04/10/2020   Reading Rocks!

In year 5 we are devouring Kensuke's Kingdom, exploring Beowulf, reading our school reading books, exploring the library books AND reading a more challenging text in daily group reading. Reading is at the forefront of our learning and it has been a real pleasure to see the children enthused as they devour each new chapter in their books. 

30/09/2020   Beowulf- an epic poem becomes a narrative!

We have begun our study of the 1000 year old legend of Beowulf. The children were fascinated to learn that the original story is dervied from a 3000 line epic poem! Using only stills from the animated version, the children built story boards that they tweaked as they uncovered more knowledge of the story. Using inference and deduction, the story boards have evolved and now everyone has mapped their own version of the story from a different perspective.

Keep an eye out for some of our published narratives inspired by this epic poem soon!

15/09/2020   Flying start in maths!

We have hit the ground running with our return to school and Maths in particular. We are working with the Maths No Problem programme, developing our mastery of skills and today we were able to demonstrate this mastery taking our learning out onto the playground. 

We ordered numbers in different groups, from largest to smallest and vice versa before merging the different groups to complete a number sequence with numbers up to and even beyond 1,000,000!

20/03/2020   Weekly Update 20.3.20

By Taylor and Molly

 This week in Silver birch we have been doing non-chronological  reports to show how to wash your hands and to know the difference between good and bad germs. In maths we have been learning about comparing decimals and now we know that  maths no problem is no problem! In art we learnt about Banksy and all of his famous art that has been graffitied all over England  and has inspired us to copy his fabulous art work with graffiti.

Unfortunately, school will close no Mrs Ruffy.

13/03/2020   Science and DT to end the week!

We have been lucky enough to receive a large collection of Mecchano sets as part of our STEM resources in school. We have looked at some of the kits this afternoon which required a great deal of resilience with some fiddly parts and complex instructions.

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25/02/2020   Our Collective Worship Theme for this term is Joy and Happiness

10/02/2020   Weekly Update

This Is Silver Birch Daily News

 This week in English we have been publishing our news reports about the story of Beowulf, we made tea stained paper to glue tracing paper to publish are reports. #we did not get chocolate[we normally get it when publish]

 This week in math we are doing FRACTIONS using pizza and bar all of this are pictorial method # we don’t like the pizza method we like the bar method more know a fens yummy pepperoni pizza.     

 Shout out for last week to boy T for work of the week!

 From girl T and Emily

 

29/01/2020   This week in Silver Birch

By Emily and Megan

In maths we have been doing fractions and bar method and also pictorial method at first, we thought it was very hard. But now, we get it and it’s more easy. In English we have been doing news reports and journalistic writing and that was quite fun as we got to record some reports about an Anglo-Saxon story about a hero called Beowulf who fought Grendel the beast. We have been thinking about are careers for the future and we met a police officer and pilot.  

19/01/2020   Viking Link Launch

Last week saw the launch of a wider social project. The National Grid have invited our school to work with them as they develop the electricity sharing cable mission which sees the exchange of energy between Bicker, Lincolnshire and Denmark.

The children were able to show off the mapping skills they have learned this term so far to survey the local area.

We will take this study further this coming week with a field study to update the local OS maps and deepen our real world understanding of these skills for life!

We have had a couple of volunteers to assist on the field trip, please pop to the office to let us know if you can join us. We will be leaving school shortly after 1pm on Wednesday.

See the galleries at the top of this page for photos from the Viking Link project.

10/01/2020   Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term, in a whole new decade!

The children have been working super hard already, delving into the Norse Tale Beowulf in English, and taking a deeper look at retrieving data from tables in Maths. Next week we will be moving onto line graphs in our data work in maths, and building description in paragaphs that develop characterisation and settings in English.

We have launched our topic with some map work to identify the countries the Anglo Saxons travelled from, and where the seven kingdoms were on the British Isles. The children also made brooches that required a careful focus on symmetry, intricate design and added some jewels to embrace the beauty of Anglo Saxon jewellery.

This term we are going to have a big focus upon spelling and taking care in presenting all writing to the expected standard. It can be quite tricky to remember everything when adding new learning to our memories, but with a big focus on punctuation and spelling this term across every written piece of work we will be masters in transcriptions in no time. Everybody is now using a pen in English to reinforce that careful handwriting too. It would be reallly helpful if children could continue to practice their spellings at home. We would usually put these in reading diaries but as these don't always come into shcool we will start sending them home in homework folders. Children will be given 10 spellings each week to focus on. The children have a range of strategies up their sleeves to practice spellings and should use their preferred method to do this at home.

For anybody fancying some additional challenges from home, I wonder if you could create portriat of an Anglo Saxon that details the kind of clothes they might have worn, the equipment they may have carried and labels to explain the materials used to make these items. We will add these pieces to our class Anglo Saxon display.

Don't forget to spend some time on Times Table Rockstars. Let's get Silver Birch in the top 30 for the whole school!

Have a great weekend :)

13/12/2019   It's official - we're a GOOD church school!

As a school, we have recently been inspected under the statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) which is designed to support the effectiveness and distinctive character of Church of England schools.     We are now delighted to be able to share this report with you and confirm that we are a GOOD church school.

Please click on the link to read the full inspection report:

SIAMS Report November 2019

 

28/11/2019   Parents Evening- Thank you

Hi all,

I just wanted to thank you all for your time this week at our two parents evenings. It is lovely to be able to celebrate your children together, there's so much to talk about in such a short time but I hope you have taken away a clear view of how your child is doing in class.

I really appreciated the feedback on what is working in regards to homework too. I have taken this on board and will be including regular times table practise tasks to complement home use of Times Table Rockstars, and I will ensure the spellings continue weekly. These will be a mix of the year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists. Spellings will be tested every Wednesday and new ones sent home with homework on the Thursday. This has really helped the children take more care in their independent written tasks.

We also talked alot about reading during our meetings and I am going to arrange a 'book tasting' session to gauge a deeper insight into how children tackle new books, and what stops them wanting to try something new. I will endeavour to find genres that appeal to all children to inspire them to read for pleasure- from magazines, and children's novels, to non fiction books and online blogs. Reading is reading, and the more we read, the more we know- to paraphrase Dr Seuss!

Finally, if you ever wish to meet to discuss any matter I try to make sure I am available before the bell goes in the morning, and have some availability after school for longer appointments on a Tuesday or Thursday. Just give me a shout or pop into the office.

Thanks again,

Mrs Ruffy

 

15/11/2019   Stone Age Poo!

As part of our Stone Age topic, we asked the question, What did hunter-gathers eat and how did they get it?  So to answer this question today, we looked at poo, lots of poo.  We cut up our poo and compared the contents.  Was it Stone Age poo, or poo from modern man?  We discovered what Stone Age man ate and then looked at just how he came about hunting or gathering this food and how their diet differed from ours.  It was quiet a lesson, a lesson I doubt we will forget easily.

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14/11/2019   Boccia- Meeting a Paralympian!

We were treated to an extra special PE lesson, courtesy of Matt Annan, an Olympic athlete who has competed in the Paraylmpic games in Boccia. Matt also works as a coach for Boccia England and I was delighted that he was able to join us to improve our Boccia skills at a competitive level. The class were so eager to develop an edge to their bowls and learn new tricks from a professional- such a competitive bunch!

 

08/10/2019   The life cycle of a flowering plant

 

Today we continued our study of plant life cycles and reproduction by searching for flowering plants in our school gardens and pond area. We found many different flowering plants that we could carefully dissect to identify the male and femlae reproductive organs. There was some excitement as the microscopes meant we could identify pollen on the anthers of our flowers. Wonderful to see science in the real world- applying our key knowledge to the natural world around us. We also considered the ways in which these flowering plants might germinate around different areas of our grounds through movement of living things, seed dispersal and weathering.

01/10/2019   Deux petits oiseaux lyrics

Today we launched our language unit in French. The children have practised greetings- bonjour! Je m'appelle... et... au revoir!

We also learned a song to embed these greetings. The lyrics are below as promised for the children to share with you at home. Do you recognise the tune they are singing?

Deux petits oiseaux

Assis sur une brance

Je m'appelle Fifi

Je m'appelle Blanche

Bonjour Fifi

Bonjour Blanche

Au revoir Fifi

Au revoir Blanche!

29/09/2019   Introducing Greta Thunberg

As we get ready for another week and delving into our topic even further, I can't help but look back with great pride at the impact the children's passion for the topic is having upon their wider curriculum activities. In English we have delved into the speech given by Greta Thunberg last week. The children have magpied the powerful language she uses to drive home her message. We will be considering what this means to us this coming week and how we can use this inspirational individual's dedication to climate change to make a small difference from our classroom.

I am looking forward to the final rainforest creature projects submitted with homework this week. We have had a few already handed in and the sneak peek I have had has shown a high standard of quality and care to each piece. We also enjoyed a further presentation with J who used powerpoint to present her findings. Thank you for your support with homework, it has had a real impact on class work already.

Finally, we are in battle against Hazel Class on timestable rockstars... tonight's peek has revealed we have just slipped slightly into second place. The children's determination to win this challenge is excellent! Good luck, Silver Birch!

20/09/2019   Layers of the Rainforest

This week the children have researched the features of the different biomes within the rainforest, with a focus on what lives within each of the four layers of the rainforest. In DT the children constructed dioramas of the layers in teams, delegating roles to each team member to ensure they included the correct details for their layer.

The children have worked super hard to develop their narratives and tell a story that raises awarenss of what is happening in our rainforests. Their story writing is inspired by our class novel, Fire Girl and Forest Boy, and from our topic launch text- Where the Forest Meets the Sea. Watch this space for some sneak peeks at some of our stories next week.

 

 

14/09/2019   Can human impact on the rainforest be reversed?

This one of the key questions we are analysing in Silver Birch on reflection of the events in the rainforest. Did you know the Arctic is also on fire? The children will be able to explain to you why this has happened and how long it has been going on for. We were horrified to discover this information and it has motivated the children to really care for the plants in our classroom that are part of our science investigation. We want to find out if the damaged plants can thrive under the right conditions.

This week we will reflect upon our findings and delve further into studying the key parts of plants and the role they play in plant reproduction.

So, Silver Birch- are you ready to find out if and how you can help to save our plants, forests and rainforests? I am excited to hear your thoughts as this investigation continues.

Don't forget to read daily and practise those all important times tables by logging into Times Table Rockstars. We are in competition with Rowan class and have until Tuesday to beat them! :D

06/09/2019   Welcome back! What a week!

Wow!

The only way to sum up the hard work done by the Silver Birch children this week. On Wednedsay the children were introduced to our Rainforest topic through lessons in guided reading, English and Geography. We talked about the aspects of the rainforests we would like to learn about and looked at some images. The children were able to lead a deep shared discussion about current events in the Amazon and my favourite quote from the day was "the rainforest is like the lungs of our planet!".

The following morning, an inspired class member read out a draft of a letter they had written to the Houses of Parliament urging them to take the matter as seriously as our class. A parent also told me today that their child had been working on the computer on some Rainforest research for their homework. I was in awe.. I haven't set any homework this week!

I am so proud to be spending this year with these children, who are inspired, motivated and compassionate- determined to make a difference in their school and in the wider world.

Watch this space as our topic unfolds and the children drive their ideas to make climate change and human activity a real topic of conversation in our school and community.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Ruffy :)

P.S. here is a useful link to review the next unit in our Number and Place Value work as we look at the use of Roman Numerals. Dojos for any children who can tell me why there is no zero in Roman Numerals.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-roman-numerals

Can you write your birthday in Roman Numerals? What about today's date?

 

 

06/09/2019   Numbers to 1 000 000? No Problem!

Maths learning this week has embodied a full understanding of the value of numebrs up to 1 000 000. With enthusiasm the children have partitioned and represented numbers using place value counters, number sentences, digits and their word representations.

Captain Conjecture says "three hundred thousand and twenty five is written as 30025". Is he correct? Can you explain your reasoning to somebody at home?

 

Which number is represented by these place value counters?

24/06/2019   Shakespeare in Action becomes Pantastic for Hazel Class!

It goes without saying that the last few weeks have been incredibly busy. So busy in fact that many of the children's topic books are already full! From dissecting Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and mastering the complicated tangled web, to coaching Juniper class in the comedic methods and multiple plot lines in the script. This all then led to a workshop where the play within the play became the prime focus. Within this workshop, our budding actors and cast of Pantastic developed characterisation through how they carry themselves throughout the play- to tell a back story of a complex character through gesture, posture, facial expressions and tones of voice.

We are now at the stage where we can rehearse our play in full, with thanks to the hard work of the children and Mrs Brown in making the props and back drops.

Keep an eye on the newsletter for performance dates.

It would be really helpful if costumes could be ready and in school in a named carrier bag by Friday 5th July.

 

A huge thanks for all your support with this production. The cast cannot wait to perform Pantastic!

 

02/04/2019   Visit from a local hero, PCSO Nick

Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from a local PCSO, she told us all about the important work the Police do, as well as teach us about what we should do if we ever need the help of the Police.  She really was proof that, not all heroes wear capes.

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12/01/2019   Rock sorting

Chestnut Class spent the afternoon looking for rocks.  Later, we brought them back to the classroom to sort them, according to their properties.  If only we had a volcano in Heckington so that we could find some igneous rocks too!

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21/11/2018   Maths Stay and Learn Sessions

Please click on the link below to access the PowerPoint presentation from our maths stay and learn sessions.

 

Maths No Problem Presentation

 

If you have any questions or queries, please speak to your child's class teacher or to our math's lead, Miss Coggins.

30/10/2018   Open Morning and Evening

06/10/2018   Lincs FM came to interview us about our topic Muck, Mess and Mixtures

On Thursday 20th September, radio presenters Joseph and Richard camefrom Lincs FM to interview us and find out about our topic for the term. Joseph also read some of our class novel George's Marvellous Medicine to the class. We thouroughly enjoyed having them in our classroom. Thank you.

Listen to our podcast here:

http://www.lincsfm.co.uk/on-air/joseph-begley/little-school/ 

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06/10/2018   Willow Class are Radio Stars!

This week, Willow Class appeared on Lincs FM discussing their topic of Muck, Mess and Mixtures!   They featured on  Little School which is part of Joe Begley's morning show.  Click on the link below to have a listen:

http://www.lincsfm.co.uk/on-air/joseph-begley/little-school/

05/10/2018   Respect, Relationships, Responsibility, Resilience and Reverence: 5Rs = Ready for Life. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

06/09/2018   Our Collective Worship Theme for this term is Creation

03/09/2018   Ready for the New School Year

The school is all ready for the new school year ahead.  Staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that the learning environments are vibrant and engaging ready for the children's return to school.  Thank you to all of them for their hard work and commitment to ensuring that the children have the very best environment to work in!