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 30/1/2017 - Friday 3/2/2017

Dear Parents and Carers,


We finish this week off with Number Day here at Balladen. We are raising money for the NSPCC. Thank you to all parents and carers who have worked so hard on the amazing T-shirts that many of the children are wearing and to all of you who have contributed to a very worthy cause.


We always have such busy weeks here at Balladen. We are very proud of the experiences that the children at our school have. This week was very special as it was the first time that children from Balladen had taken part in Young Voices. The children, staff and parents, who went to Manchester Arena on Wednesday night had an absolutely amazing time and were buzzing on Thursday. We are really looking forward to hearing more about their experiences at a later date. A big thank you to Mrs Pickup and Miss Sutcliffe for all of their hard work with the choir and organising the trip to Manchester. I'm sure that the children will not forget it.


Throughout the week we have had table tennis coaching , Zumba, football training, a new school governor visiting our school, hockey coaching, outdoor learning, cross country and a cricket final! This does not include all of the purposeful and exciting academic learning that always takes place each and every week.


In Year 5 and Year 6 this week the children have been writing science fiction stories. I have been lucky enough to read many of these stories and they are are incredibly well written with complex and advanced language. They are also very exciting! Please do ask your child to tell you about their story if you can.


Thank you everyone for another superb week of learning and fun at Balladen.


I look forward to seeing all of those Monday smiles.


With respect,


Mr Neil Ringrose

Monday 30/1/2017 - Friday 3/2/2017

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 our reading and phonic assessments. We will be checking your child on their high frequency words.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning about addition and subtraction. We will be learning the sign for subtraction.

We are also learning...

We are also learning about polar bears and will be painting pictures for our classroom display.

Ways you can help your child / children...

There is now a box of books in Reception class that you can borrow from to read to your child, if you wish!

Year 1

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In English this week...

This week in English we are retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk for our writing assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning about multiplication as repeated addition. Counting on in 2’s,5’s and 10’s.

We are also learning...

We are also planting three different kinds of beans.

In art we will be doing lots of observational drawings of flowers and plants.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Year 1 has also got a box of books for you to borrow and read a bedtime story to your child. The children are very excited about taking school books home.

Year 2

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In English this week...

This week in English we are retelling the story of ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs for our writing assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning multiplication as repeated addition and division as sharing and grouping.

We are also learning...

We are also learning about the famous artist Picasso and will be making a self portrait in the style of Picasso.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Please remember to complete your spelling homework and read every day.

Please don’t forget to chant your times tables whenever possible.

Year 3

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In English this week...

This week in English we are learning to write a diary event for our writing assessment. Word work will be to practice our 200 HF words moving on to the year 3 HF words.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning understand division as repeated subtraction. We will use a number line to solve division problems. Mental maths homework will be number bonds to 1000 in whole numbers.

We are also learning...

We are also learning build our own volcano from art and craft materials. We will continue to research the properties of different rocks. We will learn the seasons of the year in French.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Continue to read 4 times weekly asking your child questions about the book.


Research different rocks using bbc bitesize.

Year 4

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In English this week...

We are producing the front page of our newspaper reporting on Chinese New Year. We will also be focussing on homophones in spelling this week.

In Mathematics this week...

We are completing the unit on decimals and fractions this week. We are also going to be looking at our strategies for mental arithmetic tests.

We are also learning...

Make sure you complete your home challenge which is to bring in all your rubbish from the weekend. Use the bin liner that Mrs Ashman gives you on Friday. To complete our topic on the great plague, we will be considering the environment and the rubbish that we create. We will be looking closely at recycling labels. We will then reuse this rubbish to carry out some junk modelling.

Ways you can help your child / children...

And ... we will complete our class reader 'The Twits' this week. Be ready to discuss any books that you have enjoyed over the weekend.

Year 5

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In English this week...

This week in English we are learning to edit and improve our Sci- Fi stories. We will also be concentrating on our Writing Assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are continuing to order and compare fractions. We will also be learning about equivalent fractions.

We are also learning...

We are also learning about the different phases of the moon. We will also be learning about constellations.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Keep learning your times tables and division facts regularly. Just five minutes a day works wonders!


Continue to read as much as you can. Why not read a nonfiction text and see if you can identify the features?

Year 6

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In English this week...

This week in English we are learning how to edit and improve our Sci-Fi stories for final draft. We will also be focusing on our Writing Assessment.

In Mathematics this week...

This week in Maths we are learning how to identify the value of each digit in numbers with three decimal places. We will also be learning how to round decimals.

We are also learning...

We are going to be tasting and evaluating a variety of Chinese delights.

Chinese New Year activities will also continue.

Ways you can help your child / children...

Don't forget your Chinese New Year project. Please hand in on 10th Feb.

Continue to revise and read.

What is happening at our school this week?

Table tennis coaching

Monday, Feb. 6th, 2pm

Linden Lea

England

Children Centre Governors Meeting

Monday, Feb. 6th, 5pm

Linden Lea

England

Table Tennis competition

Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 3pm

All Saints Roman Catholic Language College, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, United Kingdom

Rawtenstall, England

Zumba for KS1

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 3:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Swimming Year 4

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 1:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Hockey coaching Year 6

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 10:45am

Linden Lea

England

Girls Table Tennis competition

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 3:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Celebration assembly

Friday, Feb. 10th, 9am

Linden Lea

England

Cheerleading training

Friday, Feb. 10th, 1:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Cross country club

Friday, Feb. 10th, 2:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Sport at Balladen

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Boys football training

Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 3:30pm

Linden Lea

England

First Team Football training

Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 3:30pm

Linden Lea

England

Outdoor learning

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