Eagles 

Academic Year 2016/17

24 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our trip to Knole House was a great success! The children loved seeing the deer and wildlife there, but also greatly enjoyed the Tudor history of the house tour, the light and conservation workshop as well as all dressing up as Tudors. It was a great day and a big thank you to Mr Weller for letting us stay a little past our planned leaving time.

HOMEWORK:

Please could children write a report on their day trip to Knole Park, describing the day in some detail and their favourite part.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

17 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Science week has been both fun and educational with some great learning coming through from Eagles. Thank you to those parents that visited us this week and we hope you enjoyed a snippet of our work.

Next week is full-on fractions! Please help your child brush up on times table division facts this weekend, so we are all ready.

HOMEWORK:

This week, we have all really loved the baking aspect of changes in science – for homework – please can the children bake or cook a dish or recipe that they have not attempted before. Photos or samples are more than acceptable evidence.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

10 March 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Children have been very confident with maths this week and got to grips with volume. Next week, we will be revising division and applying that to work on fractions. We are also learning how to use personification in our writing.

HOMEWORK:
Please could children use the skills that we have been practicing in art this term to draw a portrait of a friend or relative. They should use the techniques learnt of placing lines on the paper to judge scale and to help get proportions right. Have fun with this one as Eagles have worked really hard this week!              

Don’t forget you are invited to join us to see what we are learning on Thursday at 9am.               

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

3 March 2017

After almost completing our prologue work from Romeo and Juliet, we are in proud possession of some truly beautiful scrolls! These will be displayed in the classroom and I hope you are able to see them on our next open day.

Our self-portraits are now finished and look equally fetching!

The class have worked hard on negative numbers this week, incorporating scale in their work and worded problems. Next week, we are moving on to volume and multiplication revision.

HOMEWORK:

Our topic for this term is Tudors Explorers, I am pleased to let you know that we will be visiting Knole House in Sevenoaks as part of that topic near the end of this term. I am also hoping to book a Shakespeare workshop – but at present the quotes are a little high! I would like children to find out about Knole House and present their work as an information leaflet next Friday 10th March.

Please make sure the weekly spellings are learnt – we have a few children falling behind in their scores. Well done to those children who are consistently achieving 7/10 or above!!

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

27 February 2017

Term 4 plan

Dear Parents/Carers,

Last week was an exciting time as we commenced our literacy work on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. We are studying the characters and have already acted out a shortened version of the play.

We have finally cracked measuring scales and are making good progress with measurement – now we are moving onto negative numbers and some tricky areas needing revision. 

HOMEWORK:

We played this game in class and I promised the children that I would let them practice as homework this week. Please use the link below and see how many levels your child can complete!      

http://www.transum.org/Maths/Activity/Reading_Scales/                                                

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

10 February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly, a big thank you for wrapping your children up warmly yesterday. A few children got a little cold – so if your child came home with a jumper, hat or gloves that they did not arrive with – please drop back in to me after half term. My children have grown out of them, so we will not miss them until next forest schools!

The children greatly enjoyed the more adventurous activities and in the future we will be able to extend these to more independent tasks.

HOMEWORK:

Please bake and cook and measure over the half term! As many different things as possible – make cakes, weigh the ingredients, measure liquids and estimate the lengths of items around the house. Please take some photos and bring them in so that we can make up a maths display of everything we learnt!  

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

3 February 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well done for all that hard work going into spellings – Mrs White and I were very pleased to see the class perform so well, with many more children now getting full marks!

Next week is Forest Schools – make sure to take your wellies home on Wednesday night. I’m hoping to have a fun filled day of learning including cooking, shelter building and some measurements. If you have any rope (preferably climbing), tarpaulin or a steel and flint that you are able to donate – please dojo or let me know.

Special Announcement: Next Wednesday 8th February, Eagles are partaking in a very special event… Pirate Day! This is to support our learning for Tudor Explorers and Sir Francis Drake, but also to make one of our class feel supported and included. Please come dressed as a pirate or a Tudor explorer, this includes fake wooden legs, hooks as hands, a parrot if you have one and of course an eyepatch!!! Arr Harr Me Hearties!!! I shall be wearing a full moustache and a jaunty pirate hat.

HOMEWORK:

For homework, please make sure that the children are on track to finish their Shakespeare work before next Friday.

SPELLINGS:

Will be sent on dojo this week.

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

27 January 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week has been measurement week. It has provided a basis for where we need to go next! Lots and lots of measuring, pouring, scooping, weighing and reading of scales is needed. We have also really moved ahead in creating our own imaginary biographies of an incredibly independent female Tudor explorer. Mirrors has been our focus in science, with a fun Egyptian mirror puzzle being brought to life in the darkened classroom.

HOMEWORK:

For homework, I have asked some groups of children to collect information on units of measurement around the house. This will give then an understanding of how different materials are measured. I will send home a document that will need to be completed for Monday to prepare for next week’s practical lessons. Many thanks and this is a shorter timescale than normal – but we have discovered a few gaps in learning that need to be filled before Monday’s practical fun can begin!

SPELLINGS:

Will be sent on dojo this week. Apologies for similarly being spelt wrong. Luckily a few parents spotted it and corrected the print out, however I did leave that one spelling up on the board today as a free point!!

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

20 January 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been the wonderful week of Maths this week. We have been learning about:

  • Calculation – we demonstrated the adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing strategies that we remember the most and used them to work out mosaic sums. We also demonstrated different calculations that make 2017.
  • Direction – we used an ICT game to give directions using compass directions; north, south, east and west. We also made mnemonics to help us remember the order.
  • Number – we investigated number patterns using a ‘number plumber’ and made up our own number stories based on ‘One Is A Snail, Ten Is A Crab’.
  • Measure – we can find the perimeters of objects and shapes. We measured the perimeters of different objects on the playground using metres and centimetres.

What maths can we do during the weekend at home?

The Peacocks Team

6 January 2016

Term 3 Plan

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to school, the weather has turned colder this week, please make sure your child has a warm coat and if any wellies taken home can come back in to school – that would be great!

HOMEWORK:

Children are now learning about the Tudor Explorers and the Tudor age. For homework – please can children research a famous Tudor person NOT Queen Elizabeth. This work needs to be in bullet point form as we will be sing it to write with in class. Due in on Friday 13th January.

SPELLINGS:

Will be sent on dojo this week.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

9 December 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Next week is very busy and Eagles will be concentrating on our recent assessment results – some of these may come home for you to look through with your child. We will be revising the spellings for this term and applying them into our writing, it might be wise to look at them this weekend!

There are no spellings to learn until after Christmas. Homework will also be Christmas based as the children have had lines coming home to learn for the nativity.

Next week, we will be making gingerbread and chocolate products, the children can bring a cooking apron into school if they wish for these activities.

Don’t forget to take your wellies home next Friday before Forest Schools on Monday.

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

2 December 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

The children are really enjoying the winter weather on the field with their wellies on!
Thank you for all those that have filled the new wellie shed, it has made a big difference to
still be able to walk the mile daily.

This week, we have tackled probability and will soon be moving onto percentages of amounts – it may help your child to start looking at sales items and what it means to be reduced by a percent.

HOMEWORK:

Please can children log into http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/speller/ and test out their common words. It would be great if parents could have a look at the site too and get an idea of the words that children have to learn by the end of year 6. Also complete a game of https://gridclub.com/activities/comma-castle – which will start our big push on punctuation and grammar before Christmas.

SPELLINGS:

There are no spellings this week as we will be investigating endings and common exception words in class.                                      

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

25 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all those parents that are supporting their children with times tables –
again this week I have seen a huge improvement in the majority of the class. We have been tackling common denominators in fractions and all the children have been working hard and understanding how important quick recall of x table facts – really is! Next week, we shall be having a Chocolate Day for our Aztec work. Be warned, there may be chocolate related homework coming up…

HOMEWORK:

We are having a competition to design the front cover of the new Monsterology book being put together by Eagles. The front cover can be designed as homework this week to be returned by Wednesday please. It can be decorated and made of any sturdy material that can be hole-punched. I look forward to seeing the end results!

SPELLINGS:

Unfortunately only 5 children scored well in their spellings this week – please relearn for next Thursday.

Some children expressed concern that these were too hard, please understand that these words are in the year 5 and 6 curriculum as set by the Government and will be tested during the SATs exams in the summer.

It would help your child to understand the word in use by:

  1. Explaining its meaning or using a dictionary to look it up.
  2. Placing it into a sentence and playing games to make up sentences with these words in.
  3. Speak to Mrs Burrows or myself if you need extra ideas.


Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

HOMEWORK FROM MRS JEROME

Christmas card competition

Hartlip School enjoy wishing all supporters of our school a very Happy Christmas and thank them for their hard work. What better way than to send a card that has been designed by the children? So this weekend, there is some whole school homework from Mrs Jerome… to design a Christmas card that can be sent from us at Hartlip School. Nothing better than to get you in the Christmas Spirit! In order to allow printing time and then distribution, please could all entries come in to school on MONDAY. Very much a weekend project. Enjoy!

18 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Eagles have been busy this week coming to the end of our information texts on monsters – soon we will have a stunning compendium of unusual beasts! We have also been concentrating on improving our common words such as their/there and does, goes, they and a few others we keep slipping up on. Practice on the Doorway Speller programme at home Eagles – you can log into it anytime.

HOMEWORK:

Homework this week is based on reading and reviewing. Can children write about a book that they have recently read and be prepared to share with the class why they enjoyed it, what they gained from it and whether they would recommend it to others? This is to prepare children for book reviews and speaking to an audience.

SPELLINGS:

Morpurgo, Walliams, Tolkien, Horowitz

Dahl and Rowling

conscience

convenience

existence    

hindrance

nuisance  

severe    

sphere  

persevere     

interfere  

sincere   

answer

certain

consider

quarter

remember

February

library

ordinary

dictionary

January    

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

11 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, we have started fractions and will continue with this until Christmas. Please talk to your child about fractions of items in the home and dividing equally. Times tables are now very important as we start to use our division facts daily. Mrs White has also started with Eagles in the afternoon and will be supporting groups of children to make progress with spellings, reading and grammar.

HOMEWORK:

Homework this week is based on Tolerance. Can children find out about different organisations around the world that support or campaign for tolerance in some form. This could be an organisation against racism, sexism or ageism. It could also be raising awareness of less tolerant countries and the fight for Human Rights. Sites that may be appropriate on the internet are:

UNICEF, Amnesty International, This Girl Can and many more.

SPELLINGS:

Morpurgo, Walliams, Tolkien, Horowitz

Dahl and Rowling

Entertainment

Government 

Environment

parliament

excellent     

apparent

ancient  

relevant                                               

lenient                                                

instrument  

manage

damage

average

cabbage

garage

engage

package

stage

image

forage  

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

4 November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly – thank you all so much for the amazing improvement that we have already seen in the children’s times tables. It makes such a huge difference to their confidence and the accuracy and speed of their calculations. Please keep this hard work up – it has been so obvious in class.

Secondly, I know that there were some parental concerns about issues bought up in the classroom earlier this week. The children ask a lot of questions when we are learning, typically the things that you don’t want to come up – will come up. I try to handle these as sensibly and delicately as possible, whilst also realising that if I don’t answer the questions, many times the children will make their own assumptions on the playground later. I ask that you trust in my judgement, I cannot foresee these events but have a lot of experience in translating difficult issues into a child-friendly explanation, if this is needed. It is never a bad thing to have an open and trusting classroom – in fact I encourage this, because as much as we as parents (and I include myself here) do not like it – secondary school will bombard these children with situations that they have to be either aware or prepared for. I have to tread that fine line between educating, getting them ready for secondary school and protecting them as well as respecting the parental right. It is not an easy task.

HOMEWORK:

Homework this week is based on Saints, we discussed All Saints and All Souls Day including Mother Theresa. Could the children please find out about a Saint and present a written fact file on them. We are learning to write in-depth information texts, so this will link in beautifully.

SPELLINGS:

Dahl and Rowling

Morpurgo, Walliams, Tolkien, Horowitz

enough

rough  

tough  

fought                                          

cough                                            

sought                                          

bought                                          

fluff                                            

scruff                                          

gruff                                      

conscious

curious

disastrous

marvellous

mischievous

delicious

infectious

ridiculous

tremendous

suspicious

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

14 October 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Wow! What a spelling improvement! Thank you for all the hard work in learning these weekly along with the times tables, the new curriculum is much tougher and we are moving quite quickly through to some difficult topics in Maths and English.

The homework on Mexico has been amazing – some of us sampled chillies this week and most of us had avocado along with tomatoes. We also smashed the piñata to pieces and learnt all about the Day of the Dead, although we did get a little side-tracked by James Bond and the costumes for that particular scene.

Next week is Art Week, please may the children bring in items for junk modelling. I have not done that in years and think it might be fun to create a huge monster as in the Monster Calls.  I will be sending new spellings home today and releasing the homework on Class Dojo.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

P.S. Thank you to all of you who are being so supportive with catching up on times tables. Together we will get there!

7 October 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thank you to all parents yesterday that helped to transport the children to the rugby tournament, they all seemed to enjoy the experience.

I will send spellings out on Monday next week as several children still need to catch up on their previous score. I would rather know that we are secure before ploughing on. Please ask your child if they need to practise last week’s spellings again as we had a lower class score than the previous week.

The homework that has been coming in looks spectacular! We are going to be presenting our work back to the class to celebrate all the amazing learning before displaying it. Homework will be set again today and I will send it out on Class Dojo.

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

30 September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

The Monster Calls stories are almost finished! It is a very exciting time in our writing and I cannot wait to see the children’s work displayed in the school. In maths this week, we have been concentrating on calculation and number facts – next week brush up on your subtraction and division skills!

The weather has finally turned colder, so please make sure all children have a raincoat or shower-proof jacket in school every day.

Homework is due fairly soon and spellings will be stuck into contact reading books later today for testing next week. Please keep up the reading and the times table practice at home!

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows

16 September 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

This week, Eagles have been storming through their number facts – primes, squares,
multiples and factors! Please question your children on number types over the weekend, some need the practice to remember what each word relates to, and there were a lot of new maths words this week!

We are enjoying reading and writing about our new book, ‘A Monster Calls’ and the children have been very interested in discussing how Conor’s mother has been affected by cancer. Nearly every child in the class shared a moment or a memory taking the time to appreciate each other’s experiences. I was very proud of them.

Homework came out by Class Dojo and spellings will be stuck into contact reading books later today for testing next Monday. Please keep up the reading and the times table practice at home!

Many thanks,

Mrs Hunt and Mrs Burrows