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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 Ingram
PE Outdoor — Tuesday Mrs Smith
Spellings — Monday Miss Allison
Times tables — Wednesday

 

LKS2 governor: Hannah Gomersall

Bookbags and Reading Diary

As your child enters year three or four, the children will be encouraged to work with growing independence. To support this, your child will be taking responsibility for their own book bag. In due course, your child will be expected to remove books and any
letters, slips, and monies from their book bags. They should also make the teacher aware if a message has been written in their reading diary. It would be much appreciated if you could support your child with this, reminding them in the morning to remove key items such as reading books or reading diaries.

The children should bring their book bag into school every day. You may also use the child’s diary to record any messages for us to read. We may also use them to record messages for you, so please check these regularly.

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 diary every time they hear them read. Your child can choose a book from home or an appropriate free choice book from school. A reading
scheme book will also be sent home once weekly. 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.

Please comment or ask questions on new vocabulary, punctuation, sentence openers etc. Reading diaries will be checked by staff on a Monday morning and we expect that each child will have read to an adult twice.

Please return books each Monday. We will be quarantining and/or cleaning any books returned to school (in line with guidance) before they are distributed to another child.

Homework

Your child will receive their homework every Monday and should return it to school 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 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 and the new list will be stuck in their spelling book.

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

LKS2 Summer 1 Knowledge Organisers and Homework Grid

Please see attached the knowledge organisers and homework grid for this half-term. Homework can be handed in via Google Classroom or, it can be brought into class. LKS2 Temples Tombs and Treasures Homework Grid Summer 1 2022 Summer 1 Topic Knowledge Organiser Temples Tombs and Treasures 2022 Summer 1 Maths Knowledge Organiser 2022 (Maths knowledge …

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Red Kites and Woodpeckers Art – Types of Brush Strokes.

Today in 3/4, we have had an Art filled morning! To begin with, we discussed and experimented with different types of brush strokes. In particular, we looked at using the splatter technique, the dry brush technique, the cross-hatch technique and how we can use our paints to create depth within our pictures. After this, we …

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Light and Electricity

Below are just a few snaps of what Woodpeckers and Red Kites have been getting up to in their recent science topics: Light and Electricity.

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Red Kites English – Kenning Poems.

Over the past few weeks in English, we have been learning all about kenning poems. We have had a lot of fun identifying their key features, understanding how they’re written and writing our own about various objects and people. For our next assessed write, we are going to be writing 2 kenning poems about 2 …

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Y3 Book Explorers

What a fantastic group of readers! Over the past five weeks Book Explorers club have been  been exploring Mr Penguin and The Lost Treasure by Alex T Smith. We have had lots of fun looking at the characters, adventures and themes of the story. We have played games, including hot seating, the dice of truth …

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Red Kites Maths – Measuring Capacity.

Today in Red Kites, we have learned all about measuring the capacity of objects. To begin with, we discussed the term capacity and the units of measurements we use when determining this (ml and l) and, the conversions between these. Then, we had a look at different measuring jugs and cylinders that allow us to …

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Red Kites Math – Measuring Mass

This week in Red Kites, we have started our new Math topic, Mass and Capacity. Today, we have learned all about weighing solid objects. To begin with, we discussed the unit of measurements we use when weighing solid objects (g and kg) and the conversions between these. Then, we had a look at different types …

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Red Kites Topic – Egyptian Gods and Goddesses Top Trumps!

This week in Red Kites, we have been learning all about Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. To begin with, we discovered that the Ancient Egyptians celebrated lots of different gods, who they believed all played different roles. The Ancient Egyptians thought that in order to make it to the afterlife, these different gods would judge …

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Red Kites Topic – Ancient Egypt vs Ancient Sumer.

Today in Red Kites, we have been comparing the lifestyles of two different ancient civilisations. To begin with, we decided on a variety of key categories to research about. Then, using the iPads, information sheets and our books, we worked together to find out key facts about these categories. Once completed, we got back together …

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Red Kites Maths – Shape

This week, have started a new topic in Maths all about shape. To begin with today, we have re-capped our previous knowledge of this subject. Firstly, we shared our current knowledge of shapes and discussed our understanding of the similarities and differences between 2-D and 3-D shapes. Then, we went on a shape hunt round …

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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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Shady Science

Red Kites and Woodpeckers have been investigating shadows and silhouettes. Have a look at the pics below.

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LKS2 Muddy Puddle Day (Topic Link)

Today in LKS2, we have had our Muddy Puddle Day which focused on our Topic, Temples Tombs and Treasures. Throughout the day we have engaged in 4 different activities, discovering and learning lots about the Ancient Egyptians whilst also working creatively, collaboratively and independently. Task 1 – Pyramids with Miss Ingram. For this task, we …

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Red Kites Topic/English – Mummification Research.

This morning in Red Kites, we have been researching information to help us with our instruction writing. We used our books, iPads and homework pieces to gather lots of facts about the mummification process. We then shared these with the class and tried to link our research to each step of the mummification process that …

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Red Kites Maths – Skittles Fraction Investigation!

Today in Red Kites, we rounded off our learning of fractions by completing a skittles investigation! Thinking about all of the objectives we’ve covered in this topic, we used our packets of skittles to come up with various facts, sums and questions to share with the class. We shared findings on fractions of amounts, ordering …

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Red Kites English/Drama – How To Mummify a Body!

In English this morning, we have put together our previous learning about mummifying a tomato, to act out the process of mummifying a real body. We started by re-capping the steps we took to mummify our tomatoes, discussing what each step represented in relation to mummifying a real person. Then, we set off in our …

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Red Kites Maths – Equivalent Fractions.

This morning in maths, we have been learning all about equivalent fractions. To begin with, we recapped on our understanding of what a fraction is, what they show/represent and with the help of pizzas (our favourite visual for learning about fractions), how the bigger the denominator, the smaller the fraction we have. Next, we were …

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Red Kites Topic – Vocabulary Session.

This afternoon in Red Kites, we have been learning about lots of different vocabulary that will feature throughout our Temples, Tombs and Treasures topic. To begin with, we had a go at matching different vocabulary to their definitions and pictures, before learning more about each word.

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LKS2 Topic Entry Point – Mummification

This week in LKS2, we have started our new topic, Temples, Tombs and Treasures. As our entry point, we have mummified tomatoes! We are going to be keeping an eye on our tomatoes as the topic progresses, in order to see if we were able to successfully preserve them…ready for the after-life!

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LKS2 Topic Exit Point / DT – Kite Making.

In LKS2 this week, we have been rounding off our learning of Planet Earth. To do this, we carried out a DT focused exit point on making kites. To begin, we carried out some research on the famous Homan Walsh. Discovering how he used a kite to make a bridge! This led us to the …

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Red Kites Topic – Reflection Art.

Today in topic, we had a go at creating some reflection art. To begin with, we discussed the different places we might see reflections (in mirrors, water, shiny metal, glasses and windows). Then, we looked at some famous reflection artists, Simon Hennessy, Anish Kapoor and Leonid Afremov. Finally, we had a go at creating some …

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Red Kites English – Shared Write.

Today in English we have had a go at editing a WABOLL (What a bad one looks like) based on the story ‘Home Sweet Home’. We started off by TRACKing the story, editing basic punctuation, direct speech and possessive apostrophes. After this, we had a go at improving the current vocabulary and sentences that had …

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Red Kites Investigate…

This morning, Red Kites stepped into the weird and wonderful world of non-Newtonian fluids. We learnt how, when force is applied, the fluid behaves like a solid! Have a look at the pictures below.

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Red Kites Maths – Fractions Re-Cap.

Before starting our new fractions unit today, we have re-capped on our previous learning from KS1. To do this, we used some very delicious looking pizzas to recall our understanding of what a fraction is, recognise and make halves, quarters and thirds and, discuss equal parts and creating a whole.

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Red Kites: Water Cycle

Red Kites spent the morning learning how to recreate the water cycle with a few simple pieces of equipment.

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Red Kites Maths – Division.

Today in Maths, we have been learning how to divide 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers using the bus stop method! Once we had practised the basic method, we went on to using it to solve tricker division sums that included remainders. Using this method showed us the importance of knowing, understanding and using our multiplication …

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Red Kites Topic – Measuring Earthquakes.

This afternoon in Red Kites, we took a look at how the strength of earthquakes are measured. To begin with, we had a discussion as to how we thought we could measure the strength of earthquakes. We talked about looking at the damage it had caused to the planet or by thinking about how it …

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Red Kites – World Book Day.

Red Kites have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day today! We have spent some time, both this morning and this afternoon, buddying up with Eagles, where we read some of our favourite books to each other and had a go at creating our own book front covers and books. Our teachers were very …

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Red Kites Maths – Multiplication Re-Cap.

In Maths today, we have started to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. To do this, we re-capped on our previous learning of place value and partitioning. After discussing the methods we could use, we worked in pairs to solve different problems. To finish the lesson, we had a go at being the teacher, explaining how …

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LKS2 Topic – Geologist Zoom Visit.

This week, LKS2 were visited via zoom by a Geologist named Chris. In this session, we learned all about the role of a geologist and what the future of geoscience might look like. We also recapped our learning on volcanoes and earthquakes and then found out all about what can happen when a volcano erupts …

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Red Kites – Mental Health Day 2022

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the focus this year is ‘Growing Together’. Today, the children took part in ‘Dress to Express Yourself’. Red Kites have created their own support bubbles in class this week. They have written the names of people around their balloons who have helped them to grow or have …

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