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Kingfishers Welcome Term 3 and 2019

Dear Parents,

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Thanks to all those of you who sent cards and gifts, they were very much appreciated.

The Kingfishers have come back in fine form and are excited about our new topic which  Mountains and Volcanoes. We will asking: Where are the mountain ranges around the world? How are they are formed? What life is like in these extreme environments? What does it take to climb a mountain like Everest?

We will also be studying rocks and their characteristics and uses in Science with a visit to our local marble and granite suppliers to see how they are used.

In Maths, we will be studying time so please, if possible, ask your child to wear their watch to school or make sure a clock (analogue not digital) is visible at home. Learning to tell the time can be especially tricky, even for children who usually find maths easy, so when you ask your child to tell the time at home, you may need to remind them about the hour and minute hand first or even  make labels showing: o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to etc. These visual clues will really help your children to approach telling the time with more confidence.

In English, we are using a text called ‘ The Pebble in My Pocket’ which follows the history a tiny pebble which started life 480 000 000. This book is full of wonderful descriptive language, as well as many science/geography specific words. We are having a whole school focus on learning and retaining new vocabulary so please ask you child to tell you some of the new words they have learnt each day and give them the opportunity to explain the meaning to you.

A new maths homework format will be put in place later in the term. Letters will be sent out to you when the school has had a formal launch. Reading and times tables homework remain unchanged.

As usual, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Best wishes,

S. Field and C. Jenkins

Term 1

Wow – what a wonderful first term the Kingfishers have had!

As part of our Stone Age topic the children have written some excellent story openers and character and setting descriptions based on the book ‘Stone Age Boy’.

We have been focussing on instruction writing during the latter part of the term and the children instructed me about how to make a sandwich as well as how to clean my teeth!

In maths we’ve been getting to grips with formal column methods of addition and subtraction. Please feel free to practise at home and ask word problems requiring column addition and subtraction to solve them.

Art has included cave style art and we’ve started regular philosophy sessions to ponder life’s mysteries!

Other termly highlights have included our wonderful Harvest Samba performance, a Judo taster session and the fact that we won trophies for Collaboration, Responsibility and the overall Welton Value award! Excellent work, Kingfishers!

Have a lovely half term break and please continue to read with your child as much as possible at home and remember to ask them questions about what they have read.
Also keep going with Times Table Rockstars to help increase your child’s fluency at multiplication recall. (It’s worth noting that by the end of Year 4, they should know all times tables and associated division facts!)
Many thanks for all your continued support,
Mrs Jenkins-Fry and Mrs Field