Kingfishers

Kingfishers are taught by Mrs James (Teacher) and Mrs Southwell (TA). 

Welcome back, Kingfishers!

I hope you have had a well-deserved Easter break and you are now feeling refreshed ready to start the next part of the Kingfishers' journey.

You may have heard on the 9th April, The Queen announced the sad passing of her beloved husband, The Duke of Edinburgh. As consort to The Queen, Prince Philip supported The Queen in her duties as Sovereign. His passing was mourned around the World and let us take this opportunity to add our own silent farewell to His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Our topic 'Dig! Dig! Dig!' has links to royalty in more than one way so are you ready to go back in time to explore the Forest's ancient past? We are going to do a local history study on coal mining in the Forest of Dean. Some of your ancestors may have been free miners so it will be interesting to learn of the amazing work they did and the challenges they faced. Some of you may have relatives who are still free miners today.

Mrs Southwell, Pebbles and I are looking forward to welcoming you all back to start another amazing term.

PE will be on Monday afternoons and this term's focus is on athletics: track and field. (Let's hope all the Daily Mile practice has prepared us well!). The times table test will be every Wednesday and the spelling test every Friday.

Best wishes,

Mrs James 

 

General:

Additionally, please ensure you bring a coat into school for cold/wet weather and a hat and sun lotion during warm weather.  

 

Please click on the Topic Web link to see what Kingfishers are up to this term.

 Also, look out for photographs of the children's learning experiences below.

 

Topic: A Healthy Happy ME!
Placing photographs in the Remembrance Garden (March 2021)
It's GREAT to be back together. To celebrate coming together again after lockdown, all the children placed a photograph of themselves in the Hope Brook garden.
Yoga
As part of their 'A Healthy, Happy ME!' topic, the Kingfishers have been incorporating breathing and Yoga techniques into their school day. This is teaching them how to keep a healthy body and a calm mind.
 
They have explored the 'sun salutations', which are a sequence of 12 postures. They focused on the alignment of each pose. The Kingfishers discovered, to their surprise, that the postures worked the whole body using stretches, folds and controlled balance.
'We want our children to value having a healthy mind and body' (Hope Brook's Core Principles)
D & T (Cookery): Food for Thought
The Kingfishers explored food groups and how good choices about these, alongside keeping fit, help us to maintain a healthy body.
 
Linking to their French learning, they made muesli bars and smoothies, which were sold later in the week at their own French cafe.
 'We want our children to value having a healthy mind and body' (Hope Brook's Core Principles)
Le Cafe Hope Brook
As part of their topic work 'A Healthy Happy ME!', the Kingfishers experienced a little bit of France at Hope Brook in the form of their own French cafe. Le Cafe Hope Brook sold delicious, healthy muesli bars and smoothies. Mmmmmm.....!
 
To link further with their topic, the Kingfishers also learnt words and phrases in French about sport.
In English
To promote their French cafe, the Kingfishers created some advertising leaflets in which they used some very persuasive language.
The Polar Regions:  Do You Want To Go On A Polar Adventure?
 
As part of their topic on 'The Polar Regions', Kingfishers were given the task of creating a model of either the Arctic or Antarctic. Look at their super creations below.
Dance: Winter
For part of their topic about the Polar regions, the Kingfishers listened to Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Winter). They were then set the challenge of creating a dance to accompany the music. 
 
They thought about high and low movements and how to use the space available to them well.  
 
We are all very proud of the outcome of their dances. Click on the links to see the incredible dances they created.
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French: Weather
Sewing: Christmas Tree Decorations
 
Putting their sewing skills to the test, Kingfishers designed their own Christmas tree decorations.  They all used overstitch and running stitch; some of the Kingfishers even sewed a zigzag design.  
World War II:  Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag ....
Kingfishers walked into the classroom to the sound of an air raid siren sounding and a table set for four.  What could this scene be representing ...?  The Kingfishers decided to investigate.
Rationing and Food
During WWII, the government appointed a Minister of Food, Lord Woolton.  His job was to educate people into better eating habits.
 
As more and more supply ships were being sunk by the German U-boats, additional home grown food was needed.
 
The 'Dig for Victory' campaign saw people turn their flower beds into vegetable patches.  
 
Kingfishers made some nutritious Trench Stew and dumplings.  What do you think the meal tasted like, Kingfishers?
Remembrance Service
Demonstrating our democratic values ....
 
We hold elections to choose someone to represent us for our School Council and Eco Council.
Hockey
Maths is fun!
Reconnecting with our maths' learning in school with the use of resources (Sept 2020).
Our Topic:  Colour
The Rainbow Weave Plates
 
Having read the 'The Rainbow Story', the Kingfishers used a weaving technique to make a rainbow sky.
Science:  Bleeding Blossoms
French:  The Rainbow Song
Maths:  Creating different types of triangles
The Kingfishers created their own stained-glass window out of coloured triangles.