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Week Starting 9th May 2022

Penguins class have started their Outdoor Learning sessions every Thursday afternoon with Miss Snow. These will focus on self-esteem and team building exercises. The children have really enjoyed the sessions outside so far and the opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom.

Week Starting 25th April 2022

It's been a busy start to the term for Penguins class, with lots of new topics and things going on!

In Maths we are working on multiplication and division, so times tables practise at home will be a huge help for the children when doing this. In Science we are looking at the states of matter and have begun by doing some work sorting and describing different materials according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases.

On a Wednesday morning, we have started swimming for our PE lesson and, excitingly, had our first ukulele lesson on Tuesday morning! The children really enjoyed it, and made a fantastic start!

Week Starting 28th March 2022

Penguins class have been busy in our DT topic this half term which has been all about Fairground Carousels. We researched how Fairground Carousels work, created our designs, constructed them from a range of recycled materials and then evaluated them. The children really enjoyed making them and were very creative with their designs. Please see the photos of our finished work below:

Week Starting 21st March 2022

 Penguins class have been making their own model Carousels from shoes boxes, cotton reels and card. We have really enjoyed designing and making our projects in Design Technology as well as finding out how actual Carousels work like those we had seen at King's Lynn Mart. 

Week starting 14th March 2022

Penguins class has been busy with Science Week and planning an investigation to see if hand sizes grow as children get older. We went to Robins class (Reception) and to Magpies class (Year 6) to collect our data as well as measuring our own hands as Year 4 children. The children then drew graphs and made their conclusions. We had a great time visiting the other classes and found out that, on average, a Year 6 hand size is 5cm larger than a child's in Reception!

Week starting 7th March 2022

Penguins class tried a selection of foods from Eastern Europe as part of our topic about the region. The children loved the chance to try new foods such as black rye bread, traditional Lithuanian biscuits and a selection of meats & cheeses. A special thank you to those parents of Jessica, Patricia and Akif who made food for the class to try; Lithaunian salads, Zagarelai (traditional Lithuanian biscuit) and Borek from Turkey. Please see the photos below:

 

In Literacy this week, we have continued our work on the book, Jemmy Button, and have focused on how the boy might have felt when the visitors changed his name. We have talked about how our own names are important to us and part of who we are, and then used this to write acrostic poems about what makes us special.

Week starting 28th February 2022

 Thank you to all the parents for the amazing costumes for World Book Day. The children really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters and discussing their favourite books. 

 

 

Week Starting 21st February 2022

 Penguins class have started their new Geography topic about Eastern Europe. We used Atlases to locate the countries which are in Eastern Europe and discussed if any of our class had visited them. 

Week Starting 7th February 2022

Penguins class has continued to look at landscapes and how to add texture to their artwork when using acrylic paint. Please see the excellent examples above by Harley and Imogen. 

Week Starting 7th February 2022

 In Penguins Class this week, we have been busy writing our journal entry as if we were Arthur from the mythical story 'Arthur and the Golden Rope' by Joe Todd-Stanton. The children really enjoyed sharing their work with each other  and discussing their predictions about what might happen to Arthur on his quest. 

Week Starting 31st January 2022

In Penguins class we have continued our Artwork on landscapes and showing the foreground, middle ground and background. Please see the fantastic work from Arina and Felicia which gained them a Headteacher's Award. 

Week Starting 24th January 2022

                                                                    

This week in History, the children have been learning about what the Ancient Romans did in their leisure time.  They created their own enquiry questions to research their interests: music, games children played, gladiators and Roman Baths. Please see the examples of their excellent work above.   

Week Starting 24th January 2022

 In Penguins this week, we have been learning how to use foreground, middle ground and background when doing our Artwork. We have been using both pastels and paints do develop our techniques in these media.

Week Starting 17th January 2022

We have been busy researching our topic on Ecology using textbooks in the class. 

We also filled in our Academy logo using coins which our parents very kindly donated to help raise money for the Friends of the School and to fund activities for the pupils. 

In Literacy this week we have been looking carefully at the illustrations in the next part of our book,  Arthur and the Golden Rope, and writing our own captions to go with them:

We have also been learning about the role of pilgrimage in Islam, and continuing to subtract 4-digit numbers in maths. 

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, then please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment through the office.

Regards, Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson

Week commencing 10th January 2022

In Literacy, we have started to look at the book Arthur and the Golden Rope which has led us to find out a bit more about Iceland, where the book is set. We have looked at photos of different landscapes in Iceland to see what they tell us and what we can work out about the country from them. We have focused on one to write a setting description. For SPAG, we have been using prepositions to describe the location of objects based on our text in Literacy.

In Maths, we have been learning to use the column method to subtract four-digit numbers. We have also been using the Tackling Tables website to practise our times tables.  Pupils: - Please remember to practise your Tackling Tables at home to increase your knowledge and skills in this area.

For Science, we have been learning about food chains and how the sun is essential for all life due to plants making their own food through photosynthesis. We have also been learning about the terms: consumers, decomposers, predators and prey whilst making our own food chains.

In RE, we have started a new unit looking at the role of pilgrimages, food and fasting in different religions starting with Christian pilgrimages this week. We even found out that Christian pilgrims used to stop at the Red Mount Chapel in the Walks on their way to visit the shrine at Walsingham!

In Computing, we have begun learning how to use Microsoft PowerPoint to present information. We have also been learning about online safety and phishing emails. We will start to turn what we have learnt into a PowerPoint presentation to share with others.

For History, we have started our topic on the Romans and have been learning the different sections of society and how they were perceived in Ancient Rome. We are looking forward to the questions that the children generate about the topic which we will then answer in the coming weeks.

Please remember to read regularly with your child and ask them questions about the text as it makes such a difference to their reading progress.

If you have any questions or would like to contact us, then please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment through the office.

Regards Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson.

 

 

Penguins Class Update: 25-11-21

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to add/subtract 1, 10, 100 and 1000 as well as counting in 25s. We have also been practising our Times Tables using our Tackling Tables - please keep doing these at home as it makes such a difference to your child's progress. 

For Literacy, we have been continuing to investigate the local tale: 'The Pedlar of Swaffham' and doing drama activities based upon it. Also, we have been using inverted commas (speech marks) to create speech between characters from the text. 

In History, we have continued to learn about Ancient Greece and the Olympic Games in the past. We have been learning about the different sports and how the games were a festival dedicated to the Greek God Zeus.

In Art, Miss Gore has been teaching us about the foreground, middle ground and background in images from artists, such as David Hockney. We investigated a variety of landscapes and then created our own images using sugar paper & pastels. 

In Music, we have continued to play the glockenspiels, learning two new pieces and also beginning to improvise our own sections of music.

In RE, we have been learning about Bear Grylls, his faith and the things that have inspired him, then wrote about the people and things that inspire us.

If you have any questions, please catch us on the gate for drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office.

Regards – Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard, Mrs Williamson and Miss Gore.

 

Penguins Class Update: 11-11-21

Penguins class have been busy learning about the local area as part of our Geography topic. Last Friday, we went for a walk around King’s Lynn town centre to see some of the local landmarks and historical sites. The children really enjoyed visiting places such as Red Mount Chapel, Greyfriars Tower and the War Memorial. It also gave us an opportunity to discuss why we have Remembrance Day leading up to this week. Please see our photos below.

For Maths, we have been continuing our work on place value and learning how to round to the nearest 1000, as well as using the symbols < > and =. We also have been doing our Tackling Tables to make sure we know our times tables facts quickly and fluently – please practice these at home as well.

In English, we have been learning about conjunctions and using them in our sentences, such as although, because and until. We have also been enjoying reading our text ‘Tales of Wisdom and Wonder’ which has traditional stories in it and have started our Fred Reading comprehension sessions linked to Bonfire Night.

For Science, we have begun learning about animals, plants and classification. We have learned that animals with a backbone are called vertebrates and animals without a backbone are invertebrates. In Music, we have been enjoying using the glockenspiels and learning how to play them.

We are starting our unit on Space in Art and looking at landscapes over the course of the next few weeks. In History, we have returned to the unit on Ancient Greece and have been learning which Gods they worshipped, where they lived and their different characters.

If you have any questions, please catch us on the gate for drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office.

Regards – Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard, Mrs Williamson and Miss Gore.

 

Penguins Class - Weekly Update 15-10-21

In Maths this week, Penguins class have been learning to use Roman numerals. In Literacy,  we have planned and drafted an information booklet on climate change, using what we learned about ice ages in 'The Pebble in my Pocket', and what we know about climate change today from the International Hanseatic League project earlier in the year.

In Spanish, we have been learning to count to ten, and in Computing we have been using what we know about coding to create a programme of our own.

In Design Technology, we have begun to make juggling balls, using our designs to decorate the fabric templates, and sewing the material together. In Geography, we have been looking at OS maps of the local area and using scales to find and work out the distances between different places and geographical features.

In Science, we have completed our work on a healthy plate, explaining our choices, and have also started looking at the nutrients in different foods and what those nutrients do that help us to be healthy.

Please remember to read for 30 minutes each night with your child, and to help them practise their times tables daily, as these things make so much difference to their progress. 

If you have any questions, please catch us on drop off/pick up or make an appointment via the office. 

Regards

Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Hubbard.

 

Penguins Class - Weekly Update 8-10-21

Penguins class have been learning about scales and the use of number lines to 10,000 in Maths. In Literacy,  we have been creating dialogue based on 'The Pebble in my Pocket' for Neolithic people and using speech marks. Mr Stratton brought in some flint axes which he owns which are thousands of years old and the children really enjoyed seeing and touching them. Please see the photos below.

On Monday, we had 'Meet the Teacher' after school for you to get to know us and ask any questions you may have. Thank you to those of you who were able to come to learn about our Knowledge Based Curriculum and routines within school. Please note - children are now bringing home reading books so please read each night with them for 30 minutes as it makes so much difference to their progress. 

We have changed topics in the foundation subjects, so have started Computing and MFL (Spanish) this week. In PE we are learning how to play tennis and developing our skills.

For Design Technology, we have been evaluating and discussing different Juggling Balls designs for there effectiveness. We have also begun the design process for creating our own juggling balls which we will start to make next week. In Geography, we have started our new 'Spatial Sense' unit which looks at map reading skills and will focus on our local area of King's Lynn.

In Science, we have been learning about the digestive system and what each part does in the process of excretion. We have also been investigating how different animals teeth are linked to their purpose and diet ie if they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. 

If you have any questions, please catch us on drop off/pick up or make an appointment via the office. 

Regards

Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Hubbard. 

The flint axes use for writing stimulus. 

 

Penguins Class - Weekly update 1-10-21

Penguins have had another busy week! In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value, moving onto counting in thousands, and representing and using four-digit numbers. In Literacy, we are still working on 'The Pebble in my Pocket' by Meredith Hooper, using this as a starting point to find out more about geology, and creating posters on the formation of sedimentary rocks. We have also started learning about using expanded noun phrases to create clearer description in our writing.

For Music, we have been finishing our work on Abba's Mamma Mia, and using instruments to explore pulse and rhythm (see photos below). In RE, we have learnt about the Buddhist holy book, the Tripitaka, and the symbols associated with Buddhism and their meanings.

In Science, we have been learning about what makes a healthy plate and designing a meal to give us all the major food groups. We have also been learning about the importance of nutrients and how they keep our bodies healthy, as well as what can happen if you don’t have enough of them.

For Art, we have been using the primary colours to mix acrylic paint and create different shades with a variety of light and dark tones. We have been focusing on where shadows form and light hits the surface of the fruit we have been drawing.

In History, we have been learning about ‘Alexander the Great’ and discussing how he gained his title of being ‘great’. Also, we have been investigating the lives of the philosophers of Ancient Greece and the ideas they held.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of staff, please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office. 

Regards, Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson.

 

Penguins Class - Weekly update 24-9-21

We have had a very busy start to the new school year. After completing our baseline assessments, we have been starting our new topics across the Curriculum.

In Maths, we have been learning about place value and knowing what each digit is worth in a given number, as well as rounding to the nearest 10. For Literacy, we have been reading the text ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper and writing an explanation of the journey of a pebble from a volcano erupting to the present day.

For Music, we have been learning to sing the ABBA song ‘Mamma Mia’ and looking at the verse structure and rhythm. In RE, we have started our topic on Buddhism and its related beliefs and ideas. Ancient Greece is our topic in History and we have been discussing the origins of democracy in Athens and what it means to us today. We have also investigated the Spartan soldiers and what made them so tough and effective as warriors.

In Science, we have been learning about the Human body and how our digestive system works. We have also investigated the effect of lemon juice and Coke on our teeth enamel using hard boiled eggs and the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet.

For Art, we have been learning about light and shade in famous pieces of artwork and then using the techniques learnt to create our own pieces using pastels and paint.

On Thursday, we went on a trip into King’s Lynn town centre to see the amazing work that the children in our Academy produced for the IHL Agents of Change project. The children were very excited to see their fantastic ideas for how to tackle climate change and make King’s Lynn a better place in the future. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out – it’s based in the former Argos building next to the Majestic Cinema. Please see the photos below from our trip.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of staff, please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office. 

Regards, Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson.