Believing in the power of Neverbelieve!

So,we have nearly reaches the half term break... and what a half term we have had in the Flamingos class!  Our topic based on the book The Land of Neverbelieve has really engaged the children and they have produced some wonderful work including persuasive writing, newspaper articles, flipbooks and an amazing 3D map. This week, we hope to welcome Norman Messenger himself (or an uncanny resemblance!) to our classroom as he comes to meet the children and see some of their work. We're confident that he will be impressed!

The children are also making great leaps up the Timestable Rockstars Hall of Fame  - well done to those of you who have upped your game at home! Thank you also to those of you who have sent homework books back in today.

After half term, we continue with the same topic but we will be changing the direction slightly as we shift towards more of a geography focus. Details to follow in due course.

We hope that you enjoy your half term break.

Mrs C

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This week

Good afternoon,

We have had another brilliant week so far in the Flamingos' class and we are in the middle of constructing our own 3-D version of the Land of Neverbelieve - the children have made a fantastic start and I am looking forward to seeing the finished result.

We have another busy week next week, with 'Keep on Reading' happening on Thursday 25th January. We have sent books home today, please read as much to your child over the next week as possible. We will also feature this book as our class text.

In Science, we have started experiments on the effect of growing conditions on plants. You may have noticed our plant outside the classroom!

Finally, we are having a Lion King morning with parents on Friday 26th January.  If you have an artistic side or simply just love getting creative, please let us know if you can make it, so we can allocate roles for set design and costume making.

Mrs Carvalho

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A new year... and a new topic

Dear all,

In Flamingos class we have hit the new year with a bang, introducing our new topic The Land of Neverbelieve. This week we are acting as newspaper reporters and writing an article about the adventures of Norman Messenger on the island.

Next week we are going to be using our Design & Technology and group working skills to design and make a 3D map of the island. If you have any used cardboard, newspaper or chicken wire then we could use this please!

Children who have been given a main part in our production of The Lion King will have brought home scripts, and all character parts have brought home slips with costume ideas on. Please could all costumes come into school in named carrier bags before half term unless otherwise instructed. Thank you. Our production isn't until the week before Easter but we like to be well-prepared!

The new homework books were sent home on Thursday. Full instructions and log-in details are in the front of the book, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask one of us!

Wishing you all a very happy week,

Mrs C

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Merry Christmas!

Dear all,

Over the last two weeks, we have been busy in Flamingos Class. We have looked at a variety of poetry styles and then penned some Christmas literacy masterpieces ourselves! Some children chose to write funny rhyming couplets, others wrote cinquains dripping in festive descriptive language, but all did a brilliant job!

In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication and division; this topic straddles our Christmas break. Any timestables work that you can do at home will, of course, benefit your child. Perhaps group the Christmas cards to see how many sets of three you have?!

After Christmas, we will be focusing on a wonderful book called The Land of Neverbelieve. This will lead the learning through a Science and Geography-based journey which we know the children will enjoy. We will also be starting to prepare for our production of The Lion King, further details of which will follow.

Finally, I would like to say a huge heartfelt THANK YOU from all staff for our very generous Christmas gifts.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas,

Mrs C

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West Stow Visit

Dear All

Flamingos class together with Iguanas, Hippos and Gorillas had a great trip to West Stow Anglo - Saxon village on Monday. We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry, although it was a little cold!

We visited the museum first and were able to see and handle some of the artefacts that had been excavated from the site. The children were able to look at the objects and decide what they told us about the Anglo-Saxons. Some children also had the opportunity to dress up.

The highlight of the day was going round the reconstructed houses. The children were able to see  that sometimes Historians don't get it right first time! It had been thought that Anglo-Saxon houses were just rooves on the ground and the 'sunken' house was built but this  doesn't actually fit with the archaeology so a different style was tried. The children enjoyed  warming themselves in front of a real fire in one of the houses, although they did find it a bit smokey -no chimneys in Anglo-Saxon houses!

The children really enjoyed finding out about the lives of the Anglo-Saxons and thinking about how they lived. I was proud of how well they behaved - well done Flamingos.

I hope that the children enjoy this topic

Mrs W

 

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The end of the Vikings...

Dear all,

This week we finish off our topic of the Vikings and start our new mini-topic on the Anglo-Saxons. The children have really enjoyed learning about the Vikings and have produced some wonderful work based on both historical fact, and our fictional text used alongside the topic, How To Train A Dragon. Our final piece of work is a story, called Hiccup's Adventure. The children have taken the main character from our text and thought about an alternative adventure that he might have. We look forward to sharing these with you.

Next week brings our class trip. As you know, this is to West Stow Anglo-Saxon village. The children will prepare in advance for this, by using historical enquiry to generate questions that they may want to ask on the day. Afterwards, we will endeavour to recreate the village in part by using mathematical nets to build longhouses.

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that as West Stow is largely outside, your child will need a warm coat, hat and gloves etc over their school uniform.

Wishing you all a happy week,

Mrs C

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Keep On Reading

Dear all,

Thank you to those of you who participated in the Keep On Reading scheme and returned the book.

Les Kemp, the scheme Director, came in to see the Flamingos today. The children were absolutely enthralled as he brought the story to life.

The lanyard that your child has brought home is linked to the reading. The idea is that, over the course of the year, your child will bring home several more books for you to enjoy together. After each one, Les Kemp will come into school to go through the book and to hand out a badge for each one. The badges then go onto the lanyard to act as an aid memoire for the journey through the books. The stickers on each badge represent the rating that your child has given each book.

This really is a wonderful opportunity for us all and I thank you for your continued support.

Mrs C

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Homework

Dear all, 

Firstly, thank you for your efforts over half term to prepare  a piece from your child’s favourite book. The children performed these yesterday afternoon and Mrs Wheeler was incredibly impressed!

 Secondly, some parents have raised questions about DB Primary during parent’s evening. Firstly, you have to google DBPrimary Becker’s Green. If you don’t specify Becker’s Green, it is likely that you will be trying to log into another school and therefore, the login won’t  work!

We are completing the computer programming and e-safety in school, so we ask that you child does not work on these at home at the moment. They will be able to practise once we have taught the units. I have loaded plenty of Maths activities on based around our current learning of addition and subtraction, and our upcoming unit on multiplication and division. Included in this are lots of times tables, which, as you know are a priority!

Our outcomes afternoon is on Wednesday at 2:30, please enter the school through the office. This is just a short informal afternoon where the children will show you what they have been learning during our topic of the Vikings, we will demonstrate how we have learnt to write different genres of writing and you will get a chance to take an accelerated reader quiz with your child if they have finished their book. We hope to see you there.

Finally, the Keep On Reading session with Les Kemp is next week. Please ensure that you have finished the book and have it back in school by then. Thank you very much and we hope that you have enjoyed reading it with your child.

Mrs Wheeler and I have enjoyed meeting many of you this week at Parent’s Evenings, but if you have not managed to get an appointment and would like one, please just ask and we will meet with you at some other time.

Mrs C

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DB Primary

Dear Parents,

I am delighted to be blogging about DB Primary! This is a hugely comprehensive software package that allows the children to email friends in a safe and controlled environment, research on a 'closed web', complete their homework and so on.

To log-on, google DBPrimary Beckers Green. The log in details should be the same as your child's Accelerated Reader ones. Please try to log on at some point this week and let us know if you have any problems so that we can try to rectify them before half term.

Wishing you all a great week,

 

Mrs C

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This week in Flamingos

Dear all,

Firstly I should apologise for the delay in recent blogs. We have had a few technical issues with our website.

We have been continuing with our Vikings topic. Last week the children wrote a diary entry from the perspective of a Viking and some good examples of writing now beautifully adorn our classroom topic board! This week, we have been learning about explanation texts and next week the children will write their own explanation on how and why to train a dragon. The book tells us that the best way to get the dragon to do as it is told is to "yell at it" but we know that the children will be a lot more inventive in their approach!

We have been continuing to teach the children the formal method for addition. You may have noticed that we start this by expanding the numbers out, so 132 would be 100 30 2 for example. The reason for this is to ensure that the children make sense of what the numbers actually mean before moving onto the contracted version that, as adults, we use and were taught in school! Homework last week was based around this learning and we have sent home a similar task this week. We have also enclosed an example of how to lay out the calculation as a crib sheet, but if you're unsure, please do ask. We will be moving on to the contracted method next week.

This week we have also been designing Christmas cards. As parents, you will receive a sample of your child's design and can order cards for friends and family. Further details are in the classroom window. I have also sent out a note regarding our new project called Keep On Reading. This is a new project for us, whereby children bring home a pack containing a book and question sheet. The idea is that an adult reads to the child and then they share the questions together. We hope that you will enjoy the experience and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

As always, please do not hesitate to ask at the door or via a note in the reading diary if you have any questions at all.

Wishing you a happy week,

Mrs C

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This week in Flamingos

On our first day back, the children were met with a large Dragon Egg in the copse! We thought about who it may have belonged to and how it got there. This gave rise to some brilliant description work, when the children used some clips from How To Train A Dragon to think about how flying on a dragon may feel. Mione's work was fantastic and I have included a picture of it on this week's blog.

This week, we are learning a diary entry by heart as next week the children will alter the perspective to be written by a Viking instead!

Most of the children completed an Accelerated Reader test on Monday with Mrs Wheeler and I have updated their reading level in the front of the home school books. We encourage children to continue reading every day at home, with regular quizzing sessions in school.

As ever, do pop in and see us if you have any questions... or send an email and I'll reply when I can.

Mrs Carvalho

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Welcome back!

Dear all,

Welcome back to a new school year at Beckers Green!

We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer and we very much look forward to hearing all about it from the children tomorrow. Just a reminder that Mrs Wheeler will be in class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday afternoons and that I will be in on Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays. We will be joined by Mrs Sheldrick and Mrs Stobbart every morning and Mrs White every afternoon. Please do not hesitate to ask one of us if you have a question.

Our PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so don't forget those kits tomorrow morning!

Wishing you all a great first week back.

Mrs Carvalho

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The end of term

Dear all,

The end of term is very nearly upon us, and I wanted to round up our superb year in this week's blog.

Our Autumn topic, the BFG, started our year off with a bang! This was the stimulus for plenty of brilliant writing and really ignited the class' love for Roald Dahl... which has continued as the year has gone on.

The Spring term saw the dawn of We Will Rock You - an incredible performance, especially due to the age of the children. I will remember this for years to come, and hope that the children do too. This was accompanied by our topic on the Stone Age, linked to the film The Croods. The children absolutely loved learning about the very different way of life.

This summer we have looked at the Romans and had an epic battle against the Gorillas using our handmade shields. All good fun, despite the fact that we had to concede victory! We have read Danny, Champion of the World and are now finishing off The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me. We must not forget that we have also had Outdoor Learning this summer - the children have thoroughly enjoyed den and weapon-building and getting filthy!

Today we will have our class treat, a little farewell from the staff to the children. We have all thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this year, they have been utterly amazing, and we wish them luck as they move to year 4.

Mrs Carvalho, Mrs Wheeler and Mrs Lloyd.

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Outdoor fun

Dear all,

This week we have started to summarise our learning about the Romans, as we put it into a non-chronological report. This enabled the children to write about all of the aspects of Roman life that we still recognise today.

In maths, we have been looking at different units of measurement. We have weighed various items by looking at mass (lots of potatoes!) and have also been measuring and comparing liquids when looking at capacity. The children have really enjoyed all of the practical aspects of this week, and anything that you can do at home to encourage the vocabulary of mass, grams, capacity, millilitres and litres will really benefit your child.

Finally, we have had our penultimate Outdoor Learning session (there is no OL next week, but we will have a big finale on our last day together, Friday 14th July). The main task this week was to use stones to build mosaics in teams. The children enjoyed this and worked well together. Some children found other pieces of flint and stone in the copse too, which Miss Brown helped them to make into Roman-esque weapons. These are on display in our classroom and pictures are below.

As mentioned above, we are now nearing the end of the school year. Don't forget that at our school, children move to their new classes for the last week of the summer term. This means that your child's final day in the Flamingos class will be Friday 14th July. We will be having a treat afternoon on Thursday 13th July along with the Gorillas.

Wishing you all a very happy week,

Mrs C

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Roman Battles

This week we have been making shields in order to reenact a Roman Battle. Our battle became a competition with the Gorillas Class. They won the first round based on design (although I think ours were just as good!), we won the formations round... but unfortunately lost the deciding round when they deflected more foam balls than we did. This means that the competition is really on when we enter our last times tables competition against our opposite class during the last week!

Battles this week follow our descriptive battle writing that we did last week. As promised, here is an example of some fabulous writing by James, along with some photographic evidence of our battle.

The swords are clashing on shields like a horse riding on stone. I can hear fire bursting onto everyone's heavy armour.

The millions of brave warriors are fighting furiously like lions hunting. 

The fire is eating my friends whilst it burns away. The Romans are contaminating my village with poison. My heart is bursting like a bird eating a worm and I can feel a knife go through my arm like a lion forcefully eating a piece of meat.

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Diary writing

As promised, here is a diary entry written by Steffi. I think that you'll agree that it's brilliantly written!

Dear Diary,

You'll never guess what I have heard! My friend recently came over and said that the Romans are coming to invade Britain! When I looked out of my window, I saw people practising their tactics to defeat the Romans. But that's probably impossible!

Unfortunately, the Romans are probably still mad at us for helping the Gauls against the Romans. He also wants our minerals such as gold, silver, iron and lead. What is that man going to do with all of that money?

Do you know how I feel right now? I feel scared, worried and hopeless. I'm not like the brave ones. Eventually I will get over it, maybe not now, but I will when it's over.

Thankfully, through this time I've had someone to talk you like you.

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This week

Dear all,

Welcome back to our last half term! We do hope that the children are looking forward to all of the exciting activities planned for the next few weeks.

We have well and truly thrown ourselves into our new Romans topic; looking at timelines and writing a diary entry posing as a Celt.They are brilliant and I promise to share some with you on the blog.

Today we have also run our own election! We felt that it was important for the children to know why the school is closed tomorrow and this put it into context for them. They had to work in groups to decide on a party name and leader, as well as draw up their party manifesto. Some parties decided to impose a classroom tax and some decided to sell off some of our classroom equipment in order to raise further funds to buy what they wanted! However, in the end, the winning party was the one who had promised to give all of the allocated budget to Children in Need. What a loving and kind class we have, and well done to Bryony and her election team!

Mrs C

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A wonderful half term

Dear all,

We have had a wonderful half term looking at South America. The children have really enjoyed the topic and have produced some excellent work.

Don't forget that today is our last day of this half term; we have a non-pupil-day tomorrow and half term week next week. When we start back on 5th June, our new topic will be The Romans. Homework over half term will be a research project again and we would encourage you to find out as much as possible with your child as it will really benefit them.

Until now, we have been collecting in tuck money daily and logging it in and out. However, we feel that as the children transition into year 4, it is important for them to manage their money and to learn how to look after it.Therefore, we will no longer be collecting it in after half term and your child's money will become their responsibility. Please note that tuck is set at 30p per day, and that money kept in a zipped purse or wallet inside your child's school bag will be the preferable option as they will not be allowed to hold it in class!

Have a lovely week with your child, let's hope that the sun continues to shine!

Mrs C

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Letter writing

Dear all,

This week we are writing letters back to a pair of twins who live in South America. They have written to us to tell us all about their very different lives. We have learnt a lot about life in Rio for 8 year olds, as well as the features of informal letters. Homework this week will be letter writing, so that your child can use their in-class learning. Hopefully this work will pay dividends by the time that December Santa-Letter-Writing comes around again!

In Maths we are learning the written methods for division. We start this using a linear method and move onto breaking the number down into chunks, otherwise known as 'chunking'! For this to be successful, the children really need to know their timestables, so please keep up the hard work on these at home in the order of 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x, 8x, 6x, 7x, 9x, 11x, 12x. As always, if you have any queries about the methods used, please do ask.

Wishing you all a happy week,

Mrs C

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This week

Dear all,

Firstly, thank you to those of you who attended the Maths morning. We hope that you found it useful. We hope to offer more of these open mornings in the future, but in the meantime, if you have any questions about your child's learning in class, please ask.

This week, we have been researching the Amazon Rainforest. Your child has written and presented their own non-chronological report on this. They are brilliant, so please make sure you ask your child to tell you all about it!

Last week I had hoped to blog pictures of our amazing 3D maps of South America... but unfortunately there were technical issues with the blog! I'm still unable to attach images, but please do come in to see them as they're really lovely and show what the children have learnt about South American geography.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs C

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