Weekly note KS2
We are very excited to be back at school and for all the brilliant things we will be learning about this term! We are starting our Stone Age to Iron Age topic this week and we will be visiting some mysterious caves.
During science lessons we will be looking at rocks and the children will hopefully bring a range of rocks and stones for us to study over the coming weeks.
It may only be 23 days until Christmas, but that does not mean that the pace of learning will stop!
Over the next few weeks, we are planning to engage the children even more through physical maths and English. The idea is to get children off of the chairs and to be active in all of their lessons. This could include doing part of the lesson in the hall, around the school and even outside. In the lessons we have trialled so far, this has worked well with the children in Oak Class.
We are very excited to end the week in Chester, where we will be attending the annual "Big Sing" at the cathedral and spending some time in the Grosvenor Museum that will enthuse the children for their history topics in the Spring and Summer term. It will be a great day!
We are building towards an very interesting writing outcome over the next few lessons. The children have been really interested in the issues surrounding sutainable palm oil and will be writing to the Department for International Development to discuss their thoughts and possible recommendations.
During our science lesson, the children will be making predictions about the shape and size of various crystals that they will be helping to make.
We are also very excited about attending the Hammond School in Chester to see the musical Seussical, which is based on the ideas of the author Dr. Seuss.
After a really busy week, we will be concentrating on our school based work. We are excited to start our new science topic, Light. We will be investigating light and creating things that will help with our understanding of it. We will also be starting a reading challenge with the details outlined below.....
Autumn Reading Challenge
With the days getting shorter, I am sure that you will all want to read more on those dark, cold nights.
Starting today and running until the 19th December, we challenge you to read at home each night and to read as many books as possible.
You will receive 5 points for each night that you read at home and 10 points for each book that you read.
There will be prizes given out just before Christmas, Friday 20th December, if you manage to reach a certain number of points.
We have a very busy week! On Monday we will be watching the Children in Need cyclists that are making their way from Holyhead to London. Wednesday will see all the children from KS2 and 1 visit Chester Zoo. On Thursday morning, we will be visiting another school to take part in a drama based activity linked to anti-bullying week. Then on Friday, we will be fundraising for Children in Need with a onesie and welly day!
In between these exciting activities, we will be working hard in our maths and English lessons, beginning a unit of work in science all about light and learning even more about South America.
We hope you have all had a brilliant half term! This week we will be continuing our Rainforest topic. We will be looking at the countries and capital cities found in South America and using a variety of ways to remember them. During our English lessons, we will be looking at a new class book, "The Great Kapok Tree". This will inform each of our English lessons up until Christmas.
We have some exciting things to look forward to next week including our educational visit to Chester Zoo! We hope you all have a brilliant time over the next few weeks and that we can all learn a lot about our wonderful world.
We have been making lots of progress in understanding of number and we are now moving on to developing our calculation skills using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Homework will continue to give the children extra opportunties to practise the skills that they have been learning in class.
Our English lessons continue to focus on the inspiring book 'King Kong'. We have built on the vocabulary choices, noun phrases and personification we explored to create effective character descriptions.
Please make sure your child reads regularly (ideally daily) at home. It is beneficial if you talk to them about what they are reading to develop comprehension skills. It is essential to give children opportunities to 'get lost in a text' and increase their stamina for reading. It is also hugely beneficial to read with or to your child even at the top end of KS2 as this gives them access to ambitious texts - you might read a newspaper article with them or a piece from National Geographic or a Farming magasine or whatever interests them. The wider vocabulary and sentence structures they will develop from this kind of exposure is invaluable. As is the quality time they will spend with you.
Children enjoyed the investigations we carried out this week in science using bicarbonate of soda and lemonade! We continue to build on this as the children learn to work scientifically: making predictions, considering variables and coming to conclusions. Another exciting experiment next week!
We have also been preparing for our harvest service through learning about healthy eating, nutrition and focusing on what the Bible says about food. We really love practising our 3 harvest songs! Especially the actions we made up!
Look out for a letter about an educational visit to Chester Zoo which will come home this week. This will be a great way to deepen our understanding of rainforest animals.