Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Silver Birch Class Blog Term 2 week 5

Another busy week with writing and maths assessments, but we are done for the autumn term! In English we wrote character descriptions of a 'male figure' in our lives, based on our text Cosmic, with Liam pretending to be Florida's father, and the qualities he is working on. In maths we continued with graphs, looking at pie chart and tables. In Geography, we completed our learning about the Earth's layers and completed our Science assessment on outer space. In PSHE we considered if TV was still important to us, as a form of entertainment. Finally in PE, we  completed our outdoor tennis lessons with a doubles game using the net. This week we begin a new unit on invasion games. We also attended the book fair. Next week we begin a new learning project: Can we live on Mars in the future,? incorporating IT research and presentation skills. 

Pupil Voice: I can now play Any Direction Touch.

I now understand how to interpret Pie Charts.

I have had fun doing the assessments. 

I can now write a description of a male figure in my life. 

I now better understand how to use BODMAS.

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 2 week4 2022: 

In Science this week we began a new learning project: What is above and beneath us? We have looked at the moon in detail and created the 8 phases using Oreo biscuits (other brands are available). Mrs Rowling came in and spoke to us about space innovation and her part in the 'glove box' design. She also told us how science is involved in so many the jobs that we do, as well as how she began a scientist, inspiring some of us to consider that in our futures. In maths we looked at line graphs, drew our own, wrote questions about line graphs and interpreted them. In English we continued to read: Cosmic (guided reading) and looked at persuasive texts, did some role play to persuade a parent, as a child, to give us / let us do something that we really wanted. We then looked at celebrities and worked in pairs to research them and then persuade the class that our celebrity deserved the 'Bees Knees' award as the best celebrity - using persuasion techniques. In PSHE we considered if some jobs were more important than others and looked at the role of nurses in our society. Next week we continue with graphs, moving onto circles and pie charts. In English we will prepare and complete our 2nd Big Write for assessment this term - character description. We are also looking forward to our school, annual book fair next week and welcome parents and children on Wednesday and Thursday in the hall from 8:30am and 3:20pm. 

Pupil Voice: I better understand how to draw and interpret line graphs.

I now know that celebrities (J.K. Rowling) may use a different name professional to their birth name. 

I have now experiences playing doubles in tennis using a net. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 2 week3 2022:

In maths this week we continued with expanded long division and finished the unit today. Some children have been learning a slightly shorter form of the long division method and have selected this as their preference. It was anti-bullying week and we; comprehension, word search, drama scenarios, SMART online bullying, edited a text and a final quiz. Bullying is repetitive behaviour that hurts or injures someone or a group of other people. We completed a Big Write, which was a formal letter of complaint from Waterloo High's Headteacher, Mrs L Sass to Mr and Mrs Digby, about Liam's behaviour at school on his first day, from the main text this term: Cosmic. We finished our first learning project: What is out there? On our last lesson in science, we learned about the four seasons. Next week we begin statistics in maths and look forward to our new learning project: What is above and beneath us? We also welcome Mrs Rowling in on Monday, to talk to us about female scientists and space innovation.  

Pupil voice: Today we learnt how to use a variety of tennis shots.

I now know how to set out layout of a formal letter. 

I now better understand expanded long division. 

I know now how to do short, long division. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 2 week 2 2022:

This week we have enjoyed lots of science lessons about outer space. We explored the gravitational pull of the planets and considered how they follow their own orbit, comparing the length of Earth days / years it takes each of the 8 planets to complete a revolution around the sun. We also looked at day / night and wrote explanation texts on how this process occurs, as well as some scientific diagrams. In maths we complete multiplication and began division. In English we completed the 1st four chapters of: Cosmic, learning more about the main character Liam Digby. In PE we continued with our tennis lessons. We also enjoyed our crazy sock / tights fundraiser for our PTA fireworks this evening. Next: we look forward to gathering tonight for our annual fireworks evening at 6pm. Next week is the national anti-bullying week, so we will be covering PSHE lessons across several afternoons. We are also excited to have Mrs Claire Rowling in on the 21st, to talk about space innovation and female role models in science. She will talk about the glove box, a piece of valuable space equipment. 

Pupil voice: I have learnt how many moons Jupiter has 60 or more.  

I have learnt that Uranus takes 84 Earth years to orbit the sun. 

I now know how to do a forehand ground stroke in tennis.

I learnt how to perform a backhand stroke in tennis.  

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 2 week 1 2022:

Welcome back to our 2nd half of the autumn term. We certainly have experienced a lot of rain over the last few weeks. We have all recovered from our amazing residential (please see the photographs further down in our class blogs).  As staff, we started the week with 1st aid training. The children were welcomed back with lots of exciting new learning. In English we are going to be basing our English and guided reading on the text: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We have looked at the cover, blurb, other books by this author, a little history of his successes, as well as the opening news announcement. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning with local author, Sue Palmer. We worked in teams to plan for a main character, setting and story plot. Some of us went on to write our stories independently, while others wrote as pairs / teams. Please do look at Sue's website, where two of our young authors will soon have their work on show! In maths we are continuing with multiplication. Some of our children enjoyed an very wet afternoon at cross country with other local primaries.  Next week we will get stuck into our first learning project: What is out there? investigating outer space. Please do look at our autumn term curriculum newsletter (class website) for details, as well as websites suggested, that children may find enjoyable. 

Pupil Voice: I now know that there are white, pink and black holes in outer space.

I now know how much editing goes into producing a book. 

Silver Birch class residential to PGL, Liddington, Swindon Term 1 2022

We had the most marvellous time on our annual residential. Challenge course, zip wire, canoeing, night ambush, giant swing and fencing. We had delicious meals and enjoyed hanging out with our friends. Thank you to all of our parents for driving their children to and from PGL and not only helping to pack the bags, but doing all that dirty washing afterwards too. Please see the photographs below. Do enjoy your half terms and don't forget to read chapter 1 of May's Moon for your return on Tuesday 1st November 2022.  Our space and writer's workshop with Sue Palmer., takes place on Wednesday 3rd. We will share our PGL photographs with the school in worship on Friday 4th. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 7

Our final week of Term 1. We enjoyed a wonderful visit from Dr Tunstill (Jessie's mum), who spoke to us about the circulatory system. She also spoke about her job and what a GP does. A great future career option for those who love biology and people. See photos below of us listening to each other's heart beats (the valves opening and closing). Following this we had a visit from three Oxford Magistrates, who taught us all about their jobs and the law. We also had a drama, where some of us took on roles and a 'case' was heard by our very own class magistrates. Do ask your children about it - see photos below. We also continued with multiplication in maths, completed our class text: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom and completed our big write (assessed letter writing) in English. We finally finished our Wednesday with a lesson on Black History, learning about models of people who persevered in some of the most difficult situations. People who we researched, may have been born at a time when our world was unjust and unfair to some people, because of the colour of their skin, or their gender. But they did not let that define them. Instead, they moved forwards, broke barriers and achieved their goals – often against the odds. This is something we can all learn from. Some of the people we researched: Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Carter G Woodson, Mary Seacole, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Alice Coachman, Barrack Obama and Bishop Wilfred Wood. Sporting stars such as Pele, FloJo and Mo Farah. We listened to some music by Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley and looked into the MOBO awards. Thursday and Friday were our residential days. Please do look out for photographs from our PGL, Liddington adventure during half term.  Happy half term everyone, we look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 1st November for our space and writing workshop with the author Sue Palmer. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 6

Silver Birch carried out a science experiment in PE, monitoring a subject’s BPM before and after a 3 minute intense workout. The lowest BPM and highest were recorded and compared, as well as the mean of the increase in BPM over 4 activities.  In history, we looked at the Suffragette Movement and women’s right to the vote. We sorted statements into then and now and made comparisons. This led to pairs planning and presenting their own protest speech, based on the famous speech of Emmeline Pankhurst. In English we continue with: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom and analysed the point of change in our lead character, Bradley. We then wrote a diary entry in role, linking back to our earlier unit on dilemma stories, and focused on 2 major dilemmas that he faced and compared 'good' to 'bad' outcomes. Next week is a big week. We look forward to hearing from Dr Tunstill on Monday about the circulatory system; on Tuesday a workshop with two Oxford Magistrates; doing a Big Write (assessment) letter to Bradley; and our residential on Thursday and Friday. Please don't forget to pack a pillow, sleeping bag, water bottle and torch, along with your clothing, 2 towels and toiletries. We look forward to welcoming children at PGL Liddington, Swindon from 9:30 - 10am on Thursday and departing at 1:55/2pm on Friday, followed by half term. Please do look out for the Sue Palmer Space Writing workshop letter for our first day back on Tuesday 1st November. There is a PDF of chapter one to read over half term.  Photos of the residential will be posted on our blog during half term. 

Pupil Voice:

I can now use the grid method to multiply. 

I have really enjoyed playing an energetic game of hockey.

I now understand most of the rules in a hockey match.

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 5

This week we have been watching the replica blood that we made (see photos below). We have noticed that bacteria has begun to grow on our models. We know that there are about 3 parts red blood cells, to 1 part white and 10 parts platelets.  We also learnt that blood contains about 90% water and that it is approximately 7% of our body mass. In English we have begun our book called: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom. We have found Bradley Chalkers such an interesting character. We have analysed him in our English and completed lots of grammar lessons. In maths we completed our + & - 2/3 step problem solving unit and began our unit on multiplication, focusing on common multiples and reasoning and problem solving using P.E.E. In science we have revised the digestive system and then looked at all 3: digestive, circulatory and cardiovascular in preparation for our science assessment next week. We also had our PGL information meeting. We had a lovely harvest service in our church this week and shared a class poem. The food we donated will be going to the Wallingford Food Bank. Next week we will continue with Bradley Chalkers, multiplication and complete our science assessment before looking at blood transfusions and organ donation. 

Pupil Voice:

I can now record and analyse BPM.

I can record science data / measure. 

I now understand what P.E.E. is.

I can now identify a range of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, (possessive) pronouns, as well as relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, that, which, when).

I now know how to make a science experiment a fair test. 

I know that the heart rate / pulse increases while you are doing intense exercise. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 4

We have been enjoying our PE hockey sessions. See us in action below - we have learnt how to push pass, flick pass and strike pass. We can also dribble the ball showing control and use both faces of the uni-stick to control / strike the ball. We have been learning more complex drills so that we use our hearing and sight to pass and strike the ball while on the move.  We got to read the marking from our Big Writes to see how well we had all done and what to work on next. This gave lots of us new writing targets. In maths we looked at negative numbers, by starting out thinking about the colder weather to come and how useful a thermometer is - to not going in overdraft in a bank account. This week our parents had a chance to meet with Mrs Mottram to see how we were settling in to school. We also began our new learning project about the circulatory system in science about how blood flows around our bodies. Next week we shall have an information meeting about our class residential to PGL Swindon. Please do keep the date in your diary - Wednesday 5th October at 3pm in the  Silver Birch Classroom. 

Pupil Voice: 

I can now make 'fake' blood (replica). 

I now know what blood cells are. 

I know how to identify prepositions in sentences. 

I now know the difference between red and white blood cells.

I have learnt how to use negative and positive numbers in maths. 

I now have a deeper understanding of determiners. 

I now understand where blood comes from. 

Greener Henley Exhibition and prize giving Saturday 24th September 2022

Here is our school work on display - well done to everyone! We shall enjoy displaying the shared trophy and putting up our bug hotel in the playground. Thank you to all of those who were able to make the presentation.

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 3

We are so proud to announce our  School Value Ambassadors (SVAs), Digital Leaders, Class Councillors and Young Leaders. We also awarded our first SMARTIES awards last Friday in our celebration worship for Number, Word and Self (growth mindset) achievements. We have had a great week finishing our learning project on Demanding Dilemmas: do we deserve 2nd chances? We concluded by writing a diary entry in the role of a Victorian child as part of our Big Write assessment. In maths we concentrated on addition and subtraction including, mental, decomposition and compact column methods. We even used our rounding skills from the week before, to estimate our answers. In English we continued with our dilemma stories and enjoyed a quick drama activity too, changing the end of Sam's Duck story. Next week we look forward to starting our science learning project, as well as our two parent meetings on Tuesday the 27th (in person) and Thursday 29th (online). The parent / child PGL Liddington information meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th October at 3pm in the classroom

Pupil Voice: 

I learnt that Victorian punishments were incredibly harsh towards the children.

I learnt how to use the compact + method.

I now know how to move the ball more steadily in hockey. 

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 2

Thank you to those parents who were able to make the start of year parent information meeting, for those unable too, not to worry, it is available in PPT form on the Silver Birch Class information page. The parent meeting sign-up sheets went up on Wednesday on the outer classroom door - please do sign up for an in-person on Tuesday 27th, or online meeting (Zoom) on Thursday 29th September. We enjoyed a visit from P.C. Mike Dix of the Abingdon and Oxford branch, who came and spoke to the children about communicating appropriately. This is part of our learning project (Demanding Dilemmas), where we are looking at crime and punishment in history, moral choices in PSHE and dilemma stories in English. We have a number of visitors this autumn term and it provides the children with an opportunity to consider their own future careers, which is great as part of their transition to secondary school in the future.  In English we have looked at the One-Man-Band, The Suitcase Kid, Balaclava Boys and Sam's Duck as part of stories that contain dilemmas. In history we have looked at medieval crime and punishment as well as transportation for Victorian children. In maths we have continued with our 5-7 digit numbers and looked at rounding them to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and some children even up to 100 000 and a million. Next: we are trying to finalise the details for our residential and will let you know as soon as we have those bits. Please don't forget that Monday 19th is now a Bank Holiday as part of the Queen's funeral. We spent most of Friday learning more about the Queen in English, as well what grief means in PSHE. We look forward to seeing your child again on Tuesday 20th. 

Pupil voice:

I now know what age you can be held responsible for break the law.

I understand that dilemma stories are where a character has a choice to make. 


This year Greener Henley, with whom the Year 5s & 6s worked last year, as well as Checkendon pupils, who entered  a Science Challenge (insect art competition),  in the summer term, have acknowledged our outstanding drawings. Greener Henley have decided to show the public that young people, like our pupils,  really understand the importance of bees and other pollinators as well as other insects that do vital jobs for our natural world.  They are displaying our work in two exhibitions.  One is at the Library in Henley for the whole of Great Big Green Week, which runs from 24th September to 2nd October.  The rest of our work will go in the Gallery at the Great Big Green Fair in Henley Market Place on Saturday 24th September from 10.00 – 4.00 .Checkendon School is one of three primary schools that the judges decided should be awarded for their submissions to the Environmental Science Challenge.   We are very pleased that the Mayor of Henley, Michelle Thomas, has agreed to present the awards at the Fair Gallery at 12 midday on the 24th. We would love to have as many families attend this presentation as possible.

Silver Birch Class Blog Term 1 2022 Week 1

How lovely for us to all be together again in our new classes with our new class name: Silver Birch. It was wonderful to welcome all of our class members in on Tuesday. This week we have focused on getting to know our learning environment, where things are to be found and our roles and responsibilities. In our learning we have focused on Growth Mindset. In maths we have set expectations for our work books and enjoyed some number lessons. Next week we will be brining home our new home learning diaries that contain the homework for the week (starting on Monday 12th); our A4 home learning books (for our English homework tasks); as well as a reading book and maths sheet. Next week we begin looking at stories with dilemmas in English, Crime and Punishment in our learning project and in maths, reading and writing 5-7 digit numbers. The autumn term parent curriculum information letter went home this week, so do look out for it. It is also downloadable on our class information page. An important date for your diaries is the parent welcome to Silver Birch annual information briefing at 8:50am on Wednesday 14th. The PPT will also be available on our class information page. 

Pupil Voice:

I can now hold a hockey stick correctly.

I better understand the difference between Growth and Fixed Mindsets.

I now know that things like Coco-Cola, matchsticks and the microwave oven, were accidental inventions.