Welcome to Peacocks Class!
Class News Autumn Term 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Wow! What a busy and exciting two weeks we have had in Peacocks Class.
I must begin by congratulating the children on the excellent start to the year. We were all extremely impressed with the way in which they have settled back in to school. They seemed very happy to be back indeed and we were excited to welcome them back as well.
For the past two weeks we have been spending time together as Peacocks Class; getting to know each other, reflecting on the time when we were away from school, learning the new school rules to keep us all safe and participating in a range of activities within the classroom.
The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences from their time at home and we have really enjoyed hearing about these! Thank you for keeping up the home learning with your children; they have shared how much they enjoyed this. It has also been lovely to hear about the exercise they completed, the new skills they may have learnt or perhaps the new things you all did together as a family.
The whole school have been reading and reflecting on the book ‘Here We Are, Notes on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and we have had some wonderful discussions. Some of the activities we have completed have included exploring the earth using Google Earth, writing letters to special people in our lives, reflecting on how to look after our planet and creating posters to remind everyone in the school about how we can keep healthy. Such a lot of hard work. Well done children!
We have also explored other excellent texts which have helped us to settle back into school. ‘The Worrysaurus’ was an interesting book which taught us the important lesson of enjoying life and not worrying about things that have not happened. As one of the children in Peacocks said this week, “You have to enjoy the sunshine and not worry about the storms!”
We have also looked at extracts from ‘The Wild Robot’ by Peter Brown. Children have made excellent predictions about what they think might happen next to the main character, Roz. Children have particularly enjoyed reading this as a class and doing this through our echo reading.
The children have impressed us with their place value knowledge as we have completed a range of activities in our base classes. We have lots of keen mathematicians in the class and lots of them have enjoyed rising to the challenge questions each day too!
We have really enjoyed our PE lessons this week! On Monday we had a coach from Luton Football Club visit school to teach us football. On Thursday we all participated in and enjoyed a dance lesson; we are looking forward to these lessons each week!
I am sure you will have heard about our iMoves activities which we have been completing daily at school! The children have loved these. They have done really well in participating in these short active bursts of exercise, which then help them engage again with their work.
We have completed many activities during this fortnight which have helped your child settle back into school; we are looking forward to visiting our English and Maths groups for the first time next week!
Our Peacock of the week this week is Sam B! Well done Sam.
Our handwriting hero and heroine for this week are Elliot and Amber. Well done children!
We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you all again next week,
Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn
Dear Parents and Carers,
Over the past two weeks, children have begun their English and Mathematics lessons. It has been lovely for the children to get to know their English and Maths teachers and all of the adults have been really impressed with how quickly the children have remembered their groups, followed the rules about swapping classrooms and used the new one way system to arrive at their classrooms. Well done children! They have done very well indeed.
Last week saw the children work very hard in completing some assessment activities. These assessments have given us an overview of where the children are at and what they might need next in their learning. We will be talking to you about this in the upcoming parent consultation meetings. More information about this will follow.
In English we have started our reading of the book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The children are enjoying this book and are very enthused to find out what happens next! I was very impressed with Peacocks Class; who drew comparisons with our current class book ‘The Wild Robot’. We cannot wait to find out what happens next in ‘The Iron Man’; we are off to a very exciting start. Children have written their predictions and have also worked very hard to pick out key vocabulary and consider what this might mean. If you have a dictionary at home, it would be great if you could work with your child to look up new or unfamiliar words.
In Mathematics children have continued to work hard on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. It has been brilliant to see the children work on their reasoning skills; answering questions carefully and explaining their thinking to an adult. This is something we will be working very hard on this year. A great start to our Mathematics learning!
Children have all also logged on to Times Tables Rockstars in school. Thank you for also encouraging regular use of this at home. Regular, daily use of the app really helps children with their quick and accurate recall of their times tables facts.
We have started our learning on ‘Gadgets and Gizmos’; children have written excellent questions that they would like to find the answer to. We have also started our learning on the Normans. Children have really enjoyed hearing about the Battle of Hastings and viewing the Bayeux tapestry. We found it amazing that this historical source told us the story of the battle.
In our Physical Education (PE) lessons, we have begun our Dance lessons. We are enjoying learning a different dance style each week. I have been very impressed with the talents in our class. Children have also really enjoyed our weekly football lessons too.
I must also say a big well done to our wonderful Year 4 children, who bravely shared their Ambassador speeches with the whole school (virtually). They worked so hard to film these and I know the whole school were so impressed. We look forward to hearing who has been successfully appointed!
Well done to our Peacock of the week: Benjamin.
Congratulations to our Handwriting Hero and Heroine: Joshua and Lillia.
Just a reminder that our PE days are Monday and Thursday, so please ensure your child comes into school in their PE kit on these days.
Such a lot of wonderful learning, I am sure your children will all be ready for a rest this weekend!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn.
Dear Parents and Carers,
It was so lovely to ‘meet’ with you all on Thursday’s parent consultation appointments. I hope you found the meetings useful. It was great to be able to tell you all about how well your children have settled back into school. Your child will be coming home with their targets today.
Things have been very exciting in school during the last couple of weeks. We have lots to tell you about!
Children thoroughly enjoyed Biology week. The week was themed around ‘Fungus’ and this really captured the children’s interest. They could not believe the amount of different types of fungus that there are. We discovered that there are many uses for the different fungi. Children were astonished to discover that some fungi actually is an important ingredient in making lego! Children have completed comic strip stories of the heroes and villains of the fungus kingdom. They were amazing and so entertaining to read!
We also conducted two experiments. One experiment looked at the conditions in which mould grows best. We found this out by setting up bread in a range of conditions. Today they found out the outcome; I am sure they will be excited to let you know. I have heard that many of you have also been setting this up at home, which was lovely to hear.
Alongside Biology week, we have also keenly continued our reading of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Children have loved this book and are excited to find out about what their next key text will be!
Children have developed their addition and subtraction skills; solving problems and explaining their working. We have been so impressed with their hard work. Please encourage your child to log on to Times Tables Rockstars regularly at home too; this will really aid your child with their confidence and knowledge within mathematics, thank you!
In Geography we have continued our focus on map work; culminating in children creating their own maps. Children could explain that the use of symbols and a key make a map much easier to read and use. Some excellent maps were created!
This week in school we have found out about significant and amazing figures as part of Black History Month. Children have loved finding out about Katherine Johnson. She was an amazing lady who was so important in the ‘space race’. Without her, who knows if the moon landings would have ever occurred! We have enjoyed a book in Peacocks class called ‘Little Leaders; Bold Women in Black History’ by Vashti Harrison. Lots of the children have asked me to let you know the title as I think they are keen to read more!
I am sure you will have also heard about our exciting Pobble Day on Monday. Children were amazed to find a mysterious door on the playground (which I am sure you will have all seen too!) The writing that children produced about what lay beyond the door was amazing! Please look out for an email asking your permission for your child's work to be published on the Pobble website. Following the success of previous years, we will continue to use this website to publish pieces of work and celebrate writing throughout the school year. It is a fantastic way of sharing your children's work with you, the school community and on a global platform! It will only be published with your child's first name and age group. If you click on the link in the email it will take you to the website and you can give permission for their work to be shared.
Finally this week we have found out more about the festival of Harvest; finding out about the produce that is grown and harvested at this time of year. Children have filmed a class presentation on this to share with the whole school to celebrate Harvest.
Congratulations to the following winners of our class awards:
Handwriting Hero and Heroine: Olly, Belu, Seren and Laila
Peacock of the Week: Rebecca and Dolce
I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn J