This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been working hard on addition and subtraction in Maths. They have been using column method to tackle more complicated calculations. They have explored the importance of regrouping their ones and tens to make sure that their answer is correct. They have also started to look at number families with the view that they will be able to use the inverse operation to check their calculations in the future. In English, they have had their letter writing hats on and have begun to craft a letter to our local MP to try and protect the environment in Iver. In Science, they have finished their water transportation investigation and have started to look at the process of plant germination, pollination and fertilisation. In PSHE, they have looked at the words responsibility and consequences and applied them to different scenarios.
Year 4 – have come together as a whole year group in Science to see the different melting points of chocolate! They measured the temperature of different bowls of water and tested to see if their hypotheses from the previous lesson were correct. In Maths, they learnt about the history of Roman numerals before having a go at some numeral questions of their own. They have started looking at column addition and will move on to exchanging when adding/subtracting. In English, they had a go at planning and designing their own robot using recycled materials and will end the week by publishing their own instructions for how to build it! They are challenging themselves to include as many features as possible of instructional writing. In Geography, they looked further at how volcanoes are formed and moved on to learning about the largest rivers found in Africa.
Year 5 – have been rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand and even ten thousand! They have been reciting their rhyme that helps them remember whether to round up or down. In English, the children have begun drafting a fact file all about China. To urge their readers to read further, they have been sharing their most compelling facts. Year 5 pupils have spent a lot of time this week in Science studying different materials to investigate what happens to them when they are heated, cooled, and burned.
Year 6 – have worked hard to finish their stories based on the video 'origins'. They have focussed on being descriptive throughout their writing. In Maths, they have continued to explore the 4 operations and applying their mathematical knowledge to a range of problems. In Humanities, Year 6 have explored the cause of volcanic eruptions by replicating the process with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar!
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have had a very busy week and have been working incredibly hard. They have used their knowledge of place value to complete calculations using the method of expanded addition in Maths, focusing on the correct layout of their work. In English, Year 3 became the old man from 'The Tin Forest' and have recounted the events of the story through a diary entry. They have imagined wide, windswept places and put themselves in the shoes of another person. In Humanities, they completed their topic by asking questions and exploring the impact of humans on the local area and across the UK. Year 3 have begun their Science topic of 'Plants' by looking at the parts of a plant and their functions. They have also set up two investigations and are looking forward to discovering the results next week!
Year 4 – have continued to write a non-chronological report about plastic pollution. They have worked very hard to include determiners, expanded noun phrases and have been trying very hard to use some of the Year 3/4 spelling words. In Maths they have counted in 25s, rounded to the nearest 1000 and have been ordering four-digit numbers. In Science, they have reweighed their investigation (do gases have weight?) and London class found that their bottle of lemonade had the biggest difference in weight after being left open all week. They are looking forward to their next experiment which involves changing the state of chocolate! Year 5 – have been using their place value knowledge to compare and order numbers all the way up to one million. They have also been tackling trickier problems in Arithmetic and have been challenging themselves to write the date in Roman numerals. In English, the pupils have finished their narrative, re-telling the story of ‘The Girl and the Fox’. They have impressed everyone with the amazing detail they have included in these stories. In Humanities, they have been focusing on rivers and how they can change. The children have been naming the different parts of river systems and can explain how meanders are formed. Year 6 – have worked really hard in Maths. They have started to think about the 4 operations and practised solving problems using written methods of addition and subtraction. In English, they have begun to write a narrative inspired by the short film 'Origins'. They have focussed on creating effective and engaging character and setting descriptions using features from the Y6 success criteria.
Could you be a school governor?
The governing board of Iver Village Junior School is an important part of the school community. It is responsible for: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The board is currently looking for new members. No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the work of the governing board. Free training is available.
There is currently 1 vacancy for a parent governor and several vacancies for co-opted governors. Parent governors must be "parents" (which includes anyone who has parental responsibility for, or cares for, a child at the school). Co-opted governors do not need to be parents - they just need to have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. (There are some circumstances where someone cannot serve as a governor, summarised in the information below)
If you would like to stand for election, please complete a nomination form and return it to the school as soon as possible. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Forms are available to download at the bottom of this page or paper copies will be available at the school reception. Self-nominations will be accepted but if you are nominating another parent, please seek their prior consent.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.
If you would like to know more, please speak to me, or contact our Chair of Governors, Mark Vinall (email@example.com) or another member of the governing board. For more details of the work of the IVJS governing board, see https://www.ivervillage-jun.bucks.sch.uk/governors.html.
For more information about school governors generally, see https://www.inspiringgovernance.org/volunteers/
Maintained schools: Qualifications and disqualifications to serve as a school governor:
A governor must be aged 18 or over at the time of his/her election or appointment and cannot hold more than one governorship at the same school.
A person is disqualified from election or appointment as a parent governor if s/he:
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been using commas for lists and developing their sentence structure through the inclusion of co-ordinating conjunctions. In Maths, they have been investigating number lines and using their understanding of place value of complete number lines up to 1000. Year 3 are finished with their topic of place value and will be moving onto addition next week. In PSHE, Year 3 have discussed how to face difficult and new challenges as well as any emotions that come along with those challenges. In Humanities, they have continued to develop their map skills. They have searched for rivers and mountains, deepening their knowledge of the UK’s landscape, they have used keys and legends to aid their search and were able to locate some of the UK’s most famous locations.
Year 4 – have been learning about plastic pollution this week and have started writing non-chronological reports about plastic waste and how it is damaging our world. They watched videos and read around the subject, making brilliant notes to help them with their writing!
In Science, they are investigating which fizzy drinks have the most carbon dioxide in them and whether gases have any weight at all. In Geography, they have been learning about the oceans and seas surrounding Africa and how our world once began as one large landmass! They are full of facts and knowledge! In Maths, they have been looking closely at place value and partitioning numbers. This is building on last week’s lessons and preparing them for addition and subtraction in the next few weeks…
Year 5 – have been developing their mathematical thinking this week by writing and partitioning numbers up to one million. They have done a fantastic job of approaching challenges with far larger numbers than they are used to. In English, the children have started retelling a tale about a girl who meets a fox in the woods. They've been using some excellent expanded noun phrases to add a lot of descriptive detail to their work. This week, as they have begun their topic of Materials in Science, they looked at the many materials used in the classrooms and their properties. Everyone was impressed by the children's ability to confidently define insulators and conductors and put that understanding to the test in their own scientific experiment!
Year 6 – have worked incredibly hard to finish their stories about The Dragon Slayer. They have worked just as hard to edit their work against their new success criteria. In Maths, they have continued their learning about value. They have also begun to explore more about the continent of South America, learning about mountain ranges and the Amazon river.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have settled into IVJS brilliantly! They have come in everyday with big smiles on their faces and have tried hard in all of their lessons. In Maths, they have started learning about place value. They have represented numbers to 100 using dienes, compared and ordered numbers. In English, they have been exploring the difference between a proper noun and a common noun, how to use adjectives and how to form their sentences correctly. In Humanities, they have been investigating what human and physical features are in their local area and have created maps using OS symbols. They have also looked into the River Thames, focusing on the source of the river and the mouth. They have all worked very hard and have had a great first week! Well done year 3!
Year 4 – have been writing setting descriptions for a spooky or a magical forest working hard to use expanded noun phrases and up levelling our vocabulary. They have been reviewing rounding in Maths, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. They have also been working on counting in 1000s up to ten thousand. In Science, they started looking at solids, liquids and gases and exploring their different properties. In Geography, the children discussed where we are in relation to Africa and found out lots of interesting facts! They have also used their atlas skills to find Africa and all of its 54 countries.
Year 5 – have been settling in amazingly into their new classes! The children began the week by working out what each of the Roman Numerals represents and used their knowledge to decode some different dates that were written in Roman Numerals. During English, they have been working on a letter to their future selves. They have been thinking about things they are looking forward to in Year 5 as well as what they want to work on. The children are excited to look back on these letters as a memory when they reach the end of the year. In Humanities this week, they have started their very interesting topic all about China. The children have successfully placed China on a map and they are beginning to learn about the different landscapes that can be found there.
Year 6 – have quickly settled back into school life and have worked exceptionally hard. In Maths, they have been focussing on place value and recognising the value of digits in numbers up to 10,000,000! In English, they have begun to retell the story of the 'Dragon Slayer' and started to read the Y6 class text, Floodlands. In Humanities, they have begun to learn about the continent of South America and explored the climate in different countries.
During this term, we are looking for children who are interested in joining our school choir. Our music teacher, Miss Carrera will be running the choir club Thursday lunchtimes from 12.00pm for Lower School and 12.30pm for Upper School. Children who wish to attend may need to eat their lunch at a slightly different time to usual.
If you would like your child to sign up for the choir, please sign up using the online form by Friday 16th September 2022.
Our Choir may get the chance to perform at a variety of events around the local area, details of trips off the school grounds will be sent out closer to the events and require a separate permission. Please note, children will be required to attend all of the lunchtime rehearsals to be considered for these performances.
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