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Olympic Dance Workshop and Farewell
This week, Kingfishers took part in a whole school dance workshop for the Olympics. The children represented Brazil and performed brilliantly sambaing around the hall. It was also my last week at Sutton Courtenay. I have thoroughly enjoyed my two years at this wonderful school working with such dedicated and supportive staff and governors and teaching the most amazing children. Thank you to all the parents who have also supported us through the year. All the best for a very bright future Sutton Courtenay and have a super summer,
Sports Day, Bar Graphs and Posy Making
On Monday this week, Kingfishers competed for their houses in Sports Day. All the children made a fantastic effort as they ran and jumped as fast and far as they could. Well done to Sapphires who were victorious. In maths, the children made a human bar graph to show the eye colours of the children in class. Finally, Mrs Boardman joined the class and made posies with the children as part of their Scented Garden topic.
Transition Days and Moving Scented Garden Toys
This week, Kingfishers class became the home of the new Nightingales class. The new Nightingales worked on displays for the first topic of next year "Once upon a time...". This included a model of a Knight who we affectionately know as Sir Nightingale. He currently stands guard outside Kingfisher's classroom. The children finished the week making moving toys. They based their designs on the theme of the Scented Garden and used different cams to make them move.
Kingfishers have been writing a traditional tale together in English. For homework this week they had to finish the tale. Well done to Jake who finished it perfectly. Jake's writing is in italics.
The Three Little Fish
A long, long time ago in a faraway river lived three little fish. One fish built a den of weed. After a while, the second fish built a den of muddy sticks. They built their dens as quick as lightning and then swam around playing “it” because they were lazy. The third little fish built her den out of pebbles and mud to make it stick together, she worked all day long.
A sneaky bear saw the two little fish playing “it” and thought, “What a great meal. Mwah hah hah!” He held his breath and dived majestically into the water but the two little fish swam and hid in their dens. The sneaky bear went to the first den and pounced on it. There was a creak and a crash but the bear was too slow. The horrified fish swam quickly to the second fish’s den made of muddy sticks. The sneaky bear now pounced on this den and with a creak and a crash he dug his way through but he was too late. Now, the petrified fish swam away and crept anxiously to the last fish’s den.
The bear swam quickly, splashing through the choppy water. "Swim fast my little friends." said the third little fish. The two fish were very scared and rushed over to the house made of pebbles and mud. The little fish all huddled together in the house. The sneaky bear dived down to the house and bumped it with his nose.
"Ouch!" said the bear. So, he tried again but the bear couldn't break in. The three little fish were very scared. "Ouch!" said the bear again. He had such a sore nose he gave up and got out of the river. The three little fish were so happy and excited.
"We should all live together in my house." said the third fish and so they did happily ever after in the mud and pebble house.
This week, Kingfishers discussed what is special about Sutton Courtenay and what they would like to improve. After a picnic lunch in the hall with the rest of the school, they worked in groups to design a new cycle lane, scout hut, village hall, internet cafe, amphitheatre, freshwater beach and outdoor gym for their community.
Cricket, Sports Day Practice and the Queen's Ninetieth Birthday Celebrations
Kingfishers have had a very sporty week this week. They started the week throwing and catching and running with a cricket bat. Then, they practiced the standing long jump and relay ready for Sports Day. Finally, Alison from All Saints church brought the children a book to celebrate the Queen's ninetieth birthday and they had a special lunch. Happy Birthday ma'am!
The Scented Garden, Sports Day and the Queen's Ninetieth Birthday Stamps
This week, Kingfishers started their new topic the Scented Garden. The children brought in some amazing garden plants and animals that they made over the half term break. The class also began practicing for their Sports Day races and are looking very sporty already. At the end of the week, Kingfishers teamed up with Red Kites and some of Falcons to design stamps for the Queen's ninetieth birthday.
Life Long Ago, Rounders, Investigating Angles and How to Throw and Catch Videos
This week, Kingfishers became paleontologists and discovered fossils from millions of years ago. They also had a visit from Baby Jake the Allosaurus and a ferocious 7 year old Tyrannosaurus called... "Millie". Kingfishers made the most of the wonderful weather by playing a couple of exciting and close games of rounders. There was some wonderful striking and fielding. Finally, the children finished investigating angles and completed their How to Throw and Catch videos.
This week, Kingfishers have been investigating angles. First, they used pencils to make different angles. Then, they used peg boards to make different shapes and discover the angles inside them. Finally, they made their own right angle testers to find right angles in the classroom and discover whether other angles were larger or smaller.
Measuring Mass, Capacity and Volume, Adventure Stories and Saying Goodbye to Cherry
Kingfishers had lots of practical experience in maths this week, measuring and comparing mass, capacity and volume. They have also presented their adventure stories where their characters have been getting into all sorts of trouble but fortunately finding ways out of it. Finally, we said goodbye and thank you to Cherry the guinea pig.
Structure of the Earth, Measuring Length and How to Throw and Catch Videos
This week, Kingfishers drew cross sections of the Earth with Mrs Evans. They look fantastic and are displayed in our class. They also made folding metre rulers to estimate and measure the length of different objects in the room. Finally, they recorded videos showing how to throw and catch successfully.
Fractions and River Dance Motifs
This week, Kingfishers worked in threes to create a short dance motif inspired by rivers. They included suspension, falls and rolls to make their dances really interesting. In maths, they used resources to find fractions of amounts and investigated equivalent fractions using their learning and some handy strips of paper.
Throwing and Catching, Beauty and the Beast Play Scripts and Adventure Stories
This week, Kingfishers practised their throwing and catching in beautiful sunshine. They also finished their Beauty and the Beast play scripts and began writing adventure stories by thinking and acting out how they might travel to a mystery island.
Flow and Ginge Brook Trip
This week, Kingfishers began their new topic Flow. They created some amazing river animals over the Easter break and they are now displayed in our classroom. At the end of the week, they ventured through the rain to Ginge brook where they measured the speed and depth. They also studied the animals and plants that live in and around it. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came with us. We couldn't have done it without you.
Kingfishers Term 5 Class Information
Oink! Litter Pick and Easter Around the World
It was a busy but sad end to the term as the school said goodbye and good luck to Mrs Ashcroft and Mrs Putt. Kingfishers wish them all the best and say a big thank you. The children teamed up with Red Kites for a fantastic performance of Oink! The performances got better and better and finished on Wednesday with real style. On Tuesday, the class litter picked, in brilliant sunshine, to raise money for the air ambulance. Finally, Kingfishers performed Easter Around the World at All Saints Church explaining how people in Spain, Brazil, Ethiopia, Greece, Germany and the U.k. celebrate at Easter.
Stories from Around the World and Sport Relief Mile
This week, Kingfishers were visited by the Fusion Theatre Company. Captain James Cook and his crew navigated them to Africa, Brazil, Bali and back home to England with a terrific tale from each place. On Friday, the children put on their running shoes and ran a mile for Sports relief. Well done guys! What a superb effort!
Railway Safety, Drumming and Legends
This week, Network Rail visited to tell us about the electrification of their lines and to help us stay safe on and near them. Kingfishers also split into groups in drumming to compose their own rhythms. Finally, the class have completed some lovely legends about the Holy Grail.
Exploring Time and Lost and Found
This week Kingfishers timed themselves to see how long it would take to run 100 metres. The class read Lost and Found as part of book week. They worked alongside Falcons to choreograph a dance and compose a piece of music based upon the storm in the .book. Then, they were inspired by the buildings at the South Pole to create some amazing junk models. Finally, the class reported about what might have happened if the boy and the penguin had visited Spain and they painted their own penguins.
Materials and Oink!
This week Kingfishers investigated materials in Science. The children made a collage of opaque, bendy, flexible and hard materials. Also the class is busy rehearsing with Red Kites for their upcoming production Oink! Some wonderful
2-D and 3-D animals have been oinking, baaing, mooing, neighing and clucking their way into class to create a fantastic farmyard feel.
House Pancake Relay and Debugging Pong
This week Kingfishers competed for their house in the House Pancake relay. They all gave it their best and many pancakes were tossed! The children also debugged a game called Pong where the ball wasn't bouncing the way it should. They looked at the way a real ball rebounds to fix the bug.
Uffington White Horse and Iron Age Day
It was a very historical week in Kingfishers this week. Ralph brought in some amazing finds from his farm, including a Saxon spear head, coins from Ancient Rome to George VI and even Civil War musket balls. We also visited the Uffington White Horse to see a Stone age burial mound, a Bronze age monument and an Iron age hill fort. Finally, the children dressed as Celts to discover more about the Iron Age.
Kingfishers Celtic Charge
Iron age day letter
Burns Night, Division and Young Voices
This week Kingfishers learnt about Robert Burns and Burns Night. Mr Boardman aired his kilt and we all enjoyed some shortbread. The children used Base 10 to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Finally, some of Kingfishers travelled to the O2 arena in London for Young Voices. It was a long day but we all had an amazing time and the children were fantastic!
Rebirth Stories and Bronze Age Picnic
This week, Kingfishers finished writing their rebirth stories. The characters in their stories were responsible for stealing Easter, Halloween, Valentine's day and Bonfire Night but fortunately they saw the error of their ways and everything finished well. The class learnt about how people's lives changed between the Stone Age and Bronze Age and ate raspberries, strawberries, apples, full fat milk and cheese to discover what Bronze Age people ate.
Division, Prehistoric Kingfishers and Going for Goals
This week, Kingfishers have been learning about division. They are all becoming masters at sharing into groups of 3, 4 and 8. The children walked back in time to discover how long ago dinosaurs lived on Earth. Our class timeline spans 450, 000 years. We had to walk twice around the playground before we saw a dinosaur (65 million years ago). Finally, the children learnt about how they learn in Special time. Groups made a model of a Bronze Age settlement, wrote songs and poems about the Stone Age, created a dance based on Forces and carried out a Maths investigation.
Kingfishers Term 3 Class Information
Tribal Tales and Aladdin
This week Kingfishers started a new topic, Tribal Tales. They were all very busy over the Christmas holiday and the display is now covered with fantastic Stone Age paintings and models of prehistoric settlements. On Friday, the children visited Oxford to see Aladdin at the Playhouse. They were fantastic and had a brilliant time.
Magnet Investigation, Christmas Party, Lunch and Carol Service
In the final week before Christmas, Kingfishers carried out a magnet investigation to discover which was the strongest. On Wednesday they had a Cracking Christmas party with Kestrels. There were games, food and a very special visitor. On Thursday the children made made cool Christmas hats for a tasty Christmas Lunch. The week came to an end at All Saints' Church where Kingfishers took part in a wonderful Christmas Carol Service. Kingfishers' Around the World tree looked beautiful on display in the church. Have an amazing Christmas everyone and see you in 2016.
Christmas Crafts Afternoon and Explanation Texts
On Wednesday this week Kingfishers prepared decorations for the All Saints' Christmas Tree festival. Their theme was around the World so they created poinsettias from Mexico, popcorn garlands from the United States of America, snowflakes from all over the World and spider webs. The children discovered that people from the Ukraine decorate their trees with spider webs to remember a fairy tale where spiders decorated the tree of a poor family. Finally, they finished their Explanation texts about how different animals are nearly becoming extinct.
Stop the Clock and Carl Warner Inspired Art
Kingfishers all tried their best in this week's house co-operation competition, Stop The Clock. Well done to everyone especially Sapphires, who were victorious and thank you to Mrs Knight for organising an excellent event. At the end of the week the children studied Carl Warner's art which inspired them to create their own masterpieces using images of food.
Kingfishers' 12 days of Christmas and Magnetism
This week Kingfishers were very industrious creating a wonderful 12 days of Christmas display for the hall. There was lots of sticking, cutting and colouring and even a bit of early Christmas music. The children also investigated what was magnetic and what was non-magnetic with a few surprises. They discovered that not all metal is attracted to magnets.
Making Compasses, Animation Sprites and Backgrounds, Pupil Takeover and Muck, Mess and Mixtures
This week Kingfishers polarized a paperclip with a magnet to make their own compass. Then, they created sprites and backgrounds for their Scratch animations. At the end of the week Mr Allen and Miss Cusden taught Maths, P.E. and English brilliantly during Pupil Takeover day. Finally, Kingfishers had lots of fun making their own medicine on a Muck, Mess and Mixtures morning.
Forces, Instructions, Storyboards and Comic Relief
This week Kingfishers carried out an investigation to see whether different surfaces affect how far a toy vehicle travels. They also finished their instructions and created super storyboards for their computer animations. We all needed sunglasses at the end of the week as the children wore their brightest colours for Comic Relief.
Muck, Mess and Mixtures
Kingfishers started their new topic, Muck, Mess and Mixtures this week. They must have been very busy over the half term holiday creating their own original artwork inspired by great artists. The class topic wall looks fantastic with work inspired by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.
Exercise, Shape and House Cross Country
Term 1 came to an end this week but it was still a busy one. Kingfishers discovered how exercise affects the way our bodies feel, they investigated the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes and competed in the house cross country. Well done Kingfishers and have a great half term!
Christchurch Cathedral and V.I.P. Smoothie Tasting
On Thursday this week some of Kingfishers sang at a service in Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford. The children were a credit to the school and were rewarded with a tour. They saw the great hall which was the inspiration for the great hall in the Harry Potter films and also descended the staircase actually used in the film. Kingfishers finished the week by inviting parents and carers to sample their smoothie creations. They also created advert leaflets to tempt their guardians even more!
Cadbury World, Harvest Festival and 3-D Shapes
This week Kingfishers travelled all the way to Cadbury World in Birmingham. The children discovered how cocoa beans are harvested and become chocolate bars. They also tried some delicious chocolate. Then they performed their super shape poems at the Church of All Saints in the village. Finally they created 3-D shapes with marshmallows and spaghetti.
Fruit Shape Poems and Strange Fruit Packaging
This week Kingfishers mounted their fantastic fruit shape poems. At the end of the week they were busy designing strange fruit packaging and then making a prototype. They had some great ideas!
Strange Fruit and Nonsense Food
This week Kingfishers have been busy painting their Strange Fruit sculptures. There certainly was some colourful patterns! The children also began reading some nonsense poetry and created their own nonsense words to describe stinky cheese, passion fruit, sprouts and onions.
Drumming and Strange Fruit Sculptures
Kingfishers started drumming this week with Mr Ward. They certainly have some rhythm! The children also combined 2 fruits to make their own strange fruits. Then they sculpted them out of clay. The class is now full of pearnanas, strawnapples and bananapples.
Stretching, Curling and Arching, Numbers, Network Engineers and Awesome Acrostic Poetry
Kingfishers have been very busy this week. Wednesday saw them curling, travelling, jumping and rolling in P.E. All week they have been representing numbers in different ways, from number lines to partitioning and in words. On Thursday the class had great fun simulating a network in computing. They were able to send each other messages to their own unique IP addresses. The week finished with the children presenting and performing acrostic poems about their favourite things.
Kingfishers Term 1 curriculum letter and weekly timetable
Scrumdiddlyumptious Bake Off
In their first week back the fledgling Kingfishers started their Scrumdiddlyumptious topic by baking cheese scones and fruity flapjacks. The children worked together to add the ingredients, stir and bake their tasty treats. They enjoyed eating them too!