Mr Chedgy and Mrs Hawkins welcome you to Kingfisher Class!
Keep an eye out for regular uploads to your child's Seesaw account.
I hope you are all well and you have enjoyed your Easter break, got lots of rest and managed to go outside and have a bit of fun in the sunshine.
Every week, I will set you some weekly lessons which you can find on our class page (below) in the section ' Kingfisher Class Year 4 & 5: Home Learning'. I will also be setting you a weekly challenge to have a go at which will be a bit of fun. The weekly challenges will be released on a Wednesday and can also be found on our class page (below) in the section 'Home Learning Challenges'.
Every Friday, I will choose a Learner of the Week just like I do in school. I will base this on the work and activities you do at home: TT Rockstars, Bug Club, The Weekly Challenge, the weekly lessons and the extra activities you decide to do at home for your home learning.
Remember to take pictures of your work and activities that you do to your blog so that the Kingfishers and I can see what you've been up to at home.
Happy Easter Kingfisher Class
Happy Easter Kingfisher Class! We hope you have lots of fun and stay safe over the Easter period! Please remember to upload your posters for Mrs Scott's NHS Easter Challenge on your blog. You could also add photos of any other activities that you have been doing at home for your friends and teachers to see.
Accessing learning from home
All children have a home exercise book. This contains our school handwriting policy, spellings and log in credentials for Times Table Rockstars and Bug Club (school code: hbah).
We wish everyone good health at this difficult time and hope that the content we put on here can help in some way.
Twinkl is an educational website offering resources for all subjects and all year groups. Twinkl are offering a free membership to everyone and parents are able to create their own account. This allows you to access work sheets and presentations, should you wish to use them.
Children have access to reading books on Bug Club. These books are set to their current reading level. To access Bug Club, please click on the link: www.activelearnprimary.co.uk The children have been provided with their username and password which is in the home learning book that was sent home. The school code is: hbah. This can be used daily. This is being checked regularly and feedback is being provided for all written answers.
The spellings set for Kingfisher Class can be found in the back of the children's home books. These spellings were set at the start of the year and the children have been learning them in groups of ten over the past seven months. Continuing to learn ten spellings per week (as well as revising previous spellings) will ensure that all spellings are covered by the end of the year.
Every child in Kingfisher Class has access to Times Table Rockstars which can be accessed through the following website: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student
Children then log in with the username and password which can be found in the front of their home learning books. Children can access a variety of times table games which can assess their speed and accuracy.
All children have been set 20 games of Garage and 5 games of Soundcheck on a weekly basis which they must complete before the other game modes open up to them. Once you have finished your weekly matches, feel free to go on to Rockslam and challenge a friend or even your teacher to a game.
Pottery with Mr. Inns
Before Christmas, the children of Kingfisher Class worked with Mr. Inns in pottery class. As our topic was Asia and Australasia, we decided to create our own fish for the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
Over the Christmas break, Mr. Inns fired our designs and has now brought them back into school as they are ready to paint. We looked at the variety of fish and the vibrant colours on display in the Great Barrier Reef before painting our tropical fish. We were very excited to start the painting process and the results look great!
Veterinarian Visits Bishop Henderson
Bishop Henderson Primary School were visited by Izzy the vet as part of our school focus on job aspirations and our future. Kingfisher Class were able to ask Izzy lots of questions about her job and what it entailed. She told us about the animals that she has looked after and showed us x-rays of the animals that she has treated.
It was really surprising to see what the dogs liked to eat: rubber ducks, spoons and coins!
World of Work
As we have moved into the spring term, Bishop Henderson now have a new school focus: careers and aspirations! As part of our new school focus, we have been looking at the range of jobs available to us. We were visited by Primary Futures who sent us four wonderful volunteers from different careers. First of all, as a school, we tried to guess their job title which was very tricky. It turns out that we were visited by two lawyers, a nurse and an app designer for 'Just Eat. Kingfisher Class were then chosen to work with our visitors to learn more about their professions. We learnt what they do on a daily basis and it really opened our eyes to the variety of jobs available to us.
Molly and Harvey
Bishop Henderson were visited by some extraordinary animals and their phenomenal owners. We learnt all about Molly the Springer Spaniel who travels around the world rescuing people following natural disasters. We also met Harvey the Golden Retriever. Harvey is a therapy dog who visits children in hospital and enjoys big cuddles and listening to children read.
Following our assembly, Kingfisher Class met Molly and Harvey which was so much fun! They were both really excited to meet us and give us a hug.
PTA Sponsored Silence
To take part in the PTA's sponsored silence, we spent as long as possible trying really hard not to talk! We managed to complete a whole maths lesson without using our voices. Some of us used the British Sign Language that we had learnt to communicate while we were silent. Thank you to those who sponsored the children and have helped contribute to the children's book corners.
Kingfisher Class Christmas Cake Sale
Merry Christmas! Thank you to all the parents, children and staff that helped out with the Kingfisher Class Cake Sale. There were so many cakes to choose from and they all looked delicious! The money raised will now be used to buy some new books for the children of Kingfisher Class.
🎄 Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from Kingfisher Class! 🎄
Hello Yellow Day
We all wore something yellow to raise awareness for the Young Minds charity. As a class, we spoke about what to do if we are feeling sad and how to be kind to others. We made buntin where we all drew a picture of a superhero using their powers to help others.
Year 5/6 Residential Trip - Great Wood
The Year 5 and 6 children of Bishop Henderson School have been on a residential trip to Great Wood. During our time away, the children worked on their cooperation and leadership skills in a number of exciting activities. We also followed some demanding trails through the woods, practised our archery skills and built an enormous camp fire.
On the penultimate day of our visit, we visited Kilve Court. The children faced their fears by scaling the vertical climbing wall, changed into their wellington boots for a very wet and muddy stream walk, demonstrated their sniping skills in rifle shooting and tightened their helmets for a bumpy ride on the grass sledges. It was a great experience for all and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Please follow the link below to have a look at the full range of pictures from our trip to Great Wood.
SS Great Britain
As part of our local history study and topic on Asia and Australasia, we focused on Isambard Kingdom Brunel who is one of the greatest figures in engineering history. We visited the SS Great Britain (designed by Brunel) in Bristol. We explored the ship and learned about the staff and passengers that travelled on it during its voyages to Australia during the Victorian era.
Following our exploration, we took part in a workshop where we played the part of the passengers on their way to Australia. We played with toys and dressed up in clothes from the Victorian era, used lamps to draw silhouettes and found out about the equipment used during each voyage.
Art: Asia and Australasia
Following on from Arts Week, Kingfisher Class have been inspired by their topic 'Asia and Australasia'. We have created colourful Chinese lanterns with intricate floral patterns as well as some vibrant aboriginal art in the form of our favourite sea creatures.
This week, Bishop Henderson have been taking part in a number of art based activities with our visitor - Anjali. Kingfisher Class had the opportunity to dance with Dandiya sticks and dress up in traditional Indian clothing. We then had time to create Rangoli patterns with Anjali.
Water, Water, Everywhere!
It's our first full week back in Kingfisher Class and we are already covering the walls in our stunning artwork. We have been looking at the masterpieces created by Japanese artist, Hokusai. In particular, we have been focusing on 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa'. Using pastels, we recreated the wave in our own style - the final pieces of work were exceptional!