The After School Clubs for next half term are now available to book. All clubs that you are able to book for each child will show as a payment on their School Money account (www.eduspot.co.uk) Please do not pay this unless you want to book your child a space. The payments will not be available to pay for if the spaces are full so if you have paid, please take that as confirmation of your child's place in the class.
Clubs start the first day back - Monday 6th June and run through to the week commencing Monday 4th July. There will be no school led after school clubs the week commencing 11th July. However, EnergyKidz will still be available to book. All clubs are 3.15pm to 4.15pm with pick up at the front of the school. Clubs cost £7 per club (with the exception of Netball and AJD Football that are run by an external company). Should you have any issues logging into your School Money account, please email email@example.com.
Mondays - Softball with Alyson (softball coach) - All Years
Tuesdays - Netball - Year 5 (this is a continuation and is free to Year 5)
Wednesdays - AJD Football - (continuing from last term, spaces full)
Thursday - Girls Football - Years 5 and 6
Fridays - Table Tennis - All Years
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been writing inspired by their experiences in the Now Press Play that they took part in last Friday. They are writing a newspaper article about the heroic Stone Age child and all the amazing rescues that they performed during the day (including battling wolves, rescuing a child from a cave-in and even saving their own dad). In Maths, Year 3 have begun to look at 2-D shapes and their properties. They have been learning about new vocabulary that they can use to describe the lines of a shape including parallel, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, adjacent and perpendicular. In Science, Year 3 have been learning about Mary Anning and the great strides that she made for both history and science through her discoveries in palaeontology. They produced a cross-curricular piece of work by writing a biography about her life. For PSHE, they have started the first of two lessons thinking about being a good global citizen. The first lesson looked where their food comes from and how it is made. The next will continue to develop their knowledge of global relationships.
Year 4 – have completed their stories about a missing toy in English. They have really enjoyed getting to share some of their stories with Year 3. In Science, they have explored both natural and human damages to habitats. In PE, they have enjoyed playing cricket and practising for next month's Sports Day! Year 4 have continued to impress with their dedication to practising their times tables and have been using every free moment to do so! Some are now so quick they are beating the teachers at answering! In Music they continue to love learning to play the glockenspiels and learning to sing and sign to Pink's Cover Me in Sunshine.
Year 5 – have been writing a character description about the tardigrade. The children are very intrigued by the tiny creatures. They have focused their attention on pronouns, apostrophes for possession and conjunctions. They have moved on to measuring and drawing angles in Maths this week. They are becoming more familiar with the types of angles, the parts of the protractor and how to measure, placing the protractor on an angle correctly. They have then extended their knowledge, using reasoning skills to calculate a larger missing angle using an angle they know. In Topic this week, Year 5 have continued with their work comparing Iver and China. They have identified the physical features, settlement and trade in the both places.
Year 6 – have been relieved to have a week without exams! Following on from SATs last week, the children in Year 6 have this week been focusing on further developing their writing skills. They have worked really hard and have produced an interesting non-chronological report about wolves; plus they have re-told the story of the 3 Little Pigs, but this time from the wolf's point of view. It has been great reading these stories and we have enjoyed reading some of the twists! In Computing, the children have started a new topic this week - Networks. This week they found out about the difference between the internet and the world wide web. In Humanities, they are continuing to look at the Maya civilisation and have found out about everyday life for the Maya people. They have also had auditions for this year's production - Bugsy - and we were very impressed with some of the drama and singing!
The PSHE curriculum for Summer term 2 focuses on the topic ‘changing me’. During this topic, children will learn about their own self-image and how their body image fits into that. They will also learn about how a girl’s / boy’s body changes during puberty, understand the importance of looking after yourself physically and emotionally, describe how a baby develops from conception through the nine months of pregnancy and understand how being physically attracted to someone changes the nature of a relationship.
Below shows the outline of the lessons that will be covered and the vocabulary used.
If you do have any questions or worries, please speak to a member of staff.
Dear Parents/ Guardians of Year 5,
Over Summer term 2, our Science lessons are based on the topic ‘Animals and humans’. Throughout this topic, children learn about the changes that human beings experience as they develop to old age. Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. They will learn about the changes experienced during puberty and why these occur.
The PSHE curriculum for Summer term 2 focuses on the topic ‘changing me’. During this topic, children will learn about their own self-image and how their body image fits into that. They will also learn about how a girls / boys body changes during puberty and understand the importance of looking after yourself physically and emotionally.
Below shows the outline of the lessons that will be covered and the vocabulary used.
As these are part of the National Curriculum all children are expected to take part in these lessons. If you do have any questions or worries, please speak to a member of staff.
Y4 pupils will be required to sit the National Multiplication Check (MTC) next term. This check assesses pupils’ fluency in all times tables up to and including 12 x 12. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics and part of the Y4 National Curriculum. It will help us as a school to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided. Rapid recall of these times tables gives pupils an excellent foundation on which they can build a wide variety of mathematical skills.
The current Y4 pupils will do the check in school in small groups on iPads and will take about five minutes to do. The test will take place between 6th and 24th June 2022 and we will ensure that pupils complete the check when they are most ready within this window. The outcome of the check will be used to ensure we have a clear picture of pupils’ times table fluency and allow us to provide targeted support where needed. There is no pass mark for the test and you will be informed of your child’s score.
In order to help your child to prepare for the format of the check and ensure their fluency in times tables, we ask that you encourage your child to use their online TTRockstars account as regularly as possible – it has an excellent track record for improving times table recall and is great fun! When your child logs in to TTRockstars they should complete the ‘soundcheck’ option. This is an online game set up in the same way as the MTC. Practising via ‘Sound Check’ will help children to prepare for the format of the MTC as well as supporting the learning of their times tables.
If you have any further questions about the MTC, please contact the school or your child’s class teacher.
Buckinghamshire Council has released the video presentation below regarding the Secondary Application Process and 11+ Transfer Test for our current Year 5 parents.
If you have any questions or would like to withdraw your child from the 11+ exams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The links in the presentation are the following:
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have created some fantastic diary entries all about the Stone Age! They have slept in caves, completed cave painting and even gone hunting! In Maths, they have been discussing different types of lines including horizontal, vertical, diagonal, parallel and perpendicular. They have also discussed angles including acute, obtuse and right angles. In Science, they are investigated different types of rocks including metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary and have started to look into the rock cycle.
Year 4 – have been designing and making their own mosaics. The children have all made their own stamps to make an effective design using paint. They have also been doing LOTS of Times Tables Rockstars practice. All of Year 4 have also taken part in a Now Press Play all about Pompeii and the disaster that occurred there in 79 AD. The children have learned about the disaster and have been using their knowledge to write a newspaper report of the event.
Year 5 – have written a diary entry in English this week based on the book 'Cosmic'. They have been responsible for ensuring they include the language features from the success criteria. They have planned, written, edited and published the entire piece of writing independently. During Maths lessons, they have added and subtracted whole and decimal numbers, looked at decimal sequences and multiplied and divided decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. They have continued with their topic based on the local area and compared it to China. They located both places on a map then compared the landscapes.
Year 6 – have worked really hard during their SATs and we are really proud of the effort, resilience and perseverance they have shown throughout the week. Following the efforts put in each morning in their tests, each afternoon the children have had the opportunity to learn some skills in softball and have enjoyed the different aspects of this. In Computing, they have finished coding their text adventure games and will be moving on to a new topic soon. They are continuing to find out more about the Maya civilisation in Humanities and have been exploring their thoughts, feelings and actions linked to mental health in PSHE.
IVJS have entered all of Year 6 into a Cricket Festival which will be held at Stoke Green Cricket Club on Monday 23rd May. Year 6 will be getting a coach to the festival, leaving school at 12pm and returning by the end of the school day.
Year 6 will need full IVJS PE kit, a packed lunch, suitable weather dependent clothes and a refillable water bottle for this trip.
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