We hope that you have all stayed safe during the inclement weather and are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the closure of the school.
The week had a busy start with lots of learning taking place and excited children in school. We look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday morning.
Please scroll to the end as there are lots of events taking place and fantastic photos of fun in the snow. Thank you so much for sharing these with us and our school community.
Red Nose Day 2023
Next Friday 17 March 2023 we will be celebrating Red Nose Day in School.
We will be having a non-uniform day and we are asking people to come in their brightest clothes for the cost of £1.00.
We will also be holding an after school cake sale. Please send any donations of cakes (home-made or bought) into school on Friday morning. Thank you.
Finally, we are running a competition to design a Mr Man or Little Miss character. Entries should be on a piece of A4 paper with your name and year group on the back. It costs £1.00 to enter the competition and there will be prize for the best entry from each year group.
Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) in Schools 2023
With Spring just round the corner (hurrah!) and the Easter holidays looming, the HAF Worcestershire Team are just sending out a quick reminder to all schools and families that the HAF programme is gearing up for an action-packed, exciting Easter break.
We had a very clumsy afternoon in Merlins. Miss Larner managed to spill raisins in the flour, paper-clips in the rice, sand into a jug of water as well as pouring lots of salt into Mrs. Gregory's glass of water! The children were set the challenge of separating each of these mixtures and solutio...
Is all water the same? This is the question Merlins were trying to answer this afternoon. They were investigating spring water, tap water, seawater and pond water to see if there were any differences in what remained after the water evaporated.
I think Wrens must have had a premonition about this week's weather as we have still been learning about the continent of Antarctica inside whilst enjoying the snow outside! On Tuesday the children finished their Antarctic themed artwork by using their cutting skills to create ice bergs to add to their pictures. On Wednesday we had great fun investigating the properties of ice in topic and looking at how we could speed up the melting process to free the lego men trapped in the ice! We also learnt about the Wright brothers who were inventors of the aeroplane. Did you know the first flight was 36m? That is approximately the distance from our front playground to our back playground!
In English, Year 1 have been writing their stories, based on the story maps they created last week, to tell us what happened to Emma Jane and the animals after they crashed into the sea. We had some very inventive ideas from helpful rescue planes to not so friendly sea monsters! I really enjoyed reading their stories and it was lovely to see the progress they have all made in their writing.
In maths, Reception consolidated their learning of numbers 0-8. The children were able to demonstrate careful counting, order the numbers correctly and talk confidently about the composition of each number. Year 1 completed their unit of work on addition and subtraction by using inverse number sentences to find missing numbers. We were impressed by how confidently the children tackled this concept and were able to apply their knowledge to problem solving activities. Next week, Reception will be looking at pairs of objects and numbers. Meanwhile, Year 1 will be starting a new topic on place value exploring the numbers between 20 and 50.
Please remember to send your child to school with a pair of gloves whilst the weather remains cold. Their hands get very cold at break and lunch times and we only have a limited supply of spares. Thank you!
In English this week, the children have continued their work on Toby and the Great Fire of London. We used the work completed last week to look for super vocabulary to describe what our senses might detect if we were to walk the streets of London on the 2nd September 1666. The children then learnt to write a Haiku poem. These special Japanese poems consist of 3 lines that tell a short story. The first line is 5 syllables, second is 7 and third is 5 again. We practised by clapping out the lines to check they all had the right amount for the perfect Haiku. There were some amazing ones written! On Tuesday and Wednesday the children ordered a mixed up version of the story and then began to write a recount pretending to be Toby. These will be edited next week so that they are the best writing.
In maths, our new topic is measurement, specifically length and height. The children started off by learning to use a ruler correctly, looking for the 'cm' side and not 'mm' or 'inch'. The most important part was lining up the beginning of the item on '0cm' otherwise it is not 'accurate'. On Tuesday, Miss Hughes had muddled up all of her lengths of string and the children had to measure them and put them back in order from shortest to longest. Hopefully she won't do that again because measuring a piece of string can be a tricky job. Pulling it straight is the secret to an accurate measurement.
In history, the Year 1s and 2s continued their journey learning all about the Great Fire of London. First, we looked at HOW we know about the Great Fire, it was so long ago and there were not any cameras or videos so how do we know the facts? We looked at Samuel Pepys' diary and talked about 'sources' of information and which were 'reliable' or not. The children sorted out 10 sources into categories and then explained why they thought they were or were not reliable historical sources. We then learnt about how London changed after the fire. Sir Christopher Wren built a Monument at the site where the first church burnt down close to Pudding Lane and submitted plans which showed wider streets and spread-out buildings that were built of stone and brick... not wood this time!
In computing, we have been developing our keyboard skills and learning how to word process. We are exploring how to delete, use the space bar, type capital letters and use the mouse pad for clicking and dragging. We used our skills to create and print off online posters to share information on how we can keep safe while online.
In science, we had great fun using our imagination and creative skills to try and invent a new material. Years 1 & 2 had to invent a name for their new material and explain the properties. The children all used scientific vocabulary in their descriptions.
Hopefully you have all had good fun playing in the snow and we look forward to being back in school on Monday.
Even though the school week may have been cut short, we have still been busy in Kingfishers.
In English, we have been delving deeper into the story of The BFG. We focused how Roald Dahl chose to start the book and why he did it this way. We then looked at different techniques used to open stories and how it is vital that the opening of a book is interesting in order to hook the reader. In groups, the children had four different story openings. They had to identify the technique used to start the book and suggest why this would hook the reader and make them want to read on. After, the children began to plan their own gripping story opening, using one of their witching hour creatures from last week. On Wednesday, they began to write their opening. We will finish these on Monday.
In maths this week, the children have learnt and practised how to add and subtract lengths. They identified how important it was to check the unit of measurements of the lengths and convert these to be the same before beginning to add or subtract. We then moved on to learning what perimeter was and how to calculate the perimeter of different 2D shapes. Those who were confident, moved on to solving perimeter problems where the shapes were missing measurements. They had to use what they knew to solve the missing lengths before being able to calculate the perimeter.
In PE, the children continued to practise their tennis skills. We have been focusing on control and using forehand to return shots accurately.
In history, we examined and compared the trade routes of the British, Dutch and Spanish during Georgian times. We also learnt about consumerism and what businesses would sell back in the Georgian era. We examined trade cards and explored how these were used to advertise businesses as it was cheaper than advertising in the newspaper. The children then designed their own trade card.
In English this week, we have been focussing on aspects of grammar. The children have learned about the subjunctive form and how this is used in extremely formal situations. We have also been revising how to use apostrophes for contraction and possession. This is something that children can get easily confused about so it was helpful to go over this again. We have also continued reading our class book, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
In maths, we are studying statistics. The children have been reading and interpreting line graphs and next week we will remind ourselves on how these are drawn. This will mean looking at scale and the best one to use based on the data the children are using.
In science, Y6 were separating mixtures. We discussed all the different methods they could use to separate different mixtures and then the children had to decide which to use when sorting out the calamities that happened in Merlins on Wednesday afternoon. You may have seen the news story!
In DT, we were looking at different ways to strengthen joins when constructing small frames. The children moved around a range of activities including putting pipe cleaners into straws to make them stronger, rolling newspaper around dowling and making card triangles to strengthen joins and corners when putting lollipop sticks together. They will use these techniques next week when they make a small framed structure.
We have all had positive week in Merlins class. We started the week by reading more of our class story 'Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief'. In the story, Percy, his friend Grover and his mum are being chased by a Minotaur. The children have been working hard to write descriptive sentences and they have been using the 5 senses which will support us when writing a character description of this vicious creature next week.
In maths, we have been converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages. We then moved onto comparing and ordering fractions, decimals, and percentages.
In PE this week, the children have had the opportunity to practise their backhand swing in tennis. We have been focused on becoming more familiar and comfortable with the racket and have even worked up to rallying with a partner.
In Y5 history, we have been studying the French Revolution. We have analysed the reasons why the revolution began and the feelings of anger amongst the working-class regarding taxation and rights. We have compared how French society and living standards compared to that in Britain in the late 1700s and we have discussed why these differences meant that no similar revolution took place in Britain. Y6 will explore these themes next week.