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What have we been up to?

Week Ending Friday 14th December

This week has been all about performance and the children have risen to each occasion brilliantly.  We started the week performing our group versions of the Night Mail by WH Auden and then went on to take part in two wonderful performances of Straw and Order in the church.

We are now moving on in literacy to begin writing our own poems using Polar Express as a stimulus.

In maths we have continued to think about shape; we have been drawing, measuring and calculating shapes as well as carrying out investigations about 3D shapes.

In RE we have been thinking about the Nativity and how that might look in the modern day!

Week Ending 7th December

This week in Literacy we have been preparing The Night Mail by WH Auden for performance.  We have worked in groups to read and plan musical accompaniment to represent the journey of the train.

We have also be preparing for our Christmas performance.  Well done to all those children who have learned the words for the songs as well as for speaking parts to support the children form Otters and Dragonflies.

We started an investigation in Science this week to find out which physical activity raises our heart rate the most!  Some children struggled to find a pulse at all!!!!

Week Ending Friday 30th December 

This week we finished our literacy unit on Newspaper reports by writing our own reports about the Christmas Truce.  I think all of the children would agree that it is tricky to write in the style and with the language of a newspaper article.

Week ending Friday 23rd November

This week we have continued to learn about key events in WWI to compliment our learning about newspaper articles in Literacy.  Next week we will be writing some newspaper article about a significant event in World War I.

Well done to our Year 6 children who took part in a maths challenge morning at Exmouth Community College this week.  I was impressed with your teamwork as well as your problem solving skills.

Week ending Friday 9th November

As we mark one hundred years of the end of World War One this weekend, I was very impressed and moved by the contributions made by the children in Kingfishers to our memorial service.

Well done to the children who read and wrote poems to remember.

Well done to those children who crocheted poppies for our own memorial wreath.

Well done to Jack Ponting for his moving rendition of the Last Post.

Well done to all of the children for the respect they showed when visiting the exhibition in the village hall and when they placed the crosses at the war memorial for all of the villagers who had fallen.

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Week ending 2nd November

What a lot of fun we have had this week including our trip to Bicton Arena to take part in Apple Pressing and Bun Day on Thursday.  The children have also been working hard in the classroom using their Apple Pressing as a stimulus for instruction writing and learning new strategies for multiplying large numbers in maths!

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Week ending 19th October

Well done to all children for the effort and focus with which they approached their assessments this week. 

Week ending 10th October

Thank you to all family and friends who came into class today to celebrate the children's learning about Sir Walter Raleigh and the Tudor explorers.  There are photographs displayed on the staircase if you missed the event.

Week ending 5th October

This week the children have enjoyed planning their own stories in literacy.  They have impressed me with their learning in maths proving to be very capable at converting measures.

Well done to the children in Kingfishers who have taken part in Bikeability this week - Ross was very impressed with your skills.

Week Ending 28th September

This week we have started our second literacy unit - story writing - a big favourite with most of the children.  They thoroughly enjoyed writing their own stories and next week we will hone our skills when writing adventure stories involving Tudor explorers/exploration.

I was very impressed with the level of skill all children showed during our mini handball competition in PE this week.  It is proving to be a popular new sport!

Week Ending 21st September

The highlight of our week was our trip to the Fairlynch Museum, where we not only did we get to see the visiting painting of Sir Walter as a boy up close, we got to meet the man himself!!

The children also enjoyed using the new laptops to support their learning about Kingfishers this week and finished writing their non-chronological reports - some of which are now on display in our classroom if you would like to come and have a look.

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Week Ending 14th September

Our Maths and Literacy units are now well underway. 

We have been looking at information texts and non-chronological reports in Literacy with a view to writing our own about Kingfishers. 

In maths, our first unit is Number Sense and we are focusing on the largest and smallest of numbers and the place value of the digits within each.

In science we have begun to unpick the ideas and vocabulary linked to evolution and inheritance.

The children keenly prepared for their trip to the Fairlynch Museum in Budleigh Salterton next week as part of their learning in topic.

Handball - a new sport for all of the children I think, is our focus in PE.  There will be some opportunities later in the term for children to take part in a local festival.

Week Ending 7th September

We have enjoyed welcoming the children back to school this week.  They have all shown positive attitudes and much enthusiasm in their start to the new academic year.