Week ending 17th November
What a super Children in Need day! Thank you to all of you for your generous donations, and well done to the children who all looked fabulous in their pyjamas and onesies.
In our curriculum this week we have been continuing to read our English text 'The Firework Maker's Daughter', have looked at the features of diary writing and have planned a diary entry for the main character in our story. We continue to practise the spelling of words that have the /I/ sound spelled as 'y' (e.g. mystery). In Maths we have practised ordering and knowing the facts for lengths of time, including learning a rhyme to help us remember how many days there are in each month - see if we can remember! In RE we thought more in depth about how Mary felt at the Annunciation, and learned about what happened at the Visitation. In Science we learned how light behaves on reflective surfaces, and investigated which material might be best for a reflective strip on a book bag. Ask us about retro-reflection! In PE we practised dancing to traditional Asian music. In our Topic we have moved on to the Bronze Age, and learned more about how bronze is smelted, and what artefacts were made from it.
Thank you to those of you that have already been bringing in cardboard cereal boxes, do please keep them coming.
Week ending 10th November
The highlight of the week was definitely our Hill End trip - such a wonderful way to be immersed in Stone-Age life, and all the children were so involved, well-behaved and polite. Well done all! We have written a recount of our trip, talked about what we learned, and painted a picture of an activity we took part in. In addition, in English we have been learning about speech marks (inverted commas), and how we punctuate direct speech, using our current text 'The Firework Maker's Daughter.' In Maths we have been learning about time, learning how to tell the time to the nearest minute, and how to write down the time in digital form from an analogue clock. In RE we have begun thinking about Advent and learning the story of The Annunciation.
Next week the Junior Leadership Team have organised fundraising for Children in Need. On Friday (17th) children can come to school in onsies or pyjamas. They can bring in any 'round pounds' (old £1 coins) to donate to the charity, or simply bring in some loose change on Friday which the JLT will be forming into a Pudsey shape.
In a couple of weeks time Y3 are going to be making shadow puppets - in order to do this we will need lots of cardboard cereal boxes, so if you finish any in the next week or two, please could you bring them in to class, thank you!
Week ending 3rd November
It was lovely to see so many of you at Parent's Evenings, and feed back about how well your children are doing!
In our curriculum this week we have begun a new series of English lessons based on 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman, this week thinking about the theme and setting of the story, and beginning to develop our understanding of the main characters. In Maths we have been continuing learning about 2D shape, learning about parallel lines, right angles, obtuse and acute angles, practising drawing 2D shapes and measuring their perimeters. In Science we have concluded our topic on 'Being Healthy', and started our new topic of 'Light', learning about sources of light, and that dark is the absence of light. In RE we thought about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and have reflected on the importance of God's forgiveness. In PE we have begun a Dance topic, and had great fun showing off our dance moves, as well as learning a few more. Also this week we have introduced our carols for the Christmas Carol concert, and the children will be practising these over the next few weeks.
On Monday we have our class trip to Hill End. The weather at the moment looks good but cold! Children should wear warm, old clothes and trainers, a waterproof coat, and bring wellies in a plastic bag. Children may bring waterproof trousers if they like, but with the current forecast these are optional. They must bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. Packed lunches may be brought in a lunchbox.
Enjoy a fun firework weekend!
Week ending 13th October
We have had a fun afternoon of games this afternoon learning all about the skeleton in Science. In English this week we have practiced our dictionary skills, and then linked with our healthy eating Science topic, our harvest assembly and Computing by researching facts about fruits and vegetables then producing a poster on the computer. In Maths we have been practicing the formal method of column subtraction. In RE we have been thinking about choices and forgiveness, learning about how Jesus taught his disciples through the parable of the Prodigal Son. In PE we have been developing our gymnastic skills by learning about different methods of travel, and in outdoor PE playing hockey. In Music we have been developing our rhythm and notation skills, writing and performing simple compositions.
Well done to the children from Year 3 who represented the school playing football this week – we are very proud of you all.
Congratulations to Libbie who won the Y3 Bookfair competition with a lovely Jacqueline Wilson book cover.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 6th October
This week in St Paul’s class we have been learning about Skara Brae, a Stone Age village discovered in the Orkney Islands. We have researched and then written a factfile page about the site. In Maths we have continued to practice our formal column addition method for big numbers, and confidence doing this has increased hugely. We have also had our first times tables test (10x), some children still need to practice these! In Science we continue to think about diet and nutrition, learning about the 5 main food groups (fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, proteins, dairy, fats and sugars), learning how they help or harm our body, and the proportions we should eat. In RE we have learned about the seven sacraments, and then focused on what happens during Mass. In PE we have practiced and refined our jumping skills, learning some new jumps too. In Music we have been learning the notation of crotchets and quavers, and composing our own short rhythms.
A reminder – if you have not yet brought back your child’s Christmas card design and order form the closing date is MONDAY 9th October.
Looking forward to seeing you all boogieing at the disco tonight!
Week ending 22nd Sept
What an artistic week we've had! We have looked at Cave paintings, and created our own, and also studied the art and architechture of the artist Hundertwasser, before creating our own Hundertwasser-inspired artworks.
In English we have been focusing on the use of conjunctions, and in Maths learning a formal columnar method of addition. We have continued our gymnastics by practising our balancing skills, and learnt about Baptism in RE.
Christmas card templates came home today, please do support children to complete these and return to school by the 9th of October.
I am away at Yenworthy next week, but I am sure the children will have a lovely week. Please direct any queries to the office.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 15th Sept
It was lovely to see so many of you at the curriculum meeting. Hopefully it answered any questions you may have, and gave you an overview of the curriculum. If you were unable to attend, please don't worry, read through your pack, and do come and ask if you have any questions.
This week in English we have been looking at books by the author and illustrator Michael Foreman. We have thought about the style of his books and pictures, and focused on verbs and conjunctions in the text. In Maths we have continued with place value activities, as well as our first class session of Times Table Rock Stars. In Science we have been learning about healthy eating. In RE we have been learning about Jesus choosing the disciples. In PE we looked at the elements of gymnastics, and demonstrated our skills.
Remember, homework is due in on Monday, and Reading Records and Times Tables Rock Stars books should be brought into school every day.
Enjoy the weekend!
Week ending 8th September
Welcome to St Paul's Class!
What a wonderful week, the children have all settled in really well. We have welcomed a couple of new class members, and everyone has joined in enthusiastically with our games and activities. We have been playing some fun get-to-know-you games this week, and learned some of our new routines, but have also dived straight into the curriculum, focusing on place value in Maths, recounts and adjectives in English, animal diets in Science, and introducing the Prehistoric period of Britain in Topic.
We will be doing PE on Mondays and Thursdays, please ensure all children have full PE kit in school next week.
Mrs Jenkins and Miss Hickman have asked me to pass on their thanks for all the lovely cards and gifts at the end of last term. They were much appreciated.
Class Dojo and Times Tables Rock Stars logins have come home this week. If you have any difficulties logging on then please let me know and I will do my best to assist.
Remember that our Curriculum meeting is next Friday (15th) at 2:30.
Congratulations to the children on a great week, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Week ending 7th July.
What a fantastic week we have had this week. The children have really enjoyed experimenting with Parabolic Curves. They had the chance to design their own and then reproduce this on a wooden board. There was a great deal of hammering going on and a few sore fingers by the end of the week.
We have also managed to produce a lot of Egyptian art work as well, which the children loved.
We hope you liked them all when you visited to look arond the school.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and that the weather remains lovely for us all.
Week ending 23rd June
I hope you have all had a greta week.
This week in class the children have been working hard as usual. In maths we have looking at division using the chunking method. We will continue with this next week. In literacy, the focus has been on working in groups to gather evidence to produce a document on the Egyptians. They are looking at Headings and Subheadings. They will use this work and their draft ideas, to produce the final draft next week.
Thank you for sending in your cereal packets; we shall be using these next week to make our own Egyptian masks.
The weather has unfortunately become cooler, but I hope you all have a lovely weekend what ever the weather has in store.
Week ending 16th June
Wow, we are outstanding! How wonderful it was to get our OFSTED result and a fabulous end to the week.
The children have been working so hard and have produced some lovely work over the last two weeks. In maths they have been looking at shape, number patterns and addition of money. In literacy we have been working on comprehension, prepositions, conjunctions and grammar.
It's great to see some children completing their Times Table Roack Star challenge, well done. Please can I remind everyone to practice their tables as often as possible. It would be lovely to see some more children achieving this challenge before the end of this year.
In topic the children have been wriing in Heiroglyphics. They have been cracking codes and even managed to write my name! We have had lots of fun.
The weather is looking fabulous at the moment and I hope that you all have a great weekend enjoying the sunshine.
Week ending 26th May
It was great to see so many people at the school fete last weekend, despite the rather miserable weather.
The weather hasn't disappointed us this week, in fact it's been rather too hot. The children have loved running around at break time and lunch, but have all come in extremely hot afterwards. Please can I ask that you apply suncream in the mornings and send your child into school with a sun hat.
This week we have been learning about Pentecost and it was great to see a sea of red this morning in assembly as we celebrated the Churche's birthday. The children have made some lovely windmills in class to remind us of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In maths we have been learning how to use the inverse operation of multiplication/divsion to check our answers. Please can all the children spend time over the holiday playing on Times Table Rock Star, it is important that they have consolidated their 10,5,2,4 and 8 times tables before the end of the year. We have also had a maths test this week, the results of which, will help with my planning next term.
In literacy we have been reading the Egyptian Cinderella. The children have worked on story planning and how to extract important information in order to write thier own stories in the same style.
The children have come home with some spellings to learn over the holiday, could you also spend some time looking at the spellings on the Year 3/4 list.
I hope that you all have a fantastic break and that the weather remains lovely and hot for us all.
Week ending 19th May
It's so hard to believe how quickly the weeks are flashing by, it's only one week to half term!
This week we have had loads of fun in class especially yesterday when we erupted our volcanoes. We had a day of Science and followed the volcanoes with 'Boogie Gloop.' The children carried out an experiment to work out how to make their gloop dance. They mixed together cornflour, water and food colouring and watched their gloop dance to the music. It showed us how sound waves make things move through vibrations. We made a huge mess, but had a great time.
I'm maths we have been revising doubling and halving and in literacy we have been looking at the different styles of poetry.
The weather has been pretty miserable this week, keep your fingers crossed that it stays dry for us all at the fete tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there.
Week ending 12th May
Wow, what an unexpected week. As you all know by now, we have had the pleasure of Ofsted this week. The children were amazing and worked so hard, whilst also demonstarting excellent manners and attitudes to learning.
Unfortunately we will not know the outcome of their visit for approximately three to four weeks, but will notify you when we do.
The children have given 100% in all areas of the curriculum this week. In maths, we have been calculating two step word problems, rounding and estimating answers and we finished the week with inverse operations which we will continue to work on next week.
Everybody is throughly enjoying our topic and they have produced some excellent table top work on Pharoahs. We will keep it for the next couple of weeks, so if you have time after school, pop in and have a look.
In literacy we have continued our work on editing and making improvements to grammar, punctiation and vocabulary.
I think we are all looking forward to the weekend and I hope you all have a relaxing time.
Week ending 5th May
It's hard to believe that we are in May already and at the end of the second week.
Some of you may have noticed that we have a student working with us again this term. Her name is Miss Larsen and she will be with us for a further 7 weeks. She is on her final placement with us, and will be teacing her own class in September.
This week in maths we have been looking at column addition with carrying and we have just moved onto subtraction, which we will continue next week. In Literacy we have been working on pronouns and developing our editing skills. The children have come home with new spellings today as well, please encourage your child to learn these at home.
In science we have been finding out about the different types of light sources around us. It was interesting to see what the children considered to be light sources and where we could find them.
It was great to see the children playing on the pirate ship during break today. They were all excited and seemed to be having lots of fun. Our new 'Dance Friday' also seems to be going down well, and there were lots of children outside at lunch time today, dancing their socks off.
The weather this weekend doesnt look great, but I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing time.
Week ending 28th April
Welcome back to the Summer term; I hope you all had a fantasic Easter break and didn't eat too much chocolate.
It was lovely to see the children on Monday and they all seemed excited to be starting our new topic on Ancient Egypt. Some children have visited Egypt and have already brought things in to show the rest of the class.
In maths we are revising place value and addtion and subtraction, whilst also having ten minute morning slots, keeping other areas of maths fresh in their minds.
In Science we will be looking at Light and Sound and we will be starting this topic next week.
This week in Literacy the children loved drawing me a story. They used a selection of words and their imaginations to create funny, short stories, using all the words they came up with. They have also got new spellings in their spelling journals, that they need to learn for next week.
I hope you all have a great long weekend.
Week ending 7th April
We have come to the end of yet another term and we have finished on a high. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing Resurrection Rock to both the school and yourselves. The acting and singing were fabulous and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
The Easter egg raffle went down well as usual and it was lovely to see that everyone, even if they didnt win an egg, had an Easter lolly.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy Easter, stay safe and enjoy the much needed break.
Week ending 31st March
I can't believe we are almost at the end of term, only one week to go.
We have had to say good bye to Miss Butcher today. She has been a real asset to the class and demonstrated that she will be an excellent teacher when she starts this September. All the children have enjoyed being taught by her and she will be greatly missed.
In maths, we have still focussed on time this week and next week we will be calculating time intervals and time using roman numerals. If you have time over the weekend, it would benefit the chldren if you question them on how long it takes to do things.
In literacy, we have revisited compound and complex sentences and worked on our editing skills.
The children should have brought home their Spelling Journals, which have their words in that they need to learn. Please can yo get your child to look at these on a regular basis, but also remind them to bring their book back to school each day.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 24th March
The children have been working very hard this week in all areas of the curriculum.
In maths we have been working on time, looking at both analogue and digital time and coverting one to the other. It would be very helpful if you talked about time at home and discusssed when you do things and how long they take.
In literacy we have been focussing on different sentence types and why we use them; these include main and subordinate clauses.
If you ask your child about Mount Everest, they should be able to give you some interesting facts. We have been researching the mountain and it's location.
A letter has gone home today about our performance, Resurrection Rock. If you would like tickets, please can you complete the slip and return it to school. The rehersals are going well and we are looking forward to performing it to you.
Please can you encourage your child to use Times Table Rock Star as often as possible. New spellings have also come home today. Some children are remembering to learn them, but not all. It is really important that they learn the words, as it will consolidate rules and essential words that they need to know how to spell.
It's lovely to see some sunshine and know that the weather will be getting warmer, however it is still cold. Please ensure that your child still comes to school with a coat for outdoors.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend and remember that the clocks go forward.
Week ending 10th March
The children have all worked very hard this week in all areas that we have worked on.
In maths we finished our work on data and started looking at analogue clocks. A lot of the children were very good with this and we will move onto digital time next week.
This week has been multi-faith week and year 3 and 4 have been focussing on Sikhism. The children enjoyed finding out about this religion and we compared it to Catholicism. On Friday they had an amazing time at the Gurdwara, learning more about the religion and trying the food they eat. Some of the children even went back for seconds, despite taking their own packed lunch.
In topic we have been learning about the different layers of the earth and what they are called. The children have made their own earth and identified the different layers. These are on display within the classroom and look great.
It's lovely to see the weather improving, lets hope we all have a lovely weekend.
Week ending 3rd March
I hope that you have all had a good week.
In maths this week, the children have been colleting data and learning how to correctly tally their information. They have produced bar graphs and pictograms to show the results of their data. The children are making good progress with their Times Tables Rock Star and they always seem so enthusiastic about it. It's an enjoyable way of learning such an important concept.
In literacy the children have continued to look at similes and used them in their work. They have also been improving their editing skills.
Everybody should have brought home their new spellings to learn, I will be testing them on Wednesday of next week.
Our rehearsals for Resurrection Rock are going well. Please can you encourage your child to learn all their words, as we hope to do it without them next week. The songs are sounding beautiful.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 24th February
It's hard to believe that we have finished the first week of this term already, I don't know where the days go to.
It was good to see so many of you at parents evening this week, thank you for coming.
We have started rehearsals for Resurrection Rock this and we are very pleased to see that the children are already learning ther lines. Please can you encourage your child, to learn all the song words at home.
In maths we have been looking at different angles and types of lines. We will continue this next week The homework supports what we are currently learning. Please spend time with your child to see what they have been doing.
In literacy we have been learning about Similes and how they can add interest to stories, and create fabulous images in the readers head. They are also working on story writing, incorporating similes that they have come up with. We are looking forward to reading the finished articals.
We are very lucky to have Miss Butcher working with us this term. She has already formed a great relationship with the children and she will be staying with us for another six weeks.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend and that we don't have any more wind.
Week ending 27th January.
As you will all know by now, Year 3 and 4 will be performing Resurection Rock. This week many of the children have bravely auditioned for parts in the production. There are many parts needed, so if we are unable to give your child their preferred part, they will still have an important role in the production. I sent the song words out earlier this week, so no doubt you will become familiar with them pretty soon!!
In maths we have moved onto multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. I haven't sent out any maths homework this week, but ask that you make sure that your child has time to play on Times Table Rock Star.
In english we have been looking at exciting story openings. The children have had some fantastic ideas which they have shared with others in the class.
The children have all enjoyed finding out about volcanoes this week in our topic work. We will continue this next week and also look at mountains in Europe.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend. Keep warm.
Week ending 23rd January.
The children are really enjoying the class Dojo and are eager to get points. Last week we reached our class target, however this week we just missed it. Keep working hard everyone.
This week in our topic we have been looking at mountains around the world and locating them on a map. The children have been working hard using grid references and keys to locate high mountains. They all seem very interested in the topic so far which is fantastic. If any one wishes to find out more information at home, about specific mountains that interest them, then that would be great.
In maths we have been learning about grams, kilograms, litres and millilitres.
In english we have been looking at past perfect and past present verb tenses. We will be reinforcing these next week.
Please can I remind you that the children need to make sure that they have their Spelling Journals in school every day as we use them daily. It is also important that the children use Times Table Rockstar as often as possible, this is homework that has replaced their weekly times table.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week ending 13th January.
This week in maths we have continued our work on measure. The children are starting to grasp this and have brought homework home to support cm and mm. In class today we have been converting cm to m, looking at decimals. Next week we will move onto kg and g.
In litercay we have been working on adjectives. We used a picture for our stimulus, listing as many adjectives to describe what we could see. We then wrote a converstaion that could have taken place between the people in the picture, to revise inverted commas. Foloowing this we did some role play and acted out our converstaions. Finally we wrote what we thought would happen next in the story. The children have written some fantastic pieces of work that I am really pleased with.
This week in PE, there were a number of children who didn't have their plimsoles, please can you check that your child has them in school at all times. Can I also take this opportunity to ask that you make sure that your child's name is wriiten in all items of school uniform.
Have a great weekend.
Week ending 6th January.
Happy New Year to you all, I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed the break. Thank you once again for all our lovely, generous gifts.
It was lovely to see lots of smiling faces on Tuesday of this week. All the children were eager to talk about the things they did and the presents they received.
This term we have started looking at length in maths, focussing upon CM, MM and M. As we have only just started this topic, I have not sent maths homework home to support this. Please can you ensure that your child goes on Times Table Rock Star instead. This gives them invaluble practice of their tables.
We have nearlly finished our topic on Stone Age to Iron Age and we will be moving on to Mighty Mountains next week. This topic involves a lot of geography work, as it focusses on mountain ranges around the world.
In literacy we have written a recount of the Christmas holidays, the focus being Sequential words.
We have started Class Dojo this week which all the children have found very exciting. We are focussing on working hard, staying on task, helping others and being kind to others; qualities that the children agreeded where important. Please log on and see how your child is doing.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Mrs Heppell and I would just like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Thank you for all our lovely presents and cards.
Enjoy the break and see you all in 2017!
Week ending 9th December.
It was so lovely to see so many of you at our Christingle assembly. The children spoke and sang beautifully and we hope that you all enjoyed the story. We are looking forward to seeing you all next week at our Carol Concert.
It's lovely to see so many children enjoying learning their tables. Quiet a few awards were given out today and so many children are trying very hard to do well. Keep it up.
I have given out the last homework today until after Christmas, please can you ensure that they are all handed in by Wednesday of next week.
Could I ask that you ensure your child has their Spelling Journal and Times Table Rockstar book in school every day. If you make a note of their log in details, then it won't matter if they leave their book in school at any point.
Have a good weekend.
Week ending 2nd December.
The weeks are whizzing by and before we know it, we will have broken up for Christmas.
We have a lot to do before we finish, starting with our Christingle service on the 5th December. The children have been learning their words and the songs, ready for what I am sure will be an amazing performance. Please can you encourage your child to do a final practice over the weekend.
Lots of children have been learning their tables using Times Table Rockstar. It is proving very popular and some children got their first award when we tested them this morning. Keep it up and don't forget to go on it as often as you can.
If you have not brought your white shirt into school for our Carol Concert, then please can you make sure it's in early next week. Please ensure it is on a hanger and in a named bag.
In maths this week we have been working on column addition and we will be moving onto subtraction next week.
In literacy we have been looking at adverbs and how to use them correctly in our work.
The pantomime was a huge sucess. All the children had a fantastice time and their behaviour was excellent.
I hope that you are all able to go to the Chipping Norton Christmas evening. I look forward to seeing you there.
Week ending 18th November.
This week in maths we have completed our work on fractions and started looking at doubling and halving numbers, which we will continue next week. In literacy we have revisited inverted commas and started looking at contractions. The children have got some examples of contractions in their spelling journals to learn.
We visited the library this week and and had a great time. We were shown all the different types of books, CDs and DVDs that we are able to borrow from our local library, and the lovely lady read us a selection of books. She talked about different levels and types of books available, and allowed us all to have a look at books of our choice.
We are regularly practising the songs for our Christmas carol concert, please can you encourage your child to learn their words so they know all the songs. Also can I remind you to send your child's white shirt into school for the concert, in a named carrier bag with a coat hanger.
I hope you have a good weekend.
Week ending 11th November.
This week seems to have seen a number of children off with a sickness bug, I do hope that it doesn't linger long and everyone is feeling 100% next week.
This week we have continued our work on fractions in maths, looking at adding fractions, fractions of amounts, counting in tenths and next week we will look at how to subtract fractions. Please take time to ask your children about the work we have covered, and ask if they can give you examples of the work they have completed.
In literacy, we have produced some excellent non-fiction pieces on The Stone Age. Our focus was to show that we could use headings and sub-headings. I hope to get them up on display next week.
They children did very well in our Remembrance Assembly today and read their parts beautifully. They were very respectful during the two minutes silence.
A lot of the children are forgetting parts of their PE kit each week. Please can you make sure that they have their plimsoles and indoor kit on a Friday and outdoor kit for a Tuesday.
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend.
Week ending 4th November.
Welcome back to this half term. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for the hectic term ahead.
This week we have started working on fractions in maths. All the children seem to be enjoying it and we will continue on this topic next week. Please can you remind your child to learn their tables and support them when possible, as tables do help when calculating fractions of amounts.
In literacy we are looking at paragraphs and how they help us to organise our ideas. We have been writing about pets and insects. Next week we will use what we have learnt to help us write about the Stone Age.
The children have started their spelling journals this week and have written some words in to bring home. Please ask your child to explain the rule and give you other examples. The journal needs to be in school every day, so please can you ensure that it's in their books bags each evening.
It was so lovely to chat to you all at Parents' Evening this week, so thank you for coming.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fireworks.
Week ending 14th October
What an exciting week we have had this week. The highlight was our trip to Hill End, where we learnt about Ancient Settlements and what life was like for Stone Age people. The children carried out lots of activities, from grinding wheat to make flour, spear making, hunting and gathering, flint napping and bread making. They all had a fantastic time and loved being outdoors going back in time and trying to live like Stone Age children.
In maths we have been focussing on symmetry and next week we will be moving onto shape. Some children are doing well with their tables and I would like to thank you for supporting your child with them. Tables are a vital part of maths, as they support so many other areas and although the learning of them may appear monotonous, I cannot stress how frequently they are used.
In literacy we have continued to look at different types of sentences and tried to use these in our recounts of our school trip.
Please can I also remind you, that children do need to make sure that they have both their indoor and outdoor P.E. kits in school on the correct days, as many do seem to be forgetting. It is important that they have both indoor and outdoor shoes, especially as the weather is turning colder and wetter.
Next week, we are having a French day on Wednesday and the children will be involved in various activities taking place throughout the day. It should be great fun.
I hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend and that I see lots of you at the Fuss.
Week ending 7th October
The weeks seem to be going very quickly and I can't believe we are already in October.
This week in maths we have been looking at 10,100 and 1000 more and less than a number. The children have all enjoyed this work and worked very hard.
In literacy we have be looking at different types of sentences and trying to grasp main and subordinate clauses. We will continue with this next week.
We have been working on our art work for the corridoor and we have been looking at the artist Gustav Klimt. We are trying to replicate the Tree of Life. We hope to finish these next week.
Please can I ask that if anyone hasn't returned their trip letter, it be returned to school on Monday. I will be unable to take any child whose permission slip I haven't got. It is such a fantastic day, that I'd hate anyone to miss out.
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 30th September
I hope that you have all had a good week.
In class we have continued work on place value, looking at what each digit is worth. We have also been adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers, using Jumping Frog to help us when subtracting.
We have been writing stories in the style of the author Michael Foreman in literacy, which the children have all enjoyed. We will use these stories next week to develop our editing skills.
In science we are still looking at what plants need to survive, and the role that the leaves play in this.
Also this week we have had our first times table test. The children need to score ten or above to move on to the next set. Please can I ask that you spend some time with your child learning these at home. It is also important that you continue to hear your child read at home regularly, this develops their vocabulary, spelling, and allows them to look at and read different types of genre.
I hope that the weather is kind to us this weekend and we don't see too much rain.
Week ending 23rd September
The class are really finding their feet and seem to be enjoing school, which is always great to see.
This week in class we have continued to look at prefixes, suffixes and root words, and started looking at conjunctions in literacy. In maths, we have been working on adding and subtracting 2 and 3-digit numbers.
In science we have been finding out about how plants take up water. We have set up an experiment in class using food dye, to show that water travels up the stem from the roots. The children are all excited about our white flowers changing colour.
I have sent home times tables this week. All children will start on the two times table and will move on to the next one when they get 10/12 or more. If they get less, then it is important that they learn them again, just to make sure they grasp them before moving on.
I have arranged for us to visit Hill End on our school trip; having visited last year, I know we will have a great day. Please can you return the slip by the 7th October, giving permission for your child to attend. If any body still hasn't returned the parent pack with the going home arrangements for your child, please can you send it back into school as soon as possible.
I hope to see all of you at the disco this evening, it should be a fun night.
Week ending 16th September
I can't believe that we have already completed the second week of this term, the days are just flying by!
This week we have been looking at place value of three and four digit numbers. The children have had great fun adding and subtracting, and they have all worked very hard.
In literacy we have been looking at root words and adding suffixes and prefixes to change them. We will be continuing this next week. We have discussed nouns, both proper and common and their homework supports this. Please make sure that both pieces of homework are handed in by Wednesday of next week.
The children are enjoying hockey with Mrs Woolley and have started gymnastics with me. Please can you make sure that your child has plimsoles in school for this, as they are safer on the larger equipment.
I hope that you are all planning on going to the fair this weekend. Enjoy and stay safe.
Week ending 9th September.
A huge welcome to St Paul's Blog.
What a great first week of term we have all had. The children are all settling in well and getting to know the routine.
Everyone seemed very excited on Monday and it was lovely to hear everyones wonderful holiday stories.
Thank you to all the parents who managed to come to the parents meeting, I hope you found it useful. Please can you fill in the variouse sheets that
were in the parent pack and send them back as soon as possible. If you couldn't make it and have any questions, then don't hesitate to come and see me.
I would like to pass on a message of thanks from Mrs Jenkins, for all her wonderful, kind gifts. She is looking forward to going to Blenheim Horse Trials this weekend.
I hope you all have a relaxing weekend and don't get too wet!
Week ending 15th July
It is hard to believe that I have almost had your children for a full academic year. The year has gone so quickly and this is because I have thoruoughly enjoyed every minute of it. They have worked hard and it has been so lovely to see them grow and flourish.
We have had yet another great week which has culminated in a fun, despite being very wet, Sports Day. A huge thank you to everyone who came to support on such a dismal day. I hope it drys up for the rest of the weekend and we eventually get some real summer weather.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 8th July
It is good to see that the children are all continuing to work hard, despite the end of the year approaching so quickly. This week we have been working on fractions in Maths. Nearly all the children have grasped this and are able to calculate fractions of amounts. In Literacy we have been loooking at writing in the third person. We watched a fanatstic short video called 'The Present' and the children all joined in with a great speaking and listening session based on this.
I hope to see you all at the disco this evening and I'll keep my fingers croosed that it doesn't rain, for those of you who are camping.
Week ending 1st July
I hope that you have all had a great week; it's so hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of the year.
The children are very excited about having a new locker system in school. They have all been allocted a new locker to use to put their things in everday. This will hopefully reduce the amount of clothes being lost. Please can I remind eveyone, to ensure that children's names are in all items of clothing, as there is an increasing number of items that are being unclaimed.
In maths this week, the children have been looking at divison using the bus stop method. The homework supports the work we have covered in class. In Literacy and topic we have looked at the London Underground, how to use it and give directions to get from one place to another. It was lots of fun.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather improves for us all, as it still feels rather Autumnal and far too wet!
Have a lovely weekend.
Week ending 24th June
It was so lovely to see so many of you at the school fete last weekend.The weather wasn't fantastic, but everybody still managed to smile.
This week the children have continued to work hard. In numeracy we have been working on rounding numbers to help us estimate our answers and two step word problems. In literacy we have been working on linking verbs to time and cause. We will still continue to work on our tables each week and the children should all know which one to look at for next week.
I have not sent home spellings this week, because next week I will be testing the children on the year 3/4 words that they should be learning.
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 17th June.
It's hard to believe that we have so little time left before the end of the year. We have had another great week that culminated in us celebrating the Queens birthday with an afternoon tea. Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side and we had to have our celebrations inside. We still had lots of fun and the cream scones were delicious.
This week in school we have revised many areas in maths, looking at multiplication methods, word problems and fractions. In literacy we have been revising homophones and continued our work on expanded noun phrases.
We are looking forward to the school fete and hoping that the weather is kind to us.
Welcome back to the final term of the year, I hope that you all had a lovely break.
We have had a great first week back and have enjoyed some lovely sunny weather. All the children had a wonderful party, to celebrate some of our children taking their First Holy Communion.
The children have worked hard and produced some lovely literacy this week, focussing on expanded noun phrases. Let's hope they keep up the hard work. In numeracy we have been working on number problems and sequences, which has been tricky, but great fun.
Please can I ask you to remind your child/children to keep on top of their tables, as a lot of them seem to be forgetting them.
Another term has come to an end and all the children seem ready for a holiday. The time is passing by far too quickly, it doesn't seem two minutes since they all started in year three.
In school this week we have been looking at our family trees. If the children would like to do some more work on this during the holidays, that would be fantastic. They could research their family, going back further than we did in class and produce a tree to bring into school when they return. If they want to do one on the Monarchy, looking into the Queens family, that would also be great. The choice is theirs.
Please can you remind your child/children, to keep on top of their tables and spend some time looking back at those they are supposed to know.
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday.
The days are flying by and we have had a great week doing tests. The children have all worked so well and tried really hard.
Next week will hopefully be a little easier, as we are going to the Bookfeast Festival on the Tuesday and the Kingham Scultpure Exhibition on Wednesday. If you would like your child to purchase a book, please can you return the envelope to school, with the correct amount of money enclosed, by Monday 23rd May.
I'm not sure what the weather has in store next week, but please can you ensure that your child has a coat with them on both trip days, in case it rains.
Have a lovely weekend.
We have been working hard this week looking at column addition and subtraction. All the children have enjoyed learning how to do this. We have also been revising other areas that we have covered over the last few months. Please can you encourage your child to revisit all the tables that they have covered so far this year. Knowing their tables is extemely important, as it helps them with so many other areas of maths.
I am sorry that we have not managed to visit the library for a number of weeks. We always seem to get so involved with different lessons on a Monday afternoon, that we forget. I will try very hard to remember next week, so please can you send your child into school with their book on Monday.
Please can I also remind everyone, to return any letters to school that link to any forcoming outings that we are going on.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
The weeks are going by very quickly and its hard to believe we are in the Summer Term. Fortunatley the weather seems to be improving and we are now able to play on the field.
Please make sure that your child has outdoor shoes for PE, as the field can still be a little muddy at times. Could I also ask, that if your child brings thier PE kit home after Sports Club, they remember to bring it back into school the following day.
We are all loving the class story, Gangsta Granny and it's lovely to see that some children have bought the book themselves. We have been looking at the characters in the book and describing what we think they might be like.
We have been revisiting Time in maths this week, but it would be helpful if you could help your child at home, as not everyone is confident in this area.
I would just like to say a huge thank you for all your kind words and thoughts this week. It has been a very difficult week for everybody and we shall all miss Mrs Hovard enormously.
I hope that you all have a relaxing long weekend and that the weather isn't too miserable.
It's hard to believe that we have already finished two weeks of the summer term, time is flying by!
I must apologise for forgetting to do the spelling test this week, but I have told all the children that we will have it on Monday of next week.
Everyone is enjoying learning about the history of the Monarchy, particularly finding out about Queen Elizabeth II.
In Science we are learning about light, looking at different light sources and how shadows are formed. The children have enjoyed seeing how the earth orbits the sun and why we have seasons.
We have written some funny diaries this week, pretending we were the Queen, some of them has us laughing out loud!
Please can I ask, that if your child comes home with their PE kit after sports club, you remind them to bring it back into school for PE on the Friday.
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Week ending 18th March
This week, we say good bye to the students. It has been fantastic having them work with us for the last eight weeks and we will miss them.
We have enjoyed using the computers this week; working on Excel, inputting information and learning how to show the data in various graph form. A huge thank you to Mrs Hills for your help with this.
We all had lots of fun running a mile for Sport Relief and dressing up in red or a funky onesie. We have some very fast children in our class, who should think of running more often.
Please can I ask that you remind your child to learn their tables as I am finding that they are often forgetting those that they learnt a fe months ago. Thank you for your continued support.
Week ending 11.03.16
What an exciting week in school we have had, completing lots of hard work, whilst having lots of fun at the same time. It was great to see so many of them joining in with the FairTrade Bake Off. I had the extremely fortunate job of tasting all of the cakes that were brought into class. It was a very hard job to choose an overall winner, as they were all of such a high standard. The cakes were then enjoyed by all the parents who were able to join us for afternoon tea.
In class we looked at fairtrade chocolate, the different types and whether we enjoyed it.
We had lots of fun at the town hall performing our poetry and got excellent comments from the adjudicator about our use of expression to make the poems come to life.
I hope you all have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshine.
Week ending 26.2.16
We have had a busy first week back after the half term break. All the children have settled well and they have been working really hard.
In science this week, we have been looking at 'Fossils' and how they are formed. We were fortunate enough to have some real fossils for the children to look at and explore. If you have any at home, or find any when you are out and about, please do bring them into school. Next week we will be studying 'Rocks.' Again if you have any at home, please bring them into school.
In literacy, the children have independently written some fantastic stories about a Mountain Adventure incorporating adjectives and similes to make their writing more exciting.
We are looking forward to Thursday 3rd March as the school is celebrating world book day and the theme for the day will be Roald Dahl. We look forward to seeing all your wonderful costumes.
Best Wishes for a lovely weekend,
Week ending 12.2.16
We have had a lovely last week of term and the children all seem excited about having a week off.
The trip to Neasdon was amazing and the children had a fantastic time. They were exceptionally well behaved and very respectful of the Hindu religion. They found the building beautiful and very ornate and had an intersting question and answer session.
We also had the opportunity to find out this week about Chinese New Year and were lucky to all get a fortune cookie and chopsticks. We made up our own dance routines thinking about how a dragon may move and had fun looking at each others interpretation.
The children all had a great time at the ball skills festival and some of them came back to school with a trophy.
I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy holiday and look forward to seeing you all refreshed again after the break.
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