Welcome to Kingfishers!
We are Year 4/5 children. Our teacher is Mrs Cairns and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Langham.
Our class governor is Ruth Curtis
Maths Shed & Spelling Shed NEW!
Good morning Kingfishers!
I hope you are all well! To help you to practise spellings and maths skills at home we have taken out a subscription to Maths Shed and Spelling Shed. There are lots of games and fun activities to play whilst obviously still learning! To access the website simply go to https://play.edshed.com/ and then enter your username and password. I will text your parents your username and password this morning.
Any problems, or if you just want to say hello and tell me how you're doing, you can email me on email@example.com
I hope you enjoy exploring Spelling Shed and Maths Shed!
Mrs Cairns x
The children have all been given a home learning book. This is available for them to record any learning they wish, in any way they wish (although well-presented please). We hope the suggested timetable will help you and your children to continue with their education effectively.
Each child has been given a My Maths log in and the tasks have been set for the weeks ahead. These tasks can be found on the weekly learning plans. I can see their progress and may offer feedback.
If we close and remain closed for a prolonged time, please do encourage the children to email with their successes. I'd love to hear.
The weekly learning is set from today (18/3/20). Even if you are at school, you are more than welcome to use these learning plans at home.
The plans are flexible for your situation. I hope that they prove helpful.
I wish health and happiness to you all.
Mrs Cairns and Mrs Langham
TT Rockstars Tournaments
I will be setting up weekly TT Rockstar Battles running from Monday morning through to Sunday at 6pm.
23rd March - This weeks battle is girls v boys.
Please try your best to have a go! Good luck. The winners will be announced on Monday!
It is crucial that children remain active for one hour per day. Here are some links to websites used in school to promote physical activity.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8 (Joe Wicks will be streaming a live daily PE lesson at 9am)
Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, will be streaming live PE lessons every morning from 9am.
Gareth Metcaffe maths lessons - Gareth has been teaching since 2004 and is a former Assistant Headteacher. Currently he is working in a range of schools, teaching classes from Nursery-Y6, helping schools to put reasoning and problem-solving at the heart of learning. enables children to be intellectually and emotionally engaged by mathematics.
MATHS - The White Rose Maths Team has prepared a series of five maths lessons for each year group from Year 1-8. They will be adding five more each week for the next few weeks. Every lesson comes with a short video showing you clearly and simply how to help your child to complete the activity successfully.
On Thursday 5th March we shall be joining the country in their quest: 'sharing a million stories'. We believe that reading is power and we want to bring 'reading for pleasure' back! So there'll be no dressing up...this is back to books. We want you to bring in an extract from your favourite book; you can bring the whole book if you'd like, perhaps even the whole series...oh blow it, you can bring your library if you have a mind to! We shall be sharing these throughout the day; exploring passionate, peculiar poetry; playing with picture books and working wondrously with words.
Each class will spend time exploring the powerful message of kindness offered by these books:
Perhaps you could take a sneaky peek, if you haven't already. Reading is Power!
Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?
You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.
All you need is a free library card; to download the app and then away you go!
NSPCC Maths Day
We had lots of fun dressing as digits and taking part in lots of Maths related activities all day including an ‘Escape Room’ game which we did outside. We also took part in an Inter-house TT Rockstars competition - Nidderdale won!
This half term sees a new theme in our library: SPORT!
Thanks go to ‘The Black Panthers’ who created the adventure themed library last half term. Tomorrow, our new year 6 team will be finishing the final touches to their library display. So, if you like sport, there are inspirational books on display for you to borrow. Families...come and explore after school and let’s kick off a great half term of reading.
Our Year 4, 5 and 6 Production this year is......What a Knight!
You have all been given a copy of the script and song words. Please practise your lines and song words as much as possible over the next few weeks.
THE EVENING PERFORMANCES WILL BE ON MON 1ST JULY AND TUES 2ND JULY AT 6PM. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND EITHER OF THESE PERFORMANCES.
Mrs Cairns and Mrs Handslip.
Please note: Mad Hair Day date change due to swimming. Thursday 23rd May.
Cakes will be on sale after school.
Please give generously for the year 5 and 6's enterprise challenge initiative to raise money for Craft Aid International.
Puberty talk for YR 5 and YR6 pupils Wednesday 5th June 9:30-10:45
Letter attached with links to the films.
Mad Hair Day! Friday 24th May
Year 5 and 6 invite you to come to school in your normal uniform but with mad MAD HAIR!
There will be a prize given to the maddest hair in each year.
We have not gone MAD. Please bring a pound donation as we are taking part in 'The Primary Pounds Enterprise Project' , supported by St Aidan's High School. We are raising money for Craft Aid International. Please take time to have a look at their website to see the fabulous work they do with 'differently abled' people in both Harrogate and Ecuador.
There will be a cake sale after school too!
Have a lovely, relaxing Easter holiday!
Homework needs to be handed in on Friday 3rd May
Year 4 - maths pages 32-33, Spag pages 40 - 41
Year 5 - maths pages 32-33, Spag pages 28-29
Spellings - continue to practise the year 3/4 or y5/6 list
Ain’t no mountain high enough
If you need me, call me,
No matter where you are,
No matter how far,
Don’t worry, brother.
Just call out my name,
I’ll be there in a hurry,
You don’t have to worry,
’Cos baby there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe.
Remember the day,
You set me free,
I told you you could
Always count on me.
From that day on,
I made a vow,
I’ll be there when you want me,
’Cos baby there
Ain’t no mountain high enough,
Ain’t no valley low enough,
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you, babe,
To keep me from getting to you!
Friday 5th April - homework
Year 4 CGP - SPAG - page 46 and 47, Maths - page 30 and 31 (adding and subtracting fractions)
Year 5 CGP - SPAG - page 52 and 53, Maths - page 30 and 31 (adding and subtracting fractions)
All children will be tested on the 'Statutory spellings' on Wed, Thurs and Fri next week.
Year 4 will be tested on the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list and Year 5 will be tested on the Year 5/6 spelling list. These lists were handed out at the beginning of the year and again mid-year but I have sent another copy home with them today.
Please practise these spellings over the next few days.
This week's spellings to be tested on Friday 5th April: suffix -ly added to words ending in 'y', 'le' and 'ic'
Homework CGP pages:
Year 4 Spag - p80 -81, Maths - p29
Year 5 Spag - p84-85, Maths p.28
This week's spellings Friday 8th March - to be tested 15th March
-sion words - if the root word ends in -d, -de or -se (exclude = exclusion)
World Book Day!
Today we are celebrating World Book Day. We were asked to bring an object in from our favourite book. Have a look at our objects.....can you guess which book they come from?
The children have been super creative putting together a Fairtrade Logo out of waste plastic. This will be displayed in the foyer of St. Peter's Church, Harrogate, to highlight the plastic problem in our world and the work of Fairtrade.
This week's spellings to be tested on Friday 22nd February:
Today we had a wonderful, surprise visit from an Irish author,Sinead Hart. She was truly inspirational as she described her childhood and her road to becoming an author. She wanted to cultivate a creative brain; her advice was ABC-always be curious.
'Stories are like seeds; they can lie in darkness inside you for years, just waiting for the right time to sprout.'
This week's spellings to be tested on Friday 15th February:
DON'T FORGET IT IS NSPCC NUMBER'S DAY FRIDAY 1ST FEBRUARY
WEAR DIGITS AND BRING £1 FOR NSPCC IN THE ENVELOPE YOU TOOK HOME LAST WEEK.
SEE NEWSLETTER FOR MORE INFO!
Spellings this week Friday 25th January - to be tested Friday 1st February
heel / heal / he'll
knot / not
mail / male
ball / bawl
medal / meddle
seen / scene
Spellings this week...(Friday 18th January to be tested Friday 25th January)
Primary Pounds- our year 5/6 enterprise project.
Today we launched a project to raise funds for Craft Aid. A locally run charity working here and in Equador, with people who are differently abled. Students from St Aidan's, helped us to understand the work of Craft Aid, who would benefit from funds raised and how to effectively plan a successful fundraising. The students were inspiring and brilliantly prepared.
We know from reading the Parable of the Talents, that God calls us to actively use our skills and abilities to make a difference in the world; not to be nervous but to have faith that he has given us what we need to achieve more for Him.
So watch this space...our 'primary pounds' will grow to support God's work.
Exciting news! Zawadi are coming! Tuesday 29th January.
Our year 5s and year 6s are going to have the opportunity to be involved in an enterprise project, 'Primary Pounds'. This project will be led by students at St Aidan's CE High School who are part of a charitable group, Zawadi.
Zawadi support two projects: Neema Crafts, a craft centre in Tanzania which was set up by a Harrogate couple Andy and Susie Hart, and Craft Aid International. This is a Harrogate based charity run by Susie. Both projects support people who are 'differently abled'.
Please take time to look at the awesome work of these two charities.
If you would like to support your child/ren in their understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG), I would like to recommend downloading the 'SPaG Gold' app. They may practise wherever you go- such fun!
It can be bought from the Apple store from £3.99 and is published by Pearson.
SPaG Gold is aimed at year 6 and lower KS3
SPaG Silver- years 3,4,5
SPaG Bronze KS1
Other Apps. are available too! Try the Educational App Store.
Our awesome author visit
Today, Edward Traynor whose pen name is Billy Bob Button, delivered a fascinating workshop on how to write a best selling book. He described how the reader is his starting point; that each of his books have 5 sections and that he uses adjectives, verbs and adverbs to give music to his writing.
Amy wanted to know who his idol was- a left handed tennis player! Molly wanted to know which was his first book- Wizards Bookshop. We also learned about his many notebooks in which he keeps lists and drawings of hats, doors and monsters.
People’s Book Prize Winner Visits School
The award-winning, bestselling children’s author, Billy Bob Buttons, will be visiting this school on the AFTERNOON of Tuesday 4th December.
He is the author of sixteen very popular children’s books including Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop, the bestselling Muffin Monster, Tiffany Sparrow Spook Slayer, The Cool Kids Book Prize winner, WIDE AWAKE, and the UK People’s Book Prize winner and bestseller, I think I Murdered Miss. Last year, this book sold over 40,000 in the UK alone and won the 2014 UK People’s Book Prize.
Every year, he meets with approx. 50,000 primary school children to deliver his popular literacy workshops. Throughout the afternoon, he will be delivering the workshops to the Herons and the Eagles focusing on Planning a Story, Adventure Writing and Characters.
There are a selection of his books in our library right now!