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Friday 8th February

We have had another jam packed week this week!

We have started to link our fraction work to decimals and percentages this week which has been helpful as it is helping us to realise percentages are not scary and neither are fractions!

In English we have been writing our own portal stories, one with a similar layout to our text ‘the door in the forest’, another which changes a few of the aspects of that story and another which is based on all of our own ideas. We have also been completing lots of rapid grammar questions where we have been looking at different aspects of spelling, punctuation and grammar to help us to remember the terminology.

On Friday we ended with our mental health mix up day as it was national mental health week. We worked on 6 different activities throughout the day including yoga, making our own superfood salads and creating our own worry monster. At each activity we talked about the importance of our mental health and what it means to have a healthy mind and ways we can help to make our minds healthy if we are feeling a bit down.

Next week it is our test week for year 5 and year 6. Please do not worry about these assessments, we are just using these to look at the gaps in our knowledge to inform the teaching for next half term.

Have a lovely weekend and we will see you next week!


Friday 1st February

This has been such a busy week this week!!!

We have been smashing through our fraction work as though there is no tomorrow – ask your child how to add two fractions together, make it tricky with different denominators though – I bet they can do it! They can also tell you how to multiply a fraction by a whole number and tell you what 1/7 of 42 is!!! They’ve worked tirelessly on our fractions unit and I know they’re very ready to move on next week! Well done Ladybirds on your perseverance and determination with fractions!

In English we have been writing a very strongly worded letter to Mr Joko Widodo who is the Indonesian President to persuade him to stop allowing people to chop down the rainforests and to help preserve the orangutan’s and various other wildlife’s habitats.

Next week on Friday we are having our mental health mix up day as it is mental health awareness week and this is something that we feel is incredibly important. The day will be taken up with 6 30 minute activities to promote being aware of mental health and activities we can do when we feel things may be getting tricky or stressful for us.

See you next week!!


Friday 25th January

WOW this week has flown by..

To start with we welcomed Mr Olander into our classroom – he is a trainee teacher from Bishop Grosseteste University who is going to be getting to know and teaching the Ladybirds some of their lessons.

Secondly, we have been working really hard on fractions this week – if you would like to know how to add, subtract or convert a fraction just ask ANY Ladybird. They can even convert fractions from improper to mixed number fractions! Next week we are going to be multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts!

Thirdly, in English we have continued our work on our story ‘The Door in the Forest’. We have written diary entries this week from the perspective of Pete, the boy in our story, who talks about his day and how he felt when he came across a totally random door and decided to go through it.. into a world of an unknown rainforest and a very special orangutan.

Finally, this afternoon we worked with our buddies through exciting activities for the Great British Bird Watch! If you would like to get involved the children did bring home a leaflet all about how you can!

See you next week!


Friday 18th January

We have had a very busy week this week. We have been continuing our learning with fractions (and the involvement of food has gone down a real hit with the children!) We have also been working hard on creating a list poem to relate to our new story ‘The Door In The Forest’. If you would like to take a look at our poems, they are on display outside of our classroom; the children have worked exceptionally hard in particular on their vocabulary.

We had a trip today to KLA where we were looking at the design & technology equipment KLA had to offer. We then all worked together in the gymnasium where we created our very own ‘Whacky Racecar’ with very limited resources (deliberately) and some of the cars were outstanding. Well done to one of the teams where 3 members were children from St Germans; this team came first for their design, teamwork and resilience to the challenges. If you would like to know more please come and take a look inside our curriculum book in the corridor nearest to the kitchen.


Friday 11th January

Well.. today saw the reveal that we are allowed to go to Cadbury World for our Fabulous Finish (a long way away, in March) for our topic ‘It’s Not Fair!’ Mr Paul Donkersloot (the CEO of our academy) came to St Germans today with Mrs Alison Hughes (the director of Quality Assurance for our academy) to announce to the children that they would be willing to help us in our quest of learning more about Fairtrade products and sustainable living by donating half of the trip costs to the 3 schools. There may have been some gentle persuasion in the form of a positive and a (rather) negative newspaper report written by the children which were then sent off to KWEST to decide which one they would like to be published. The final newspaper article is below, should you wish to have a read! We have also had a generous donation from Mr Kevin Holland who came to visit the school today to discuss his solar shed and the tidal waves on our local rivers for our sparkling start today. All of the year 5 and 6 children are incredibly grateful for these donations as Cadbury World is an amazing opportunity to visit and it is something that smaller schools can sometimes miss out on due to heavy travel costs. There will be a letter containing all details about the trip later in the term.

 

KWEST Multi Academy Trust has granted a spectacular experience for children in Norfolk at Cadbury World.  In March 2019 the children will be granted funding to go on a once in a lifetime trip.

 Alison Hughes and Paul Donkersloot should be awarded a raise due to them offering the most superb trip to local children at St Germans Academy, Magdalen Academy and Wimbotsham and Stow Academy.

The children in the 5/6 classes across the 3 schools are studying a new topic called ‘It’s not Fair’ and throughout this topic they are learning about Fair Trade among other things. The classes expressed a huge interest in visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham. This was so they could learn about how a Fair Trade business is run, how Fair Trade products are made and also being able to have a taste of Fair Trade products.

One of the students at St Germans Academy (Ethan, age 10) excitedly quoted ‘KWEST are an amazing Academy Trust as they grant children the money for lifetime experiences that they might not get again!’

The children needed a huge amount of £1000 for the coach and £700 to get into Cadbury World; that’s a colossal total of £1700. The children are so lucky to have been given some of the money from the KWEST Multi Academy trust and as Reece (Ladybirds student, age 11) stated ‘We are very privileged to be given this opportunity!’

Miss Burrell, the teacher of the St Germans class has said ‘We are all small schools with only a few over 100 children each; so to give us this money is a great thing!’

KWEST have done such a lovely thing for these well-mannered children and they deserve to achieve great things due to their generosity.

A child (Jasmine, age 9) made the remark ‘I really appreciate the offer from them, they’re my heroes!’

KWEST have 5 core values. These are; Capacity, Community, Inclusion, Independence and Excellence. They are astounding. They are giving the children the capacity to learn because they are allowing them to attend a location which will fulfil their learning even further in a fun way. They are making them part of the community because they are giving them the tools they need to learn more about the Fair Trade community. They are feeling ‘inclusion’ from them because they are letting them go to somewhere where other schools can benefit from as well. They are feeling independent because they can go somewhere else in the United Kingdom to explore due to KWEST giving them their wings to fly. They are also feeling excellence because they are learning to their full ability and expanding their learning in ideal locations elsewhere.

The children are learning about Fair Trade and KWEST are enabling them to visit the biggest Fair Trade Multinational company in Britain.

Finally, Connor (Ladybirds student, age 10) exclaimed ‘Going to Cadbury’s World will be one of the best experiences ever and it is very educational as we will learn life skills – thankyou for letting us go KWEST!’

If you feel equally blissful and proud in your local Academy trust and you think KWEST should be recognised for their generosity then please tweet them at @KWESTTerrificTrust.

Alternatively, you could email at KWEST@magnificientmail.co.uk.

Or you can post them a letter at:

KWEST Multi Academy Trust,

Super Street,

Thankful Town,

Clever County

L0V3 K1D5


Friday 4th January

We have had a lovely couple of days decorating our classroom and fully immersing ourselves into our new topic ‘It’s Not Fair’!

We have created a rain forest in the invention room, a chocolate bar (yum yum) for our front door, wind turbines to represent the sustainable part of our topic and also multiply other bits related to our Fairtrade and sustainability topic.

Thankyou to all of the children for getting so involved and a huge well done for participating so well.


Tuesday 18th December

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!

Enjoy your couple of weeks rest – Miss Burrell & Mrs Brown.


Friday 14th December

Well..this was a busy week!!

Firstly, thankyou to all of the helpers who came to make the Christingle’s with us on Monday. Our service on Tuesday was lovely and the children sang their hearts out. Well done to all of them for being so sensible on their journeys to and from the church.

Secondly, a huge well done to the children for their fantastic performances in their Christmas play. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them for their superb effort and enthusiasm for both of their performances. Thankyou to the parents who helped with the plays in many ways, costumes, refreshments, tech etc. We really appreciate it.

Thirdly, I just wanted to say well done to all of the children for their amazing behaviour during our panto yesterday, they were a credit to the school and it was a really enjoyable visit.

Finally, thank you to the children for a lovely Christmas lunch today followed by finishing watching Nativity – well done to you all for ‘keeping up’ this week as we have been super busy! See you next week for our class parties and the end of term assembly amongst other bits and pieces.

Bye for now!


Friday 7th December

What a lovely, quick week we have had this week!

We have been doing a lot of writing this week; we boxed up our text ‘Christmas Truce’ which is a newspaper report, we then wrote our own version of our news paper report and THEN we wrote our hot writes – all in the space of a week! Amazing!

We have also been working hard on our arithmetic this week with daily questions to work on, next term Miss Burrell is also going to throw in some reasoning questions for us to answer too!

We have been really trying hard with our play practises this week; we have worked with and without our scripts and have all tried exceptionally hard to get our practises really brilliant before showing them to you next Wednesday!! Miss Burrell and Mrs Brown are very proud of all of the Ladybirds for working so hard on their lines and the songs!!!

Next week is a very busy week.

Monday morning we are making our calendars and Christmas cards as well as Christingle (if you’re available we would love some help with these). Monday afternoon we are having a play practise.

Tuesday morning is our Christingle service (feel free to come along if you wish) and Tuesday afternoon is our dress rehearsal.

Wednesday morning we have another play rehearsal and then Wednesday afternoon is our play!!! And in the evening as well – hope to see you there.

Thursday afternoon we are at the pantomime (oh yes we are…) and will not be back at school until later.

Friday is our Christmas lunch day and we have told the children they can wear their Christmas jumper.

See you all soon!


Friday 30th November

Well… the Christmas spirit has hit!!

This week we have been making our crafts for our Christmas Fair on Friday 7th December. A huge thankyou to those who came in to help us. We made our felt Christmas decorations in Y6 and then created a new Y5 craft which is to decorate a tea light holder with glass pens – some of the designs for these were incredibly intricate and the felt decorations are just  WOW – well done to all of the Ladybirds for their effort and determination with these.

We also started practicing our Christmas play this week – we have all been given our scripts and we all bought the letter home this evening which states what we should get together for our costumes. The read through today was really good and we are all super excited to start our proper rehearsals next week!!

We have started our work on fractions this week and it was skittle-y fun!!!! We intend on using different foods to show how fractions work and how particular fractions with different denominators or numerators can actually be the same amount.

We had 2 brilliant trips this week. Y6 went to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and worked through lots of mini activities which explored the different careers you could have within the NHS. The Y5 went to KLA today and were working on their own type of ‘Dragons Den’ pitch for a new, Christmassy, educational board game. Well done to all of the Ladybirds for their impeccable behaviour on their trips as always!

See you next week for more Christmassy madness!!


Friday 23rd November

Hello all!!

This week has gone very quickly!

We have been very busy in maths this week with division. Firstly, we were looking at what division actually is and how we can relate it to ‘dividing’ things in real life – the most popular one was cake and how Miss Burrell would receive the majority of the cake and the children hardly any!!! Hehe! We then started to look at short division through the use of the bus stop method and we discussed those strange numbers that like to stand inside, outside and on top of their bus shelter. We all worked very hard on our division this week and have definitely improved since we have been completing our Maths meetings and daily arithmetic questions.

In English this week we have been working on writing a script for our very own news report for a TV channel. We initially wrote down our ideas and then created a script to go alongside and then recorded our reports – they were very fun and very realistic. We are moving onto boxing up our text next week and re-writing our own version of our newspaper report.

For our outdoor learning this week we have been exploring multiples and factors in the nature garden by being given a number and then working out the multiples and factors of each and then presenting that to the rest of the class with the materials we have outside.

We are starting to practice our play next week and the children should receive their scripts by Wednesday. Very exciting as we can officially start talking about CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! If anyone is available Wednesday I would love some extra hands during the morning when we are creating our Christmas crafts – just let me know if you can pop in for a little while.

See you next week!!


Friday 16th November

Happy Kindness Week!

This week is friendship week and we have worked together to continue to create a nice atmosphere for us to work and play in.

We have worked with our buddies in Butterflies one afternoon on multiply friendship activities including friendship bracelets, poems, a friendship heart of all of our hand prints and also a cut out of a child full of words of kindness. I was so proud of all of the Ladybirds that afternoon as they all worked hard to ensure the Butterflies were happy and able to do all of the challenges with us.

Well done to all of the children for dressing up in their spottyness/fancy dress and a huge well done to the Ladybirds who won the competitions!! We came 2nd in the amount of money raised per class (which is a 1st for me as a teacher!) Thankyou to all of the parents for your continued support with the school and the charities we choose to support.

See you next week!

 


Friday 9th November

Wow – what a fantastic week!!!

On Wednesday 7th November we attended a very special day with Stories of Lynn. We were split into 2 groups and worked through a series of workshops related to WW1.

The first one was investigating two letters which were written by two men in the trenches and they were describing the conditions of the trenches and also asking for their parents to send them things from home to keep them warm.

The second session we looked through a series of photographs which were discussing women’s role in World War 1 and also looking at some of the different vehicles used throughout the World War.

The third session was all based around rationing where a lady told us all about the foods which were eaten when they had to be rationed during WW1 and also where the food came from. We also discussed how the Germans created submarines which intercepted the food ships and stopped them getting to England. We even got to see just how much food was given to families, it really wasn’t a lot.

The fourth session was all about how to sign up to the World War and we also had a poet read us a lovely poem about the conditions of World War 1. They also gave us a lot of information about a special King’s Lynn soldier called Percy Gazley and his wife Alice Gazley who were the first two people from King’s Lynn to die in World War 1. Percy died in action and Alice died from the drop of a bomb.

Our fifth and final session was with a Sargent all based around life in the trenches. He showed us how trenches looked, what the soldiers had to wear in the trenches, the rifle’s they used to shoot their enemies, the law of the ‘No Man’s Land’ and also just how lovely (and sometimes not so lovely) the food could be for the soldiers.

We later marched down to the Tower Gardens where we had a look at the special King’s Lynn memorial which named the 620 soldiers of King’s Lynn who died in the First World War we also sang a famous WW1 song ‘Goodbye-ee’.

We have all had an absolutely fantastic day and have learned so much about our topic!!!

Well done to all children who came with me to the cross country – you all did so well and worked exceptionally hard, I am very proud of you all!!!

Next week should be a pretty ‘normal’ week for us, we will be looking at multiplication and division for maths and carrying on with our news paper report for English.

Don’t forget about all of the events happening in King’s Lynn Sunday morning for Armistice Day.

See you next week!


Friday 2nd November

Welcome back after a fantastic half term holiday!

The Ladybirds were straight into their learning this week with a fantastic newspaper report and some work on subtraction!!

Our text for this half term is the same as last but we are going for a non-fiction focus, using newspapers. This week the children have written their cold write and have also completed some work on synonyms and antonyms whilst also (I know, they’ve been so busy!!) beginning to write a diary entry as though they were one of the soldiers who took part in that Christmas Truce back in 1914. These diary entries will be finished next week and will be available to read on the display outside of our classroom if you would like to look.

With maths we have been working on subtraction and applying our knowledge of subtraction to multiple areas of our learning; we were even working on subtraction in the nature garden this week with finding the difference between the lengths of different objects. Next week we will be starting to look at multiplication and then division – if your child has slight worries over these areas of maths please reassure them that we will continually revisit them so they are confident in using all 4 operations!

Our QUEST time this week included 4 new activities and had a role over of a few activities which hadn’t all been completed – we are particularly looking into the use of computing in our QUEST time with different challenges using this. All of the children will be working on a PowerPoint presentation which they can give to the class about the role of women in World War 1.

Next week on Tuesday we have our Cross Country event – if you want to come to this then please make sure you bring your slip in on Monday! We also have our trip to King’s Lynn on Wednesday so please make sure your slips are back for that too!

See you Monday!!


Wednesday 17th October 

What a lovely, short week to end our half term. This week we have been doing a lot of writing to complete our innovation write and also our hot write which we all worked very hard on!

Well done to you all for creating such amazing trenches that were incredibly realistic with many individual aspects as well as keeping them as close to an original trench as possible – I was particularly impressed with your creativity with your ideas – well done!

Well.. what an amazing first half term it has been. Thankyou to all of the Ladybirds for making this such an enjoyable start to the year. We have learned so much and have progressed really well as a class together. I hope you all have a fantastic half term and rest ready for another great half term on the run up to Christmas!!!!!!

See you on Monday 29th October!

Miss Burrell and Mrs Brown.


Friday 12th October

Thankyou to each and every Ladybird for their fantastic behaviour and superb effort with their performance at the KWEST together event today at Lynnsport. All of the 7 schools in our academy got together and performed an individual piece about King’s Lynn, finishing off with a  version of ‘It’s a Kind of Magic’ by Queen. Well done to everyone who was involved, it was a lovely morning and it was really great to see us all together!

On Monday we had a local gentlemen visit who owns a lot of war vehicles and tanks. He bought a Ford Model T to our school and showed it to us; explaining how it was used, why it looked very different to a modern day car and also what the different aspects that were on it were used for e.g. the different boxes. Take a look in our topic books for a picture of the car and to read a little bit more about it!

In our science lesson this week we continued to look at Earth and Space and investigated the opinion of whether our solar system is heliocentric or geocentric – this was quite an interesting theory given many thousands of years ago by early astronomers who believed that Earth was the centre of our solar system and all other planets revolved and rotated around Earth. Ask your Ladybird why we now know this is not the case!


Friday 5th October

WELL DONE TO EVERY SINGLE LADYBIRD!!!! For their fantastic effort and determination for their assessments this week and to reward them for their extra hard work we had a special treat this afternoon!

Mrs Hipkin (one of our MSA’s) works a lot with the Royal British Legion and she had arranged for 2 gentlemen to come in and talk to the children all about World War 1 and also about the way we commemorate and remember those who fought in WW1 now. We created our very own poppy wreathes out of our hand prints (green card) and sticky poppies – if you would like to see those then please pop in to our ‘trench’ which is in the invention room, they’re up on the wall!

Next Friday we have our QUEST together event which is being held at Lynnsport. Please can I remind the children that due to this (and the following week being half term) we will no longer need our clothes for the nature garden this half term. We will need them next on Friday 2nd November.

See you soon!


Friday 28th September

We have had a very busy week this week!

On Monday we had our harvest festival where we showed the rest of the school everything we could about how people who live in Spain celebrate harvest – well done to all who stood at the front of the church, you were all so confident and were really well understood. Well done to those who spoke about the Food Bank and what it does/how we can access it too – it is very daunting speaking in front of a lot of people!

In maths this week we have been finishing off our work on place value – we move onto addition next (after our assessment week next week). We have been working a lot on rounding whole numbers and decimals, it appears that most of us understand this much better now!

For our English this week we have written a descriptive piece about landing on one of the planets in our solar system and we have also written a letter to an a living species on another planet. We also spent our morning in the nature garden this week designing and making our very own space ship and then creating some drama to go alongside it – the children all worked exceptionally hard on this and I loved the ideas that you all came up with in your groups – well done!!!

Next week is our assessment week, these will be finished by Wednesday and I really don’t want anyone to worry about them – they are really just for me to find the areas of your work that you specifically need to work on which we can work through during lesson time and QUEST time.


Friday 21st September

This has been another fabulous week in the Ladybirds class!

We have continued our work on our text Alien Abduction, writing a diary entry from the perspective of Jez or Tom and then checking back over our writing with our purple polishing pens.

We have been continuing to work on our knowledge of place value; looking at rounding and the perfecting of working with decimals.

We have started our QUEST time this week – we have 8 challenges for the children to complete and they have 4 afternoons a week to work through these challenges. Some challenges will take one QUEST session and others more than one. We are trying to put a big push on presentation in the independent tasks that the children complete so they have to receive a signature from an adult as well as ‘sign off’ on their own work. It has been very interesting watching the children work through our World War I challenges, they are all very enthusiastic and are particularly enjoying our QUEST time.

It is our harvest festival on Monday and the Ladybirds are going to say a few things about how harvest ‘works’ in Spain. If you would like to join us please feel free, we will be leaving the playground at 9am on Monday morning.

See you next week!


Friday 14th September

This week has been a very busy but fun first full week in the Ladybirds class.

We have been getting to know our English text ‘Alien Abduction’ in our English lessons, taking it apart and trying to understand all of the language included.

During our maths lessons we have been looking a place value, firstly getting to know the place value grid and how we use it and then moving onto using the place value grid to answer questions.

We have spent our Friday morning in the nature garden where we created our own place value grids and we were ‘hot seating’ each other as the characters out of our story for English.

We have also completed our weekly mile, with all of us doing really well and everyone attempting it which was fantastic, 10 laps around the field on the park is very tiring! (Just ask Mrs Brown and Miss Burrell)

It has been lovely for all of us to get to know each other in our new class and we are excited for another week of learning ahead!!

See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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