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Can you name the river in this picture?

Congratulations to Liam, Harry, Harvey, Ruby R, Eva and Amy who, along with Harriers (my team!) from Year 1 to 6 were truimphant in today's 'House Shout' inter-house singing competition.  Singing 'Halo' the children excelled and made us all very proud. Mrs Duffield was the driving force, guiding and conducting so professionally. Thank you Mrs Duffield! Whilst I am proud of all of the children I have to make a special mention to Liam this week.  It has been such a positive week for him. Firstly, winning a rosette for his crystal experiment at our science fayre and now playing a massive part in helping Harriers to win the cup for the 2nd year running.  I am so pleased to see him excelling at different things and embracing the opportunites that he is given at school.  

On that note...can I say a massive thank you to all of you for facilitating such a variety of high quality science experiments this week.  I know we are always so busy and fitting things like this in at home is sometimes a bit stressful but the pay back was to see how engaged it made the children.  They could talk confidently about what they were presenting.  Science is such a fun subject and who knows, weeks like this may play a part to inspire them to pursue a career in the future. 

Look out for the next project after the holiday.....

Thank you for coming to the recent parent evenings.  It was good to report your child's progress to you and to give you an opportunity to look at their work.  Look out for a date for the Kingswood parent meeting that I will hold some time in March or April. 

A reminder that Y4 swimming starts on 26th February.  We are also looking forward to starting our gymnastics lessons with Donald Carr on Tues 20th Feb for 6 weeks. 

Towards the end of the half term we will be joining with Y3 to perform a mid-year play.  You will all be invited to watch.  It is all about bumble bees.  The children will find out their role in the first week back to give us all plenty of notice to sort our costumes etc but there are lots of bees so if you know of any spare costumes please save them.  

Guess what....we won Superstar readers again this week! We had 80% achieve the star standard.  Not our highest but still very impressive as we had 2 pupils off all week. Everybody is now reading at least 2 or 3 times.  I'm excited for the day that we reach 100%....I'm confident it will happen!  I was less impressed with having to dress as a Bourbon (thanks Rafferty).  Ask the children about it....long story!

The standard of entries in the 'Zippy on Tour' book this year is extremely high.  Thank you for encouraging this.  It comes back every week and the children are excited to read it and share their adventures with each other. Ruby C and Molly read theirs today and I was very impressed with their clear, confident projection as they read. Zippy has gone home with Liam for half term; have fun boys. 

If you want to get ahead in the holidays we will be starting a block of fractions in maths.  My aim is to make the whole class fall in love with fractions.  It is great to teach and I'm sure with a little food bribery the children will embrace it too! We will be starting our block on rivers too so lots of geographical terms with be floating around (boom boom)! 

Have the best half term.  Keep working hard but of course enjoy the rest too! This week's secret word is 'drone' (find out what it means in the context of bees).

From Miss Studley and Miss T.