A new year and a new topic

Dear all,

Happy New Year! Your children have come back to school bright, enthusiastic and ready to learn. 

This term, our topic is going to be Crime and Punishment through history. However, as a mini-topic for two days, we decided to look at Janus - the Roman God of transitions. This has led to some fantastic writing (and theological discussion!), a piece of which I have shared with you below.

Wishing you a wonderful week.

Mrs C

A non-chronological report about Janus - by William

 

Janus

Janus was a famous Roman god, known and worshipped by many. Roman people believed in Janus back in Roman times, about 2000 years ago.

Who?

Janus was a god representing: beginning, time, gates, transitions, duality, passages and endings. He is seen to have two faces, one with a fluffy beard and the other side without. One side of his face looks to the past, while the other looks to the future. The first month of the year, January, was said the be named after Janus. It's like the month was made for him!

When?

Janus was famous all the way back in Roman times, approximately 2000 years ago. There were two double doors, one would open when Rome was at war, and both were closed when Rome was at peace. Roman historians funnily believed that the doors were only closed twice!

What he means today

Janus is remembered each January, helping the transition from year to year.

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Thank you and Merry Christmas

Dear all,

Firstly a huge thank you for your generous staff Christmas gifts. We all truly appreciate them.

Secondly, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. We look forward to welcoming your children back on January 3rd. 

Mrs Carvalho, Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Phillips and Ms Quilter

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D&T magnificent pieces

Dear all,

As you may remember, last week we made pop-up mechanisms in D&T, using Rome's colosseum as our inspiration. Here are a couple of pictures of our work!

Have a good week,

Mrs Wheeler

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So far this half term

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who came to our open afternoon yesterday and for your full participation in our activities. We hope that you enjoyed seeing what your children have been learning as much as they enjoyed showing you.

We are now moving onto Rome in our Grand Design topic. Over the next two weeks we will be writing diary entries from the perspective of a Gladiator. We will also be making pop-up colosseums for D&T and finishing our ukulele course with Miss Cornell.

I hope to share some pictures of our D&T projects with you next week. Watch this space!

Mrs C

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Wow! We've been busy!

We have had a VERY busy first two weeks in the Iguanas class, and all of the children have settled wonderfully into Year 5.

We are well underway with our Grand Design topic and, as per my last post, have started with a sub-topic of Egypt. So far we have designed and built pyramids, drawn chalk maps of Egypt (apologies for the extra washing!), written setting descriptions and started to debate on whether the Pharoah's Curse is real or not! As you may have witnessed from outside the open windows, we have also been learning some new recorder notes - the playing is already becoming rather tuneful!

We are planning an Egyptian Day to pull together our learning on the subject, further details to follow.

 

As always, please do pop in after school if you have anything at all to discuss. We are always happy to see you.

Mrs C

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Welcome Back!

Dear all,

Welcome back to a new year at Beckers, and to the Iguanas class! We had a class of fresh, enthusiastic and happy children this morning all ready to get back into school after the long summer break. 

Our topic this term is Grand Designs, which is based around the Wonders of the World. We are focusing on Egypt and the Pyramids to begin with, before moving on to look at the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. The children are already excited about the topic and have provided us with lots of questions that they are eager to know the answers to! This topic will underpin our writing and reading, with our class book The Firework Maker's Daughter.

Please do pop into our Meet The Teacher session on Friday morning. It will be lovely to meet some new faces and catch up with some familiar ones!

Mrs C

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Transition fun

Dear all,

Welcome to Iguanas class! 

This week we have been looking at a mini topic based on a film stimulus. We have written limericks and created pop-up lever system artwork based on this. We have also conducted science investigations on windmills and a variety of maths investigations too. Phew! Despite it being the last week, we have been very busy!

In September, please send washed PE kits back on the first day. 

We won’t send school reading books over the summer holiday, so please do take your child to enrol on the library summer reading scheme, indulge in a magazine, or finally read that book from the shelf at home. Keep your child’s regular reading going please... and don’t let them forget their times tables either!

Wishing you all a very happy summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to the new school year in September.

Mrs C

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Our last week

This week, we are spending our last week together in Flamingos class. Yesterday the children had their last lesson with Mrs Wheeler and had cake to mark the occasion!

Over the next two days, we will be finishing off our story writing and having lots of fun. We have rounders with gorillas, The Witches to watch, class awards and our last swimming lesson too.

Your child will be bringing home many of their books tomorrow, so please send in an additional plastic bag for all of their bits.

Wishing you all a lovely summer and thank you for your support over the year.

Mrs C

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Story writing

Dear all,

As we enter our final couple of weeks in the Flamingos class, we are drawing our Witches and Wizards topic to a close. The children have really been engaged in this and have produced some excellent writing, beautiful artwork and creative pop-up designs from it, which you will see in their topic books.

This week we are writing a 'new section' for a Harry Potter book which involves creating a setting. This is Isabelle's writing, which I'm sure you will agree uses description beautifully to create a picture for the reader.

Wishing you all a happy weekend,

Mrs C

 

As they slowly and quietly walked into the spooky, dark forest, they smelt smoke floating in the air. They heard leaves crunching around as they moved through the pitch black. They used their eyes to seek for some light. Harry and Hermione were so cold that they had goosebumps and their lips started to turn blue. They were shaking with fear.

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moving witches

Dear Parents,

Well, here we are already, well and truly into the last half term of the school year! We have had a fabulous year with your children so far and are looking forward to the fun that this half term brings.

We will be completing a design and technology project over the next few weeks. This involves building a lever system to make a witch move or even better, disguise her like the Grand High Witch in our book by Roald Dahl. For this, we would like any old cereal boxes that you may have finished with please as these provide the rigidity for the system. 

Alongside these, we have been writing poems this week and have moved away from telling the time in Maths. We are now learning about angles, so ask your child to point out any right, acute or obtuse angles that they might see on the journey home from school!

Wishing you all a good week,

Mrs C

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Quidditch

Over the past couple of PE lessons, the children in Year 3 have been taught how to play the Hogwarts favourite, Quidditch! This is a team game, with several different balls different purposes and more than one way to score points. On top of this, the children play on broomsticks! Despite the obvious complexity, the children played a wonderful tournament in order to crown the winners, Gryffindor, yesterday afternoon. It was thrilling at times and will act as a stimulus for their writing this week, based on a match report.

 

Just a quick reminder that Flamingos have now finished their Outdoor Learning sessions on Thursdays. This will be replaced with swimming on Fridays, starting on 11th. Please can all swimming kits come in on Wednesday this week so that we can check them before Friday.

 

Mrs C

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All aboard the Hogwarts Express!

This week the children were thrown into our new topic of Witches and Wizards by the arrival of a witch and her sorting hat, along with their invitation to join Hogwarts for the term! The children were allocated a Harry Potter 'house', which will come in handy when they go up against each other in a game of Quidditch in a couple of weeks. They also made wands outside in the copse which will take pride of place on our new topic display board.

Alongside Harry Potter, we have also been reading The Witches by Roald Dahl as our class book. The children are enjoying it and it has come up with lots of new words to find out about.

An excellent start to the new term Flamingos, well done!

 

Mrs C

 

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The Lion King

This week has seen the children finally perform their long-awaited production - The Lion King. This show has been a long time in the making and the children have worked extremely hard. I hope that those of you who have already seen itwill agree that your children have absolutely blown our socks off with their excellent acting and singing. We clearly have some stars in the making!

We have another full house for our final performance tonight and we are looking forward to seeing many of you there. 

Have a happy and restful Easter.

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Science week

Last week the children's learning was based around the 'plastic ocean'. Each child collected a piece of plastic that had 'washed up' on the playground, before researching the journey that the plastic would have made from one country to another. The children used this to produce some descriptive writing.

On Wednesday, we had a visitor from the council who taught the children which items can be recycled, which items can't (hard plastic or 'mixed materials' such as coathangers... who knew?!) and what happens to all rubbish, recycled or not. Following this, the children received a letter from the council telling them about a new idea to abandon residential recycling sacks in the area and instead open up a new landfill site. This was met with the desired disgusted response (!) and acted as the catalyst to write a letter back, persuading the council to change their plans.

On Friday, the children took part in a Geography morning. The class visited five other classrooms where they learnt about a different country in each - these were linked to the piece of plastic that had been collected on Monday. The children had the opportunity to try foods and stamp their own 'passport'!

What a brilliant week we had!

Mrs C

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Parent workshop and open teach

Dear all,

Following my last blog detailing the plans for the open teach and parent workshop on Friday, please note that it has been decided to postpone the open teach. For this reason, we will continue to run the workshop, but this will now be for the full morning (9-12).

We look forward to welcoming you for this.

Mrs C

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Snowy Spring!

Dear all,

Well done to those of you who braved the snow yesterday and today to get into school! We had the vast majority of the Flamingos class make it in so we managed to enjoy World Book Day yesterday and more 'usual' activities today!

Last week, all of the Flamingos class did an Accelerated Reader Star Test. This helps us to decide on the correct reading book level for your child. We have updated the yellow home-school books accordingly. We have also been working hard on times tables, as you know. We have been very impressed with the home effort put in by many of you - it is certainly showing on our classroom league table!

We are busy practising The Lion King during afternoon sessions now in anticipation of our production at the end of term. Thank you to those of you who have sent costumes in already. If you haven't, please do so as soon as you can, in a named carrier bag. Please do also let us know if you would prefer that you child doesn't have their face painted. Thank you.

Our parent workshop for The Lion King set-building was postponed today due to the weather! Next Friday, we will be welcoming you into our class to watch an English lesson from 9-10, and if any of you are available to stay on afterwards to help us for an hour or so, please let us know. We appreciate your help and thank you in advance.

Keep safe in the snow this weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.

Mrs C

 

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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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