Kingfishers

Welcome to Kingfishers’ class page!

Routines in Kingfishers Adults in Kingfishers
PE Indoor — Monday (please arrive in PE kit) Mrs Savage
PE Outdoor — Friday (please arrive in PE kit) Mr Joynson
Spellings — Friday Mrs Shanbhag
Times tables — Monday Ms Saunders
Planners checked for reading and signature – Monday

UKS2 Governor: Clare Wright

Planners

In years 5 and 6, the children will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will be taking responsibility for their own organisation. Each child has been given a planner (Y6 planners are provided by Guiseley school to support children to be secondary ready when they leave us). Planners will be checked on a Monday morning and should have been seen and signed by an adult for the previous week. If there are any other messages that need to be read by the teacher on a day other than Monday, please ensure that your child brings these to your attention.

Reading Books

Each week your child will be expected to read twice a week with an adult at home, who will need to sign and date the reading record in their planner every time they hear them read. Your child can choose a book from home or an appropriate free choice book from school. Even though many children in years 5 and 6 are quite fluent readers, it is important that an adult hears them read and asks questions about what they have read in order to aid their comprehension and to improve their writing skills.

Books can be changed on any day in the classroom and returned books will be quarantined by staff before being put back on the shelf.

Homework

Your child will receive their homework every Monday on Google Classroom and should upload it by the following Monday. This will consist of weekly tasks in both Maths and English. We politely request that parents mark the work with their child so that any misconceptions can be addressed—answers for the regular sheets are provided. We only expect children to spend 20 minutes on each piece of homework, if they are struggling please just write a note to the teacher explaining this – don’t struggle on! A topic homework grid and will also be available on Google Classroom and the school website by the end of the first week of a new topic. It is expected that your child will complete at least two of the activities from the grid and upload them. There are a range of fun and exciting options to choose from so please feel free to be creative!

The homework will alternate between the maths skills test and the Grammar Hammer. We test the children on the previous week’s homework at the start of the new week. The aim of setting the blank sheet first and testing it second is to encourage the children to learn the method for each question—not just memorise the answers.

Spellings will be tested each week on Fridays and the new list will be posted on Google Classroom following the weekly test. A spelling book will not be sent home this year (based on current guidance).

This Half-Term’s Topic Homework and Knowledge Organiser – Click the title for more.

UKS2 Knowledge Organisers and Homework Grid

They See The World Like This Homework grid Knowledge Organiser – They see the world like this 2022 Summer 1 Knowledge Organiser – MATHS Y6 (SATS) Summer 1 Knowledge Organiser – MATHS Y5  

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Kingfishers are Impressionists.

Take a look at our fabulous art created in the Impressionist style.

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Year 6 Kingfishers Maths Visit from Guiseley School.

Today our year 6 pupils (and a couple of year 5s) enjoyed a Maths lesson from Miss Smith at Guiseley School. They were taught all about the scientific calculator and how you can use it to solve mathematical equations. I think they’re all ready for high school Maths. Ask your child what they learnt today.

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Lessons auf Deutsch

The year 6s in Doves and Kingfishers welcomed Herr Ratcliffe from Guiseley School today and participated in a high school German lesson as part of our transition programme. They were introduced to some new vocab and learnt how to ask simple questions, colours and numbers – a fun filled interactive lesson that they all lapped …

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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

This summer, Queen Elizabeth II has her platinum jubilee – the longest reign of any British monarch! In the 70 years that she has been queen, the world has changed in many ways. Each year group at Tranmere Park have researched a decade and created a collage. These collages, collected as one, tell a story …

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Kingfishers year 6 Primary Choices Spotlight Session

Today our year 6s took part in Leeds United Foundation Primary Choices workshop. They discussed positive and negative choices, used role play and freeze frame to act out certain scenarios and learnt what the Leeds United Manager says to the team before each match. Ask your children what messages they have learnt from today’s session.

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Spaghetti Maths Workshop – Year 5

Today, Year 5 had the exciting opportunity to take part in a workshop run by Spaghetti Maths. They were able to show off their Maths skills to answer real life problems. It was lots of fun and we all really enjoyed it.

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Kingfishers bake Jam Tarts.

This afternoon we all enjoyed making jam tarts. We learnt how pastry is made by rubbing butter into flour and rubbing it carefully with our finger tips to create the breadcrumb appearance. We kneaded the pastry on a floured surface and chilled in the fridge. Other techniques we needed to demonstrate were cutting and rolling …

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Out on the water – Lockerbie

The sun shone, a bitter wind blew, it snowed, it hailed…. we loved a residential in Scotland!

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Lockerbie – Day 3

We have had another fantastic day – the pictures [and videos] below are just a snapshot of the fun we’ve had and I’m sure the children will fill in any blanks. Two more days to go and we can’t wait.

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Abseiling with Group 1 – Lockerbie Manor

Wow! This was comfortably my favourite moment of the residential so far. One or two members of our group were very frightened by the idea of taking that first step over the edge; we had trembling hands and wobbly knees. Conquering those fears and tackling this wall is not easily done and I am so …

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Lockerbie Manor – a selection of photos from days 1 and 2.

The children have just completed their 5th activity of the day, taking their steps comfortably north of 10,000 and hopefully guaranteeing another good nights rest. The instructors have been complimenting the children on their manners and how well they are following the instructions and we have all been having a cracking time.

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Hill Walk – Groups 1 & 2

Having begun our journey through the woods with enthusiasm in short supply, the children had a fantastic time on the hill walk enjoying uncharacteristically warm Scottish weather. Groups 3 and 4 also enjoyed getting out on the lake to do canoeing and kayaking. Bring on the next activities.

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Lockerbie Manor – Group 1

After a huge dinner of lasagne or steak pie (both came with chips and carrots) and a caramel slice for pudding, Group 1 are now channeling their emotions into some ‘passionately’ contested fights. During our fencing session, we have learnt the stance for en garde, how to parry and repost and how to challenge our …

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Crate stacking – Lockerbie Manor

A competitive three minute race ended with Oscar winning by only one crate. Group 1s first activity has been great fun.

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Kingfishers Eden Camp visit. EXIT POINT.

Today we enjoyed learning all about World War II. The children really immersed themselves in the day by planning their own route around the Camp. Huts visited included The Rise of Hitler, Home Front, The Street, Bomber Ops, Prisoner of War, Provisions, AFS & Bevin Boys and Forces Reunion. There was also a visit to …

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Fun with electrickery!

Kingfishers inserted different materials into a circuit to see whether they conducted electricity and lit a bulb. We found that some were insulators and some were conductors (not the bus kind).

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Kingfishers celebrate LGBT+History Month

In PSHE we have been celebrating LGBT+ History Month. We have been studying inspirational LGBT+ artists such as Keith Haring and Doris Hatt. We took ideas from their amazing art and we have all had a go at designing an LGBT+ badge for a competition to create next year’s winning badge. Here are some of …

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Kingfishers news. Bollywood meets The Hakka!

Within our dance topic this half term, we have looked at performing a non locomotor movement using Bollywood actions to complete a dance phrase. The children learnt Bangra Shoulders, Changing the Lightbulbs, Hands on Hips, Round The World as well as interpreting the music in their own individual style! As promised, I said I would …

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Kingfisher Entry Point part 2

As promised, part 2 of our entry point. Today we looked through a suitcase from 1942. We discussed the significance of each item included. We had a teddy, selection of games (marbles, cards, wooden dominoes, Scrabble) chocolate, newspaper, ration books, wooden jumper, gas mask and even a letter informing the parents of what their evacuee …

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KS2 Music – Song writing musical workshop

Doves and Kingfishers showcased their musical skills on Friday as Music Nuggets Live came into school to deliver an engaging workshop. The children took part in a host of different activities throughout the day, including playing a wide range of instruments, learning South American songs, singing and expression through movement. They then tried their hand …

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