Welcome to Year 1

October 19, 2017

It has been an eventful and wonderful start to Year 1. We are so proud of all that the children have achieved so far. They are well settled and getting used to life in Year 1. This half term, the children particularly enjoyed using their senses for a sound walk and for tasting new foods. We ended the half term by celebrating all of the hard work the children have been doing in P.E by having a Year 1 dance off! All of the classes were spectacular and performed brilliantly in front of an audience. We wish you all a lovely, restful half term break!
The Year one team 😊

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Welcome to Year 2

October 19, 2017

The first half term in Year 2 is over! The children have settled well and are already into the routines of year 2.

The children have spent a lot of time learning about the Victorians. There have been some fantastic projects created across both sites. We recently had our Victorian dress up day. It was great to see so many children dressed up and imagining the life of a Victorian school child.

 

In Literacy we have been writing instructions. Many children wrote their own instructions at home and made their own sandwiches.

Please remember to read with your child at home as much as possible and have their reading record signed by an adult. We are thrilled with the love for reading the children have in school and want to continue this at home.

We are looking forward to a great year in year 2.

Have a wonderful half term break 🙂

Year 2

 

Welcome to Year 6!

October 18, 2017

Welcome to the Year 6 blog! Our enthusiastic Year 6s have settled in well and are showing great maturity in their attitude towards learning and behaviour. We understand that this year many for us will face challenges however there will also be many more successes that we will celebrate.

This half term, Year 6 have continued reading ‘The Railway Children’ by E. Nesbit and have began reading ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo. Many of the activities will include exploring the characters, settings, plots and themes in both texts through: discussions, drama as well as planning and writing across a range of genres.

Photos from No Pen’s Day – Children made finger puppets of Joey and Zoey from War Horse.

In Maths the children have revisited their knowledge of Place Value and Geometry as well as build on their understanding of Multiplication, Division and Fractions. This year there will be a big push on mastering the reasoning and problem solving skills.

During our History lessons, we have learned numerous facts about World War 1. The children have made fantastic projects which are displayed around the school.

Year 6 were also very fortunate because we visited Imperial War Museum – Duxford. The children represented Valence superbly and throughout the trip we learned about aviation history and listened to stories of people who lived and worked at RAF Duxford.

We have also learned about the digestive system, heart and blood in Science. The children enjoyed making ‘blood’ and now know the components which make up blood.

Overall, a brilliant start to the year. We hope the hard work continues and the children thoroughly enjoy their last school year at Valence Primary School.

 

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Welcome to Year 5

October 17, 2017

Hello to all,

The first term has flown by! All the children have swiftly adjusted to life in the Carol Jolly building, some now referring to the main building as “Soooo far away”! We have already enjoyed our first trip of the year to Greenwich Royal Observatory. The children behaved impeccably and this was said often by the staff at the observatory. 

The year 5 teachers have been impressed with some beautiful pieces of creative homework based on out space topic. The children have really engaged with the material, particularly our research around Tim Peake and Stephen Hawking.


In our next term we will travel back to the Vikings! Encourage your child to do some research over the midterm so they come back already filled with facts and information.

Please remember that children need to read each night at home and have their reading record signed by an adult. Most classes use a reward system to praise the children’s effort so please support them as much as you can.

Wishing you all a peaceful break,

Year 5

Welcome to Year 3

October 11, 2017

I can hardly believe that a whole 7 weeks have been and gone already!
The children have settled into their new classes and daily routines extremely well. They have had lots of fun learning about the rainforest and have worked very hard to produce a production worthy of the West End theatres!


The children gathered facts about the rainforest in their geography lessons, which they used when writing their persuasive letters to logging companies. They role-played different scenarios that could take place. What do you think is happening in the photo’s below?

We enjoyed making biscuits as part of our math lessons in order to support the McMillan Charity cake sale. We had to use our knowledge of our times tables and division facts to work out the correct amount of ingredients that we needed.

In science we set up a plant experiment to find out how plants absorb water. We placed 3 containers in different places around the room to see which factors affected the plant the most e.g. no sunlight.

Enjoy the half term break

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Welcome to Year 4

October 5, 2017

Wow! This half term went really quick! The children have settled in well to year 4 and have enjoyed finding out about North and South America. We have also really enjoyed reading the Iron Man and retelling our own version. During Science we have thoroughly enjoyed doing our experiment involving eggs to see the effect of different juice on our teeth.  Take a look at the eggs after the experiment!

On Macmillan coffee morning Year 4 decorated biscuits with emoji faces to help raise money for the charity. These were then sold at the end of the day to parents. Here are a few pictures for you to see some of our deigns!

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Welcome to Reception

September 29, 2017

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of the children into Reception and we are very pleased with how they have settled into the routine. They have thrown themselves into our topic, and are currently enjoying reading stories about bears.

We have already started our PE sessions and are focusing on movement this half term. The children have been experimenting with moving in different ways, such as slithering like a snake and jumping like a rabbit.

The children have started learning their phonic sounds and have enjoyed daily Read Write Inc sessions in class with Fred the frog. During these sessions we will learn all the letter sounds and how to form them. We will then encourage your children to apply this to their literacy activities.

Just a quick reminder

If you haven’t already, will you please ensure that your child has a set of spare clothes in school and a full PE kit.

We look forward to a very successful year in Reception!

The Reception Team

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Nursery Welcome!

September 26, 2017

Welcome to all our Nursery children and their families.

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The children are settling in well and are becoming more confident day by day. We are very proud of them.

This half term we are looking at shapes and colours. Children have been learning names for shapes and exploring colours through painting and mark making.

PE has started and will take place every Thursday. We will be learning how to move around in different ways and stretching our bodies.

Please make sure you have given your email address into Nursery. We will soon be sending confirmation emails from the 2simple observation app to enable you to receive photo updates about your child’s learning in the future.

 

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Year 3 Summer 2

August 15, 2017

The last half term is almost over! We are now ready to move on up to year 4 and start the next part of our learning journey.

This term has been full of hard work and determination from ALL of the children.

We had lots of fun learning about the Ancient Greeks and it was great to see so many children dressed up during our Greek day. We tried different greek food, practised greek dancing and learnt some greek phrases.

The children of year 3 have now met their new teachers and are looking forward to the challenges and excitements of year 4.

We wish everyone a restful, fun and happy summer 🙂

Year 3.

 

Year 1 Summer 2

July 20, 2017

In Year 1 this half term our theme was ‘People Who Help Us’. We learnt about how a nurse or doctor helps people in the community. We also learnt about famous nurses such as Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
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Dr. Fola came to visit a few weeks ago and spoke about how important it is drink water and make right choices before we drink.

She also told us about her job and what she does each day. Some children were fortunate to try out the stethoscope and otoscope.
In R.E we learnt about the Christian creation story and how the world began. We also had an opportunity to have a discussion in PSHE about how to keep our environment clean.
Finally the year has ended!

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