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On our new-look page, you will find all of our news and homework organised by type on a handy one-stop page!

Routines in Puffins Adults in Puffins
PE (Indoor) – Tuesday (please arrive in PE kit) Miss Gomersall
PE (Outdoor) — Friday (please arrive in PE kit) Mr Winters

Mrs Wood

Spellings – Friday
Times Tables – Wednesday

Planners checked for reading and signature – Friday

Phase 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 Friday 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 Friday, 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 weekly section 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 as a paper copy and will need to be handed back in by the following Monday. This will also be posted on Google Classroom. 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 on Google Classroom. 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 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 also be sent home with the spellings in.

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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Latest class news – Click the title for more.

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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Puffins – PE Kit

Just a reminder that Puffins should come in their PE kit on Monday 4th July. The children were told about this last week.

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Puffins write a song with The Dunwells

Puffins collaborated with local band The Dunwells today to write a brilliant song called ‘Keep Believing‘. The whole process was fantastic and inspiring and ended with a performance for the whole school at the end of the day. Well done Puffins ~ great work! Huge thanks to The Dunwells for giving us such an enjoyable …

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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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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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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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Puffins – World War Two Debate

Who was to blame for the outbreak of World War Two? It’s a question that has been debated throughout History and today, it was Puffin’s turn! We discussed and researched the reasons and then separated up into different people/countries/treaties that we believed were to blame. We came up with our own arguments and then came …

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Puffins – Eden Camp Visit – Exit Point

To round up all of our learning about World War Two over the past term, we visited Eden Camp. All of us loved finding out even more about our topic and enjoyed working our way through the huts. We were able to point out things that we already knew and had learnt about, build on …

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Puffins celebrate LGBT+ History Month

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we studied some inspirational LGBT+ artists, specifically Doris Hatt and Keith Haring. We loved looking at their art and finding out about their lives. We made posters to inform other people about their amazing achievements. Take a look!  

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Puffins – Safer Internet Day 2022

Due to Bikeability, we had to spread our Safer Internet Day across the week however that didn’t stop us! We discussed how we can stay safe on the internet in general, as well as thinking more specifically about gaming and social media. We then went into more detail about passwords and privacy. We understand that …

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Puffins – Children’s Mental Health Week

This week, we have taken part in Children’s Mental Health Week. The theme this year was Growing Together. We had a big discussion about how we have grown throughout our lives and how we can continue to grow. We talked about how to cope with things that life throws at us and that although trying …

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Year 5 – Heart and Lung Dissection

Puffins and Kingfishers were treated to a unique Science lesson this week as part of our learning about the circulatory system. Dr Bowman kindly visited the school to share her expertise, performing a dissection of a heart and lungs. The session included an in-depth exploration and discussion of the key functions of the organs in …

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Puffins Entry Point – WW2

As our Entry Point to our new topic, World War Two, we created our own time capsules to represent ourselves and the year 2021. We came up with lots of creative ideas. We presented these in groups and loved talking about what we had included and why. We then discussed how these would be different …

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Puffins make Mayan Temples!

As the end to our topic on The Mayans, we worked in groups to create our own Mayan temple. We used our mathematical and measuring skills to created scaled models of Mayan temples that we had studied previously in our Topic lessons. The children had to accurately measure the pieces of wood before using the …

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