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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Year 6 Leavers 2022

We have had a fantastic afternoon saying goodbye to our Year 6s. The photos below really capture the fun of what was a top drawer send off….

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Kingfishers Exit Point

The question – What does Great Britain mean to me? We discussed the question and this is what we thought about – fish & chips, roast dinner, the weather, democracy, historical buildings and people, countryside and even Mr Whippy! The children wrote raps, poems, designed leaflets and presented their ideas to the class. We were …

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Trade and exploitation

The Kingfishers and Puffins have discovered all about trading during an activity that saw them creating products, as well as negotiating for raw materials. The class was split into teams and each team faced unique challenges as they attempted to buy and sell. A number of real-world scenarios ensured the trading world changed and that …

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Final day in France.

A trip to Le Touquet market practising our French bargaining skills. Lunch on the beach at Le Touquet followed by beach games, digging and building in the sand. For our evening meal we were tempted with frog’s legs and snails – some were very eager to try – others not so! Evening entertainment was a …

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

Finally a visit to Pozier Cemetry to look at the graves. Back to the Chateau for tea, Olympics and an early night (hopefully!)

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

Second stop Wellington Quarry. We travelled underground to experience life for the soldiers as they prepared for the Battle of Arras

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Day 3 in France – a day of remembrance.

First stop Vimy Ridge. We visited the memorial to the Canadian soldiers who gave their lives in WW1 and walked through the trenches.

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Day 2 in France

This morning we visited the chocolate factory – La Chocolaterie. The children enjoyed watching how chocolate is made – lots of drooling ! We got to sample some. A short journey followed by a picnic and fun on the beach. Able to practise our French to buy an ice cream at Berck Beach – the …

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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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