Balladen CP School Newsletter

What has , is and will be happening at our wonderful school.

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Balladen CP School News

Welcome to our weekly newsletter.

Here you will find news, photographs and films of what has happened at our amazing school.

You can also read about what is being learned in the classrooms throughout the week as well as ways you can help your child / children at home.

If you have any comments or suggestions about how we can improve our newsletter please do send an email to Mr. Ringrose at neirin@balladen.org.uk or come and have a chat at school.

Thank you so much for your support!

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Monday 28/11/2016 - Friday 2/12/2016

Dear Parents and Carers,


First of all I would like to say a huge thank you to you for your support, encouragement and especially your generosity.


It was wonderful to see so many of you at our Christmas Fair on Tuesday. I am constantly amazed at how popular the tombola is! Thanks to your generosity we have raised over £1,000 which we will use to enhance all children's learning experiences. This would not have been possible without you and your amazing home baking skills! Thank you so much!


We have begun the Christmas season in earnest here at Balladen this week. The hall is being constantly used for rehearsals and I am sure that you are all looking forward to seeing your child / children in their performances. The tickets are now on sale. Tickets for the Infant production are limited for two weeks and then will be on general sale after this time. We have to comply with all health and safety regulations as well as ensure fairness to all families. This is why we do this and we ask for your understanding in this matter. Thank you.


It is always a privilege to show other around our school. One of the things that is always commented upon is the excellent behaviour of the children. Here at Balladen we have very high expectations of your children in academic and social areas. All within the community work extremely hard to ensure there is a solid foundation for learning and for having fun. Thank you to all of those with whom we are lucky enough to spend our time. Thank you!


On Wednesday we were fortunate enough to have Vision for Kids come to share our assembly. They were wonderful and we were all stunned by Matts expertise with the diablo! I think some children were inspired by him!


Thursday is dodgeball training day and this week it was Year 6 that spent their time learning and having fun. Year 6 were also lucky enough to go out with Mr Grime this week as well! Please do check our twitter page here to see some of the amazing things that happen around school!


Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing all of those Monday smiles!


With respect,


Mr Neil Ringrose

Monday 28/11/2016 - Friday 2/12/2016

What has happened this week?

What we will be learning next week.

Reception

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In English this week...

This week in English we are carrying out reading assessments and assessing high frequency words.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning to count a set of objects and record this accurately.

We are also learning...

We are also learning about the Christmas Story. We will be making Christmas cards.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please read as much as possible to and with your child / children at home.

Year 1

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In English this week...

This week in English we are learning to record the Christmas Story.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning Christmas number bonds.

We are also learning...

We are also making props for our Christmas production.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please keep reading.

Year 2

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In English this week...

This week in English we will be creating a non-chronological report, about toys in the past. This writing will be for our autumn term assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. We will also learn the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day.

We are also learning...

In Religious Education we will be investigating the question

How do special stories teach worshippers and others?

This week we will look at the importance of the three wise men and their gifts in the Christmas story.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please continue to read at home and don’t forget your spellings for Friday.

Year 3

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In English this week...

This week in English we are learning to write a letter to persuade our school governor not to ban playtime with links to our healthy humans topic. We will continue to practise our hf words and use them in oral dictation. Our letter will be used for our writing assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning to learn written methods for dividing. We will understand that division is the inverse of multiplication. We will continue to work on our arithmetic skills.

We are also learning...

We are also learning to use our drawing skills and draw a portrait of a class member. We will create clay fruit linked to healthy eating. We will continue to practice for our Christmas show. We are excited to open our advent calendar and count down to the arrival of Father Christmas!!

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please practise the words and songs for the show.


Don't forget to read, read and more read!!

Year 4

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In English this week...

This week in English we are completing our writing assessment and we will then write stories inspired by Christmas films.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are completing our assessment. We will then continue our learning about tenths and hundredths.

We are also learning...

We are also going to be continuing to practise for our Christmas show.

Ways you can help your child / children...

No homework this week due to assessments. Please spend the time learning the words for the Christmas show.

Year 5

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In English this week...

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning to identify multiples, factors and common factors. We will also be carrying out assessments based on our arithmetic skills and reasoning problems linked to multiplication and division.

We are also learning...

We are also going to be continuing to practise for our Christmas show.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please continue to practise your spellings - they are getting trickier.


Please continue to learn your times tables and division facts - we want you all to reach your targets!

Year 6

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In English this week...

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are undertaking assessments linked to arithmetic and reasoning skills. We will also be starting to learn about equivalent fractions and understand what it means to simplify fractions.

We are also learning...

Ways you can help your child / children...

Don't forget to continue to read on a daily basis.

Keep using taught spelling strategies to learn those tricky spellings.

What is happening at our school this week?

Tennis Final at Fearns

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 3:30pm

Fearns Moss

Bacup, England

NSPCC stay safe

Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 9am

Linden Lea

England

Dodgeball coaching Year 6

Thursday, Dec. 8th, 10:45am

Linden Lea

England

Weights and heights Year 6

Thursday, Dec. 8th, 1:15pm

Linden Lea

England

Celebrating and sharing learning assembly

Friday, Dec. 9th, 9am

Linden Lea

England

Sport at Balladen

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Girls football

Monday, Dec. 5th, 3:30-5:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Boys football

Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 3:30-5:30pm

Linden Lea

England

First Team Football

Thursday, Dec. 8th, 3:30-5:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Outdoor learning

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This week we are learning...

Our outdoor learning this week children will be visiting The Halo with Mr Grime. Year 6 will be working and learning with Mr. Grime.