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Hatfield Broad Oak

Weekly Updates / Notices

 

General notices for Owl Class

 

Please encourage your child/ren to complete all of their homework pieces - this is a class requirement.

They must also seek support before the due in date if they do not understand  any part of their homework as we are here to help. If your child/ren also needs another copy of their homework, please let us know by writing a message into their home school record and/or encouraging your child to inform us.

Copies of each week's homework can be found on our class page under the 'Homework' tab for your convenience. Examples of the children's learning in school can be found under the subject tabs on our class page to give you a flavour of what we have been up to!

 

Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday and Thursday.

 

Thank you

Miss Calder

Autumn Term 2

Week 2

 

We have had a really enjoyable week in school this week. Majority of the children in the class undertook their cycling proficiency assessments this week across two days and I am pleased to say they all did remarkably well and they all  passed! We also had our Anglo-Saxon Day on Wednesday. This was a fantastic day; the children learnt lots about different aspects of Anglo-Saxon life and were given a real flavour of what it would have been like to be an Anglo-Saxon. I have to say that the children's costumes were very creative and looked amazing! Thank you to parents and carers for your support with this.

 

Photographs of our day can be found under the 'examples of topic work' section of our class page on the website too.

 

Thank you to everyone in class who donated their £1 for Children In Need also.

 Autumn Term 2

Week 1

 

We have had a very productive first week back  in Owl Class. It has been UK Parliament Week nationally in Primary Schools this week and we have been actively involved in learning about Parliament as a result of signing up to this as a class. We began our week by learning about Parliament; looking closely at what Parliament is made up of and how it functions. We then learnt about the history of the Houses of Parliament by studying Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot on Tuesday 5th November this week. The children produced fantastic, detailed story boards which retell the story of The Gunpowder Plot. Four children from Owl Class (Oliver, Jasmine, Summer and Tabitha) even spent their own break and lunch times preparing a drama performance and

re-enactment of the Gunpowder Plot for the class to watch! It was a great performance, full of factual information about the story.  Alongside this, the children also rehearsed and wrote their own 'Remember, Remember' poems using Old English and rhyming couplets.

The children then spent the rest of their week learning about the voting system in our country and Democracy.

 

Homework and spellings have been issued and are due in on Thursday 14th November. Master copies of both of these are available to view under 'homework' on our class  page.

 

On another note, it was lovely to meet parents and carers at Parents Evening this week.

 

Wishing everybody an enjoyable weekend,

 

Miss Calder

 

                                                                                      End of Autumn Term 1

 

              The children have worked extremely hard this half term and have settled into life in Owl Class really well. I am proud of all of the children and their efforts. The children have not been issued homework for over half term and this will resume again on Thursday 7th November.

 

Wishing you all a lovely half term,

 

Miss Calder

 

Autumn Term

Week 7

This week, the children have been learning how to subtract numbers using the formal written method of column subtraction. They then used their knowledge of column subtraction to solve word problems.

In English, the children have edited and published their battlefield setting descriptions using ICT.

 

I am really proud of all of the children who took part in this week's cross country event. Many of the children won or came 2nd or 3rd in their event which is just fantastic!

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Calder

 

 

 

Autumn Term

Week 6

 

This week in class, we have been busy finishing off our place value unit of work. We have been rounding to the nearest 10,100,1000,10,000 and 100,000 using numbers up to 7-digits long this week. We will now be moving onto using formal written methods for addition and subtraction.

In English, we have begun to enrich our vocabulary in readiness for writing a setting description. We are using our class text ' Anglo-Saxon boy' as our focus for writing a setting description of a battlefield. So far, we have analysed a setting description of a battlefield in our class text, drawing out key descriptions and vocabulary that could help us produce fantastic setting descriptions!

In topic/ICT, we have researched what Anglo-Saxon housing was like and produced a sketch in our book followed by factual annotations of what the houses were made from; how wattle and daub was used to build the walls of Anglo-Saxon homes; how the houses were configured from the outside as well as the inside.

 

It is Cross Country next Wednesday pm during school time. Please ensure your child has their PE kit and trainers in school for this event.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Calder

 

 

Autumn 1

Week 5

 

This week the children have been busy practising their multiplication and division facts through different contexts in maths.

In English, we have been focused on innovation in writing; the children have been improving their original non-chronological reports with new ideas, language and vocabulary. They have also been learning about apostrophes for singular and plural possession and expanded noun phrases in grammar.

The children spent time in science this week investigating which materials can be classified as magnetic and/or electrical conductors. We concluded that metal was the only material we can identify as magnetic and a conductor of electricity from the range of materials we tested!

In topic, the children have been researching using ICT, what life was like for people living in Anglo-Saxon times.

In Art, we have been painting illuminated letters using watercolour.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

 

Miss Calder.

Autumn 1

Week 4

 

This week in Owls, we have been preparing for our Harvest Service. We have been building on our learning of Harvest and the importance of this to Christians. We have spent this week thinking about how Harvest is celebrated by Christians and what we do as a church school to celebrate Harvest in school.

 

In maths, we have continued our place value unit and have been learning about negative numbers. We started off by thinking about what a negative number is and where we would see them in real life. We then began to count forwards and backwards crossing zero and into negative numbers visually using number lines. We then moved this learning onto completing negative number sentences using addition and subtraction and we have spent the end of the week applying our learning into problem solving contexts.

 

In English, we have been busy writing, editing and publishing our non-chronological reports called 'Amazing Animals'  by Pie Corbett. Next week, we will be using innovation to adapt our current reports and rewrite some parts of the reports to see if we can up level our writing.

 

In Science/ICT, the children produced PowerPoint presentations in talk partners about 'Properties of Materials' as part of our science topic.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Autumn Term 1

Week 3

 

 In English this week, the children have learnt a non-chronological report off by heart Pie Corbett style and are in the process of currently writing their own non-chronological report. We have also been working hard on improving our presentation and handwriting through regular handwriting practise using the Yr 5/6 statutory spelling lists.

 

In maths, the children have continued to develop their place value understanding. We have been learning about negative numbers and powers of 10 this week, using problem solving and reasoning activities to deepen and consolidate learning.

 

In Science, the children have been learning subject specific vocabulary to help aid their understanding of materials and their scientific writing.

 

In topic, the children have been learning about the Seven Kingdoms during the Anglo-Saxon time. They have begun to identify the Seven Kingdoms and look at which part of Britain each kingdom occupied.

 

The children were issued their homework on Thursday 19th September. They have a week to complete it and it is due in on Thursday 26th September.

Please encourage your child/ren to complete all of their homework pieces - this is a class requirement. They must also seek support before the due in date if they do not understand  any part of their homework as we are here to help. If your child/ren also needs another copy of their homework, please let us know by writing a message into their home school record and/or encouraging your child to inform us.

Copies of each week's homework can be found on our class page under the 'Homework' tab for your convenience.

Thank you

 

Autumn Term 2019

Week 2

 

We have had a really productive first full week back in school this week. I have been so impressed with the children's attitudes to learning this week.

 

In English this week, we have been using a 'talk for writing' approach developed by Pie Corbett to learn a non-chronological report named 'Amazing Animals'. In small groups, the children have taken a section (paragraph) of the text and have begun to learn it off by heart using drama. Next week, the children will consolidate their talk for writing and write their own non-chronological report.

 

In maths, the children have delved straight into place value! They have been working on reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000 (Yr5) and 10,000,000 (Yr6) and partitioning these big numbers into individual digit values. Year 6 have begun their extra booster sessions in school whereby they have begun revising arithmetic. These will continue every week until next May.

 

In Science, the children have begun looking at materials. We started our topic by thinking about the following key questions:

What is the definition of a material?

What are raw materials?

 

We had a really worthwhile class discussion where we brainstormed all of the materials we know of which gave us the opportunity as a class to address misconceptions and clarify learning points.

 

The children were given their homework this Thursday (12th) and I have to say I was extremely impressed with the fact that many children have already completed and handed in their homework in readiness for marking before the weekend!

 

Autumn Term 2019

Week 1 - Return to school for a new academic year!

 

Welcome back to school everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are feeling refreshed enough to begin working hard in school!

We will be using the first two days back in Owl class to settle in and get to know each other better through PSHE activities alongside kick starting the curriculum during the school day. Please see an overview of expectations for Year 5 and 6 below for your convenience.

 

Homework

Every week, the children will be issued spellings, a piece of maths homework related to the maths learnt in class that particular week and a reading comprehension activity. The children may bring their completed homework in before the due date if they wish! To allow the children a relaxed and smooth transition into Year 5 and 6 after a long holiday, the first piece of homework (spellings, maths and reading comprehension) this academic year will be issued on Friday 13th September and due in on Thursday 19th September. Thereafter, homework will always be issued on a Friday and due in on the following Thursday. A record of homework is kept in class to ensure the children are completing their homework as it is a school requirement so please support your child/ren with their homework and do not hesitate to come and see me if you are finding homework difficult at home.

 

PE

The children will be starting their PE lessons on Monday 9th September and Thursday 12th September. Please ensure they have a correct school PE kit in school on these days. 

 

Reading

The children will be issued with a new reading record during their first day back at school - Thursday 5th September. In Year 5 and 6, there is an expectation that the children will read every day at home to an adult. This reading time could comprise of reading their quality book, a newspaper article, audio books etc - the more variety of reading opportunities the better! There are so many options!

The children will be given a chance to independently read in silence for 15 minutes a day in class alongside participating in guided reading sessions in school and so, I kindly ask that you support this at home too in order to develop your child/ren's reading fluency and skills. Reading is extremely important and makes a vital difference to children's language comprehension, writing skills, decoding, fluency and vocabulary! The list is endless!... Please ensure your child/ren's reading record is completed and dated on a daily basis. These records will be checked on a daily basis in class too to ensure there is good coverage of reading at home as well as school.

 

Home school record book

The children will be issued a new home school record on their first day back in school- Thursday 5th September. Please use this book to record any messages/notices regarding your child/ren's learning etc that you wish myself to see and be aware of. Please ensure that the school office are also informed of any planned absences or appointments as well as recording these in your child/ren's home school record book.

 

 

Thank you!

Miss Calder

 

 

 

Owls Weekly Update - Summer Term 2019

Summer 2

Week 1

The children have been working hard this week in school. We have begun this half term by learning about conversions in maths, with a particular focus on converting units of length (mm, cm etc.). In English, we have been writing dialogue to convey part of a narrative from our class text, ‘Eren.’

The children are looking forward to our residential trip next week; please make sure they have a restful weekend in readiness for a very busy few days!

Notices

This half term homework will continue to be issued on a Friday and due in the following Thursday. There will be no homework issued on Friday 7th June 2019 due to our residential trip the following week (10th-12th June). Homework will resume as normal on Friday 14th June.

The children will have PE on a Thursday this half term so please ensure your child has their correct PE kit in school on this day. At the moment, the children are also enjoying an extra PE lesson with an outside sports agency on a Tuesday. They will need their kits in for this day too until further notice.

Owl class are also going swimming every Wednesday this half term. Please ensure your child has the correct swimming kit in school on this day too. All children require a swimming hat, swimming goggles, swimsuit (girls), swimming trunks (boys), and a towel.

 

 


 

Summer 2

Week 2

 

 We had a fantastic time on our residential trip this week and the children returned to school on Thursday in high spirits as a result. Since we have been back, the children have produced a memory collage of their time at Flatford Mill. A copy of this will be sent home on Friday 14th June with them so the children can share these with their loved ones at home.

 

Homework will be issued on Friday 14th June as normal. This comprises of maths, spelling and a reading comprehension activity. This homework is due in on Thursday 20th June.

 

Next week, the children will be attending the KS2 district athletics on Thursday 20th June in the morning. Therefore, they will need their PE kit and trainers on Thursday and Tuesday 18th June. They will also need to ensure they have their swimming kit in on Wednesday 19th June.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Calder

 

 Summer 2

Week 3

 

This week, the children have been enjoying drawing some sketches of animals, linked to our 'living things and their habitats' topic and finishing off their John Constable paintings. They have also been working hard at improving their athletics in readiness for sports day next Monday.

 

Next Monday (24th June) is sports day. All children will need to wear a t-shirt which matches the colour of their house. The children will therefore need their PE kits in on Monday and Thursday next week. They will also need their swimming kits in on Wednesday.

 

 

Summer 2

Week 4

 

This week, Year 6 attended 'Crucial Crew.' Whilst at Crucial Crew, the children learnt about road safety, healthy relationships, fire prevention in and around the home and finally, keeping safe whilst using public transport. The majority of these talks were delivered by Essex Police, The British Transport Police and Essex Fire and Rescue service.  The sessions were informative and the children said on our return to school that they had found the trip very beneficial.

 

We had a very successful and productive sports day on Monday. The children thoroughly enjoyed this annual event and the sports captains of Owl class were incredibly supportive of their team members! I am really proud of all of the children and their efforts at Sports Day. Well done!

 

Some of Owl class children participated in a cricket match against Howe Green School this week. They played great as a team and all of the children are looking  forward to their next match.

 

On Tuesday afternoon, we were very lucky to be joined by a magistrate who delivered a magistrates talk to our class. During this presentation, the magistrate explained the Criminal Justice System and the differences between magistrate and crown courts.

 

This week, the children have been given their scripts for their parts in our class production. The class production will be performed on Thursday 18th July and there will be two performances on this day; a matinee and evening performance. Tickets will be available soon through the school office for parents and carers of Owl class children.

The children have written their costume requirements into their home school records for parents and carers to read. The children need to bring their costumes in on Tuesday 16th July in readiness for a dress rehearsal so there is plenty of time to get creative at home!

I kindly ask that the children are supported at home in learning their lines and songs. This requirement is part of their homework for the next couple of weeks in the lead up to the class production.

Thank you!

 

Notices

Swimming continues to be every Wednesday pm in school.

PE is on Thursdays in school.

Cricket after school club runs every Thursday after school with KAS sports.

Homework is due in every Thursday.

New homework is issued every Friday.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Calder

 

 

Summer Term 2

Week 5

The children have been working really hard at learning their lines and songs for our class production. Please continue to support your child with learning their lines at home as this is now their main homework task. Only spellings will be issued until the end of term as I would like the learning of lines to be a priority for the children. The children were also lucky enough to be visited by a circus skills company this week who gave the children a flavour of circus life with juggling, plate balancing and more!

 

Notices

Swimming continues to be every Wednesday pm in school.

PE is on Mondays and Thursdays in school until the end of this Summer term.

Cricket after school club runs every Thursday after school with KAS sports.

Homework is due in every Thursday.

New homework is issued every Friday.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Calder

Summer Term 2

Week 6

 

The children are continuing to work hard at learning their lines and songs for our production next week.

The children's costumes are due in school on Tuesday 16th July. Please ensure your child's costume is in a bag, clearly labelled with their name, character and year group.

 

I look forward to seeing parents and carers on Thursday 18th July for our performance of 'Alice'.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Calder

Week 7

Summer Term 2

 

It has been an extremely busy yet fabulous Summer term in Owl class.

The children have all worked so hard and achieved lots.

Our KS2 production last week was excellent and we had lots of lovely feedback so I would like to say a huge thank to all of the Yr 4,5,6 children for all of their hard work and a huge thank you also to parents for their support with costumes etc.

Wishing you all a lovely Summer holiday!

Miss Calder

 

 

 

Year 6 Leavers Assembly, Sports Awards, Mike Nash Award & Year 5 new roles for next year - Congratulations to you all!

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