This Week In School…
Year 3 – have developed their knowledge of the aspects of story-telling by looking at character description. They took the protagonist of their class text 'The Tin Forest' and wrote fantastic descriptions that used similes, metaphors and expanded noun phrases. In Maths, they developed their understanding of addition using the column method. They started with 2-digit additions with no regrouping before moving onto addition that required regrouping. In Science, they have started to look at plants and what they need to survive. They have set up comparative investigations that look into the needs and functions of a plant. In Computing, they continued to practise their touch-typing skill. In PSHE, they explored the ideas of responsibility and consequences.
Year 4 – have been planning and writing a setting description for a spooky or a magical forest! They have been using expanded noun phrases to create some amazing pieces of description. In Maths, they have been ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000 and learnt all about Roman numerals. In Science they took part in a series of experiments observing processes that change the state of water. They looked at changing ice into water – melting and gas into liquid – condensation. In Humanities, they explored the mountain ranges of Africa and made posters about them. London have also been practising for their Coffee with your Class morning.
Year 5 – have been a whirlwind of creativity and learning. Inspired by the works of Kandinsky, our young artists have delved into the world of abstract art, using shapes to craft their own unique masterpieces. In Maths, they've honed their rounding skills, deepening their knowledge in numerical operations. The narrative journey based on 'The Girl and the Fox' continues, with students now skilfully weaving in vivid setting descriptions and character portrayals, truly bringing their stories to life. To add a touch of the performing arts, they've taken on poems of their choice, carefully considering intonation, volume, and pace for impactful performances. In Humanities, the exploration of China's settlements has expanded young minds, fostering a deeper understanding of the world around them. It's been a week filled with artistic expression, academic growth, and cultural exploration for Year 5.
Year 6 – have been researching global warming and climate change in English so that they can write a non-chronological report on the subject. This is linked to the class book they are reading in class; 'Floodlands' by Marcus Sedgwick. 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. They have also revised, common factors and common multiples. In Humanities, Year 6 have explored the cause of volcanic eruptions by replicating the process with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar!
Dear Parents and Carers,
In past newsletters, we have shared information relating to online safety. The online world poses its own risks to children and it is important that schools, parents and carers work together to teach children about online dangers. Teaching children how to use the internet safely is a vital part of safeguarding our children.
For those that haven’t already signed up, we would like to remind parents that Iver Village Junior School is working with National Online Safety- providing resources for all parents and carers that are available for you.
The resources include Parents & Carers courses (presented by Myleene Klass), online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics, including:
You can access National Online Safety online via any device and answers to frequently asked questions can be accessed at https://helpdesk.thenationalcollege.co.uk/helpcentre.
If you have any questions, please see either myself, Mrs Chapman-Allen or Mrs Punny.
Mrs Chapman Allen and Mrs Punny
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been writing fantastic setting descriptions based on the book 'The Tin Forest'. In Maths, they have been ordering number using their knowledge of place value. They have learnt to use the 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols to compare numbers. In French, they have been increasing their vocabulary and are able to ask each other their names and how they are feeling. It has been wonderful to see their confidence grow when speaking French to one another. They have started their Science topic learning about parts of the plants and beginning investigations about what seeds need to grow.
Year 4 – have been working at recognising the different types of apostrophes in English. They have practised using them to contract words and to show possession. They have also been practising writing expanded noun phrases about a dog. In Maths, they have continued learning about place value, they have found 1, 10, 100 and a 1000 more or less of a number, solved number lines to 10, 000 problems and worked really hard at dividing two- and three-digit numbers by 10. They have continued to be amazing scientists this week by investigating evaporation - they now know how washing dries on a washing line! In PSHE, they explored the Right of the Child and what that means as well as learning all about plastic pollution in Guided Reading as part of their book this term 'One Plastic Bag'.
Year 5 – have engaged themselves in a diverse range of activities. They have honed their artistic skills by mastering the art of shading, - creating stunning 3D shapes. In Maths, they’ve delved deeper into ordering and comparing numbers and learnt to use number lines. The budding writers among them have embarked on crafting a captivating narrative inspired by the thought-provoking video, ‘The Girl and the Fox’. Additionally, they have embarked on a journey into physical geography learning how meanders are formed. In Science, Year 5 have explored conductivity by designing thermal insulative lunch bags for a hands-on experiment. It has been exciting week for us in Year 5!
Year 6 – have finished writing their fantasy stories about dragons in English and have published them. They have enjoyed reading these stories and have really impressed with some of the descriptive language they have used to describe characters and setting. In Maths, they are finishing the topic on place value, ready to move on to their new topic of the four operations. The children have created some great fact files about The Andes in Humanities and have now been finding out about the Amazon River and how oxbow lakes are formed. They are enjoying reading the class book, Floodlands, in Guided Reading and are gradually building a picture of the main characters involved.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have delved into the world of phrases, clauses and conjunctions in English. They have used exciting non-fiction videos to create sentences around our SPaG focus for the lesson. In Maths, year 3 have started to use the knowledge that they have built up over the last week and apply it to new concepts. They have used their number lines, dienes and place value grids to represent numbers up to and including 1000. In Art, they have started to look into their foundation skills. They created their own mini-sculptures using 3-D lines. In Humanities, they looked at creating their own maps of Iver using symbols and co-ordinates and explored the countries that make up the UK. In PSHE, they discussed any worries that they may have about entering a new school and started to think about what their dream school would look like. Year 3 have worked hard this week and should be proud of themselves.
Year 4 – have been very arty and amazing scientists, completing two science investigations and exploring shape, form and texture in Art! In English, they worked on prepositions and fronted adverbials and worked hard at using them in sentences. In Maths, they have continued their place value topic and looked at representations of thousands. In French, they have learnt how to greet someone and ask how they are feeling. In Geography, they learnt all about continental drift and how the earth used to look. In Science, they questioned whether gases have weight and tested this by releasing the carbon dioxide from fizzy drinks and reweighing them.
Year 5 – have worked hard this week to get really stuck in to their new topics. In Maths, the children have been mastering place value, understanding the value of each digit in numbers all the way up to 1 million. They have also continued to practise their knowledge of Roman Numerals. In English, the children have begun writing a letter to their future selves. This will serve as a memory for them to enjoy at the end of the year. They have discussed their favourite things, ensuring that they include some in the letters. Earlier in the week, both classes discussed the use of colour in art, understanding the difference between warm and cool colours and how artists use them to convey different feelings. They even had a go at creating their own colour wheels using watercolours.
Year 6 – have worked very hard this week. In English they have continued to write their fantasy stories about dragons and we have been very impressed with some of the fantastic sentences they are creating. The children have continued to look at place value in Maths and have been investigating mountain ranges in South America in Humanities; they are in the process of producing a fact file about either The Andes or one of the other mountains or mountain ranges in the continent. Some of the children did their 11+ practice tests and actual tests this week which they worked hard on.
PGL October 2023 will be going ahead with the children departing on Monday 16th and returning Friday 20th October.
We will be hosting a ZOOM meeting for parents on Tuesday 3rd October 2023 at 5:30pm to discuss the trip and answer any questions you may have. A text will be sent out closer to the time.
Children need to have a case with wheels - there is a walk from where the coach drops us to our cabins. Your child will be responsible for transporting their own case to their cabin.
Please, please send your child with at least 2 pairs of old trainers. If one pair gets wet, they will need the spare! Please remind your child that it fashion is not important therefore the trainers need to be old or cheap.
What if your child displays illness whilst at PGL?
If your child displays illness we will contact you as soon as possible and ask you to come and collect your child directly from Windmill Hill.
Please note, by sending your child on the trip, you understand that you are responsible for their travel to/from the PGL grounds should they need to travel privately due to illness.
Please note that we will not be taking pocket money as children will not be using the shop on the site.
Mr P Clifford
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have had an amazing start to their time at IVJS. They have been learning about place value in Maths and using different forms of punctuation in English. In Geography, they have been using their map skills to learn about the physical and human geographical features in Iver. All of the children have impressed us with their positive attitude to learning and we look forward to a great year ahead!
Year 4 – have had a brilliant start to the school year. They have settled into their new Maths and English groups seamlessly, have worked hard on recapping key punctuation rules and have been practising using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In Maths, they have started their place value topic by partitioning numbers up to 1000 and worked hard on a Year 4 arithmetic paper. They discussed different religious communities in RE. In Art, they have started to explore the next step to understanding the art foundations by mark making to explore line, creating images that show warm and cool colours and read a story about the colour monster and how different colours emote different feelings. In Geography, they have explored Africa and labelled the different countries of Africa. Miss Rowe, Miss Ramsay and Mrs Punny are very proud of how hard they have worked during their first week back of Year 4.
Year 5 – have had a fantastic start to term this week. In Maths, the children have been busy learning all about Roman Numerals and numbers up to 10,000. They have also begun exploring China, particularly focusing on China’s location and landscape – they have been incredible in sharing their knowledge! In English, they have been recapping some grammatical features in order for them to be ready to use them next week, when they start writing their first piece of writing. Some features they have revisited are expanded noun phrases and commas for lists. The children have written some scintillating sentences about jaguars and manatees using their skills.
Year 6 – have settled in to the new school year and are already working hard. They have been working on creating effective settings and character descriptions in English as they start to write their own fantasy story about dragons based on a film clip entitled 'The Dragon Slayer'. In Maths, the children are learning about reading and writing numbers up to 10,000,000 and in Humanities they are studying South America and have already found out lots of interesting facts. They have started reading their class book, Floodlands by Marcus Sedgwick, which the children seem to be enjoying.
Activity clubs for next half term are now available to book!
Clubs will be starting next week, from Monday 11th September.
PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU PAY BY CHILDCARE VOUCHERS, PLEASE EMAIL THE SCHOOL TO RESERVE THE CLUB PLACE YOU REQUIRE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND WE CAN ALLOCATE THE SPACE, IF THERE ARE SPACES AVAILABLE.
As before, clubs will show as a payment on your child's School Money account (www.eduspot.co.uk). Please do not pay this unless you want to book your child a space. Club payments that are not paid/needed for will be removed from your account after Monday 18th September.
Clubs start Monday 11th September and run for 6 weeks, the last club being Friday 20th October. All clubs are 3.15pm to 4.30pm with pick up at the front of the school. Clubs cost £7 per club and can be booked for the full half term, £42. We are still offering a discounted rate to any children entitled to Pupil Premium (the discounted cost will show automatically to anyone entitled).
Should you have any issues logging into your School Money account, please email email@example.com.
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