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 Beech
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).

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UKS2 Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers

English Knowledge Organiser Classic Fiction Knowledge Organiser – Express Yourself (1) Maths Knowledge Organiser for Year 5 & 6 (Autumn 1) 56 homework grid express yourself 2020-21 UKS2 Science Knowledge Organiser – Electricity

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UKS2 Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers

English Knowledge Organiser Classic Fiction Knowledge Organiser – Express Yourself (1) Maths Knowledge Organiser for Year 5 & 6 (Autumn 1) 56 homework grid express yourself 2020-21 UKS2 Science Knowledge Organiser – Electricity

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Kingfishers’ Spoils

Over the last few months we have been carefully cultivating our very own potatoes. Today, we finally got to dig them up and enjoy them all together with some home(school!)grown mint and butter* *For the avoidance of doubt (and to satisfy one Kingfisher who felt strongly that this was clarified), the butter wasn’t made here …

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Kingfishers Shadow puppet science

This afternoon, we investigated the effects of moving a light source on the shape of our shadows. This concluded our work on Light this half term where we investigated lots of the properties of light (sorry there weren’t many pictures but all of our investigating has taken place in the dark.*) *These are the best …

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UKS2 Saltaire visitor.

We were delighted to welcome Maria Glot into school today to provide us with an “eye-witness” account of living in Victorian Saltaire. Many stories were told of working in the factories, life on the street, rules that all residents had to live by and many more fascinating facts. Children were given an identity of a …

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Weather and Climate – Yrs 5/6 Exit Point

To conclude our topic on Weather and Climate, we were shown how the professionals present the weather, by Lisa Gallagher, ( a weather presenter for the BBC ). We watched a ‘day in the life’ video of her, at work. She also gave us some useful tips, which we used when we had a go …

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Kingfisher Weather and Climate Entry Point

Weather reporting from all over the world. We watched the professionals, took tips on how they presented the forecast and performed our own. We used weather specific vocabulary and used websites to find out what the weather would be. Take a look at the professionals in action.

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UKS2 Muddy Puddles

Hi all! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is a muddy puddle day. Make sure you come ready for a day of outdoor excitement!

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Properties of materials investigation (Doves and Kingfishers)

Afternoon, everybody. In Doves and Kingfishers today, we have been investigating how to sort materials. To begin with, the children were asked to categorise the random assortment of materials however they pleased. Initially, they grouped them by: size, natural vs man-made, metallic vs plant based, ‘see throughness’ and flexibility. Following the lesson, the children then …

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Kingfishers Science – Mixtures and Solutions

Report written by the Kingfishers who were still here after 3pm (when we had cleaned up). Today we have been investigating mixtures and solutions. We mixed Dihydrogen monoxide* with paperclips, sand and rice to form a mixture. Into this, we then dissolved salt. We discussed the difference between a mixture and a solution. Mr Beech …

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The Masked Reader!

Introducing…. ‘The Masked Reader!’ Coming Soon…

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Kingfishers Space Exit Point

This morning we used various fruit (and a peppercorn!) to map out our Solar System to scale. Loo roll was used as a measuring device – can you guess how many MILLION KILOMETERS(!!) each piece represents? Pluto would be over by the goals somewhere (if it were still a planet!)

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Kingfishers Virtual Santa Rush.

Kingfishers have been celebrating Christmas jumper day. We also took part in the Virtual Santa Dash – completing 3 laps of the playground wearing a festive jumper but most importantly a huge smile! Take a look at our smiling faces and impressive festive jumpers. 

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Kingfishers Entry Point – Space Explorers.

Topic entry point. 5.4.3.2.1… We watched clips of rockets and discussed design features. We then planned our design taking into consideration, aerodynamics, friction, streamline, weight and nose shape. Working in pairs we built our rockets. Testing was the greatest part. Ask your child for the name of their rocket and where they came in our …

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Kingfishers recreate The Scream

All pupils have really enjoyed our topic Express Yourself. The highlight was recreating their own painting of The Scream. I think you will agree they look AMAZING! Such a talented class.                                             

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Kingfishers’ Exit Point & Muddy Puddle Day.

All of the children enjoyed working out mathematical equations using a natural key. A leaf = 5 Stick = 1 Seed = 10 etc. They had to write a calculation for certain answers. The children were then given the challenge to create a date in Roman Numerals only using the materials they had collected. Some …

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Kingfishers Booby Traps

This half term, we have been taking our learning about electricity to the next level. We have investigated the effect of adding more cells, bulbs or buzzers to our circuits and then tested our knowledge of conduction to build electronic booby traps. We made our own pressure plate switches and built trip switches too. Here …

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Kingfishers body percussion

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Doves and Kingfishers Science

Hi Doves and Kingfishers For our Science lessons next week, please can as many children as possible bring in: 2 sheets of strong scrap cardboard (roughly A4 sized) Enough tinfoil to cover each of them Consider this the perfect use for all of those Amazon delivery boxes you have accumulated over lockdown! We will be …

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Welcome to Kingfishers – Entry Point!

Welcome to Kingfishers. It has been wonderful  to see so many happy faces joining us. Everyone has settled in so well. We have been so impressed with their enthusiasm for learning and the kind and friendly attitudes they have shown to us all. We can see that the children have really missed Tranmere and loved seeing …

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Welcome back!

A big welcome back to all of our classes! Our teachers are all working hard updating their class pages for the new academic year and we are going to be including a lot of this information on here that would have previously been given out via our phase leaflets. Please bear with us whilst we …

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