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Kingfishers

Welcome to Kingfishers Class!

 

On this page you will find links and photos of things we have done recently and what we will be looking forward to in the future.

 

We will be regularly updating the photos of the learning activities we have got up to, so please come back again soon.

 

If you would like any further information about the learning we have covered, or the forth-coming learning topics, please don’t hesitate to come and see us. We will also post topic overviews for the term and homework tasks on the classroom noticeboards.

 

Term 1

Welcome back to a new school year.

We hope you will find the following information useful for settling your child into his or her new class in Years 1 or 2.

 

Reading book / reading record book

Your child should take his or her reading book home every evening.  We would like your child to change his/ her reading book whenever you feel it is appropriate.  Reading boxes are stored outside Robins and Kingfishers classrooms. Higher level book boxes are stored in the library.

Your child will read regularly to an adult in school. In addition, reading is taught in class through guided reading groups and through shared reading and writing in Literacy lessons.

 

Homework books

Each week on a Friday your child will be set homework. The children will be given a task in their homework book to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. Your child will also have a separate spelling book with suggested activities to help them practise and learn these ready for testing on a Friday. It is important these books are kept at home throughout the week and not returned until Thursday to ensure you have them available for regular practise.

 

P.E.

Please make sure that your child has his/her P.E. kit in school every day.  Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named in a named bag to be left on your child’s peg.  This term we will be doing both indoor and outdoor P.E.  Your child will need the following items:

• Pair of dark shorts
• Plain white t-shirt or you may buy a plain coloured t-shirt in your child’s team colour
• Pair of plimsolls/daps/trainers

 

School Items

Please can we remind you to clearly label and name all items children bring into school in permanent pen - this will ensure they are quickly returned to your child.

 

Water

Your child may bring a small, named, clear plastic bottle of still, unflavoured water to school each day.  All bottles do need to be taken home each day.

 

Parent Helpers

Teachers are always appreciative of any support parents can give to help in the classroom.  If you are interested please see your child’s teacher to arrange convenient times.  Please can we remind you that all parent helpers must have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you are interested in helping, but haven’t had this done, please enquire at the office.

 

 

Homework books

Just a reminder that homework books need to be in on Wednesdays and spelling books need to be in on Thursday each week. It is important these books are kept at home throughout the week and not returned until Thursday to ensure you have them available for regular practise.

 

School Items

Please can we remind you to clearly label and name all items children bring into school in permanent pen - this will ensure they are quickly returned to your child.

 

Parent Helpers

Teachers are always appreciative of any support parents can give to help in the classroom.  If you are interested please see your child’s teacher to arrange convenient times.  Please can we remind you that all parent helpers must have had a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  If you are interested in helping, but haven’t had this done, please enquire at the office.

 

Class Studies

This term our focus will be on: Come and Join the Celebration. We will be looking at the celebrations of Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Diwali and Christmas.  

If you have any items which you feel would support our studies please send them in for us to look at or display.  Please ensure that any item has your child’s name on it.

 

P.E.

We will be going outside for P.E. as the weather permits so please ensure the children have full outdoor kit, especially as the days are getting colder.

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We have had a very busy start to our year in Kingfishers with our topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’.  As part of our topic we have been learning the story of Snow White and we have written our own stories about how the wicked Queen got her magic mirror.

Here are other things we have enjoyed:

‘I liked just coming into Kingfishers and finding our home tables.’ Brandon

‘I really liked designing the magic mirrors making them really colourful.’ Maisie

‘We really enjoy the jobs we do in Kingfishers like the lunch trolley and the register.’ Divine and Matija

Term 2

This term our topic has been a geography focused topic called Dazzling Deutschland.  During this topic we have learnt the traditional story of the Pied Piper, we used maps to find out where Germany is then we found out facts about Germany, as well as sorting human and physical features.  We have also being finding out about how trees change in autumn as well as drawing and painting autumn pictures.  These are some of the things we have enjoyed:

“We liked discovering about the Pied Piper.” Matija and Harley

“We really enjoyed the Pied Piper work and making the display.” Jack

“I love the P.E. especially the tag rugby.” Juliana

"I loved making the rats." Amy

 

 

 

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Term 3

Welcome to Term 3 with Kingfishers.

This term our topic a geography theme of Best of British.  So far, we have looked at the countries which make up the United Kingdom, what their national symbols are, and we have also  drawn and painted some of the landmarks which can be found in them.

 

We have also had a super morning carrying out maths investigations which some of our friends and families joined us for. We really enjoyed ourselves and here are some of the things we particularly liked:

The bowling

“It was a fun way to add.” Amy

“I really liked it because I scored ten” Jack

Monsters:

“It was fun figuring it out.”  Ruby

Chairs and tables:

“It was so hard to get the sides right.  You had to look carefully.”

Number pairs:

“I liked adding and taking away the apples (the numbers on them)”.  Ella

Triangles:

You had to place the triangles so each side made 10 and they all made a large triangle.

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Term 4

This term we are further exploring our topic 'Best of British' but this time with a history focus.  We will be looking at our own lives and comparing them with how people lived long ago.

World Book Day

What a great day we had dressing up as some of our favourite book characters. Take a look at our wonderful costumes.  

 

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Polly the maid visited Kingfishers.

On Friday 3rd March, Polly who was a maid in a large house came into Kingfishers to tell us all about her work.

She even let us beat the rugs, wash the clothes and iron them just like she had to do every day.

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We have enjoyed so many things already this term it was tricky to narrow them down but we did. Some of the things we liked best included: iSingPop, a visit from Polly the maid, bedtime stories during book week and even learning about fractions! The most popular was iSingPop.

Here is what we thought about some of these things.

iSingPop

‘I liked the dance moves.’ Brandon.

‘I enjoyed going to the church and singing in front of our family.’ Maisie

Fractions

‘I enjoyed learning about fractions and cutting pancakes.’ Amy

‘I liked learning about fractions and finding half and quarter.’ Harley

Book Week

‘I liked the bedtime stories and hot chocolate.’ Jack

‘I liked Cat in the Hat when we had bedtime stories.’ Ruby’

‘I liked going to the library and finding the books.’ Jessica
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