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Welcome to the Kingfishers Class Page

 

This page contains information about what the Kingfishers Class will be learning this term.

Our PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. During the Summer Term, we try to use the field as often as possible so please ensure your child has daps in school at all times. Swimming lessons for Year two, three and four will be on Wednesday afternoons from June 12th - July 10th (except on June 19th when they are country dancing). Please ensure your child has their swimming kit on those days. 

 

Spellings will be given weekly, on Tuesdays, and will be tested on the following Monday. There will be a short task for your children to complete involving their spellings or the spelling patterns/rules we are focusing on. This will need to be handed in on Monday mornings. Your child will also be encouraged to try and learn 'common exception words' which are high frequency words, taken from the list of 100 words that the children are expected to learn in Years 3 and 4 under the current National Curriculum. In addition, there will also be a Maths Activity to complete, which will be based around work that we have been doing in class along with ten games of TTRockstars. Please use your child's Home Learning Book to comment on these tasks if needed.

 

Please support your child's reading by hearing them at home. Your child may not read every day in class, so please encourage your child to be responsible for changing their own book when they finish one. Books to be changed can be placed in the box in the classroom at any time. When your child has read at home, a brief note in your child's reading log is greatly appreciated and also feel free to note any other texts your child may read as it is useful to know the range of texts your child engages with aside from school reading books.

 

LITERACY

The children will be reading, analysing and experimenting with writing the following texts:

  • Local stories/legends

  • Discussion texts

  • Poetry-List poems

 

Our spelling, grammar and punctuation focus will be:

  • Organising out writing in paragraphs
  • Apostrophes for possession
  • Fronted adverbials

 

The children will be encouraged to use a fluent, cursive handwriting script.

 

Author of the Term: David Walliams

 

Poet of the Term: Robert Louis Stevenson

 

MATHEMATICS

The children will be covering the following areas during the term:

  • Decimals

  • Length and perimeter

  • Shape

  • Time

  • Volume and capacity

  • Statistics

 

SCIENCE

The children will be looking at:

  • Plants

The children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.

Topic link: What flora and fauna can be found on Dunkery Beacon?

 

  • Rocks

The children will compare and group together different kinds of rocks and describe how fossils are formed.

 

 

TOPIC

The children will be learning about the Exmoor Landscape. This will lead into a study of Dunkery Beacon, The children will consider:

  • Exmoor Landscape
  • Local flora and fauna
  • Dunkery Hill
  • Map work and fieldwork skills

 

Key questions: What is Exmoor used for and what is it like to live on Exmoor?

 

ART/DT

The children will be completing their Rainforest puppets from the Spring Term. They will also be looking at tree collages by the artist Andy Goldsworthy.

 

FRENCH

The children will be learning about France and French culture through the following themes:

  • Days of the week
  • Months
  • My Family


Physical Development

The children will be involved in:

  • Maypole dancing

  • Athletics

  • Swimming

 

Religious Education

The children will be exploring a unit of work on:
How do people express their beliefs, identity and experience?

 

Christian Values : Creativity and Peace

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be covering:

  • Relationships

    The theme provides opportunities for the children to explore feelings within the context of our important relationships including family and friends. The children will develop their skills in self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.

  • Changes

    This unit will help equip the children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common human responses to it. The children will develop their ability to understand and manage the feelings associated with change.

 

MUSIC

The children will be learning songs for the Simonsbath Festival.

 

Core Task

The children are required to do one Core Task for each Term and need to give it to the Class Teacher on the specified day. The other suggested tasks are for the children to do at any time during the Term and are intended to support, broaden and extend their learning of our class topic.

 

This term we are learning about the Exmoor Landscape. We are focusing Dunkery Beacon and the hymn 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'. Some people think the line in the hymn, 'The purple headed mountain...' is about Dunkery Beacon.

 

Linked to our Christian Value of Creativity, create your own piece of artwork to illustrate all, or part, of the hymn:

All Things Bright and Beautiful.

This could be in the form of a painting, a collage or a sculpture. Due on Monday 3rd June 2019.

Other activities you could do at home.

 

  • Try baking some local Exmoor recipes. There are lots of ideas here:

http://www.exmoorian.co.uk/recipes.htm

  • Try writing your own extra verse for All Things Bright and Beautiful.
  • Have a look at the school website: http://www.exfordfirstschool.co.uk
  • Explore the forests and woods in your local area. What plants and animals live there? How are they similar to those that live on Dunkery Hill? How are they similar to and different from those that are found in the rainforests?
  • Create a poster to illustrate the Country Code to advise visitors how to respect the environment.
  • Research any other stories or poems that are set on Exmoor.

 

 

Clubs

  • Country dancing
  • Archery 
  • Yoga and relaxation
  • Church club

Class photos

Class photos 1 Roman Day October 2018
Class photos 2 Bristol Trip January 2019
Class photos 3 Rainforest Dioramas February 2019
Class photos 4 Pilgrim Day March 2019
Class photos 5 Party Time! April 2019
Class photos 6 Pinkery Residental April 2019
Class photos 7 Rock climbing at Pinkery 2019
Class photos 8 Dunkery Beacon Walk June 2019
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