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Newsletter sent Friday 24th of November 2023
The children’s knowledge of London as our capital city is really growing. They can recognise familiar landmarks and have used this information to write a letter as a character in this week’s book: Topsy and Tim visit London. All children are having a go at writing their own sentences and some are including conjunctions such as ‘and’ to join ideas together.
In maths we are practising our bonds of numbers to 10 and making sure we can record fact families using addition and subtraction sentences. We have also started to learn about shape. We have recognised, named and sorted simple 3D and 2D shapes by looking at their properties.
Please ask your child to find things around the home which are:
In geography this week, the children have learnt about Wales as part of the United Kingdom. They should know the capital city, national flower, national vegetable and be able to recognise the Welsh flag.
In history, we looked at the importance of a family tree to the monarchy. The children had a go at drawing their own family tree.
Please remember that PE is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure that all items of clothing which are likely to be removed during the day are clearly named. We often have a collection of jumpers and cardigans with no names, they must have come from some where!
Your child needs the following things in school everyday:
We have started to learn our class song ready for Christmas so watch this space!
Have a great weekend,
Mrs Dowell, Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Savory
Another week has flown by I can barely believe it’s almost the end of November!
In English we are continuing to read The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo and the children are becoming really engrossed in the story. We’ve written character and setting descriptions so far and this week enjoyed lots of role play and hot seating to prepare for writing our newspaper report. We have been focusing on using conjunctions – because, but, if and when – and making sure we are using the correct tense when writing.
Last week in Maths we started our unit on Shape, focusing mainly on refreshing their knowledge of 2D shape names and properties, learning to talk about the number of sides and vertices different shapes have. This week we have moved on to 3D shapes, learning to name and describe them by talking about their faces, edges and vertices.
In computing the children are learning about digital photography and how they can use framing, positioning and lighting to ensure they take good photos as well as learning about the right to privacy and asking for permission when taking a photo of a person.
They are enjoying learning about The Great Fire of London in History, finding out about the events of the fire but also what it was like to live in 1666. They have been quite surprised by some of the jobs that existed then and how they are different today. In geography We’ve spent some time exploring atlases and Google earth to help us compare London to Shrewsbury and have been exploring building structures in D&T.
Please note, next week only PE will be on WEDNESDAY (29th) and Thursday (30th), instead of Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure children are in their PE kits on those days. If you have any queries, please email me on the class email email@example.com
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Jones & Mrs Evason
Yesterday, the children tried different foods in Design and Technology, in preparation for us to plan and make our healthy meal at the end of this half term. The children had mixed responses to the food tasted, and tried to think about the aroma, flavour, taste and texture.
In English, we have been looking at features of a historical story ready to write our own next week. We have also been looking at how and why adjectives and adverbs are used, and how we can use more adventurous vocabulary in our writing.
In Maths, we have multiplying and dividing a number by 1 and itself, multiplying three number together and looking at factor pairs.
Our Golden Certificate winner this week is Ben. He is eager to learn, always listening and sets a great example. This week, Ben has used his logic skills as well as his mathematical skills to solve problems in maths. Well done.
At the end of Year 4, children should be able to recall their times tables up to 12.
Here are some links the children can use to help them practise their times tables at home:
Next Friday (1st December), Year 4 will start their swimming block, so please send your child with swimming kits and make sure they have a coat with them. Thank you.
Have a great weekend.
Mrs Fairclough, Mrs Brunyard and Mrs Bayliss
You have the right to protection and freedom from war. Children under 15 cannot be forced to go into the army or take part in war.
Another lovely week in Beech. Our time together is zooming past and we are enjoying every minute. This week has been jam packed with learning, activities and Nativity rehearsals.
In phonics, we have learnt v w x y.
The children have all got letter formation and pronunciation sheets for the phonemes and graphemes learnt this week. Please encourage the children to do these at home. We have been checking reading diaries and there have been lots of reading at home! Please can you encourage your child to read 3x a week with an adult or older sibling and note it down in the yellow reading record. This will allow us to then change their books. Thank you.
In English, we have looked at the book “Stickman” by Julia Donaldson. The children have drawn some great pictures of Stickman and his family tree and thought of lots of ways we could rescue him from the fireplace. They all had a go at sounding out Stickman in their books as they recognised the digraph ck. Very impressed with all of their hard work this week.
In Maths, we have been looking at 4 and 5. We have looked at how 4 and 5 can be made using different amounts and then added together. We used lots of practical activities to learn all about the composition. Here is an example of the part whole model splitting 5 up.
We have done lots of practising for our Nativity play, please can you ensure all costumes are in by next Friday. We have looked at ways we can keep the environment safe for Stickman and his family tree. The children shared some great ideas about keeping the world safe eg; recycling, not setting fires, watering the trees in the hot sun and not littering. We also explored the Divali festival. We made rangoli patterns in the coloured sand, made temples in construction and designed henna hand art. We talked about how other cultures celebrate different occasions and compared them to ones we celebrate.
A letter has been sent home tonight regarding the new ‘Parent Pay’ system. Please make sure you look at it and set your accounts up ready for Monday. Thank you.
Have a lovely weekend.
Miss Shadbolt, Mrs Kenny and Mrs Millichamp.
Let’s start off by looking at the end our week last week:
We had a fantastic day for Children In Need. See below for a photograph:
Also, a BIG thank you to Indie’s Grandma for making and donating our very own Pudsey Bear!
This week in English, we have looked at and created our own Oak Class World War 2 poem. The children worked in groups to collaboratively create 2 verses each for our poem. They all focused on a different area of the war and had to ensure the rhyming pattern and rhythm were kept the same throughout.
In Maths, we have continued to work with tricky fractions! We found comparing fractions with different denominators particularly tricky, but with more practice, the children can now confidently order and compare fractions including mixed numbers!
During our Science this week, the children worked in groups to test air resistance. They were challenged to create a working parachute using different materials to test which had the most air resistance acting upon it. We linked and discussed our ideas linked to gravity; how the mass of the material affected the gravity acting upon it, making it fall to the floor faster. Super impressed with the discussions this week!
Today was our last session of swimming, so back to normal next week!
Our Golden Certificate Winner is Rosie! She has worked extremely hard during Maths this week. She has, also, shown off her knowledge and skills at home by completing some extra work on fractions! Keep up the hard work Rosie. Well done!
Have a great weekend
Miss Hipkiss and Miss Harris
This week Hazel Class have been enjoying reading our class text and linking it to our knowledge of WW II. We have also written our own predictions for what will happen next in the text. We arre looking forward to finding out who will be correct next week. We have been practising our times tables and division facts. We are getting much quicker with our recall of these fact families. In art we have been mixing colours and making colour palettes. We will be using these to paint pictures next week.
Remember we are off to Cosford Museum on Wednesday, the children will need to bring their pack lunck in a ruck sack as we are out all day. This means we will have PE on Monday and Tuesday next week.
Enjoy the weekend
Miss Roberts and Mrs Davies
There is a new electronic signing in system in reception.
All children who arrive late to school or leave school or return to school must be accompanied to the office with an adult. This must adult must now sign the child in and out on the system.
If you need any assistance with this please ask Mrs Clorley or Mrs Garbett in the office for some assistance.
All children will be coming home with a Parent Pay activation letter tonight. It is very important you go on and activate your child’s account because from Monday 4th December, we will no longer be accepting cash and cheques in school.
You are able to go on as soon as you have activated your account and start making payments. However, please note debts/credits won’t be uploaded until next week.
Children will continue to order their dinners in school as normal.
If anyone needs any support with setting up their account or if anyone has any concerns with regards to the school becoming cashless, please speak to the office.
Please see how to make a payment video below:
Leaflets are coming home today for those eligible children for the Christmas holidays. If you do not receive your leaflet with the code please contact the office asap.
Please see details below:
Please see further information below:
|Winter Holiday Fun in Shropshire with HAF (Holiday Activities & Food) – Bookings Open!
Bookings are now open for the Winter Shropshire HAF (Holiday Activities & Food) programme.
Shropshire Council is working with local schools, voluntary and community organisations, and childcare providers to run an exciting holiday programme this winter, Shropshire HAF (Holiday Activities and Food).
There are free places available on the programme for children and young people aged 4 (reception class age) to 16, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. There are also a limited number of free places available for children and young people living in areas of high deprivation and/or from low-income households, who are not in receipt of benefits related free school meals. These children and young people can be referred onto the programme by a professional. Places are also available for Ukrainian families, currently staying in Shropshire with host families.
From 21st December 2023 to 5th January 2024, eligible children and young people are invited to take part in a range of fun activities, happening at over 40 holiday clubs from across the county.
There is something on offer for everyone including sports, arts, cooking, forest schools and other exciting opportunities. Free nutritious meals will be provided at each session, as well as information to benefit the whole family.
The Winter What’s On Guide and details of how to book are available online here.
Some of the holiday programmes also include paid spaces for children and young people who are not in receipt of free school meals.
Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Portfolio Holder for Children and Education, said: “Over the summer holidays, over 2,800 eligible children and young people, took part in a wide range of exciting and engaging activities at 64 holiday clubs from across the county. 98% of children and young people enjoyed the activities on offer at the clubs, with nearly 95% wanting to attend more holiday clubs in the future.
“Again, providers are offering fantastic holiday clubs this winter. I’d like to encourage all eligible families to book onto HAF and have fun over the holidays. There is a huge range of activities happening, with free meals provided at each session.”
For more information on HAF in Shropshire, for a copy of the What’s On Guide and to sign up to the HAF e-news, click here.
Please contact the HAF Programme Co-Ordinators – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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