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Years 3 and 4

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Friday 7th June 2019

Welcome back! We hope you had a great half term break! The class have seemed a little sleepy this week so I’m guessing it’s been a busy holiday for lots of you!

We have had a jam packed first week back; we had to prepare some work for the Flower Festival display all about our ‘Favourite Things’ and we also made a human alphabet to help Miss Burrell with a display she is working on – keep an eye out for it!

In English we have continued working on our Egyptian Cinderella and in maths we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes and how to describe them by identifying their properties – can your child tell you what a quadrilateral is? Or a polygon? Can they explain the 3 different types of triangles and why they are different and what they are called? (I hope so!)

We had an unusual but excellent afternoon on Tuesday when we went to Magdalen to participate in music and drama activities in preparation for the concert we are going to be doing at the Corn Exchange later this month. We all really enjoyed it and it was lovely to see the children’s faces as they listened to instruments being played live by professional musicians. I am sure that the concert is going to be a wonderful experience for us to be involved in.

On Wednesday, Mrs Clarke went to Lynnsport with a team of children for a ‘Quad Kids athletics event. Well done to Logan, Olivia, Amy, James, Ollie, Junior, Georgia, Oscar and Daisy for their excellent sporting attitudes and the way you supported each other. The team were awarded a merit certificate for this reason.  Imogen was also awarded the merit certificate whilst Oscar and Millie G had their work chosen to be displayed on the ‘Super learners’ board of excellence.

Don’t forget that next Wednesday is our visit to Norwich Castle – please send in the permission slip if you haven’t already done so. Also remember we are leaving at 8.30 am!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

 

Friday 24th May 2019

Hello!

It has been a very busy and fun week! We have really enjoyed doing lots of different activities.  On Monday we joined the other schools for our annual athletics competition and the class worked really hard on the different track and field events.  Oscar is very proud that he came first in the sprint races, Millie A is super pleased with her performance in hurdles, James is pleased that he managed to jump as far as he did in long jump and Junior made an impressive throw with the javelin.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we mixed up the classes for our fun and fitness afternoons. The children worked in teams and rotated around 10 activities and collected stickers for showing enthusiasm and teamwork. Tom and Logan feel that they improved their hula hooping skills and Ashleigh is so proud with an amazing score of 45 in ‘keepy –ups’ with a tennis racquet and ball!

Thursday was outdoor learning day and we really enjoyed doing our maths on the playground, creating symmetrical patterns and pictures with chalk.   We also made our healthy treats ‘Tweety-pies’ which we then took to the nature garden in the afternoon for a tasty snack.  Imogen can’t wait to make these at home! Please ask if you would like the recipe.  We had a fab game of ‘flinchball’ and loved doing our science ‘treasure hunt’ quiz!  Eve said she particularly enjoyed this.

Friday finished the week off with the colour run, yoga and the climbing wall! Phew! What a busy time we’ve had!  Thank goodness it’s half term, I think we all deserve a rest!  Make sure you check out all our photos in the gallery.

Finally, we must just mention an amazing achievement with Tackling Tables – Olivia gained the title of being Tackling Table Queen of the School by being the highest achieving pupil – and she is only in year 4!! Well done as well to Ella for achieving her blue division. We are so proud of them both.

Happy Friday!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

 

Friday 17th May 2019

Hello!

We have been working brilliantly in our maths this week, revising some key areas before doing our arithmetic, problem solving and reasoning assessments. The class are mad about maths and have actually really enjoyed doing their tests!

We had a superb writing lesson based on our text ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and the class have produced some quality work; they have really impressed us with their level of description and use of imaginative vocabulary and sentence construction. Well done Dragonflies!

Our lesson on mummification was a big hit – firstly because the children practised ‘mummifying’ their class mates which was great fun and secondly, because the process of mummification is actually rather gruesome! I can imagine they have been telling you all about the pulling out of the brains through the nose with a hook!! (Hopefully not over the dinner table!) The class worked hard on writing instructions for ‘How to make a mummy’. Check out our photos in the gallery!

Finally, well done to Kian and Bella for being chosen to have their work displayed on the super-hero learning board, and to Kenzie and Jenson for being awarded the merit certificates.

Don’t forget that next week is our Health and well-being week, starting with our inter-schools athletic competition at Lynnsport on Monday – please remember to send your child in wearing their PE kits.

Happy Friday!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

 

Friday 10th May 2019

It might have only been a 4 day week but we have worked just as hard as a normal 5 day week!

In maths we have been continuing our measurement work and converting millilitres and litres before moving onto reading scales in the form of thermometers.  We have also been doing some cross curricular work linking our work on Egyptians with maths through coordinates.

In our ocarina lessons we surprised our music teacher, Sammie by showing her that we have learnt to play ‘Frere Jacques’ and I even joined in with the class on my recorder!

We worked in groups to build skeletons and name bones and then went on to learn some of the correct scientific names for different bones.  We had a lot of fun doing our ‘treasure hunt’ trying to match the names with pictures and then bring them back to our own skeletons to label them.

This week Logan and Kian were awarded the merit certificates whilst Zara and Amy were chosen to have their maths work displayed on the board of excellence.  Well done to all of these children.

Finally on Friday afternoon, Olivia, Imogen,  Tom and Zara competed in the first round of the annual maths mastermind.  All these children should feel proud of their achievements as it’s no easy task to answer maths questions in front of a large audience of children and against the clock too! Congratulations to Olivia and Imogen who will be representing our school at KLA next week.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark.

 

Friday 3rd May 2019

Hello,

Another week has flown by and we have been really busy and doing some super learning.  We have been continuing our measurement work in maths and becoming more familiar with weight, capacity and volume.  Children’s experience and familiarity with these areas is quite varied and I would thoroughly recommend practising these at home – perhaps get your child involved in helping in the kitchen?  It is so useful for them to weigh out ingredients on a kitchen scales or to read the amount of liquid in a measuring jug.  We have been practising reading different scales and it would be great if this could happen at home too.

In science we have started looking at different types of skeletons and children have found out there are 3 types – see if they can tell you them! We practised putting different creatures into groups according to the type of skeleton they have.

Well done to Tom and Elyssia for being awarded the merit certificates this week and to Zara for getting 100 in her tackling tables and moving up to the next level – amazing!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

Friday 26th April 2019

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a lovely Easter break?

We may only have had four days in our first week but it has certainly been a busy one and we have fitted lots in!  Our classroom is currently being transformed from prehistoric times to the land of the Ancient Egyptians.  The children have really enjoyed decorating our space and learning about hieroglyphics in the process.  Why not pop in and take a look?

Our fabulous dragonflies tri golf team attended the next round of the competition after winning the first round.  The competition was very tough but the children did really well and managed to score an extra 200 points from the first time they went – well done to all of them.

Thank you for returning the Easter home learning.  New home learning and spellings will be coming home as normal next week.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark.

 

Friday 22nd March 2019

Another busy week has flown by. We have learnt more about the Bronze Age and the beaker people and then designed our own beaker pots.  The children have also enjoyed working on their Quest tasks again.

Swimming lessons are going really well and it is a lovely feeling to see how the children progress in such a short space of time, particularly our non-swimmers.

Well done to Amy and Bella for being awarded the merit certificates this week for their good progress and attitude to their learning.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

P.S a little ‘bonjour’ for Zara who tells me she reads my blog every week and has made me promise to keep writing them!


Friday 15th March 2019

The children have been working really hard this week; in English we been using our model text ‘How the Woolly Mammoth became extinct’ to help us independently write ‘How the Dodo became extinct’. I am so impressed by how well the children have done this and the way they have become familiar with and used quite a lot of tricky and mature vocabulary.  In maths, the class have been working on measuring length and getting more confident in converting units of length from mm to cm to metres.

Well done to Georgia and James for being chosen to have your work displayed on our super learning board and to Junior and Ollie for being awarded the merit certificates this week.

Finally, we have had to say farewell to Miss Hemeter who is now heading back to university to continue with her training there. We will really miss her next week as she was such an asset to our class and a brilliant part of the Dragonflies team.  We know that she is going to keep in touch though and she has been made to promise that she will come back for our talent show in the summer!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

P.S Please let me know you are reading my blog – no notes needed, just a quick word with me and I will be very happy!


Friday 8th March 2019

What a brilliant week we have had!  As it has been our school ‘Book Week’ the children have been mixing up with their friends from other classes for some ‘buddy reading’  The ideas was to promote a love of reading and these short sessions had no rules other than a focus on books. Children could read to each other, talk about their books, recommend and review books; whatever they wanted to do was acceptable so long as it was to do with reading!  These sessions created a real buzz and it was lovely to listen to the different conversations and the reading that was taking place – so much so, that we have decided to make this a weekly event!  Also, the children looked absolutely amazing in their costumes on Friday!

Our visit to Flag Fen on Thursday really helped to bring history to life for the Dragonflies!  We all had a brilliant day with most of the class not being able to choose their favourite bit because it was all so good.  Jacob gave the day 10 out of 10!  I’m looking forward to reading their recounts they have been set for their home learning.    Check out the photos that I have added to the gallery.

The week finished with our reading café where we shared the book ‘How to live forever’ by Colin Thompson. Oscar enjoyed it so much he gave a round of applause when it was finished!  We then made book spines which we will be using on a display to show our whole school love of reading.  A big thank you to all the parents who attended; it was lovely to spend the afternoon with you.  (And those who were unable to do so, you missed some yummy cakes!)

Finally, well done to Imogen and to Amy for amazing progress in swimming which gave you the best work certificates and to both our Millies for being awarded the merit certificates this week.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark and Miss Hemeter

P.S  I am very sad to report that I have only received one secret message this week and that was from Zara (thank you Zara!) Please let me know that you are reading my blog and make me smile with a little note!  (See previous blog if you’re not sure what I am talking about!)


Friday 1st March 2019

It has been a busy first week back after our half term holiday – so much so that it feels like we have never been away!

In our maths lessons we have been consolidating our understanding of fractions and have moved on to recognising equivalent fractions and ordering fractions. Our talk for writing focus is explanation texts so we are learning to orally retell ‘How the Woolly Mammoth became extinct. We have been learning about fossils in science and how they are created which then led us using the ‘scratch’ app and programming a set of instructions to show how fossils are made.  The class really enjoyed doing this.

We had a super end to the week with a visit from Mr Peter Lemon who owns Middleton Aggregates. Over many years, Peter has collected a range of different fossils and interesting archaeological artefacts which have been discovered in his quarries. Obviously some items have had to go to museums but we were lucky enough to be able to look and handle some of the objects he has been allowed to keep including part of a mammoth’s tusk and a mammoth’s toe bone – the class were very excited about this!  It was lovely to have this opportunity and really brought our learning to life.   Check out the photographs I have added to our gallery.

Finally, well done to Tom and to Jenson for being awarded the merit certificates this week.

Mrs Newcombe,  Mrs Clark and Miss Hemeter

One final message – following my little request on the last blog about a secret message, I was disappointed to only have 3 children out of the class respond to this! So, I am setting another challenge! If you read this blog with your child, please could they hand a secret note to me which says ‘I love fossils!’   I hope to give lots of pebbles out this week for receiving lots of secret notes!


Friday 8th February 2019

Another busy week has flown by! In our science lessons, we have been looking at the different properties of rocks this week and tested different types to see how durable and permeable they are.  The children also learnt about the 3 main types of rocks; metaphoric, igneous and sedimentary and they practised grouping rocks in different ways using Venn diagrams.

Maths has been all about written methods for division and the class have been working through different challenges and becoming more confident in using their knowledge of time tables to help them divide. It would be great if you could help them to practise their times table, especially the 7 X table which we have been focusing on this week.

We had a lovely end to the week with our ‘mix-up’ mental health day. The whole school enjoyed participating in a range of activities to help promote their well-being and hopefully they have a better understanding of how to look after their minds as well as their bodies.

Finally, well done to Ollie and Tom for being awarded the merit certificates this week.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark and Miss Hemeter

 

p.s  just an extra little request; if you or your child is reading this blog, please could they write down the following on a piece of paper and hand it to one of us secretly?;

“I have read the blog and I have won 3 pebbles!”

Thank you


Friday 25th January 2019

The class have been working really hard this week and we are so pleased with their learning – in particular all our hard work on spellings, both at home and at school has paid off and the test results were much better – let’s keep this up!

In maths we have been consolidating our understanding of times tables and multiplying by 10, by applying these to the grid method to multiply bigger numbers e.g. 85 x 6. The children have really enjoyed becoming more confident with this.

We learnt about the Stone Age settlement ‘Skara Brae’ and what this tells us about the people who lived at this time. The children have started working on a tourist leaflet to persuade people to visit here and to educate them about the place. Why not ask them to tell you about it?

Congratulations to Junior for achieving 100 in his Tackling Tables test and he now moves up to blue division! The whole class were awarded the merit certificate this week for such enthusiasm and amazing learning during our French lessons all about classroom objects. Kelsey and Olivia were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learner’s board. Well done to all of these children.

Finally, we would like to say a warm welcome to Miss Hemeter who has joined the Dragonflies class this week. Miss Hemeter will be spending 7 weeks with us altogether and developing her teaching skills.  We are looking forward to her taking some lessons next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark and Miss Hemeter


Friday 18th January 2019

I can’t believe it is actually Friday again already! There has been some super learning happening in the Dragonflies class this week and the children have been ‘maths mad’, loving their lessons on multiplying by 100 and then moving on to dividing by 10.   We have begun our oral retelling of our Talk for Writing text ‘The Stone Age Boy’ and have been focusing on strategies for learning our spellings – we are keeping our fingers crossed for an improvement in their spelling scores next Monday!

The class have been really excited about beginning their independent ‘Quest time activities’ and have enjoyed choosing their learning focus – it has been lovely to see their enthusiasm. I intend to take some photos of our different tasks and I will post these on our gallery with the blog next week.

Congratulations to Bella for achieving 100 in her Tackling Tables test and she now moves up to the next level!  Oscar and Daisy were awarded the merit certificates this week whilst Theo and Millie G were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learner’s board.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 11th January 2019

It’s been a busy first full week back! The Dragonflies have enjoyed learning about the Stone Age, finding out about Stone Age tools and how artefacts from prehistoric times tell us about the people who lived then. The class have produced some fabulous cave paintings and have written some great poems about the Stone Age too.

In maths we have been practising multiplying numbers by 10 and using our understanding of place value to help us with us, especially useful for children multiplying decimal numbers.   We have set home learning on this theme this week to help the children practise multiplying by 10 at home.

Congratulations to Max and Oscar for achieving 100 in their Tackling Tables test and moving up to the next level! Fab work boys!  The whole class were awarded the merit certificate this week for their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm during our Stone Age day whilst Ella and Eve were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learner’s board.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 4th January 2019

Welcome back to the blog! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas – thank you too for my presents.

Well, we have had a brilliant start to our new topic ‘The Stone Age to the Iron Age’. Yesterday, the children learnt about what Pre-history is and how we know about it.  They found out when the Stone Age happened, about early humans and how they lived and practised ordering BC and AD dates on a timeline.  Today we have had our ‘Sparkling Start’ and I was so proud of all the children’s outfits – they looked AMAZING! The class have been really busy baking rock cakes, making a paper-maché cave for our classroom, completing a giant collage of a woolly mammoth and clay beads to make into Stone Age necklaces.  We have had a brilliant day and everyone enjoyed taking part in the different activities – check out the gallery for some photos!

Thank you for your support in helping to make the costumes look so fabulous.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 7th December 2018

Another week has flown by and Christmas has well and truly landed at St Germans Academy! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas fair and love your child’s Christmas decoration?  If you didn’t manage to buy it on the night and would like to, then pop into class as we have them set aside.  We have been busy working on our play and whilst it was looking a bit ropey at the start of the week, it was starting to come together by Friday! (Phew!)

The Dragonflies have worked very hard on their ‘hot writes’ and have produced their own instructions, choosing their own themes for these; we even had ‘How to trap a naughty elf’ and ‘How to trap Santa’. Hopefully, they’ll let him go before Christmas Eve!

Eve and Jenson were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Jacob and Ella were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes’ board. Well done to all these children.

Hopefully the children have told you that their home learning this week was to learn their lines and the song words for our play – we are practising Monday afternoon – without scripts! This week will also be our last spelling test until after the holidays.

If you haven’t yet sent in your child’s costume for the play then please do so on Monday. Do not hesitate to come and have a chat if you are struggling with this. Many thanks for your continued support.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 30th November 2018

Well, we have had to finally mention the ‘C’ word this week as we gave out the scripts for our Christmas play!   Although we endeavour to keep everything as ‘normal’ as possible, for as long as possible, this will become increasingly hard to do over the next few weeks!

In Talk for Writing, we have learnt our text model off by heart and can give a superb rendition of ‘How to trap a dragon’. We planned our new version together and the children have independently written instructions for ‘How to trap a griffin’.  Mr Dowers came in to teach the Dragonflies one morning and he was very impressed by how much progress had been made by the year 3 children with their writing. Next week we will be applying our learning to planning our own set of instructions and completing a ‘Hot Write’.

Amy and Daisy were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Ollie and Ashleigh were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes board. Well done to all these children.

A plea – now that the children have been allocated their parts for the play and have their scripts, please may we ask you to support your child with learning their lines.  Although we do not expect them to be word perfect by Monday, it does help with rehearsals if children are familiar with their part as early as possible.

Finally, children have also brought home today a costume list which gives ideas for the items they will need to bring in for their character. If possible, these need to be in school by the end of next week.  Thank you so much for your support with this.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 23rd November 2018

We have had some brilliant maths meetings this week and in our maths lessons we have been focusing on written methods for subtraction – hopefully everyone gets on well with their home learning. In English, we have been orally retelling the instructions ‘How to trap a dragon’ and have become very good at this.

We have been really impressed by the enthusiasm and attitudes to learning shown by the children in their ‘Quest’ time activities – the task to design a game which uses magnets seems to have especially been a big hit with lots of the children!

Tom and Olivia were awarded merit certificates this week whilst Millie G and Imogen were chosen to have their work displayed on the super learning heroes board. Well done to all these children.

Remember to help your child to practise their spellings ready for their test on Monday.

Finally, check out our new pics in the gallery!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 16th November 2018

What a busy week!

As it was our Friendship Week and we have been focusing on instructional writing, we wrote recipes for kindness – the children had some really lovely ideas. In maths we switched our focus to subtraction by working out the difference between numbers on a number line.   We will continue with this before moving onto the method of column subtraction. In our Quest time, children worked on a tasks which related to our topic of King’s Lynn; we watched some footage of the demolition of the Campbell’s soup factory tower then the class could choose various tasks including making a mini tower using a net of a cuboid, or still life sketching of Campbell’s soup cans in the style of the artist, Andy Warhol!

Jacob was awarded a merit certificate this week for his reading and Ollie gained his for amazing work in maths. Well done to both these children.

Finally, we had a fantastic day for Children in Need; I loved seeing the spotty clothes and fancy dress up! Thank you for all the coins for covering Pudsey – Dragonflies won the competition!!  Yay!

Remember to help your child to practise their spellings ready for their test on Monday – this week’s focus is adverbs where you use the adjective e.g. happy, take off the y, change it to an i and add ly = happily

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 9th November 2018

We have been super busy since half term and there has been some brilliant learning in the Dragonflies class.

We have been focusing on spelling and grammar and particularly practising word classes; we are now getting better at knowing the difference between nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.   In maths we have been learning how to use the column method to help us add numbers.

We have used the time of year and our local landscape to inspire us to paint our winter trees against a sunset. Come and have a look at our amazing art work which is displayed outside the classroom in the resource area.   We are very proud of our work.

We had such a good day on our visit to King’s Lynn this week. The children really enjoyed their time and learnt a lot during the walk and the visit to the Custom’s House and True’s Yard. The whole class were awarded the merit certificate this week for their impeccable behaviour. We are very proud of them for their excellent manners and enthusiasm during the whole day.  Take a look in our gallery as  there are some photos of our King’s Lynn visit.

Finally, Oscar was awarded a merit certificate this week for super progress and presentation in maths and Bella gained hers for writing a very detailed and well organised recount of our trip. Well done to both these children.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

p.s  We were very impressed by the quality of the King’s Lynn models which many children completed and brought in after half term – we really enjoyed sharing these with each other (especially the ones made out of cake!) .  Thank you to all parents who supported their children with this – lots of chance cards have been awarded!


Friday 12th October 2018

Phew! It’s Friday again!

We have been stretching our brains this week through thinking of different strategies we use to mentally add and subtract and we are getting good with this.   Why not try playing a game with your child using a pack of playing cards? – choose 3 or 4 (or 5!)  and add them together quickly; look for doubles, near doubles and pairs of number bonds to help make this quicker and easier.

We were given a real treat earlier in the week when the Ladybirds had a visit from Ford Model T car which had been kitted out as it would have been during the World War 1.   Our class were then given an opportunity to have a look too!  The children were amazed that the car was over 101 years old and they had lots of questions to ask, but most of all they enjoyed ‘parping the horn!’

We had a great time at our KWEST event today and all of the children from our school did us really proud with their drama and singing.

Finally, Logan was awarded a merit certificate this week for a super attitude towards his learning and Jenson gained his for working hard and pushing himself in maths. Well done to both these children.

One final thing, an apology! We forgot to give the home learning books out tonight! However, luckily, this week’s tasks are not due back until after half term so we will give them out on Monday and they can then stay at home until after the holiday.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

p.s Don’t forget spelling test is still on Monday!


Friday 5th October 2018

Hello again,

Well, it seems like September came and went in the blink of an eye!

We have been very busy this week using our understanding of ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ to help us plan and write a new version called ‘Swashbuckle and the Giant Squid!’ We have learnt how to ‘hug’ our model text really closely and understood where we can be more inventive and incorporate our own ideas.  This work has then led onto the children independently planning their very own version which they will write next week – there were lots of imaginative ideas and I can’t wait to read their stories.

We had our second Ocarina lesson and the children were taught how to follow a musical score and read ‘notes’. They are getting good at playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star as an ensemble!

Our learning heroes this week are Millie A for amazing descriptive writing, building up suspense and tension and to Imogen for her fantastic version of the Magna Carta for the school. Finally, Kelsey and Kian were awarded the merit certificates this week. Well done to all these children.

Thank you for your continued support with helping your child to learn their spellings, practise their tables and read their books.

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 28th September 2018

Bonjour!

It has been another busy week with lots of different things going on! Monday began with our harvest festival and I was very proud of all the dragonflies for their contribution, especially singing their French song ‘Savez-vous planter les choux?’ (Do you know how to plant cabbages?!) They all performed this brilliantly!! C’etait fantastique!

We had our first lesson with Sammie, a music teacher, who is helping the children to learn how to play the ‘Ocarina’. The class learnt how to make sound and then place their fingers to create different sounds.  They practised starting and finishing together – not as easy as you would think but an extremely important skill to learn when playing in an ensemble.  We also had a visit from the leader of our forthcoming KWEST together day and we practised some drama which related to the history of King’s Lynn so this fitted in very nicely with our topic.

We began our QUEST time activities and the children have really enjoyed working independently upon a variety of tasks which relate to King’s Lynn and which cover different areas of the curriculum.

Our learning heroes this week are Elyssia for fantastic descriptive writing and Amy for a very detailed Christmas card design. (Yes, you read that correctly – we also did Christmas cards this week; these are the designs which will be sent away and we suddenly realised there was a deadline to this!! It did feel quite bizarre doing them this early though!) Ashleigh and Alfie were awarded the merit certificates this week and Olivia achieved 100 on her tackling tables, which means she moves up to the next level! Well done to all these children.

Don’t forget to remind your child to bring their yellow spelling books on Monday and to practise their words ready for their spelling test! Also, please ensure your child brings their home learning books to school by Wednesday so that I have chance to mark them before they come back home.

Thank you,

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 21st September 2018

Bonjour!

This week, the Dragonflies have continued working on place value and linking this to addition and subtraction of 1, 10 and 100 from different numbers. We found this a little tricky to start with, especially when we had to cross over into a new 10, 100 or 1000 but we are really confident now!

We did some amazing writing using our class text ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ as a model for our own ideas. We talked about different word classes and became better at knowing the difference between a noun, verb and adjective. We then used really good adjectives to write some expanded noun phrases.

We learnt about King John and what kind of person he was, and what he did. We also found out about the Magna Carta and how and why it came about and why it is still important today. In French we have been practising vocabulary relating to harvest in preparation for our harvest festival and we have learnt a French song all about planting cabbages!

Our learning heroes this week are Eve for fantastic, descriptive writing and Theo for super research and a detailed sketch of King’s Lynn library. James and Junior were awarded the merit certificates this week and Daisy, Eve and Jacob achieved 100 on their tackling tables which means they move up to the next level! Well done to all these children.

Don’t forget to remind your child to bring their yellow spelling books on Monday and to practise their words ready for their spelling test!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark


Friday 14th September 2018

Hello!

Well, I can’t believe we are already at the end of our first whole week – we have been so busy and the days have flown by!

This week, the Dragonflies have been working on place value in maths and getting really good at understanding the value of different digits in 3 and 4 digit numbers and some children progressed on to 5 digit numbers. We have been partitioning and ordering numbers and practising reading and saying longer numbers. We have also started our maths meetings which we have enjoyed a lot.

In our English lessons, we have begun learning the story of ‘Kassim and the Greedy Dragon’ and the class have very quickly picked up retelling the story with actions.   We have practised sequencing the story in the correct order and completed our own story maps.  Our spelling sessions have been focusing on words which have the ‘ay’ sound spelt ‘ei.  Please help your child to practise these using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method, ready for their test on Monday.

We have begun our quest to find out about more about King’s Lynn and we were so impressed by how brilliantly the class worked on this. Firstly, we created a time line by sorting some of the key events in the history of King’s Lynn – their maths work really helped them to order these dates correctly. We then discussed how to use the internet to find out about more about some of the key places in King’s Lynn. The children produced some super descriptions and sketches of these places which will be going on a display in the resource area – why not pop in and take a look when it’s finished?

If you get the opportunity, it would be worth popping to King’s Lynn this Sunday for the annual Heritage Day. Many of King’s Lynn’s historic landmarks are open and it’s free to have a look around them; this includes many places which are not normally open to the public.   We would love to hear if you managed to visit any of them!

Mrs Newcombe and Mrs Clark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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