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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This week

Dear all,

Firstly, huge apologies for the delayed blog. We had some technical issues last week which meant that I was unable to post. I'll try to make up for it this week!

We finished our 3D maps of South America and they look terrific! I got the large ladder out of the cupboard in order to stick them up on the wall... but they're so heavy that they didn't stay put over the weekend! Luckily, Mrs Wheeler found alternative homes for them instead, so when you're next in class, have a look at them.

In Literacy this week, we will be writing non-chronological reports about the Amazon Rainforest. We learnt a bit about rainforests on our trip to the library, but the children have really enjoyed researching the topic for themselves too. We will be looking at the text The Vanishing Rainforest in our reading skills lessons to complement the learning.

This week we have been recapping addition and subtraction in our Maths lessons and worked on inverse operations today. Thank you to those of you who joined our lesson this morning, I hope that you found it useful. As the children need to continue to practise the skill of using the written column method for addition and subtraction, this week's homework will reflect this. Please do pop in if you are unsure about it.

Wishing you all an enjoyable, short week!

Mrs Carvalho

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A new term and a new topic!

Dear all,

We hope that you had a restful and enjoyable Easter break with your child.

This week, we have started our new topic of South America. A huge thank you to all of you for your fabulous homework efforts researching the countries over the holiday. It really did enable us to get stuck in straight away yesterday. This week, we are looking at atlases and learning where the countries in South America are, their borders and their coastlines. We will use our new learning to make 3D maps of the continent which will hopefully be adorning our classroom walls next week!

Our maths learning for this week and next is on fractions and your child's homework tomorrow will reflect this. As always, please do ask if you have any questions and one of us will be happy to help.

Wishing you a lovely first week back.

Mrs C

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Famous children!

Dear all,

I hope that you are enjoying the Easter holidays and spending time with your children. We can't wait to hear all about your adventures when we return to school.

Just a quick update to say that we had a reporter from the Braintree and Witham Times attend the dress rehearsal of We Will Rock You last term, and it looks like the write-up appears in this week's paper. A short version is also online here: http://www.braintreeandwithamtimes.co.uk/news/15202482.GALLERY__Parents_sing_along_as_pupils_perform_rock_musical/?ref=mr&lp=7

Enjoy!

Mrs C

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Stone Age art

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Dear all,

Last week, our learning focus was on Stonehenge. We looked at the location, size of stones, how and why it might have been created and the significance. We then went on to create some artwork. We thought about colour mixing to create the background and then mixed the media, using torn scraps of paper, to create the foreground silhouette.

I've included three great examples in this post that are now adorning our Stone Age display board. Well done to Thomas, Katie and Eloise for producing some beautiful work.

As you will all be aware, our production of We Will Rock You is next week and the excitement from the children is palpable! Please ensure that you bring your child back to school next Wednesday and Thursday night at 5:30pm, and come to collect at 7:45pm. If you can't make either performance for any reason, please let a member of staff now.

Due to the demand for seats, we have now issued tickets for each performance. Your child will bring this home tomorrow. Please note that we cannot accommodate parents without tickets on the night, but see us in advance if you would like any extra seats and we will do our best to help.

Wishing you all a lovely week,

Mrs Carvalho and Mrs Wheeler

 

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Continuing with the Stone Age

Dear all,

We hope that by now you are back into the swing of routine following the half term break!

The children spent last week looking at the Scottish Stone Age village of Skara Brae. Many of the children were completely enthralled by the remains that have been found there and have written great factsheets about the village. You will be able to find your child's factsheet in their topic book and do ask them to tell you about it too!

This week we are slightly off topic in order to write a story for World Book Day. As a school, we are using the same stimulus to write about. Hopefully I will be able to share some fantastic examples with you by the end of the week. Please don't forget that it is World Book Day tomorrow so your child can dress as their favourite character if they wish.

Next week, we will be looking at Stonehenge and creating some silhouette artwork.

In Maths, we have been using the grid method for multiplication. Please do ask if you are unsure about the method and want guidance to support your child at home. We didn't learn this method at school (all those years ago..!) so it may be new to many of you too!

Finally, we have moved the date of our production to WEDNESDAY 22nd March. Please can all costumes now come in in named carrier bags and let us know if you foresee any problems. There will be an afternoon and an evening performance to allow for as many parents/grandparents/aunties/uncles etc to come. We will be sending home a note asking for approximate numbers soon. If you haven't returned the permission slip for the trip to Stanway yet, please do so ASAP.

Have a good week!

Mrs C

 

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Half term homework

Dear All,

If your child has brought home lines for our production, the homework over the holidays is to learn the line(s) and the cues (the lines before, so that they know when to come in).

If your child has not brought home any lines, then please access Mathletics and complete the addition and subtraction tasks that will consolidate the learning that they have been doing in class over the last few weeks.

Wishing you all a very restful and happy half term. We look forward to welcoming the children back on Monday 20th.

Mrs Carvalho and Mrs Wheeler 

P.S. We have had to change the date of our production to Wednesday 22nd March, further details to follow.

 

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This week

Dear all,

This week we have been continuing with the column method in Maths. The children learnt how to add previously and this week we have moved onto subtraction. We will continue this next week to ensure that the children have a thorough understanding and can use it in different contexts.

In literacy, we have been writing diary entries as characters from The Croods. We watched a scene as a stimulus and then wrote about it, using the diary features that we have learnt. The children enjoyed this writing and a similar task forms the homework for this week.

We hope that you are not already bored of hearing your child sing Queen songs morning, noon and night. We had a unanimous vote of 'loving it' when our Chair of Governors asked them about it yesterday!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Carvalho

 

P.S Don't forget that we have a non-pupil day next Friday!

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Would you buy this?!

Dear all,

This week we have been writing for sale adverts for a cave. The children came up with some original and fun ideas which was lovely. I've typed up a couple to share with you below.

Following some parental feedback (which we always welcome!), we have decided that in the mornings, we will put the blue reading book basket outside the door. This means that if you have written a note to us in the reading diary and want to make sure that we see it, you can put the book in the basket yourself and don't have to rely on your child to remember. One of us will look at the diary during the day if it is in the basket, as we don't routinely look at each book every day due to time restraints.

As always, please do grab one of us at the door if you want to share something about your child, or book an after-school appointment if you would like a more in-depth discussion. We are always happy to talk to you.

Wishing you a very happy week.

Mrs Carvalho and Mrs Wheeler

Remarkable cave for sale!

Why not live in this phenomenal cave with 15% off the rent?

Inside Try a healthy, happy, homely life in this sensational home. With an A/B rated shower, we expect remarkable feelings. The cave walls are so shiny, you can use them as a mirror.

Outside is an astonishing food hall with food every day for a happy, healthy, perfect life. 

By Lily-May

The Party Cave

Do you think that you need some time away? Well now's your chance.

Outside There is a lovely garden and plants grow everywhere. You could not wish for any more than this! It has a massive moat too.

Inside A lavish rock sofa. Could you dream of a cave like this?

By James

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