This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy writing a descriptive poem about the Iron Man. They have used descriptive language and have impressed everyone with their metaphors and similes. In Maths, the children have been revising taught methods for addition and subtraction. They have also worked hard with missing number problems. They had a fantastic film afternoon this week with popcorn and a drink.
Year 4 – have wrapped up their final piece of English work for this year by publishing their newspaper reports. As well as that, they have been brushing up on their SPaG knowledge and writing Christmas stories. In Maths, they have consolidated the term’s work with questions using all four operations. They have also created some amazing winter kitten and puppy pictures that they couldn’t wait to take home. In preparation for next term, they have begun learning about Norse Gods and Goddesses.
Year 5 – have been very happy to be back in school this week after their isolation. They have had another busy week beginning to plan and write a diary entry in English. They will continue this after the Christmas break. They also enjoyed watching some Christmas adverts and retelling the story. In their Maths lessons, they have been working out perimeters and finding missing sides of shapes, as well as using division to work out the lengths of sides of shapes when the perimeter is given. Each morning, they have enjoyed some PE activities with Mr Hawkes to get everyone ready for the busy days they all enjoyed. As it's the last week before the Christmas holidays, they have also enjoyed completing various Christmas activities, not forgetting our movie! We hope everybody has a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing each other in the New Year.
Year 6 – have continued to work hard. In English, the children have completed their non-chronological reports about owls and have found out some very interesting facts about these fascinating birds. They have completed this half term's Science topic on living things (including micro-organisms) by looking at the results to an investigation into the growth of mould on bread; and by designing their own micro-organisms. They have also finished reading their book, Skellig by David Almond, which they have all enjoyed.
On the first day back Year 4 are going to be hosting a 'WOW' day.
As Year 4 are going to be studying the book 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' in English, they will be using their imaginations to travel to Iceland by taking part in some Icelandic activities during the day. As Iceland is known as the land of Ice and Fire, we would like Year 4 to wear winter jumpers over their school uniform for the day.
As a surprise treat, we will also be offering them hot chocolate, skyr yoghurt and hotdogs in the afternoon, though they will still need to have a separate lunch. Please complete the google form below to give permission for your child to take part in the day's activities (that involve trying the different foods).
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have finished writing their informal letters from the Iron Man to the farmers. The children have included many writing features and have impressed us with their progress this term! In Maths, they have been revising addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods taught throughout the autumn term. The children have also done a fantastic job in DT and have enjoyed making their own hand puppets.
Year 4 – have written their newspaper reports on Leon’s vanishing act at the circus from their class book, Leon and the Place Between. In Maths, they have been working on their division skills, using the bus stop method and solving word problems. They have also been busy expanding their knowledge of French numbers, places and modes of transport.
Year 5 – have continued to work hard during the online Maths and English lessons and been busy producing their own projects. Morpurgo and Kipling have been looking at multiplying and dividing fractions. Many children have participated well during the class discussions and completed the work provided showing their calculations. Both classes enjoyed practicing the Christmas signing song, the Christmas jumpers and hats were amazing! For English, the children have written a narrative about a short film called The Girl and the Fox. They created a story map then wrote expanded sentences including lots of English features. From here, the children wrote a narrative about different parts of the film. The children have even created a project on a subject of their own choice. Some children created their projects using technology and others produced their projects on paper. Well done for all your patience and hard work Year 5. We look forward to seeing you at school next week!
Year 6 – have produced some delightful descriptive writing, focusing on settings and characters. In Science the children have continued with their topic of Living Things (including micro-organisms) and have been looking at helpful and harmful micro-organisms. Their book in guided reading makes lots of reference to birds and owls, in particular, so this week the children have been having a go at sketching birds, producing some lovely pictures. They have also been researching owls in preparation for writing a non-chronological report on the subject.
At the start of this year, none of us could have imagined what was about to happen across the world. One of the positives we have taken from this year is the sense of community and kindness that our staff and children have in abundance. Kindness is the theme to this year’s John Lewis holiday advert. At IVJS we were inspired to create our own video to spread a bit of love and kindness. This fitted in perfectly with our P4C question about kindness. This video is a combination of the thoughtful words of the children and a little bit of socially distanced fun from the staff.
IVJS is proud to present ‘Kindness’.
Just because they haven't been in school for a while, doesn't mean we don't miss our fluffy friends! So we don't break with tradition, Miss Bjorck has created the 2021 Hugo and Ralph Calendars.
You can purchase these from your School Money account and looking under the shop tab. Once you have ordered the calendars, they will be sent to your child's class for them to take home.
If you have any trouble logging into your account, please call the school reception where we will be able to send you your login details and/or reset passwords.
We are hoping to go ahead with the 4-night residential visit to the Windmill Hill near Hailsham, Sussex from Monday 18th October – Friday 22rd October 2021. The visit includes a full programme of activities and is similar to those we have run in the past. The group will be accompanied by teaching staff from the school and fully qualified instructors at the centre supervise each activity. The cost will include travel to and from the PGL centre and full board while they are away. Whilst the trip is not essential for curriculum purposes, it provides an excellent opportunity for children to extend their learning and to refine their personal and social skills. A meeting for parents giving detailed arrangements will be held nearer the time.
The Year 6 residential trip is at beginning of the year to allow children to bond with their new teacher ready for the remainder of Year 6. It is also an opportunity for teachers to identify different strengths in children that we can build on throughout the year.
In order to help organise and plan this trip in advance, we need to confirm the numbers of pupils who would like to attend. Therefore, for the visit to take place a payment of £410.00 per child is required. If you have not already paid your deposit please pay a non-refundable deposit of £50.00 via School Money with the form below returned in order to secure a place by 10th January 2021. The full cost must be paid by monthly instalments of £60 a month (for 6 months) via School Money from February 2021 and fully settled by 17th July 2021, although we would appreciate it if payments could be made as early as possible. Cash and cheques will also be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire Council Receipts Account. If you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit (not entitled to Working Tax Credit and with an income below £16040pa) please feel free to contact us if there are any difficulties involving the cost. Payments may also be made in more frequent smaller amounts but the balance must be settled by the end of the school year in July.
Should you have any issues logging in to your SchoolMoney account, please contact the school reception for your log in details.
Only a limited number of places are available and we ask that completed forms and deposits are returned to school no later than 10th January 2021 to avoid disappointment.
Payments: £410 total
Non-refundable Deposit of £50 by 10/1/2021
Six Monthly payments of £60 starting on 1/2/21 until 1/7/21 via School Money
Mr P Clifford
Our Lower School Elves have made themselves busy over the past week!
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have begun writing an informal letter in the character of the Iron Man. The children are learning to empathise with a character and to include features of an informal letter. In Maths, they have been learning how to find the perimeter of shapes. Their knowledge was put to the test at the end of the week when they were challenged to design a new play area for the Iver Rec! The children were very creative and have designed some fantastic play areas!
Year 4 – have been planning their newspaper reports about the incident at the circus - Magician Abdul Kazam sent Leon to the place between! They are excited to report on Leon’s discovery of the place where magic lives. In Maths, the children have been using their times tables to solve written methods of multiplication. In Science, they have finished their topic work on sound by consolidating their knowledge and producing an informative leaflet all about sound, some have even included a quiz. Both classes have also worked very hard to learn the British Sign Language signs to two well-known songs.
Year 5 – have looked at how to use modal verbs and synonyms in sentences and will be trying to use these correctly in their writing. In Maths, they have completed work about perimeter and adding and subtracting fractions that with the same and different denominators. Everybody has worked hard to complete tasks online and have adapted well to online learning again. They have looked at how the Ancient Greeks invented the Olympic Games and how the Ancient Greeks have impacted our modern day life. They are also making sure they spend time practicing their times tables, reading and learning to sign the Christmas songs! They also had the opportunity to participate in an online PE session with Mr Hawkes! The children have been keeping active by doing online sport Christmas challenges run by our sports partnership.
Year 6 – have been developing their descriptive writing skills as they write a narrative, paying particular attention to the description of the characters in their stories and to the setting. We are looking forward to reading the finished stories. In Maths, they have continued to learn about percentages and have been solving problems linked to this topic. The children have started their new Science topic this week: Living Things (including Micro-organisms) and have been learning about the classification system.
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