Red Kites

Welcome to Red Kites’ class page!

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 Red Kites Adults in Red Kites
PE Indoor — Wednesday Miss Bell
PE Outdoor — Friday Mrs Sadgrove
Spellings — Monday

 

Class Governor: Rob Fordyce

Bookbags and Reading Diary

As your child enters year three or four, they will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will take responsibility for their own book bag.

They will be expected to bring their book bag into school every day, removing any books, homework, letters, slips, notes and monies accordingly. You may use your child’s orange reading diary (that they should keep in their book bag) as a form of communication, using it to record messages for us to read. We may also use these as a form of communication back to you as parents/carers. In order for this system to run smoothly, we ask you to encourage and remind your child to make us aware as soon as possible if there is a message in their diaries that we need to read.

 

Reading Books

Every Monday, your child will bring home a reading scheme book. They are to read this book with an adult at least twice at home and should return it to school the following Monday. They will then be given another scheme book and the process will repeat. Before your child brings home their book, they will have been asked at school to write this into their orange reading diary. To clarify that they have read at home, we would appreciate it if you could sign your child’s reading diary each time you read with them. If on a Monday, we find your child’s reading diary has not been signed, we will send them to reading club which takes place at break time. Reading is an integral part of our school, as we strongly believe that all children should be given the opportunity to regularly read a wide range of texts within varying environments. Therefore, by allowing your child to access reading club if they have not read, it enables us to ensure these opportunities to read are being provided.

Free Choice books: In LKS2, your child will be encouraged to take home a free choice book (a book they have selected from our library). When they take a free choice book home, they will also record this in their orange reading diary. This book can be read at their leisure at home (either on their own or with an adult) and must be returned to school whenever they finish it. We understand some of these books are lengthy, and therefore will require a bit more time to read, so do not expect these to be returned weekly. Once they bring this back, it will be ticked off by a member of staff and they will then be free to select another free choice book.

Homework and Spellings

Every Monday, your child will be given two homework sheets. These will consist of English and Maths tasks. They will also be given a list of 10 spellings.  We expect these to be returned by the following Monday for us to check over your child’s homework sheets and test them on their spellings. We kindly ask that you mark the homework with your child, so any misconceptions can be addressed at home and also, quickly spotted and supported when the homework is brought back in to school. Some of the Maths Skills and Grammar Hammer questions, answers and concepts can be more specific and therefore, every week, we share the answers to these sheets to help you mark them as a family. You can find these on our class page of the school’s website (below).

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! Any Grammar Hammer and Maths Skills sheets that your child brings home for the first half-term will be from the previous year. We do this in order to consolidate the children’s learning. After this, we will move on to their respective year group’s sheets.

A topic homework grid will also be available on your child’s class page (below) by the end of the first week of a new topic. It is expected that your child will complete at least three of the activities from the grid. The dates for the deadline of submitting this homework will appear on the top of their Topic Homework Grid. There are a range of fun and exciting options to choose from so please feel free to be creative!

This Week’s Homework- Click the title for more.

LKS2 Homework w/c 18/9

Year 3 Maths Answers – Stage 2 Check 1 Answers Year 4 Maths Answers – Stage 3 Check 1 Answers

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

Lower Key Stage 2 Homework Grid and Knowledge Organisers Spring Term

Topic: Knowledge Organiser – Planet Earth Planet Earth Homework Grid – New 2024 Maths: Maths Knowledge Organiser Spring English: Narnia Knowledge Organiser Science: States of Matter Knowledge Organiser Spring  

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This Week’s Online Safety Update – Click the title for more. 

28.2.24 Bullying

The latest bullying research from the DfE makes for upsetting reading  Almost half (40%) of schoolchildren in the UK have been bullied within the past 12 months – with 21% of them experiencing negative changes to their behaviour, including avoiding going to school. In 15% of those cases, the victim’s behaviour suffers to the extent that …

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LKS2 DT – Let’s Make Kites!

After exploring the history of kites, the three classes, Falcons, Woodpeckers and Red Kites, dedicated a full day to design, create and fly their own kites. To kick off the day, we all gathered in the hall, being welcomed in by ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ from the film Mary Poppins. We recapped the knowledge …

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LKS2 RE – Sikhism Talk

As part of our RE lessons, Mrs Maan came to school to give a presentation on Sikhism to all of LKS2. The children got to learn more about Sikhism and add to their knowledge already gained from lessons in class this term. They got to ask lots of questions! Avaani did a brilliant job taking …

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Red Kites Science – Non-Newtonian Fluids

Red Kites explored cornflour goop which is a Non-Newtonian Fluid. In other words, it has different properties and behaves differently to other fluids (Newtonian fluids). When you mix cornflour and water together it creates a suspension, sometimes behaving like a solid and sometimes behaving like a liquid and it’s fun to explore, if a little …

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Chess Club begins for LKS2!

After running for a term for years 1 and 2, Chess Club started at break time today for years 3 and 4. There were some fantastic games happening this morning! If you’re currently in Red Kites, Woodpeckers or Falcons and would like to come to chess club, it will run in the LKS2 shared area …

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Red Kites – Entry Point

Red Kites experienced a ‘slow volcano eruption’ in the classroom. It was the entry point activity for their new Planet Earth topic and got them thinking about what causes the eruptions and what is actually happening when they occur.

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School Council – Autumn Term Round Up

Tranmere would just like to say a HUGE thank you to our school council team who have been incredibly busy this term. You can check out all of their first term projects below. School Council Projects 23-24 We can’t wait to see what the New Year brings the team.  

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School Council – Thank You Team Tranmere!

On behalf of School Council and AVSED, we would just like to say a huge thank you to all pupils who contributed to the AVSED Christmas Appeal. All cards, pictures and decorations were collected this by Michelle, who was blown away by our efforts and kindness. Your kind words and creative pictures will certainly make …

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Science – The Digestive System

Using a plastic bag to represent the stomach and a leg from a pair of tights to represent the intestines, Red Kites class learnt about the journey of food through the digestive system. The food journey demonstration went from the mouth right to the other end of the digestive system. It was a fun way …

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Red Kites Ukulele

We are working so hard to learn how to play the ukulele in our music lessons. We have progressed so much and can now play the ukulele and sing along to lots of songs. Today we were also learning to play the C and A minor chords, and practicing moving our fingers from one note …

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School Council – AVSED Christmas Appeal

Our School Council has been asked by AVSED (a local loneliness charity) to help them with their Christmas appeal this year! They would love for as many children as possible to create flat Christmas cards, pictures and decorations, that include a nice little message. AVSED will post these out with their Christmas newsletter. To support …

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School Council – Black History Month 2023

This year’s Black History Month theme is ‘celebrating our sisters.’ Throughout this month, school council have been helping to promote this theme through delivering ‘person of the week’ presentations to their class. Each week, they’ve chosen an inspirational individual to talk about with the class, sharing who they are, what they do and why/how they’ve had …

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Thank You School Council!

This year our school council have been incredibly busy. They’ve held story writing, poetry and design competitions, helped the school save energy and stay tidy, rescued a sea-turtle, made bird feeders, hosted Chill Out Tuesdays, collected for the food bank, recycled thousands of batteries for Duracell’s Big Battery Hunt, met the Mayor of Leeds…and so …

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The Big Battery Hunt Final Total…

The Big Battery Hunt is over! A HUGE well done and thank you to everyone who has contributed to the competition. So many of you have brought in THOUSANDS of dead and used batteries, and so many of you have done a fantastic job of helping us to count and recycle these too. Overall, we …

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Big Battery Hunt Update and Final Call…

Thank you to those who have continued to bring in their dead and used batteries over the past few months. We have now collected and recycled just over 15,000 batteries! The competition is about to enter its final week…you have until Friday 30th June to bring in any dead or used batteries that you wish …

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Woodpeckers and Red Kites Science – Magnetic Poles

As part of our next forces and magnets lesson, we have been learning about magnetic poles. In this lesson we investigated the different poles on a magnet (North and South) and how they behave when they are brought together (attract and repel). We then used some of our marked magnets to see if we could …

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Reading in Red Kites

The children have been desperate to read books in the sunshine this week so we decided to take our reading lesson outside. Our current book is ‘The Witches’ and we are loving it. The lesson was based on chapter 3 ‘How to Recognise a Witch’. After reading the chapter and working on our expression further, …

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LKS2 French – Le Corps

We have been learning to name parts of the body in french lessons.

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LKS2 Topic Entry Point – The Greeks

To kick off our new Topic, The Greeks, we have spent the afternoon in Ancient Greece competing in the first ever Olympic Games! To begin with, we learnt all about the history of the games, and used some ancient artefacts to discover which sporting events took place, who could compete in them, and the wider …

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LKS2 – Topic Exit Point

To finish our topic, Scavengers and Settlers, we have had a go at creating some clay art. After recapping and practising the main techniques (rolling, coiling, pinching and slip), we had a go at creating our own pots. Check out some of our finished products below…

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School Council – Bird Feeders for Earth Day

After helping promote Earth Day, School Council have been keen to do more to help our planet, particularly through helping the wildlife. This week, we have had a go at creating our very own recycled bird feeders to hang up around the School grounds. We had so much fun making them and are very pleased …

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LKS2 Art – Pointillism, Jigsaw and Food Art

Throughout the past few weeks in LKS2, we have undertaken a number of different art projects. Check these out below… Pointillism – After studying the work of Seurat’s & Delree Dumont, we had a go at recreating our favourite landscape images using pointillism techniques (cotton puds and finger tips). Jigsaw Art – After studying the …

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Introduction to Twisted Fairy Tales

This week Red Kites have started their new writing unit where we will be looking at Twisted Fairy Tales. To start the unit we have looked at key features of traditional fairy tales and then had a go at creating freeze frames of different fairy tales. The class did really well at guessing which freeze …

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Big Battery Hunt Update – We’re Famous!

Thank you to those who have been bringing in their dead and used batteries over the past couple of months. We have now collected a total of 6400 batteries! A big thank you also, to our school council team who have been making multiple trips to the recycling points to ensure all of these get …

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Y3 Music – Ukulele Performance

In music, Y3 have been learning to play the ukulele. Today, they treated Reception and KS1 to a mini concert to show off all of the fantastic things they’ve been learning.

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School Council – World Poetry Day Competition

Today is World Poetry Day! To help celebrate, School Council have hosted a poetry writing competition. There were lots of amazing entries and they found it incredibly hard to judge! In assembly this morning, 2 winners were announced… Ruby from Herons and Luca from Woodpeckers. A huge well done to everybody that entered! Below are …

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School Council – Chill Out Tuesday

After a successful term of running ‘Chill Out Tuesday’ for KS2 children, School Council have now swapped their club to allow Reception and KS1 children to attend. So far, it’s been very popular! The children have loved mixing with each other through playing board games, building models, reading, drawing, crafting and dancing (thanks to DJ …

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Red Kites – British Science Week Fun!

To celebrate British Science Week, Red Kites read a book called ‘The Most Important Animal of All’. We learnt about lots of different animals and why they could be classed as the most important species on Earth. We then chose our favourite animal and created a factfile about it – we learnt lots of interesting …

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Measuring in Year 3

On Wednesday Year 3 were challenged to measure things first to the nearest cm and then to the nearest mm. We measured lines drawn by our partners and then objects around the classroom. We then used these measurements and compared them using the correct symbols.

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World Book Day – LKS2 and Reception Buddy Up!

As part of World Book Day today, 3/4 and Reception have buddied up to read, share stories and draw/colour their favourite book characters.

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Big Battery Hunt Update…

Thank you to those who have been bringing in their dead and used batteries across the past few weeks. So far, we have recycled a total of 2553! A big thank you also to our school council team who have been out recycling the batteries at various recycling points after scores have been totalled in …

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