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WELCOME TO KINGFISHERS!
Year 3
 
 
Monday and Tuesdays - Mrs Rainer and Mrs Field
Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays - Mrs Field and Miss Davies 

Please check the website regularly for updates, in particular the 'notices' page.

23.10.20 We made it to half term!!!
It has been lovely talking to so many parents this week regarding your child's well-being and progress. In uncertain times children have shown so much resilience and you should be extremely proud of them just as we are. Please remember that if you have any concerns or queries to email the office and we will respond as quickly as we can.  
This week Kingfisher class have been working so hard writing independently, end of module assessments in Maths and Science quizzes. Therefore, it was only fair that they were rewarded with a healthy balanced party. Thank you for supporting the class by bringing in healthy food, the party was hugely successful and children secured their knowledge talking about food groups and the importance of eating and maintaining a healthy balanced diet. Please see pictures in the class gallery of the party and science experiment. 
 

Now that your child is a member of Key Stage 2, we are delighted that they will be able to access Seesaw, the school’s online learning environment, should we switch to remote learning. Each child has a unique Home Learning Code to access Seesaw. This should have come home with them on Friday 23rd October. Please experiment over half term and see if you can sign in and respond to the class announcement (this will let us know you have been successful).

When signing in with their Home Learning Code, students can post to their journal, respond to activities and view class announcements. Students do not see the work of any other student in the class. Kindly do not upload any work until requested to do so.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1.       Go to https://web.seesaw.me

Seesaw - Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. For iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Chromebooks and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
web.seesaw.me

on a computer. Or install the Seesaw Class iOS or Android app.

2.       Tap “I’m a Student”.

3.       Scan or type in your Home Learning code.

4.       Respond to the activity.

5.       Remember, this code is like a password. Keep it safe!

 

Homework for this half term can also be found on the homework tab. (No spellings have been given out this week.) Previous homework that has been completed is currently displayed in the classroom and some filed away. Children receive their homework marked and have the chance to read and respond to markings before they file it. At the end of next term children will bring their homework folder home for you to see how much progress children have made in their homework and the importance of completing it.

We wish you a healthy and relaxing half term and we look forward to welcoming you back for a fun festive new term!!

Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer

 
16.10.20
Firstly, a huge well done to those who went on an autumnal walk and collected cones, acorns and leaves for the classroom display, It looks amazing! There were some spectacular adjectives used to describe the 5 senses in woodland and this contributed to the whole class receiving a certificate for being resourceful.
Accelerated reading is happening on a daily basis and children are beginning to take responsibility for their reading by taking the quiz independently. 
Parent consulataions are taking place this week and we look forward to talking to you to discuss your child's progress, well being and sharing targets. 
Last week until half term and although it's been a long term Kingfishers have maintained superb attendance, great attitude towards their learning and are continuously following the 6R's. 
We thank you for your continuous support, we've almost made it to half term!!
 
9.10.20
Thank you for your constant support especially with the brain builders (Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses). Children were so proud of their work that they led the topic lesson and taught each other so much!!!
Harvest Festival took place on Friday morning and we shared with the school what we were most thankful for. Pictures of this can be found in the gallery. 
Accelerated reading has been happening this week. At the moment we are supporting children logging on to access the quiz. We're confident that in another week or so children will be more independent to this for themselves and adults will therefore be able to do some more guided reading and 1:1 reading. Please be assured that reading is happening all the time across the curriculum. We have class books that we read together, children are reading non - fiction books about Ancient Greece, worded problems in Maths and so on. We thank you for your patience as we continue to support children with accelerated reading.
Within the couple of weeks we will be making phone calls to let you know how your child is getting on this term and for you to express any concerns. More information will follow.
Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer.
2.10.20
It has been another fantastic, busy and creative week in Kingfisher class. Children have shown great ambition and resilience attempting to spell 30 spellings in our weekly spelling test, well done!!
Furthermore, it has been lovely to see children taking their learning home and create exemplary pieces of work they then share with the class. Please see our gallery page to see pictures of additional and inspiring home learning. It is rewarding to see so many children engaged in their learning.
 
Accelerated reading
This week Kingfishers joined a new reading scheme called accelerated reading and this means that reading books are no longer level related. Children took a short online quiz, reading a text and answering questions about it which then suggested books best suited for them to read and enjoy. This new reading scheme is a great way to show they understand and interpret what they are reading as opposed to just being able to read a text.
Once the book has been read, children (in class time) will take a short reading comprehension quiz and if they demonstrate a good level of understanding we will change their books otherwise they may be asked to read it again. Therefore, when reading at home please discuss, talk and share ideas what the story is about. (Please look in the notices tab for support on reading comprehension questions, if unsure please talk to us and we'll happily support you on this.)
Furthermore, there are more genres accessible for children to engage in and we are positive this will stimulate and encourage them to develop a passion for reading that they can then apply in their writing. Please note, that the quizzes are a fun and informal way to identify gaps in knowledge, build confidence and help children retain information. 
Previously, books were asked to be brought back into school on a Wednesday to be quarantined. However, some books will take longer than a week to read therefore, books can be returned on any day and we will do our best to allocate time for children to take the quiz (the same day as handing the book in) to be able to give a new reading book out. (Again this depends on their comprehension knowledge. We may ask children to read the book again)
If you have any queries about this new reading scheme please speak to us and we'll be more than happy to address any misconceptions.
 
We thank you again for your continuous support.
  
If you haven't already done so please collect 50 small stones for a mosaic project we are planning. Kindly bring to school in a small bag with child's name ready for Monday 5th October.
                                                                 
Tuesday 15th September was International Democracy Day and we discussed the meaning of democracy before considering the roles and responsibilities of a School Council member. We then held a democratic vote. It was a very close-run contest! We are delighted to report that our elected representatives are Tom K and Charlotte. 
 
Continuing in the spirit of democracy, the children were given the opportunity to suggest and vote for spelling group names now that they are moving onto the Year 3 words. It was a very interesting debate and we were very surprised by the winning suggestion. 16 children voted for A, B, C; 10 children voted for the names of chocolate bars and four children abstained. It is clear we have very practical minded children in Kingfisher class! Incidentally, we were delighted by how many chose to challenge themselves in the spelling test and have a go at words not in their 'test' set. The majority truly rose to the occasion and we were encouraged by their scores. Thank you for working in partnership with us and aiming high.
First full week back!
It has been a busy week in Kingfisher class. Everyone has managed to work their way up the behaviour reward chart and this only demonstrates how settled, responsible and wonderful everyone in Kingfisher class are. Everyone has been a kind, helpful and caring friend to our new classmate Maggie.
We are getting a lot of show and tell coming into school and as much as we love listening to belongings you are passionate about we don't always have time in the day share it. If you have any show and tell relating to our class topics it could be shared with Kingfisher class as a starter for that lesson.
 
Tom K has kindly shared a letter from the Queen that he received this week. We found out that the Queen wakes up at 8 o'clock every morning to a pied piper playing in her garden!
Some of our learning can be found in the gallery.
 
Enjoy your weekend Kingfisher class
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
 
Kingfisher Class,
 
We are really excited to be welcoming you all back to school and hearing about your summer adventures. We have lots of fun activities and topics planned for you to enjoy this term and we're eager to share them with you. (Our Long Term plan and timetable can be found on our learning page.) 
 
Our time to arrive at school is 08.40 coming through the main gate off School Road where you will be met with hand sanitiser (similar to when you came to school in pods just before the summer holidays). You will then put your belongings (coats, bags, lunchboxes PE kits) on your pegs, your water bottles and your own hand sanitiser (optional) can be kept at your table. In the classroom you will find your trays have all your books and stationery that you will need underneath your table space.
 
Learning by experimenting, small group work, resources and visual aids (which will be cleaned after use) will continue as normal, so please be assured that school routine is very similar to before and we are always here to help, listen and guide you just like we did before.   
 
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Mrs Field and Mrs Rainer 
  
 
 

Ephesians 4:32 

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.