Kingfishers 2021/22

Welcome to Kingfishers' Webpage
Hi Kingfishers
I hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday and you are feeling refreshed after your 2 week break. 
This term we are going to be taking a look at a continent a long way from us but before that I will need you to solve a rather curious situation that occurred to me during the Easter holidays... I can't wait to tell you all about it and I am hoping that you will be able to shed some light on what has happened.
Best wishes 
Mrs James 
PS We are always keen to share what we have been learning about in Kingfishers. A topic web is always posted at the beginning of each term (please see BELOW). We also post photographs of what the Kingfishers have been learning about (please also view BELOW).
Things to remember:
  • PE is on Tuesday afternoons (please ensure a full kit remains in school).
  • Bring a drink bottle into school.
  • Bring in the plastic homework wallet daily along with the reading journal and book.
  • Times tables homework is due in on Wednesdays. (Please also encourage children to practise their times tables on the TT Rock Stars website).
  • Spelling homework is due in on Fridays. (Please also encourage children to practise their spellings on the website).
  • Any other homework will be given a specific due date.
Performance Poetry by John Lyons
This week the children in Kingfishers have been discussing and evaluating how authors use language in poems; with a special focus on John Lyons' poetry. On Friday, the children chose one they liked and performed it in groups to their peers. The children did a fantastic job of learning their lines off by heart in a short space of time. Look at the video posts below to see how they got on.
Next week, they will write and perform their own performance poems.
A message in a bottle ..... 
Whilst looking for garden ornaments at a car boot sale, Mrs James came across a curious-looking blue bottle. On closer inspection, she found a mysterious letter rolled up inside it!! It was from someone named Christopher Columbus. Mrs James decided to set the Kingfishers the task of finding out about this man as he appeared to have made a rather interesting voyage many, many years ago. A voyage, in fact, that might possibly connect with this term's topic, The Amazing Americas!!! Hopefully, we will be able to reveal more over the coming weeks so watch out for updates.
PE: Tennis
The Kingfishers are enjoying learning how to play tennis this term. They are learning how to use the correct skills to catch and control a ball on their racket. Watch out for pictures showing their progression over the coming weeks (March 2022).
D&T: Design and Create a Moon Buggy
 On Thursday, 10th March, Kingfishers were set the challenge of designing and creating a functional Moon buggy. They showed excellent communication skills when discussing their design features with their partner. The challenge involved having to:
  • Select and use a range of tools to perform a range of practical tasks.
  • Select from and use a range of materials and components based on their suitability.
  • Explore the use of mechanisms (eg wheels, axles, pulleys etc).
  • Use problem solving skills to overcome any design faults.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their product and make improvements where necessary.
World Book Day on 3rd March 2022
Showing their appreciation for BOOKS, the Kingfishers dressed up as their favourite characters. They wrote a book review about what had inspired them to dress up as their character and later, the whole school had a BOOK SWAP. 
How do astronauts eat in space?
The children had to think about this as they realised astronauts are a long, long way from the shops! After watching some film footage of astronauts eating their dinner, the children explored how eating in space has improved since the days of cold paste in aluminium tubes.
Later, the children made their own astronauts' pudding, which was to some children's liking but not others!
What's so hard about eating in space?
The clever Kingfishers remembered there is no gravity! If you let go of a piece of food in a space craft, it will drift around, not fall to the floor. Water won't stay in a cup, it will float and hang in the air. Astronauts tend not to have salt and pepper because it could float around and go into someone's eye or cause damage to the equipment on board.
'We The Curious' at Bristol
On 4th February, the Kingfishers and Kestrels visited 'We The Curious' at Bristol. The venue is always a great place to inspire the children's curiosity and embed topic knowledge. 
First of all, the Kingfishers visited the Planetarium where they blasted off on a journey through the Solar System. They visited many planets and made a special visit to Planum Boreum (the North pole of Mars) where frozen water holds the key to humans possible survival on such a cold planet. The children explored the possibility of human colonization on Mars and saw how far we've come in terms of space travel in such a short period of time.
Later, they participated in a work shop called 'Earth, Moon and Space' where they placed model planets in order within the Solar System, made a comparison of the size of Moon compared with Earth, explored the phases of the Moon and used a large bottle to demonstrate a rocket launcher.
The Kingfishers also had the pleasure of exploring all the other many exhibits that there are to offer, such as 'The Rainbow Machine' and the 'Animation Centre'. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by everyone (04.02.22).
Topic: Earth and Space - How do the planets in the Solar System move
Geocentric Versus Heliocentric 
This week, the children took on various roles acting out characters who represented various ideas about how planets move. They started with the early human idea of how the Sun moves across the sky everyday with the Earth being the centre of the Solar System (geocentric) right through to Johannes Kepler's idea of how the heliocentric system worked with the Sun in the centre around which the planets orbit.
Cross Country District Trials at Newent School
At Hope Brook we recognize the importance of keeping active and work hard to incorporate this into our daily learning. The Daily Mile is something that we try to keep up every day. We have maintained this through the winter months and our perseverance paid off last week when a number of Year 5 and 6s pupils participated in the the individual Cross Country District Trials at Newent School. With great team spirit, grit and determination, our Year 5 girls achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd and our Year 5 boys achieved 1st, 2nd and 10th. All are through to the county finals on 12th March. We are very proud of the performance and efforts of all who attended. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement. 
Topic: Out of This World - Sun, Earth and Moon - flat or spherical?
As an introduction to our topic 'Out of This World', the Kingfishers investigated scientific evidence to explain why we know the Sun, Earth and Moon are spherical.
First, we went outside to make an observation about the Earth. The children explained that even though the terrain was 'hilly' this does not prove that the Earth is flat or spherical. When we went back inside, we looked at the curvature of the Earth using a globe and Google maps.
They explored arguments for a flat Earth and a spherical Earth. They were all unanimous in thinking that the argument for a spherical Earth was more compelling, especially with today's technology. However, they recognised why people of ancient times believed the Earth was flat due to their own experiences and the lack of today's technological advances.
Biscuit Decorating Competition
This year the School Council organised a biscuit decorating competition on the last day of term. Each child decorated their own biscuit in their own design. All the children had great fun, especially when they later got to eat them!!
The School Council chose a winning design from each class. 
Music: The Little Match Girl performed by Kingfishers
In music this term the children have been learning about the art of performing. On 15th December 2021, Kingfishers had fun entertaining the Woodpeckers with their finished musical, 'The Little Match Girl'.
Calendar making
Linking with their topic 'The Changing Power of the Monarchy', this year the children created  'Tudor Rose' calendars (Dec 2021).
A trebuchet was a device used in wars and sieges in the Middle Ages. They were used to throw stones at castle walls to try and break them down.
This term as part of their topic about the Changing Power of the Monarchy, the Kingfishers created their own trebuchets. This linked into their Science topic about forces too. We had a missile firing competition to see whose trebuchet would send a missile the longest distance. Click on the video link below.
Christmas Craft Afternoon
The festive season was in full swing on the 3rd December when the whole school had a Christmas Craft Making Afternoon. Whilst singing along to Christmas songs, the Kingfishers put their creative hats on to produce some gorgeous Christmas Tree decorations.
Science: An investigation into the effectiveness of a variety of toothpastes on teeth.
This week the children designed their own tests to compare toothpastes. They discussed the colour and smell and tested how long it took to clean a variety of substances off an enamel surface (a material of their own choosing). 
The Kingfishers used a stopwatch to measure the cleaning time. They then created their own tables to record the results of their tests. Later, they reflected on the results of their tests and used them to suggest the best toothpaste.
They compared tests and results with other children (25 Nov 2021).
Art: Paul Klee
The children have been learning about the work of Paul Klee; with a particular focus on his picture Castle and the Sun (1928). The Kingfishers have practised using geometric shapes and have created their own abstract painting inspired by Paul Klee.
The Kingfishers worked hard and produced some superb pictures. Below are some photographs of the children at work in the early stages of their creations (Nov 2021).
Remembrance Service
Mrs James, Mrs Southwell and Mrs Collis are very proud of the Kingfishers' performance in the Remembrance Service. Well done, Kingfishers. Thank you to all parents and carers who helped the children to learn their lines. The service is still available to view on the main webpage under 'Services'.
Science: Which 'forces' act upon a parachute?
The Kingfishers were busy on the afternoon of the 20th October. After their e-safety talk, they created parachutes to test the effects of air resistance. They decided which material would be most suited to create their own parachute.
As the Kingfishers had been learning about forces this term, they knew that initially the force that pushed the parachute towards the ground was gravity. Looking at the effects up close though, they observed, "The parachute filled with air as it opened. This means the parachute met with air resistance which slowed it down." 
The Kingfishers also discovered that some materials were more effective that others.
On the afternoon of 20th October, two Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) visited Hope Brook School. The Kingfishers watched a video and discussed online safety. At the end, the children took part in a quiz.


The Hope Brook Cross Country Team
We are very proud of our Cross Country Team who returned to school with gold (girls) and silver (boys) medals. The whole of Kingfishers have been working hard to improve their time in the Daily Mile. The result at the Cross Country event is testament to all the hard work they've put in. Well done, Hope Brookers (Oct 2021).
PSHE: Life Education Team
On Thursday, 30th September, Kingfishers had a visit from Anita who spoke to the children about being assertive and learning to make wise choices for themselves without feeling pressurized by their peer group.
The Kingfishers put forward their ideas and thoughts clearly and demonstrated how to make wise choices through their acting skills.
Topic: Kingfishers and Kestrels' Visit to Windsor Castle
What a glorious day we had Kingfishers and Kestrels! You all learnt lots and behaved impeccably. Can you remember all the places we visited at Windsor Castle?
After a rather long journey and an early start, we stopped at Alexandra Gardens to have our snacks and a drink.
When we arrived we noticed the Union Flag was flying ...
The Union Flag was flying when we visited but not The Queen's Flag, the Royal Standard. Can you remember what this means Kingfishers?

The Long Walk and St George's Chapel

Before entering the grounds, we visited the well-known 'Long Walk' which leads up to one of the entrances of Windsor Castle. Although famous for its red deer, we didn't spot any on Friday. We then made our way inside the grounds of the Castle where we met Sophie our Learning Guide.

The first place we visited was St George's Chapel. The Kingfishers recognised it as the place where HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle were married. The bottom of the steps outside St George's Chapel, which the couple descended after their wedding, was the perfect place for a photo opportunity!


The Queen's Guards
Being one of the homes of The Queen, the Kingfishers found out that Her Majesty has special guards to protect her.

Workshop: The Changing Power of Monarchs

After our lunch, we met with Sophie again for our workshop all about 'The Changing Power of Monarchs'. All the Kingfishers enjoyed this engaging session especially when they got the opportunity to dress up. They dressed up as The Pope, kings, queens, nobles, craftsmen, knights and peasants. They compared an absolute monarchy with a constitutional monarchy. Most of the Kingfishers agreed that they preferred a constitutional monarch but there were a few exceptions!!

They were then introduced to King Henry VIII and were rather surprised by the size of his waist line in later life! They also found out about the fate of his six wives and their children. Kingfishers, can you remember from the photographs below who dressed up as which wife? 

Queen Mary's Dolls' House and the State Apartments

After our workshop session, we visited Queen Mary's Dolls' House and the State Apartments. The Kingfishers showed how clever they are when they pointed out the real objects in the State Apartments that they had seen in the Dolls' House earlier. They also spotted the Garter Throne Room (blue room) where a new knight of the Garter is invested by The Queen. Kingfishers, can you imagine what it must feel like to become a knight? When we walked through St George's Hall and looked at the shields showing the coat of arms of the Knights of the Garter, the Kingfishers were confused that some of the shields were blank?! We were surprised to find that they were blank because that particular knight had been 'degraded' because they had done something 'bad'. Oh dear!

Famous landmark: Windsor Castle

As our topic this term is about 'landmarks', Kingfishers did a quick sketch of the Castle before we made our way back to the coach.

What a fantastic day we had! We were blessed with super weather too!

Windsor trip reminders:
  • Please be at school by 6.50am to leave at approximately 7am.
  • You will have a temperature check and Mrs Southwell will speak to your adult about your health in the last 24 hours, as Windsor castle can refuse us entry if there have been any Covid symptoms.
  • Don’t forget your travel sickness tablets/bands if you require them.
  • Please remember your packed lunch, snacks (no sweets) and enough drink for the day.
  • School uniform is required to be worn and a decent sized rucksack to carry a sketch  book, lunch, waterproof, wallet etc. Remember to wear or put a waterproof coat in your rucksack.
  • You may bring a digital or disposable camera, but they are your responsibility. Additionally, you may want to bring fidgets, cards, notebook, book etc for the journey, but no electronic gadgets please.
  • Please ensure you have £10 for your tea at the Service station on our way home (you may put this in a separate envelope so it doesn’t get spent) and no more than £10 for the gift shop.
  • We are all very excited and hope to be back at Hope Brook between 8.30 and 9 pm, depending on traffic.
Kingfishers' Class Assembly - Our Values - David shows courage!
On Thursday, 23 Sept 2021, the Kingfishers did their first class assembly. They spoke about Hope Brook's value of 'Courage' by retelling and acting out the story of David and Goliath. Super job Kingfishers!
Elections for School Council and Eco Council Members
This week we held elections to vote in our school council and eco council members. The votes were placed in our ballot box to ensure the elections were 'fair' and 'democratic'.
PE: Football
Kingfishers demonstrated good football skills during their PE lesson. They communicated with a partner using non-verbal skills to see how many 'gates' they could pass a ball through. The Kingfishers learnt how to use their feet to aim accurately (Sept 2021).
RE: Noah's Ark
Kingfishers acted out 'Noah's Ark' as part of their RE learning.