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Welcome to Kingfisher and Sparrow Class!

There are 22 children in Kingfisher class and 20 children in Sparrow class.

Our teachers are Mrs Allfree and Miss Bell. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Dorrell, Miss Bird and Mrs Bushell.

Welcome to Term 5. Our topic is Enchanted Woodland.

Below are some useful links for our topic. You can take a virtual stroll through a woodland or find out more about some of the creatures that live there.

Facts about Badgers

Virtual Woodland Walk

All about Owls

Taking badgers for a walk

Foxes playing

 

What does Term 5 have in store for us?

In Term 5 we will be learning about the world around us. We'll be learning about different woodland animals, different types of trees and flowers and what plants needs to grow. We'll also be learning how we can look after our world and which natural materials we can use to make prints. What trees and flowers can you find in your garden or on a walk somewhere?

On the second day of term we had a visit from the Swindon Music Service. They put on a strings music roadshow for us. The instruments they played were the cello, viola, violin and electric violin. We really enjoyed the music that they played, especially the pieces that sounded like a donkey and a train.

What did we do in Term 4?

In Term 4 we compared what our lives are like now to what they were like in the past. We learnt about the Victorian family that used to live in Lydiard House and investigated what their toys were made of and what ours are made from today. In Science we learnt all about different materials. We looked at the materials that our toys are made of and sorted them into groups. For Science week, Kingfishers built new homes for the Three Little Pigs and Sparrows built a bridge that the Gingerbread man could use to cross the river. Here are some photos of our Science work this term. Kingfishers tested their houses to see if they'd be safe from the Big Bad Wolf by using a balloon pump to blow air at them. 

What we did in Term 3:

In English we read Man on the Moon: A day in the life of Bob. We wrote character descriptions about his friends, Sam from Saturn or Billy from Mars. In Design and Technology we made rockets for Bob to sell in his souvenir shop. We investigated which material would be best to make it with and drew a design of what we wanted our rocket to look like. Next we got to make them. We used card, sellotape, scissors and glue. We have also learnt about Neil Armstrong in history and what he did to make him famous.

At the beginning of term, Swindon Music Service came and put on a Rock and Roll Roadshow. We loved the music and danced and sang along.

Look at what we got up to in Term 2!

To introduce our topic last term we had a tea party! We dressed up in our smartest clothes and made and decorated cupcakes. They were delicious! We also played some tea party themed games. We tried to throw a tea bag into a bucket and pinned the tea cup on the saucer. We were really excited when we had a visit from the "Queen" too.

At the end of term we put on our nativity play - A Twinkly Treetop Christmas. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed performing. We had a Christmas party where we played lots of games and had party food in the hall with children from Reception and Year 2. On the last day of term we wore Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children and Swindon Foodbank.

Below are some of the things we got up to in Term 1...

On Friday 15th September we had a Superhero Day. We dressed up as our favourite superhero and did lots of different superhero themed activities throughout the day. Some of our parents joined us in the morning and helped us make lollipop stick superheroes which we showed the rest of the school in assembly. We also went to the Superhero Gym where we practised jumping over buildings, kicking down walls, jumping through a ring of fire, pow punching, crawling under a net, blowing bubbles and jumping from hoop to hoop. Look through the photos below to see how much fun we had. 

On Wednesday 4th October we had a visitor from Haine and Smith Opticians come and speak to us about how to look after our eyes. We looked at a model eye, looked through different kinds of lenses, tried on some glasses frames and talked about the colour of our eyes and how to look after them. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thank you David for coming to see us, and Hannah for helping us to arrange the visit!

Reading

Please read at least 5 times at home every week and make sure you record it in your child's link book. Reading is such an important life skill so please encourage your children to practise. Don't be afraid to re-read the book or ask questions about what happened in the story and how the characters might be feeling. Can your child relate the story to their own life experiences?

 

Dates to remember:

  • Monday 23rd April - British values day - Don't forget to dress up
  • Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday
  • Friday 25th May - End of term 5 

This term's homework is below:

Parent's Morning

On Friday mornings from 9:00-9.30, we invite our Mums and Dads to come and join in with us. We've done lots of different activities this year including making a lollypop superhero, learning the months of the year and learning about Advent. On Friday 6th October we finished our Learning STARS week by inviting parents in to take part in Sticking At It activities. We played Jenga, did jigsaw puzzles that were muddled up and used tweezers to try and pick up straws. Miss Bell's favourite activity was trying to get a balloon from one side of the classroom to the other with a partner, without using our hands and feet.  Here are some photos to show us sticking at it!