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Kingfisher Class Page

Welcome to Kingfisher Class' page! 
 
Here, we'll keep you updated on what we're up to. Please stop by to see what we're learning about. We'd love to share some pictures and work with you! 
 
Mrs Le Templier and Mrs Jomain

17.5.19                              Our School Prayer - A daily encouragement to embody our values. 

We have been reflecting upon our school values of courage, respect, compassion, and resilience and we have written our new school prayer to power these values in our daily worship.
First, we thought about what each value means to us as children at Redbrook C of E Primary School and, as a class, build our prayer together from there.

We encourage the children to live by these values all of the time, even when nobody is watching! Please let us know if you notice your children embodying these values out of school as we will acknowledge, celebrate and reward this in school.

Outdoor Maths! 
 1.5.19
 
In maths, Kingfisher Class have been learning about finding the perimeter of different shapes. After our Daily Mile, we couldn't resist calculating the perimeter of our netball court in order to calculate how many times we would need to lap it to achieve certain distances. In teams, we measured the width and length before calculating - we even squeezed in some rounding and finding averages work! 
 
 
When Did Music Begin?
 30.4.19
 
Kingfisher Class have been looking at when music originated.  We learned that thousands of years ago, primitive people used it in much the same way as we do now: to communicate, to pass time, to express emotion or to mark a special occasion. Considering that they didn't have complex and sophisticated instruments like we do today, we used our bodies and resources from our natural enviroment to experience how music could have been performed. 
5.4.19                                                                            All About Islam Morning
 
This morning, Miss Bhaiyat led some enriching sessions about the religion and culture of Islam.The children got fully involved by dressing as muslin children; discussing the reasoning behind the dress customs of Islam; learning all about Muslim prayer including how it is done, when it is done and the preparation needed for it and they also learned how to write their names in Arabic! 
Everyone was highly engaged and enthused - a big thank you to Miss Bhaiyat from us all! 
 
 
3.4.19
We Are Authors! 
 
In English, we have taken inspiration from the animation 'Alma' and have written our very own short stories with some similarities to the original story. We are so proud of our creations that we are publishing them for display outside Kingfisher Class. 
2.4.19
 
Kingfishers enjoyed their final session of Forest School today with lunch in the wood! We had a catwalk demonstration with nails, clothes and face mask.... the girls particularly enjoyed the mud jacuzzi!! There was also shelter building, hole digging, dam building, stone finding, pot making and fire starting with marshmallows. I hope the children have enjoyed the sessions. Mrs Morse
28.3.19
 
Percussion Workshop
 
Kingfisher Class found their rhythm when taking part in a music workshop led by professional percussionist Jonathan Helm! Jonathan plays percussion for the Welsh National Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has toured all over the world doing what he loves best...drumming! 
 
Together, we explored the use and variety of the instruments and learned how to create different tempos, volumes to create different sound effects. We listened to some famous pieces of music (Bach and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme) and discussed how different uses of instruments can generate very different effects! By the end of our session, we had created a wonderful ensemble!

21.3.19                                                           Performance Poetry! 
 
Kingfisher Class let their voices be heard this week when studying poetry - with a particular focus on performing it aloud! We worked really hard on our volume, tone and expression to portray Maya Angelou's poignant message in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me.' The whole class got stuck in and a lot of fun was had along the way. Here is an example of some Year 3 and 4s  performing the poem. 
 
 
 

Forest Schools

19/3/19

Kingfishers had a brilliant Forest School this week. Children enjoyed two different scavenger hunts, reed weaving and hole digging. Lots of persevering and determination paid off.

Equally, on exploring the site, Timmy the Toad was of great interest, children had a good debate about whether he was alive or dead! On discovering their answer they gave him a great send off.

Mrs Morse

World Book Day
 
To celebrate World Book Day, Kingfisher Class left the classroom as we knew it behind and set up camp next to our campfire. We shared and listened to stories and got lost in may different worlds of imagination.
The children look fabulous dressed as their favourite characters!
*Health and safety note: no actual fire was lit and that wasn’t Mrs Le Templier sitting on a table. It was the cheeky, rule-breaking Cat in the Hat!
Engineering Our Way to Play
 
Today our engineers took on the challenge of making their own games when we did our engineering workshop at Renishaw Education Centre. We learned all about design, safety when working with tools and different materials. We had a brilliant time! 
 
We Are Authors! 
 
It was no secret in Kingfishers yesterday about how blown away I was with the quality and precision of the children's writing. Inspired by our new book 'Tin', we explored the character of Absalom and wrote some brilliant character descriptions.Every single child inferred his character wonderfully by describing his actions rather than simple stating his physical and character attributes. Here are a few samples of the their writing from across all year groups. Well done Kingfishers - you have all done such a fantastic job! 
 
Namanste! 
 
Kingfisher Class stretched and relaxed their way to well-being as they took part in their first yoga and meditation PE session. It was a huge success and the children were all reporting how calm, relaxed and sleepy they felt as we drifted back into the classroom. What a lovely way to end a busy week! 
 
 
What Can I Control? 
 
During World Children's Mental Health Week, Kingfisher Class discussed what we can and cannot control in our lives. Rich discussion was had around the topic of what we can control - and hence what we have a responsibility for - and also what we unable to control, although we can often have an influence on it. 
 
We created 'circles of control' using hoops, where inside the circle represents what we can control, and outside is what we can't. We then conducted discussions in groups about if we can control certain actions or not, adding sticky notes in the relevant places. It was such a lively topic of conversation that we decided to create an interactive school display that we can refer to any time should we need to. 
 
 
Ground control to Major Tom!
 
Kingfisher Class became musicians as they listened to David Bowie's 'Space Oddity'. We discussed his clever use of tempo, volume and instrument choice to create the atmosphere of a rocket launch and then a lost shuttle later on the song. Inspired by this, we recreated our own instrumental interpretations of a rocket launch in groups. A lot of fun was had!