Lower School News W/E 7.10.16

 

What a busy week it has been in the Lower Juniors. The Year 4s have been enjoying the wonderful rhythms of Samba as they beat out sounds on a collection of drums. The Year 3s, at the same time, have been looking at the musical patterns and tempo of In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg.

This Friday a team have gone off again to represent the school in a cross country competition. Good luck team!

In History, the Egyptians continues to fascinate the Year 4 classes who have been looking at the lives of the ordinary people during the time of the Pharaohs over 3000 years ago! While the Year 3s have been looking been further back into history. To aid their understanding of the chronology, the year 3s are starting with all things Stone Age. They have started to look at the timeline to position the Stone Age in history. They will look at the lives and culture of Stone Age dwellers. Fascinating!

The year 3s have also been starting their Art project of creating scarab beetle clay works. They have been looking at images of scarab beetles and how they have been represented historically. They will be making clay models of them.

All week the classes have been looking at what we mean by Values. They have discussed them in their School colour groups, and have looked at the main Liss Values in class. We hope to be able to say definitively what the values of Liss Junior School are at the end of the investigation.

 

English

This week, the children have continued to look at versions of Cinderella stories for around the world. They have been looking at the language and structure of these stories. This coming week they will be writing their own Egyptian Cinderella story using many of the writing skills they will have learnt this past two weeks.

Maths

In maths, the children have continued to look at addition and subtraction and have worked on number problems and puzzles. This coming week they will be looking at multiplication and its inverse division, and will hone their calculation skills before looking at investigations involving these operations.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week they have been set ICT homework which encourages them to practice their touch typing skills.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Lower Junior News Week Ending 30th September 2016

Lower School News W/E 30.9.16

As we finish the fourth week of term, running seems to have been a theme of the past couple of weeks. The school cross country team are preparing today to take part in an interschool challenge at Portsdown Hill. WE all wish them good running!

It has been another busy week in science, with the children looking at the exciting world of the digestive system. The classes have been looking at the human digestive system and its importance for giving energy to the body. They have started to identify parts of the system and explain their function.

Also this week, the year 3 classes have started their topic of The Stone Age. They will be looking at life more than three thousand years ago when stone tools were the key to survival.

In year 4, the classes have started again their Ancient Egypt topic by looking at the lives of the different groups in Ancient Egypt. They have been looking at the roles of different people and what each

In French, the children have been learning to greet each other with a Bonjour and ask each other how they are Ca Va? They are even beginning to ask each other their names in French – comment tu t’appelles?

 

English

This week, the children have been looking at stories from other countries based on the Cinderella story. They have explored different versions of the story and compared each. They have also been looking at sentence construction and punctuation including the use of apostrophes. This is working towards writing their own version of one of the stories based on Cinderella.

Maths

In maths, the children have continued to look at number puzzles and investigations and look at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work. They have worked on strategies for subtracting numbers and have tested number lines to see how they can help. This coming week they will be looking at puzzles and investigations involving multiplication and division as well as consolidating their addition and subtraction.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it. This week they have been set homework to describe characters in a picture based on the Cinderella story.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

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Butser Hill Challenge

Congratulations to all the children who took part in last Sunday’s Butser Hill Challenge. Twenty children represented the school on a sunny Sunday morning and did themselves and the school proud. Congratulations to all of them. The results are below:

 

Year 3

Oliver Snow 8th

Phoebe Steer 20th

Eloise Smith 24th

Year 4

Toby Young 7th

Oliver Chads 24th

Ewan Young 26th

William Borman 38th

Leo Finch 41st

Jamie Munro 50th

Tatiana Jowett 59th

 

Year 5

Luke Permain 5th

Ben Boyle 6th

Jack Steer 27th

Year 6

Theo Glazier 10th

Tom Glazebrook 16th

Alex Young 23rd

Adam Dawes 25th

Euan Brindley 29th

Oliver Underwood 41st

Rose Jessop 48th

 

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Lower School News w/e 23.9.16

Lower School News W/E 23.9.15

Well, we are already at the end of our third week of the Autumn Term. The week started in an exciting fashion with reports back from the Butser Hill Challenge. Lots of the Lower Juniors took part in the run and, despite it being very steep, they were able to complete the course in great style. During the week children have been busy working on their countries for Country Fortnight. The Lower Junior Classes have been exploring all sorts of different landscapes and features as they have built a detailed picture of their countries. We have countries such as Beech Land and Jwomababa, full of exotic creatures and with rather strange anthems. The children have been practising anthem music and traditional dances, as well as investing national games such as biscuit Frisbee! Today each class has presented to the LJs their idea of a new country with its own rules and parliament. It was an exciting afternoon.

Also this week, Elm have been investigating maps and looking at how we use them. They have also been working hard to improve their horse riding skills. The Year 4s have started their Listen to Me programme for this term. They are learning the rhythms and beat of Samba music and will be playing percussion instruments to great effect at the end of the term.

 

 

English

The children have continued to read The Arrival this week as well as explore themes of Pet care and new arrivals to countries.  They have been writing Guides to Pet care, and have chosen some of their pets from Countries fortnight to illustrate the point. They have also been working on a Guide to My Country for new arrivals to the country of their choice. Using conjunctions and commas they have been able to generate some fabulous sentences describing these countries.

Maths

In maths, the children have been looking at number puzzles and investigations and looking at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work. They have worked on strategies for subtracting numbers and have tested number lines to see how they can help. This coming week they will be looking at puzzles and investigations involving multiplication and division.

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s have started their tables this week. They will also be bringing home spellings this coming week and will be tested on them at the end of the week. As a new adventure, they will be giving a password and instructions to log on and create a rock star which they can develop by earning money from tables challenges at https://ttrockstars.com/login. This is a great activity to help them remember their times tables and we know they will enjoy it!

Times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Lower School News W/E 16.9.15

Lower School News W/E 16.9.15

It has been an exciting week in the Lower Juniors this week. The children have been hard at work creating countries for the Countries Fortnight Topic. They have thought of many fantastic and fanciful names for their countries. They have looked at the climate and the landscape that their countries have and what types of creatures might live there. They have designed flags and clothing and thought about the types of food they might eat. And there have been many discussions about what the culture of these peoples might be. How they have organised their social systems and how they govern themselves. Next Friday the classes in the LJs will present to each other their country with all aspects of its creation.

The Lower Juniors have also started to learn how to use Makaton, a type of sign language. They will learn new signs every week and I am sure they would all like to show the families how to sign too.

This weekend many of the children in the LJs are taking part in the Butser Hill Run. We all look forward to hearing how they get on.

 

 

English

The children have continued to read The Arrival this week. The book is wordless and so they have been interpreting the images on the page to understand what story is being told. They have looked at the plight of those people forced to emigrate. They have followed a father who has gone looking for a better life for his family. They have inferred how all the people in the story might be feeling and made inferences about what is happening. They have taken notes on the story and improved their written work by trying to write with subordinate clause. Next week they will finish reading the story and will be writing a country guide based on some of the features of the book and linking into Countries Fortnight.

Maths

In maths the children have been looking at place value and adding and subtracting numbers. They have explored ordering numbers and using more or less in describing this. They have looked at number lines and mental addition and subtraction. This coming week they will be looking at further number puzzles and investigations and looking at how estimating can improve the accuracy of their work

Homework

They will all have Maths, English and Topic homework set throughout the term. Maths will be set on a Monday and will be either worksheets or Ed City work. English or Topic homework will be sent home on Wednesday and they will have a week to complete it.

The Year 3 s and 4s have been asked to do homework from this week. The Years 3s to do a cover for their Topic Book and the Year 4s to find out some facts about the smallest and largest cities in the world and these sheets are due back this coming week. They will start their tables this coming week. They will start spellings after the Countries Fortnight.

All classes will be set times tables challenges which they can do throughout this term. They will be bringing these home each week but times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

 

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Lower School News W/E 9.9.15

Welcome back to everyone at the beginning of a very exciting year in the Lower Juniors. We welcome our new Head Teacher, Mrs Myers, and look forward to all the exciting new ideas she will bring to the school. We hope you have had a good summer break and that the children have had an exciting time on their holidays or playing at home. And welcome also in the Junior School all the new Year 3s. What a busy time they have had this week!

As well as settling in, the children have been learning all about Building Learning Power. They have been thinking about their learning muscles and the 4 R’s Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity. Throughout the year they will be flexing these muscles to encourage independent thought and learning.

The classes have been looking at their topic for the term, The Ancient Egyptians, and exploring some facts about life in Egypt over five thousand years ago!

They have also been thinking about the topic for the next two weeks which will be Countries Fortnight. They will have to invent and design a country from what it might look like geographically to what type of food and dress its inhabitants might wear. It will be an exciting two weeks for us.

Literacy

The work this week has centred around some year 3 tests and writing about themselves and their aspirations for year 4. Next week, the LJs will be starting a new book The Arrival. The classes will explore the theme of new arrivals to their new country as part of the two week Countries Fortnight. They will be looking at the language of a narrative and will be exploring the themes of the book.

Numeracy

In maths the children have been looking at place value and the number system. They have been looking at strategies for solving written calculations. Next week they will continue with place value and will be looking at methods of addition and subtraction.

Homework

The Year 3 children will not be set any formal homework this first term although they can do some if they wish. But they will have spellings and tables to do each week. They will start their tables this coming week. They will start spellings after the Countries Fortnight.

Year 4s will have Maths, Literacy and Topic homework. Ed City Maths will be set on a Monday. Ed City Literacy will be set on a Wednesday and Topic will go home with them on Friday. Tables and spellings will be as for year 3s.

All classes will be set times tables challenges which they can do throughout this term. They will be bringing these home each week but times tables challenges can also be found on Ed City. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome is the best search engine to use to access the site.

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Lower School News W/C 18.7.16

 

This final week before the end of term has been a fantastic week for the Lower Juniors. They have been working hard to polish up their singing for the performance of Olivia on Wednesday. They have been rehearsing their roles for Olivia, and been performing wonderfully. They have been finishing off their pots in the style of Ancient Greek pots. And they have been finish off their science unit on Sound in spectacular fashion.

The classes have all worked really hard to make sure their singing was perfect for the performance of Olivia on Tuesday for the whole school dress rehearsal and Wednesday, when they performed to the parents after school. A big thank you too everyone who came to see all the performances of Olivia. Those LJs in the cast have worked incredibly hard at their roles and it was plain to see at all of the performances. Also a big thank you to the children who came back to sing on Wednesday evening. They were fantastic and a credit to the school.

The children have also been showing off their pottery skills and have been making and decorating their Greek vases. The vases have been fired in the kiln then glazed to produce some wonderful examples of ancient Greek pottery. Some of the vases will need another firing on Monday and will be sent home at the beginning of the new term.

But the feature of the week was all the work the children put in on Thursday when they had a science day and looked at different aspects of sound. They learnt the skills of sign language and were excited that they could sign their names of ask directions to places around the school. They also made musical instruments out of recyclable material and there was a great variety of string and percussion instruments on show across the classes. They looked at the damage sound can cause and conducted an experiment to test different materials that might muffle sound. And they looked at how sound can travel through materials and made a string telephone! In all, the LJs finished of their science with a real loud bang!!

Literacy

The classes have finished their persuasive leaflets and letters and are now anticipating the challenges of the new curriculum next year with its greater influence on grammar. If the results of the end of year test are a sign for the future, the children should cope very well with subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials.

Numeracy

This week the classes have been looking at some fraction work. Next year they will be challenging themselves with further mathematical puzzles and investigations.

Homework

The children have finished their spellings for this term. Information about next term will follow ASAP. The Year 4s and 3s can continue to access Education City home work throughout the summer holiday and in particular, can work on their tables. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site.

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Lower School News W/C 11.7.16

 

As we approach the penultimate week of the year, the children have been busy in another exciting week. First, we have just heard that our partner school in Kafuro has just installed solar panels on their roof. This has had an immediate impact on both the school in Kafuro and the surrounding community. The panels now give the first electricity in the village so that the classrooms can be used even when the light is bad. Also, others can use the classrooms at the end of the day such as the local hairdresser who in now offering free hair-cuts to the children. So all the work involved in collecting over one thousand pounds has proved well worth it.

Rehearsals for the school performance of Olivia have been going on a pace. The Lower Junior children involved in the production have been taking part in their final rehearsals. And all the LJ classes have been learning a great number of songs that they will all be singing at the performances. We hope as many children as possible can turn up to school on the Wednesday evening so that the singing by the LJs is a credit to them.

Finally, the highlight of the week has undoubtedly been Sports Day. With lovely weather, the LJs performed brilliantly at the opening ceremony with their Mexican wave and Samba dance. They were also fantastic in all the activities organised for them. The eventual winners of the day were the red team, but all of the teams were winners on the day for the effort and ability they showed.

We all look forward to the performances next week of Olivia and with sadness to Mr Burford’s last full week with the Lower Juniors.

.Literacy

This week the children have been finishing their persuasive texts. They have been practising using persuasive language and been looking at sentence structures such as compound and complex sentences as well as subordinating clause and conjunctions. This coming week they will be finishing their grammar work.

Numeracy

This week the classes have been looking continuing to look at 2 and 3 D shapes and their properties. This coming week they will revise their work on fractions..

Homework

The children have finished their spellings for this term. Information about next term will follow ASAP. The Year 4s and 3s will be set Education City home work for the next week. On Mondays they will get maths homework and on Wednesday they will have Literacy homework. The classes can also all do the times table’s challenges which will be set to run for the rest of the year for both years 3 and 4. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site. If you do not have internet access, then children can come into school after 8:30am to do Education City homework on the school computers.

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Solar power comes to Kafuro thanks to the children of Liss Junior School

Yesterday, Kafuro Primary School (our twinned school in Uganda) installed solar panels after children at Liss Junior School raised over £1000 through the sale of ice pops over the academic year.

This is hugely significant for both schools. For the first time, Kafuro has electricity which will enable them to access new forms of learning and also to open the school into the evening for extended study. The school is also intending to let local businesses use the facility out of school hours: a local barber has agreed to give the children free haircuts in return for using the premises.

For Liss Junior School (in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling we have for helping our friends and promoting a clean form of energy) this means that we have removed another big barrier to regular communication between the schools and created further opportunities for the children to share their learning.

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Lower School News W/C 4.7.16

It has been another exciting week in the Lower Juniors. The children have been voting on their favourite Scarecrow from Fridays Liss Scarecrow Festival 2016. The entries were fantastic and it was very exciting for the children to travel around the village looking for them.

The summer production of Olivia is in full swing, and the LJs have been learning their lines for their important parts as they have been told that they can no longer take their scripts in! Also, the classes have been learning all the songs they will be singing to enhance the production come the performances.

The year 3s have been very helpful again this week looking after the Year 2s in the Multiskills sports club on Tuesday after school. The year 2s have been enjoying many different PE activities where they have shown how competitive they are. We look forward to seeing them soon as Year 3s!

AS we approach the end of this academic year, the children have been hard at work with other topics. They have been designing and starting to make clay pots in the style of Ancient Greek pots. These will have to be fired in the kiln then glazed and fired again before they are ready to take home. We look forward to seeing them when they are finished.

Also the children have been continuing with their Music, both the singing for Olivia and the playing of the string instruments. They are getting ready for a concert before the end of term. This will be with the children who are learning musical instruments in the other music lessons at school. We look forward to hearing them all.

Literacy

This week the children have been planning and writing their persuasive texts. They have been practising using persuasive language and been looking at sentence structures such as compound and complex sentences as well as subordinating clause and conjunctions. This coming week they will be finishing their texts.

Numeracy

This week the classes have been looking at 2 and 3 D shapes and their properties. They will continue this next week.

Homework

The children have finished their spellings for this term. Information about next term will follow ASAP. The Year 4s and 3s will be set Education City home work for the next two weeks. On Mondays they will get maths homework and on Wednesday they will have Literacy homework. The classes can also all do the times table’s challenges which will be set to run for the rest of the year for both years 3 and 4. If you are having trouble logging into Ed City site then we have found that Google Chrome if the best search engine to use to access the site. If you do not have internet access, then children can come into school after 8:30am to do Education City homework on the school computers.

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