It has been a warm week again in Year 4, luckily, the children have been very sensible in the heat. Please make sure they have water bottles, hats and sunscreen as the weather is set to continue.
In English the children have written their nightmare stories including fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. We are hoping to read them to Year 6 very soon. We have also tested the children on the Year 3 and 4 spelling words. The children will still need to spell them in Year 5 so if you can continue to revise these over the summer that would be super.
In maths we have been working on word problems and have introduced the children to the dice game Yahtzee.
Next week the children will be meeting the teachers for next year so please remember on Monday to collect them from the Year 5 doors! We will be sharing their homework projects next week so they have one last weekend to get them finished.
Over the summer we would really like the children to continue their reading and are challenging them to read six books over the summer – the library reading challenge starts tomorrow so it might be worthwhile signing them up.
Good luck to the children performing their Shakespeare work tomorrow.
Well done to the pupils who represented the school in Monday’s Area sports. The team came an agonising second by just one point. They do still go on to the School Sports Games representing Harborough and Blaby next week though. Good luck to all.
Thank you to all the parents who attended our parents’ evenings this week. It was a great opportunity to show pupils’ progress and to thank you for all your support over the year.
Don’t forget that next Wednesday, Year 4 are meeting at Robert Smyth at 9am for our exciting Mini Olympics event. Please remember to bring a packed lunch, water bottle and hat. Parents are welcome to stay and watch and the event should finish around 2.30pm. Please collect your child from Robert Smyth academy at that time. The weather forecast looks good so we should have a great day’s sporting fun. Chestnut will be representing Brazil, and Sycamore will be France, so if you have flags to wave, or t-shirts that you want to wear, please do.
Next week is also Armed Forces Week at school, with lots of events planned throughout the week. Please see the Weekly Update for more details.
The pupils have worked well this week on their maths, English and science.
We are trialling single gender lessons on Thursdays during the summer term to see if they make any difference to outcomes. On Thursdays this half term Mr Pierce will be teaching English to all the girls first lesson, then all the boys. Mrs Williams will be teaching maths to all the boys first, followed by all the girls.
Earlier this week, your child will have received a letter regarding our invitation to the Robert Smyth Mini Olympics on Wednesday 27th June. All pupils are expected to attend this all-day sporting festival, which promises to be a great day. Please sign and return the permission slip to your class teacher by 22nd June. A reminder that pupils don’t need to come to school first; we will meet you at Robert Smyth at 9am. Teachers will be there from 8.30 if you need to drop off early. Packed lunches will be required as well as sun hats and water bottles.
Thank you to the parents of the children who have committed to the Shakespeare Showcase event in Asfordby on the 7th July. Further details will be sent home once we have final numbers of those taking part. At the moment, ten pupils will be taking part in the Shakespeare celebration. If you would still like your child to take part, please let Mr Pierce know by Monday 18th.
We look forward to seeing you next week for parents’ evenings, where we will be discussing your child’s next steps as they progress into Year 5. Children are encouraged to attend. We will endeavour to keep to the schedule!
Good luck to the Year 4 pupils who are taking part in the Area Sports afternoon on Monday. Fingers crossed we win the competition for the third year running!
Keep up with the TTRockstars and the reading.
Another busy week has flown by. We were very pleased with the enthusiasm and competitiveness of the pupils in the Key Stage 2 sports day on Wednesday. Thank you to all that came along to show your support.
Sports trials took place this week to select a team for the forthcoming Area Sports afternoon. If your child was successful, they will bring a letter home today.
In English, we are looking at a fantastic book called, “Wolves in the walls.” This will form the base of our literacy for the next few weeks.
In maths we have worked hard on symmetry and next week we will work on tessellations.
Chestnut class will bring letters home today regarding the Shakespeare in Schools event taking place on Saturday 7th July. We would encourage you to allow your child to take part as it is the culmination of a great deal of work and fun. Details of times, venue etc are in the letter.
Please can you remind your child to read regularly at home and to practise on times table rock stars. We have noticed that pupils’ scores dipped a bit in a recent x8 test.
Please book your time for parents’ evening slots. We will be discussing the targets that were set in the Spring term and setting new ones for continuing progress.
I’m sure your child slept well after the fantastic residential last week. We were so lucky with the weather! The pupils really worked hard to achieve their challenges and the instructors were full of praise for their teamwork and resilience. Thank you for the many thanks the teachers received; it’s always nice to be appreciated.
The pupils have been working on their sentence structures and narrative writing In English and have produced work with super imagery, pace and vocabulary. In maths we have been working on word problems associated with time.
On Wednesday after half term we have our KS2 Sports day. This starts at 1.30pm and parents are welcome to come and cheer on their child’s team. A reminder that pupils are asked to wear a coloured t-shirt of their house.
Shakespeare Project: Chestnut
Pupils in Chestnut class have been part of a Royal Shakespeare Company project to promote literacy and oracy. There is a showcase event that we are invited to on Saturday 7th July where we will perform work from Macbeth. All pupils are invited. Please could you let Mr Pierce know if your child is available for the event which takes place at Captain’s Cross Primary School, Asfordby near Melton Mowbray. The event will start from approximately midday and end early evening and we hope to lay on a coach with Farndon Fields School who are also part of the RSC project. It promises to be an exciting opportunity for all pupils.
All pupils should have their Times Table Rockstar user names and passwords so please encourage your child to log on and practise over the half term.
Arrangements for next Wednesday’s residential trip to Beaumanor Hall:
Please arrive at the school hall at normal time.
Medicines should be handed to Mr Pierce. Please ensure they are labelled with relevant information regarding dosage and timings.
Once bags have been loaded, the children will get onto the coach and off we will go. We aim to be on our way by 9.30
Please pack for the weather and ensure that your child knows what is included in their bag. Don’t forget sleeping bags and pillow (and a roll mat if desired.) Please don’t send your child with sweets, chocolate, crisps, extra drinks etc.
The children will be told their tent buddies and activity groups upon arrival.
Mr Pierce will keep in contact with school whilst away and will endeavour to update the twitter account regularly. This is a protected account so to subscribe to these tweets please go to https://twitter.com/MeadowdaleY6 and click on ‘Follow’. If your identity isn’t obvious from your twitter name please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your twitter name, your name and your child’s name so that we know who you are, otherwise your request may be declined. If you don’t use twitter you can see the tweets on our website at http://www.meadowdale.info/beaumanor-tweets/.
Please bear in mind that internet reception is very poor at Beaumanor and it is difficult to update twitter whilst out doing activities.
The children have worked well in English and maths this week; writing descriptive passages and estimating decimal numbers.
We have noticed that several children have not logged on to Times Table Rockstars for many weeks and we can see that this has had a detrimental effect on their progress compared to those who regularly play the game. If you have difficulty accessing the site at home, children are welcome to join the Times Table Rockstars lunchtime club every Thursday.
Enjoy the weekend. Chestnut class; think about random acts of kindness.
This week Chestnut class have been busy rehearsing their class assembly which takes place a week today, 11th May. The assembly will start at 2.40pm and the hall will be open from 2.30pm for those wanting to attend.
In English this week, we have been working hard on apostrophes and have made funny books based on “The girl’s like spaghetti.”
The pupils have worked very well with multiplication and division of decimals and using their knowledge to solve money-based word problems.
There are still places available for the two clubs run by Mr Pierce and Mrs Williams. Countdown club is on Tuesday from 3.15-4.15pm and Times Tables Rockstars club takes place during Thursday lunchtimes. If you would like your child to take part, please fill in the club permission slip and return it to the office.
A kit list for Beaumanor is attached to this email. When packing your child’s case, please ensure they are with you so that they know what they have in their bag. It sometimes comes as a shock to some children that there is more than one pair of pants and a toothbrush in their bag! Again, if you have any questions please see Mr Pierce or contact him via school email.
Thank you to all the scientists who discovered the best way to clean a whiteboard last week! Very much appreciated.
Well, writing last week about water bottles and sun hats put the mockers on the weather!
This week in English, we have been looking at the problematic apostrophe and its many uses. Next week we will continue to learn how they are used and we will be writing poems and a class book using them correctly.
We have been pleased with the way the pupils worked in our maths lessons; concentrating hard on addition and subtraction of decimals. Next week, we will move on to multiplication and division of decimals.
A reminder for those of you who have not yet returned the consent and medical form for the Beaumanor trip to please do so by Monday next week. Again, if parents want to come and talk privately to Mr Pierce about any anxieties and issues regarding the trip, he is available every day after school and via the Chestnut email/school email address.
A reminder that the day we return from Beaumanor, 18th May, the MSA in association with our fantastic ukulele teacher, Mr Ferraby will be holding a concert in the school. Details are on the school weekly update. It promises to be a great evening.