Class News

Welcome to Summer term!

Posted on Saturday 20 April 2024 by Miss Ward

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful well rested Easter break!

We’ve got straight back into being busy bodies in nursery this week! We’ve also welcomed some new friends who have settled really well!

Our theme this term is Wheels, wings and other things

This week our book focus was a favourite amongst nursery and myself- SUPERWORM! by Julia Donaldson

Superworm has lots of different jobs and is very helpful towards his friends, but we need to watch out for that sneaky Wizard Lizard!

In Forest school this week, we made a Wormery!

Help at Home: Can you make your own wormery? What do they need to help them burrow? think about the layers we made and what natural resources we used!

Fun fact: Whilst observing our worms the children wanted to know how they see where they are going?  Worms don’t have eyes, they use antenna-shaped sensors to help them move around

This weeks sound is: ‘V’ for Volcano

Rhyme of the week: 5 little ducks

Notice:

Just a reminder …

Tuesday is our forest school session and library book day

Wednesday is PE day (comfortable clothes)

 

Have lovely weekend!

Miss Ward, Miss Harvey and Miss Feldman

Reading – The Highwayman (by Alfred Noyes)

Posted on Friday 19 April 2024 by Mr Freeman

This week, years 5 and 6 have been getting their teeth stuck into a new poem – The Highwayman (by Alfred Noyes). After reading the poem as a class, we discussed the meaning behind the story of the poem, and which emotions may have driven the way for this sad story.

Here’s what we came up with as a class:

Lots of these ideas derived from Tim the ostler, who’s plan to have the Highwayman killed ended with the death of his beloved Bess, the landlord’s daughter.

The vocabulary in this poem lead to further learning in our writing lessons – we looked at speech between characters within this story and what they may say to one another. The vocabulary used in the poem suggested a formal piece of speech was necessary to suit the purpose and the timeline, so the children have been hard at work practising their formal writing!

Towards the end of the week, the children practised their retrieval skills. One of their tasks was to draw and label the Highwayman, based on information they could retrieve from the text. Below is a small snippet of the text and some fantastic learning the children – do you think they have retrieved information successfully? Which parts of their drawings were retrieved facts, and which elements were their own interpretations?

 

We read with prosody!

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2024 by Mrs Freeman

Throughout the day, the children have many opportunities to read and be read to.  As part of our daily sessions, we focus on using prosody. The children are quite accustomed to this skill now and can confidently add expression, where appropriate, to really bring their reading to life. The class have listened to lots of prosody being modeled by the adults so why not try this at home?

This week’s poem was yet another chance to showcase this important reading skill.

Help at home by listening to the poem being read by Mrs Freeman. Ask your child if they can hear some prosody being used and can they read the poem to you using their own expressive voices?

Prosody is the rhythmic and intonational aspect of speech that manifests as expressive reading. It comprises timing, phrasing and intonation, and helps to convey meaning and add ‘life’ to reading

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Welcome Back – Summer Term

Posted on Wednesday 17 April 2024 by Mr Nash

I hope you all had a happy and healthy Easter break. The children have come back to school in fine form, ready to achieve and believe this summer term. We’re looking forward to sharing our learning journey with you over the coming weeks but in the meantime, a few reminders.

Reading fluency books

Every Friday, children who are reading chapter books will bring a new book home. We have 4 reading practice sessions a week in which we read the first 4 chapters. Please read chapters 5 and 6 at home and return the book by Wednesday the following week. Books are signed in and out and we can’t send new books home until the previous one has been returned. Although the books are a very valuable resource at our school, returning books mustn’t be a cause of worry or upset for your child, so please contact me directly if there are any issues.

I’ll continue to assign e-books weekly, including chapter books.

Reading records

Please return reading records to school by Wednesday. Make a note of what has been read and any areas you have focused on. This is a great way for us all to keep up to date and an often overlooked way of staying in regular contact! If you have any questions about this, please be in touch.

Library books

Our library day is Friday. Please return library books to school by Wednesday, ready to return to the library in exchange for a new one.

Times Tables Rock Stars

Thank you to everyone who has been playing Times Tables Rock Stars at home. It’s a really valuable resource and a fantastic way of keeping home learning fun. If you need any technical support, please be in touch.

PE days

Our PE days are still Tuesday and Friday. Uniform compliance is excellent in Year 2 – let’s keep it up!

Water bottles

Please make sure your child comes to school with a clean, labelled water bottle every day. Water bottles must go home every day.

 

If you need any additional support, you can email me on ajnash@spherefederation.org and I will get back to you within an appropriate timeframe.

Mass in Maths

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2024 by Mrs Freeman

This week, the children have been introduced to mass for the
first time. They started by holding different objects to compare them, using the language of “heavier” or “lighter”. Then, the class used balance scales
to check their comparisons and showed a good understanding that
the heavier object is lower on the balance scale.

Next, the children used a variety of resources (cubes, stones and sticks)  to measure the mass of an object.
The class learnt that when a scale is balanced, objects have the same mass.

The mass of my stone is equal to the mass of 10 sticks.  Vincent

The mass of the water bottle is equal to the mass of 9 cubes.  Malcolm

Help at home

Look at the websites below with your child. Collect items from around the home, or outside, to compare mass.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z428wty

Summer Term

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2024 by Jamie Kilner

Greetings from Year 3 and Year 4. We hope you had a wonderful and restful Easter.

We have quickly settled back into school life and the children have enjoyed seeing their friends and getting back to the school routine. The children have made so much progress since September and we are really looking forward to this Summer Term.

A few updates and reminders:
– PE days continue to be Tuesday (Y4 – swimming) and Thursday.
– Home reading. Please encourage your child to read at home with an adult or older sibling. Reading is an important aspect of a child’s learning and supports their understanding across the curriculum. Please also encourage your child to complete a reading activity in their reading record books each week. Any questions about this, please feel free to see me after school.
– Library books. We are lucky to have access to lots of fantastic books in our school library. Our library day is Monday; if your child wishes to change their book, they can do so on this day. Please also return any school library books that have been read. Any questions about this, feel free to see me after school or ask your child to speak to a Reading Ambassador.
– Water bottles. Please ensure your child has their labelled water bottle in school every day. Bottles need to go home at the end of each day to be washed.

Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs

Posted on Tuesday 02 April 2024 by Emma Kendrew

We ended the spring term with the focus book Rabbits Don’t Lay Eggs! by Paula Metcalf.

This is a very funny book, that definitely made the children chuckle! We were also very lucky to receive a visit from the Easter Bunny who kindly left us all a lovely Easter Egg! Thank you so much Easter Bunny and the PTA helpers!

When we come back after the Easter break our Summer term topic is Life on Earth and our First book will be The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle. 

We will be learning about bugs and will be going on lots of bug hunts. We will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and will hopefully set some free! We will be using some hand drills to build a bug hotel for our outdoor area.

Next half term we are also hoping to develop our outdoor space a bit more so if anyone has any old flags, plant pots, tree stumps or gardening skills we would would really appreciate any help. Please drop us an email at stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

Reminders and Notices

Forest School- We will be continuing to go to Forest School for the first two weeks after the holidays. Please send your child to school in their PE kits on Friday with waterproofs and wellies in a labelled plastic bag. Please can everyone check all clothes that have gone home after forest school, a few items have been misplaced. Thank you.

Waste Innovation- Please don’t forget to send in any donations for us to be creative.

Have a happy and healthy half-term break, and please don’t forget to email any pictures from home to stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org thank you as always for all your support.

Mrs. Kendrew, Mrs. Rippon and Mrs. Feldman

 

 

RE – Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Posted on Friday 29 March 2024 by Mrs Freeman

In RE lessons, we have been asking a BIG question!

“Why does Easter matter to Christians?

Easter is a very special time for Christians when they remember the last week in the life of Jesus and their most important belief—that he came alive again after his death.

Ask your child about this question. Can they tell you why Easter is such an important time of year for Christians? 

To complete this learning, we created an Easter Garden. The children named all of the religious symbols in the garden and could say what each one represented.

We would like to wish all of our children and their families a very happy and healthy Easter break.

Help at home by going on a walk and look for signs of Spring. Look out for blossom, buds, new leaves appearing. Talk about how these are all signs of new life.

 

He is alive!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Miss Ward

This week the children have enjoyed learning about the Easter story.

We spoke about how the cross represents Jesus’ Crucifixion. The tomb in which he lay was covered by a rock in the shape of an egg and the rock cracking symbolises  how our Easter eggs crack. Easter brings new life such as chicks, lambs and birds.

Jesus- he is the son of God – Ella D

He was put on a cross with nails, it was really mean and made him sad- Charlie

( Jesus praying) He is talking to the sky – Evie

He comes back alive!- Elliott

During our forest school session this week, we made our own crosses using natural resources such as sticks, mud and leaves. We then placed some around the camp fire.

Help at home: What can you find in your garden or out on a walk to make your own cross? Send us a picture of what you create to our email address and we will share this with your friends.

stjamesnursery@spherefederation.org

 

We’re going on an Egg hunt!

The Easter bunny telephoned nursery to let the children know he needed some help collecting his eggs from around school ..

He left a surprise inside them for us to enjoy!

We also had some chocolaty faces this afternoon. The children enjoyed making their own Easter nests using melted chocolate, cornflakes and a mini chocolate egg to decorate. We loved hearing the crunch of the cornflakes mixing in the bowl and it tasted nice too!

 

This weeks sound is: ‘L’ for Lollipop

Rhyme of the week: Hot cross buns

 

We hope you have a happy, healthy and restful Easter!

See you all back on Monday 15 April

Miss Ward and Miss Harvey

Happy Easter!

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2024 by Miss Gledhill

On Wednesday, we went to church for our Easter service.

Reception and Key Stage 1 did a fantastic job of singing the Easter Chicken song we have been practising.

watch here 

Some of Year 2 also read beautifully as well.

We hope everyone has a lovely Easter break.