This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy learning all about measuring mass in maths. In English, Year 3 have begun writing a poem regarding Gregory Cool's journey to Tobago.
Year 4 – have started out geometry topic in Maths and have looked at the properties of quadrilaterals and triangles, they have been working hard to identify lines of symmetry and drawing symmetrical figures. In English, they been planning the next adventure of Noah Barleywater and writing detailed character descriptions. In Science, they have begun looking at classifications and sorting out animals into different categories. They have then gone on to look at the different food chains of different animals while in PSHE, they have been studying fair trade.
Year 5 – have been looking at co-ordinates, both writing and plotting and then moved on to transition of points in Maths. They are familiar with the x and y axis and how to write co-ordinates in brackets. In English, they are planning a description of a tardigrade, a real-life creature that has lived for 500 million years! Everyone was amazed at what it can do and how it can stay alive anywhere! They will be writing an interesting description next week. For their Geography topic, they have been making comparisons between Iver Village and China. They have been looking at how the land has been used in both locations.
Year 6 – have finished their non-chronological reports about the environment in English and are now starting their next piece of writing, which is a persuasive letter. In Maths, they have been revising and consolidating their knowledge and understanding of fractions. The children have started a new topic in Art - Pop Art; and have been learning about the artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. They have produced their own piece of Pop Art based on Roy Lichtenstein and these are looking very effective. Rehearsals continue for our end of year production and the actors are gradually all getting used to their characters. We hope to go script free next week!
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy finishing their Biography on Gregory Cool. They have included many features from the Year 3 writing success criteria and are really working on their writing stamina.
In Maths, Year 3 have understood angles in shapes and have been looking at properties of 2d and 3d shapes. In Humanities, Year 3 enjoyed building pre-historic settlements and they took on their roles seriously from farmers, hunter-gatherers and woolly mammoths!
Year 4 – have completed writing their newspaper reports about Noah Barleywater and have published them in their neatest handwriting! In Maths, they have been collecting data and creating graphs from the information. At the start of the week, they collected discrete data - they counted the number of different colours of vehicles that passed by the front of school in a 10-minute period. At the end of the week, they were collecting continuous data. For 10 minutes they marched on the spot counting the number of steps they were taking each minute. They have then plotted this data on a line graph. In Humanities, they have finished their Roman topic by writing a tourist brochure of Roman Britain and learning about the fall of the Roman Empire.
Year 5 – have completed narratives based on the 'Night Walker' in English. They have all created their own plans and used a variety of ideas that have been descriptive and creative, from walks in the forest to adventures in space! Focus has been on using as many of the success criteria as possible. In Maths, they have been looking at triangles, quadrilaterals and their characteristics and have also included calculating missing angles in shapes. In their topic lessons, Year 5 have started a geography topic about Iver this week and have so far located Buckinghamshire on a world map and identified lots of other Counties in England.
Year 6 – have been finding out about aspects of the environment and are now in the process of writing a non-chronological report on the subject in English. In Maths, they have continued with their revision and have been focussing on division; then moving on to fractions, decimals and percentages. They are drawing to a close with the Humanities topic of the Maya Civilisation - the children have enjoyed finding out about this ancient civilisation. They have also continued with their production rehearsals and the children are becoming more familiar with their characters.
We cannot believe that the end of the school year has come around so quickly; sadly, we are unable to do many of the usual end of year celebrations that we had planned due to Covid-19. However, we are planning the following events:
Firstly, we know how much the children love their end of year Production in Year 6, but we are aware that we will not be able to invite parents in to see the show. Therefore, we have decided to be a bit creative and do something that we have never done before and ‘film’ the production. The children will be performing ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’ and this will be available to view on the website during the last week of term.
Secondly, we are planning an end of year ‘treat’ for the Year 6 children … details are being finalised and more information will be available very soon.
Finally, we have planned a 'Virtual Leavers’ Assembly' that we think the children will enjoy. The plan is that the children will see the assembly in school and then this same presentation will be made available on the school website for parents to watch from Friday 16th July.
In order to make this a memorable event, we need your help. We would really appreciate receiving a couple of photographs of your child over the years including ones from the infants and maybe even some with their friends. These will be collated into a nice photo album, so only send them if you are happy for them to be used in this way. The deadline for sending in photos will be Friday 2nd July. Please email them to email@example.com.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year, especially with home learning. It is not the year that we had planned for the children but we are so very proud of how they have matured and coped with such a strange and unprecedented situation. We hope that one day in the future, when all of this is over, they might pop back and see us.
Dear Parents/Guardians of Year 6,
Sex and Relationship Education
As part of the school’s Personal, Social and Health Education programme your child will soon receive lessons on relationships and puberty.
The purpose of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is to provide knowledge and understanding of how the human body changes during puberty and about relationships based on love and respect.
If young people can start their transition into adulthood with good information and the confidence and knowledge to understand what is happening to them, they will hopefully grow into confident and healthy adults able to make positive choices. This can start with learning the basics about growing up and the sessions in school may reinforce what you are already doing at home.
The SRE programme includes watching a series of videos from BBC Active and input from the class teachers. All teaching materials are appropriate to the age and emotional maturity of the pupils concerned and the teachers will aim to present the programme in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner.
The programme will cover:
If you wish to withdraw your child from all or part of the school’s sex and relationship education programme, please email to your child’s class teacher before the programme starts. Emails are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Class teachers in Year 6 will begin the programme Thursday 17th June 2021.
Miss Bjorck / Mrs Bowden / Mrs Orr / Mrs Chapman -Allen
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have settled well after a nice week spent in the sunshine. In English, the children have begun looking at features of a biography in preparation for writing a biography on the main character taken from the book Gregory Cool. In Maths, Year 3 have started looking at properties of shapes and they have worked hard understanding angles and turns, right angles and comparing angles.
Year 4 – have started reading our new class book in English, Noah Barleywater Runs Away. They took part in a mock trial for young Noah, who stole three apples and caused a little bit of chaos as he ran away. Both classes found Noah ‘Not Guilty’ citing that because he was starving he did what he had to do. They have then started writing their newspaper report on the event. In Maths, they have started their Statistics topic and have been interpreting data from pictograms, bar graphs and line graphs. In Humanities, Year 4 had a very special day on Tuesday! They took part in a Roman day as part of their topic work.
Year 5 – have been writing a narrative about a poem that they have been reading in class. They are making sure everyone is clear on the different aspects of the success criteria as this will help with the narrative. They are collecting ideas and planning their writing this week before finishing it next week. In Maths, they are continuing with their work on angles and have been learning about how to calculate missing angles on a straight line. Their understanding the types of angles have helped them estimate. In Topic, Morpurgo are completing their computing unit about coding and are controlling a spite around a screen. Kipling are completing the history of music unit and trying out body percussion.
Year 6 – have been working hard as they start preparing for their end of year production, Pirates of the Curry Bean. We have started rehearsals for both the acting and the singing and are very impressed with what we have seen so far. In English, the children have been writing their own fantasy stories involving a dragon and we are looking forward to reading the finished narratives. They have been revising multiplication in Maths; looking at formal written methods for long multiplication and multiplying decimal numbers. They are also reaching the end of their topic on the Maya civilisation in Humanities, with the children having some interesting ideas of why the civilisation declined in 900AD.
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Re: COVID -19
As you may have seen in the news, over the last week evidence has emerged that the SARS-CoV-2 variant Delta (formerly “India”) has overtaken "Alpha" (formerly “Kent”) to become the dominant form of COVID-19 both nationally and locally. This finding supports research evidence that Delta is significantly more infectious than Alpha, but importantly COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to still provide effective protection against it. In Buckinghamshire there has been a significant increase in COVID outbreaks in educational settings over the past few weeks, mostly caused by the Delta variant.
As a precaution, it is now recommended that close contacts of PCR positive confirmed cases, are offered a PCR test through NHS test and trace to improve case finding and reduce the risk of further transmission.
If a close contact tests negative, they still need to complete their ten-day isolation period. If they test positive this would extend their isolation period for ten days, from date of a positive case and their household would also then need to isolate.
Please remember if your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID (temperature, cough or loss of taste or smell) they must be taken for a PCR test. Your child will not be allowed into school unless they have a negative test result or have isolated at home for 10 days. We know that this may cause some families an inconvenience but we need to try everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID and avoid closing year group bubbles.
Thank you for your continued support.
Please Note: The Zoom meeting on Thursday 10th June is now cancelled
Buckinghamshire Council has released the video presentation below regarding the 11+ Transfer Test and Secondary Application Process 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 is where we'll post all school news and updates. If you require paper copies of any information on our website then please contact Miss Lainsbury in our school reception.