would love to see as many of you as possible at the 'Openteach' maths session - please make the most of being able to come into class and see how we teach maths in our school.  It starts at 9:05am and there is a creche available for younger siblings if required.  If you have any further questions about this, please don't hesitate to speak to me.

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Headteacher appointment

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Claire Smyth has been appointed as permanent headteacher of Beckers Green Primary School.

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G'day!

This week, we have continued our learning about Australia - the children all seem very keen to find out as much as they can about their chosen landmark.  Well done to those children who have continued their research at home!  We are busy creating leaflets about our chosen landmark which we will share with you on 9th February.

Alongside our learning about the landmarks of Australia, this week we have been practising and using number bonds to 10 to help us with number bonds to 20 and number bonds to 100.

Number bonds to 10 are simply those numbers which got together to make 10,eg. 4 + 6.  We have looked at patterns and noticed that 14 + 6 = 20 and 40 + 60 = 100.

Most children are now very quick at responding with the correct number to make 10 and 20... they have really impressed me!  We are now practising 'finding the difference' between 2 numbers.

Many thanks for your continued support with completing homework and children's reading - it has been a pleasure to be able to move several children to a new book colour this week, because they have improved so much!  Well done!  As always, please see me with any issues you may have.

Mrs B.

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Australia

On Monday, we found a suitcase in the classroom with clues inside.  We had to use the clues to work out what our new topic will be.  We discovered a koala, boomerangs and a didgeridoo among other items.  We worked out that we are going to be learning about Australia!  We were all very excited and even 'went on an aeroplane' to Sydney, Australia to find out about some of the things we could find there.

We have also had a 'surf lesson' and watched a video on how to throw a boomerang - we cannot wait to do this for real in our PE lessons soon!

As always, we would appreciate any resources or photographs you may have to support this.  (Next Friday we will be celebrating Chinese New Year; any resources you have to support this would be appreciated!)

Thank you for your continued support and if you have any concerns please speak to me.

Mrs B.

 

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Welcome back!

It was a real pleasure to see so many happy faces arrive at school this morning.  The children all settled back in well and have enjoyed talking about New Year celebrations and making New Year resolutions.

We will be sending home topic letters shortly; next week we will be studying our homes, school and the local area.  We will then be exploring the world and carrying out a study of an area of a non-European country (we would like to surprise the children, to enable them to use clues to find out where we will be studying).

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and inform you of the next Open Afternoon in Dolphins Class, when you will be welcomed in to look around the 'Art Gallery' we will be setting up in class and share some of the learning your child has completed this half-term.  This will take place at 2:30 on Thursday 9th February.  Further information to follow.  I'd also like to remind you that Friday 10th February is a non-pupil da, when the school will be closed to pupils (the following week being half-term).

As always, if you have any problems, please speak to me.

Mrs B.

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Writing to Santa

The children have been busy this week, writing their letters to Santa!

On Monday, we would like to take the children to post their letters to Santa.  We will require a signature from parents to do this - so don't panic if we start chasing you with a clipboard!

Next week, we will be looking at a range of Christmas poems and composing our own shape poem.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting.  Mathletics homework has been set this week to reinforce our learning.

This week, we have focussed on assessing the children's reading of Common Exception words, so if they knew the ones that had previously been sent home, they have now got new ones to practise.  This has made a huge difference to so many children's reading, thank you so much for your support. 

As always, if you have any problems, please speak to me.

Mrs B.

 

 

 

 

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Wales!

Thank you to all those who attended the Remembranice Lunch on Friday. The children also attended a Remembrance Assembly where they found out about the reasons we wear poppies and then held a 2 minute silence to remember and respect our soldiers.  They all stayed silent for the whole time and I was so proud of them all.

This week in Dolphins Class, our tour of the UK takes us to Wales.  We will be focussing on the story of 'The Little Yellow Cheese Man', as well as finding out about the traditional dress, food and customs of the country.

Thank you again to those parents who have read with their children this week and taken time to help them complete their homework. 

As always, any problems, please speak to me.

Mrs B.

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Welcome back!

It has been a busy week in class!  The children have enjoyed our new topic, 'The UK and its countries' and it has been fantastic to see some children asking questions at home to further enhance their learning in class.  They should now be able to identify the UK on a world map, name the countries of the United Kingdom, and even know the seas around the UK!  We have focussed on England this week, our focus country next week will be Scotland (if anyone has any resources to support any of our learning about the UK, we would be more than grateful).

 

It has also been a positive week at Parents Evening appointments and I would like to thank those of you have attended so far, it really benefits your child when we work together.  Please also click on the Parent View link to the left of the screen and share your views of the school on the Ofsted website.  As always if you have any concerns, please speak to me.

 

Mrs B.

 

 

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Moon Landing Open Afternoon!

KS1 (Crocodiles, Dolphins and Elephants) Open afternoon

Friday 21st October 2:30pm

After learning about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in previous weeks, this week we have been comparing the two. We have also had lots of fun this week, using iPads and a green screen to record our own moon landings! We look forward to sharing them with you next Friday.

There will also be an opportunity to have a look at what we have been learning about in class and take part in some simple activities.

We hope you can join us!

Thank you for your continued support with reading and homework.  I am overwhelmed by the number of children who gave me completed homework this week.  Well done to those children and parents who take their time to complete these tasks.

As always, if you have any questions, please speak to me.

Mrs B.

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Great Explorers

The children are all keen to learn lots about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in our new topic 'Great Explorers'.

Once we have learnt about each of these explorers, we will compare them to one another before having a go at becoming an explorer ourselves.

We have spoken in class today about the 'space race' and the children were set a challenge to find out which country were racing the USA to be the first country to land on the moon.

Please let me know any feedback you may have about the paper homework that was sent out this week - more children seem to have completed the task this week, which is great - thank you for your support.

Just to let you know, Miss Wheatley will no longer be teaching in our class on Thursday mornings; our timetable has been rearranged slightly and I am now in class on Thursday mornings.  If there is any change to this, I will let you know.

Thank you for your continued support in hearing your children read at home, it really does make a difference to their learning.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please speak to me.

Mrs Barefield

 

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Stick Man Trail

We all had a fantastic time at the Stick Man Trail at Weald Country Park on Wednesday.  The children enjoyed making their own stick men, finding the stick man's family tree and feeding the deer.  They also had an opportunity to explore the fantastic grounds and play areas.  I will add photographs shortly.  All the children seemed to really enjoy themselves.

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Outdoor Learning

We had a fantastic time in the copse on Tuesday morning.  We followed a trail while blindfolded, we made woodland perfume and we used colour swatches to find natural objects to match.  We are really looking forward to outdoor learning again next week!

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Welcome back!

Welcome back to school to all of the children and parents in Dolphins Class.

Just a reminder that our PE days are Thursday and Friday and our Outdoor Learning will take place on Tuesday mornings (please come to school in old clothes and bring uniform in a named bag).

Children who read 3 times or more this week will receive the reading treat on Friday.

If you have any questions, as always, please speak to me.

Mrs Barefield

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It's nearly time to say goodbye...

Wow, time has flown this year!  It is nearly time for your little ones to being moving to their new classes.  They have been visiting for the last few weeks and so far, so good - they have all come back happy and excited about their new class.

The next couple of weeks are a busy time in school, so I just thought I'd remind you of a few important dates.

Friday 8th July - summer fete (after school)

Monday 11th July - transition morning (children visit their new class) and KS1 party in the afternoon (please send in a donation of 50p before this date if you have not yet done so)

Thursday 14th July - Imam visit in class

Friday 15th July - last day as Crocodiles class!

Monday 18th July - all children to be dropped off at new classes

Tuesday 20th July - meet your child's new teacher 2pm in hall

Friday 22nd July - break up for summer holidays

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this year - they really are a fantastic group of children and I will really miss those that I don't have again next year.  You should be very proud of them; they are a credit to you and have worked very hard.

Mrs B

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Kings and Queens

This week we have introduced our new topic 'Kings and Queens'.  We are beginning by finding out about our current Queen and royal family, moving on to finding out about Henry VIII and comparing the two monarchs.

The children have shared what they already know and asked questions about what they'd like to find out... what a class of royal experts they are already!

Next week, we will be researching family trees (siblings, parents and grandparents) and would appreciate your support in this by completing your child's homework with them.  We would also appreciate any photographs you have to support this (which will be placed on display and returned to you once the topic is over).

As always, I'd like to remind you that our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday and that PE kits should remain in school at all times.  We will send them home at the end of each half-term for washing.

Thank you to all those who are hearing their children read regularly at home, it really is having a positive impact on their progress and they love their reading treat on Friday afternoons!  If you require any support in hearing your child read, please speak to me - I am more than happy to discuss the best ways to help your child.

Mrs Barefield

 

 

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