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Term Two: Week Five: 30.11.20

This week we will be exploring Mount Everest. In English, we will create a report about Everest and we will look at a range of features for non fiction writing, such as how we can present factual information using paragraphs, headings and subheadings and create information that is interesting for the reader.

In Maths, we continue with our learning about multiplication and division, we will deepen our understanding and we will look at a range of different problems and questions that involve multiplication and division skills.

Through our Learning Theme, we will look at who has explored Everest, who the first explorers were, what it is like there, what might grow there. We will look at where Everest is located and the Himalayan Mountains.

Spelling Shed is ready to be used with new words added each week. TT Rock Stars is also available to support the children’s learning. Logins for both are at the front of the children’s reading diaries.

We are very impressed with the children’s attitude to reading both at school and at home and we continue to reward good effort in reading with our class incentive chart, we have now started to collect buttons and beads!

Another great week ahead Kestrels!

 

Term Two: Week Four: 23.11.20

This week in English we will continue with our ‘Barley The Bear’ stories and we will present them orally to one another and we hope to share some of our stories with Sarah Fiander Harrison, the author of the ‘Barley The Bear’ stories. We will also look at other schools around the world in different countries and climates and find out how the schools are similar and different to our own school.

In maths we will continue to deepen our understanding of multiplication, including grouping, arrays and we will begin to look at sharing as division. We are starting to learn our 3 and 4 times tables and to secure our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We are using a variety of games and songs to help with this and we have logins for TTRock Stars that we can use to help with our learning.

Through our Learning Theme this week, we will look at a hot country and desert environment in the continent of Asia and we will explore what a desert environment is like, including what lives and grows in a desert.

Spelling Shed is ready to be used with new words added each week. TT Rock Stars is also available to support the children’s learning. Logins for both are at the front of the children’s reading diaries.

We are very impressed with the children’s attitude to reading both at school and at home and we continue to reward good effort in reading with our class incentive chart.

Looking forward to the week ahead Kestrels!

 

Week Three: 16.11.20

This week is ‘Anti Bullying Week’. We would like the children to wear odd socks on Monday to acknowledge the fact that we are all different. We will be using role play, drama, PSHE opportunties to discuss what bullying looks like and what we can do about it as well as the opposite behaviour which is kindness and how we can really demonstrate kindness towards others.

In English we will be writing our own stories based on ‘Barley The Bear’ and we would like to present them to Sarah Fiander Harrison. We will plan, draft, write and publish our stories as well as present them to an audience.

In Maths we will be continuing to learn about multiplication and division, we will continue to practise2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, odd and even numbers, arrays, we will use our knowledge to practically solve problems and answer questions.

Through our Learning Theme we will look at early sea exploration and navigation, we will explore different oceans from around the world, we will look at how primitive sea travel was years ago and how the stars helped explorers navigate the oceans.

Spelling Shed is ready to be used with new words added each week. We will also send out copies of the children’s spellings in folders this term too to support the great learning already taking place on the Spelling Shed platform. Logins are at the front of the children’s reading diaries.
We are very impressed with the children’s attitude to reading both at school and at home and we continue to reward good effort in reading with our class incentive chart.

Looking forward to the week ahead Kestrels!

 

 

Week Two: 9.11.20

This week we will start to look at ‘Barley The Bear Stories’ by Sarah Fiander Harrison in English.  We will also have the exciting opportunity to meet her virtually through ‘Zoom’ which means that the children will be able to ask lots of questions and actually meet the author who has written the stories, how exciting! We will describe our own version of ‘Pawlett Island’ which is the setting in the stories and we will have a go at writing some poetry this week.

In Maths, we will start to look at multiplication and division. Our focus this week will be to group and share objects, to ensure that we are able to group in 2s, 5s, 10s and to divide into 2s, 5s and 10s, we will learn about odd and even numbers, look at the symbols for multiplication and division and recognise that multiplication is repeated addition.

Through our Learning Theme we will have a geography focus of learning more about our local area. We will look at Pawlett on Google Earth, we will map out our route to school and we will explore our school grounds to see what wonderful plants and trees we have within our school environment.

Spelling Shed is ready to be used with new words added each week. We will also send out copies of the children’s spellings in folders this term too to support the great learning already taking place on the Spelling Shed platform. Logins are at the front of the children’s reading diaries.

We are very impressed with the children’s attitude to reading both at school and at home and we continue to reward good effort in reading with our class incentive chart.

Looking forward to the week ahead Kestrels!

 

Term Two:

Week One: 2.11.20

Welcome to Term Two Kestrels!

After a fantastic Term One, now we embark on our second term of the year!

This week we will complete our class story of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ in English. We will write a persuasive argument and evaluate how persuasive our reasons are for writing using the idea of exploring in the dark as a starting point. Is this a good idea or not? We will look at reasons in favour and against such exploring and it will be really interesting to see what the children come up with!

In Maths we will deepen our understanding of addition and subtraction using a range of practical situations, various apparatus and methods to really cement our understanding.  We will look at problem solving activites that will apply our understanding to everyday situations and ‘real life’ situations.

In our Learning Theme this week we will explore the continents of North and South America to conclude exploring the world’s continents, which will mean that we have been all around the globe before we begin to look at individual explorers in more detail.  This will lead us into exploring rainforests such as The Amazon Rainforest and their importance to our everyday lives. We will look at the wonderful text ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry which will also support our understanding of persuasion as we consider reasons to protect our rainforests.

We would like the children to retain their great habits of reading; including reading at home and will continue to reward the children’s efforts through our class incentive chart and certificates.

Spelling Shed is ready to be used with new words added each week. We will also send out copies of the children’s spellings in folders this term too to support the great learning already taking place on the Spelling Shed platform. Logins are at the front of the children’s reading diaries.

Looking forward to a great term together Kestrels!

 

12.10.20: Week Seven

We continue this week with our class story ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ in English. This week we will write diary entries from the points of view of different characters, including understanding the features of a diary entry within our writing. We are trying really hard with phonics and spelling and ‘Spelling Shed’ continues to provide us with new words to learn.

In Maths this week we will continue to develop our understanding of addition and subtraction. We will use different representations, such as bar-models, part-whole models and will use different apparatus to help our understanding, such as number lines, counters, base 10 equipment.

In our Learning Theme this week we will look at the continent of Europe. We will look at maps of Europe, learn about the different countries that make up Europe as well as their various flags and capital cities. We have certainly enjoyed exploring around the continents of the world this term and our Learning Theme of ‘Who Is The Greatest Explorer?’ will continue into Term Two.

Kestrel Class are trying very hard with reading and this is so important to help with the children’s learning and development.

We look forward to our consultation phone calls with families, talking about what is going well for each individual child and give suggestions as to how to help at home.

This term has gone very quickly and we are proud of the children’s efforts in Term One; we hope all our families have a well-deserved rest when Half-Term arrives and look forward to new learning adventures in Term Two with the children!

Well done Kestrels!

 

5.10.20: Week Six

Kestrel Class are really enjoying their class book ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’! This week in English, we will look at non-fiction texts. We will look at their features, layout and style and we will have a go at making some of our own non-fiction books. We are also really trying hard with phonics and reading skills.

In Maths, we will be continuing to develop our skills with addition and subtraction and will be continuing to learn how to add and take away from larger numbers. We will use our skills to try and solve some problems involving addition and subtraction.

This week we will learn about the continent of Asia for our Learning Theme. We will look at the countries of Asia and who has explored the continent of Asia. There is so much to find out!

The children are trying hard with reading, they have a new login for Spelling Shed in the front of their reading diaries and new spellings are set on there each week.

Looking forward to another great week ahead Kestrel Class!

 

 

 

 

28.9.20: Week Five

This week we continue with our story of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ and we will be creating our own superhero in English.  We will be learning about punctuation and making sure that we understand when to use different punctuation marks. This will include a bit of Kung Fu to help make our learning really stick!

In Maths, we continue our learning on addition and subtraction, including using different ways to represent this such as pictorial form, bar modelling and using apparatus and equipment to really help us to understand different methods. We are really trying to learn by heart our number bonds to 20 and 100, this means knowing by heart numbers that make 20 and multiples of 10 that make 100.

Our learning theme ‘Who Is The Greatest Explorer’ will take us to the continent of Antarctica. I wonder what we will find out…!

We have introduced a sticker scheme to encourage us to get our reading records signed and to promote reading skills. We are doing well with this and hopefully some certificates for reading and getting our records signed will be given out soon!

Don’t forget Spelling Shed for spelling practise!

Looking forward to another great week Kestrels!

 

 

21.9.20:Week Four

This week we will continue to read our story of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ in English and we will write a recipe using instructions as well as an adventure for a pet of our choosing to go on. We continue to revise over our understanding of phonics to help our reading and spelling skills.

In Maths this week we move on to addition and subtraction and we will be using our skills from learning about place value to help us to add and subtract. We will use pictures, bar models, part whole models to help our understanding and show that we can present our answers using different methods. There is a lot of language associated with adding and subtracting and we will be learning how to use it correctly, such as ‘altogether’, ‘more than’, ‘less than’ ‘difference’, for example.

The children want to explore the continent of Australia this week in our learning theme, so we will be taking a trip down under to find out more about this continent! We will be learning about famous landmarks, the climate and the animals found there within our exploration!

Looking forward to a great week ahead Kestrel Class!

(A reminder that reading books continue to be changed on Mondays and Fridays, please do encourage your child to read to you and change their books regularly).

 

 

18.9.20: End Of Week Three!

We have tried really hard this week and have learned lots! This week in English we have been really cementing our knowledge of phonics. We have continued to read our story of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ and this week we described Grandad’s garden from the story (which is very overgrown). The children have really been enjoying the story and we can’t wait to find out what happens next!

In Maths, we have continued to learn about two and three digit numbers, including how to order and compare their size. The children have used a range of apparatus to cement their understanding, including our outdoor area. Representing their findings with pictures and objects makes the learning even more fun and helps us to remember it well.

Within our learning theme, we learned this week about the continent of Africa. The explorer David Livingstone was the first European explorer of Africa and we learned about his life and work exploring Africa. The children also learned about ‘The Big Five’ animals in Africa and created posters to show what facts they discovered.

Another great week Kestrels!

 

 

11.9.20: End of Week Two!

Our first full week back in Kestrel Class and we are so very proud of our Kestrels! The children have put maximum effort into all their learning this week and have really been aiming to challenge themselves in their learning. We have had the excitement of discovering a dragon fruit in our outdoor learning environment; will we grow a dragon? We have really started to get into our story of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd and the children have been very enthusiastic about their  English learning this week! Maths learning has involved place value and recognising hundreds, tens and ones (Year Three) and tens and ones (Year Two). The children are very excited by their Learning Theme which is: ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ This week they learned to name and label the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We are building on their enthusiasm of wanting to learn more about the continent of Africa next week and we will explore this magnificent continent together!

We are emphasising the importance of reading this year and we really do encourage the children to read books taken home from school. These will be changed on Mondays and Fridays for the children and the books will be quarantined before returning to general stock. Can you please return any books from school that you might have at home, we really do need these to build our supply back up again.  We cannot stress the importance of reading enough within these impressionable years, this can be anything from sharing a newspaper article together to reading instructions for a recipe.

Spelling shed is up and running for Kestrel Class and we will send home some words to practise very soon. Don’t forget TT Rock Stars too! Reminders of these logins will be sent out in due course.

Have a wonderful weekend, the children deserve a well-earned rest!

 

 

 

 

4.9.2020: End of our first week into the new academic year!

Well done Kestrel Class! We are all really proud of how well you have settled back into school this week. You have shown us that you are prepared to try new things and put lots of effort into your learning, fantastic to see, keep it up!

Children have a new reading book to take home. These will come back to school and remain ‘quarantined’ until they go back into the general stock again. The children will change their book on a Monday and a Friday. Please encourage them to read the book more than once if possible, this will really cement their understanding of the text. Please do ask the children questions about their book and get them to give you their opinions of it. Did they like it? Why? Why not? Did they think that what happened in the book was expected or unexpected? Could they suggest any other endings? Which characters did they like? Why? These are some examples of the types of question that could be asked about the book. Having the book for longer really gives the children a chance to deepen their understanding of the text and be able to talk in depth about it.

Spellings have been set on Spelling Shed and this week are words with the split digraph: a_e, as in ‘cake’ for example to make a ‘long a’ sound.  These will be changed on a Friday and will reinforce learning in class, currently children are ensuring that their phonics are really secure, for Year Three this is a revision experience and more difficult words will also be presented to the children. For Year Two this is a chance to ensure that phonics are really secure as we move forwards in our learning.

We have been very imaginative this week and have really given some good suggestions about what our class reader ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd might be about and have really used our imagination to suggest places that we would like to explore around the world through our Learning Theme: ‘Who is the greatest explorer?’ Maths learning is currently based on place value and we have really started to explore tens and ones and hundreds, tens and ones effectively and with lots of enthusiasm!

Keep up the great effort Kestrel Class, have a great weekend and looking forward to next week with you already!

 

 

Term One 2020-2021: Welcome Back!

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A huge hello and welcome to this academic year Kestrel Class. We are so excited to meet you and work with you this year and we will embark on our learning journey together as a team. We will update you on here as the term develops. For now, a big welcome to Term One!

I, Mrs Semken, will be your class teacher and I am supported by Mrs Blyth and Miss Robinson.

Information that has been sent out from school should give you an insight as to how coming back to school will look. We understand that you may have questions, please do ask us if you do. You are also encouraged to email the school should you wish to on: info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk

Really looking forward to the year ahead and working as a team with you all.

 

22.5.2020

Following further guidance, we have issued the following letter for all parents and carers of our Pawlett Primary School Academy families.  Please email us on info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk if you have any questions.

Reopening letter PPSA 22.5.2020

 

These fun Reading Challenges have been created by the @OpenUni_RfP team.

Click on this link and choose your preferred age range and get going! Which reading challenge will you do first?

Google Classroom is now live!  You will have all been sent login details, ANY problems please let us know on info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk and we will help!

Google Classroom: the student view

WELCOME TO TERM 5!

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Today marks the start of term 5 and even though it’s not the start to the summer term we would have wanted or liked, we will all make the best of it.

Logins and passwords for Google Classroom will sent to you today.  Along with a children and parent guide of how to use it.  If you have any problems with this over the coming days and weeks. please let us know (info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk).  It is all very new to us too but between us we will work it out – we promise!

We appreciate how hard it is to keep children motivated and engaged with home learning and many of you are also trying to work from home so please don’t put any pressure on yourselves or your children and only do what you can. We are here to help if you need anything so please contact us if you have any concerns.

The most important thing is that we all stay home and stay safe. We will continue to post lots of links to free online materials that are easy to access from home on Facebook and Twitter. From today BBC bitesize are launching daily lessons for all year groups which are a fantastic free resource: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize  We will signpost you to some of these lessons on Google classroom.
Please take care and know that we miss you all so much and cannot wait until we can be together again.

3/4/2020

Morning everyone! In RE we have been looking at Christianity.  Before we move on, you can have a look at the Easter story on

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-christian-story-of-easter/zhgv47h

and lots of Easter related activities on

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/seasonal/seasonal1.htm

We are expecting everyone to have a lovely break this Easter holidays.  However, we still have today and if your child is wanting to do a word search or a fun maths problem, just have a look!

It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing (well two actually but more of that in a moment).

#FreeWritingFriday

For just 15 mins today, find somewhere quiet and write – about anything you like, as long as you are writing – one rule – silent working! I will share the fact we are continuing this with Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon series and the Wizards of Once books) as she is the one who inspired us to start it.

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The other thing that Friday means is #HotChocFriday!  We’d like to see as many of you enjoying a well-deserved hot chocolate, because we feel you have all been going above and beyond at the moment.  You know what mums and dads, you absolutely deserve one too, thank you for ALL your support at this time – send us your pictures of you enjoying your #HotChocFriday.

2/4/2020

Hello to all you distance learners out there!  I wanted to say how exceptionally proud we all are at PPSA of what learning you are continuing to do whilst we are in this situation.  It is really tough, we do understand and parents out there we are not expecting you at this point to be teaching your child NEW things that we cover at cover (don’t worry we won’t be asking you to teach the present perfect tense or fronted adverbials) but what you can teach them is how to boil an egg or re-wire a plug or how to build a den with nothing but a sheet and some clothes pegs!  All of us are having to grow into our new roles at the moment, so give yourselves time to do this – we all need time to readjust.

After Easter, if we are all still in this current situation, we be using Google Classroom.  More information will be sent out about this over the coming days.  This will enable children (teachers and parents) to have a little more structure in their distance learning.  Watch this space.

In the meantime here are some mindfulness ideas for kids – enjoy!

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1/4/2020

Good morning!  There is a poetry competition from the author of Gorilla Ballerina, Neal Zetter.  Let’s get creative and write about an imaginary animal.  But be quick as the competition closes shortly

.https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/29/the-reading-realm-poetry-competition

Do let us know how you get on!

1/4/2020

Good morning all!  Welcome to April everyone.  It is lovely to be hearing from you, emails, pictures, videos – they are all fabulous to see please keep them coming info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk

We have been updating our Facebook page – thank you to the parents who have sent me things to add, this is great.

We all know we cannot go out and about at the moment (except for essential reasons) so lots of places have opened up their virtual doors for us to visit.

Take a look at:  virtual tours

Let us know where you have ‘visited’ today!

Any of you want to get crafty and arty? Leila who runs create you has got products which can be delivered and she does a live class every Monday and Wednesday at 2pm and sets challenges for the children as well.

Thank you Louise for sharing that with us at Pawlett Primary School.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210513623365870/?ref=sha

 

30/3/2020

Bonjour! or Hello! to everyone this morning.

I am adding the French file we did on the last week.  Don’t worry if you weren’t there as you can all have a look and learn how to recognise where you live.  Where-do-you-live-Vocab-powerpoint Place-to-live-French-Flash-Cards Where-do-you-live-worksheet

 

For English, you can start to write a diary.  Write about anything exciting that you have done, what you have learnt and anything else you want to add about your day.  You can add to this while you are learning at home.

 

 

27/3/2020

Good morning all!  What another beautiful day it is out there.

I have just been sent a link to @ChesterZoo as they are opening up their (virtual) doors for us all to spend the day at the zoo.

Enjoy!

26/03/2020

GOOD MORNING ALL! Watch this space for updates later….

In class we have been reading ‘Pugs of the Frozen North’. What do you think will happen next? Email your ideas to info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk

When you have done that you can listen to the audio recording of the rest of the story. You can listen to it on audible.co.uk/pd/Pugs-of-the-Frozen-North-Audiobook/B01BLSF3GA
Don’t forget to cancel the subscription before 30 days are up so you can get it for free.

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25/03/2020

Hi everyone – we do hope you are all ok out there?  Please get in touch with us if you are experiencing any problems with any of the activities we have suggested – or indeed just want to say hello – we would love to hear from you.  We are all missing seeing you, drop us an email on info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk

There have been a few issues with some of the websites being a little overwhelmed with traffic, but as far as we are aware this has settled a little now.

We are looking into using Google Classrooms as this situation continues, but we will update you with how this develops and how we can all use it.

Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and stay in touch

24/03/2020

Here is a link to Audible Stories – All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.

Good  morning all! Another beautiful day out there, try as much as you can to get some sunshine and fresh air albeit in a garden, balcony or even through an open window!  Take care and stay safe.

David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day.  Click here to find out more World of David Walliams.  Thank you!

23/04/2020

Suggested TimeTable

Please click on the link above for some ideas of what to do and when!

10am today (and every day) there is a #MathsParty hosted by White Rose Maths.

Log in to WhiteRoseMaths/Homelearning

Select your year group, watch the video, try the questions, if you are stuck you can email mathshelp@whiterosemaths.com or email us at info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk – Happy Maths Party!

Useful links and resources for you to access over the coming weeks

We can’t thank you enough for your patience and kindness over the past week with regards to our current situation.  This is an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in and we know you appreciate that we do not know all the answers but we can assure that we will keep the communication lines open and keep you up to date with developments.  Should you need to contact us please email info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We will be updating all our class pages over the coming weeks.  Learning resources have been sent home, along with reading books and exercise books in which children can use – they are theirs to keep.

Lots of learning related organisation are offering free access or free apps.   Ones we would suggest are:

Spelling Shed

There are spellings on there ready to play and learn until the start of May!

TTRockstars

Keep playing!

White Rose Maths

We follow the small steps approach to maths and use White Rose Maths at school – this has been released today.

More to follow…

Useful links and resources for you to access over the coming weeks

We can’t thank you enough for your patience and kindness over the past week with regards to our current situation.  This is an unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in and we know you appreciate that we do not know all the answers but we can assure that we will keep the communication lines open and keep you up to date with developments.  Should you need to contact us please email info@ppsa.theplt.org.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

We will be updating all our class pages over the coming weeks.  Learning resources have been sent home, along with reading books and exercise books in which children can use – they are theirs to keep.

Lots of learning related organisation are offering free access or free apps.   Ones we would suggest are:

Spelling Shed

There are spellings on there ready to play and learn until the start of May!

TTRockstars

Keep playing!

White Rose Maths

We follow the small steps approach to maths and use White Rose Maths at school – this has been release today.

More to follow…