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Welcome to Curie Class!

Welcome to Curie (KerrRae the children like to say!) Class! Your child is lucky enough to be one of only 25 children in a mixed Year 4 and 5 class. Helping and inspiring your child on their learning journey are Mrs Rae (Monday and Tuesday am), Miss Kerr (Monday pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), Miss Kearvell (every day!) and Mrs Williams (mornings only). 

It has been a pleasure to welcome your child to Curie Class; they have come back after the summer break, ready and eager to learn.  We are very much looking forward to spending the rest of the year with them.

To help you to support your child, we feel it is important that you understand our routine; every morning, we dedicate our time to Spelling, Maths and Literacy, and our afternoon timetable is currently as follows:

Monday - (Week 1)Music (improvise and compose) and Spanish (describing appearance/personality) 

(Week 2) Art(illustration)/DT(construction) and Computing (e-safety and effective use of search engines)

Tuesday - PE (Tudor dance) and RE (Islam/Muhammad)

Wednesday - Science (Forces and Magnets) or Topic

Thursday - Science or Topic

Friday - PE (rugby) and PSHCE (relationships, friendship and bullying)

On Monday and Tuesday afternoon, Year 4 will be taught on their own and Year 5 will be taught together alongside Year 6.

We already have some exciting plans for the upcoming months, including an excursion to Hampton Court (9th November) and Young Voices (January 2018); both of these trips promise to be exciting and will leave your child with lifelong memories.

If you have any questions and need to talk to us at any point, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best wishes from the Curie Class Team

Class events

Wed 20 Jun - Fri 22 Jun

Y5/6 Snowdon trip

Tue 26 Jun

Y4 dance festival

Thu 28 Jun

Lego Robotics Day for Y1 - 6

Thu 12 Jul

KS2 summer concert

Fri 13 Jul

KS2 to Royal Air Tattoo

Tue 24 Jul, 15:30-17:30

open evening

See the full diary...

Chairman's Cup

On Wednesday 25th May, a group of Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Chairman's Cup. The children worked well as a team and supported each other, which was lovely to see. They were positive and determined throughout the day and performed very well, coming third year out of six teams, narrowly missing a place in the semi-final - well done Year 5 and 6!

An afternoon with our very own visiting scientist!

On Wednesday 25th May, Dr Sanderson (mum of Liam and Owen) came in to talk to the Year 5 and Year 6 pupils about her work as a research scientist at Oxford University. She showed us a fantastic presentation to explain how she became a biologist and how she is studying chromosomes. She also brought with her a range of microscopes and slides, as well as some exciting resources for collecting, viewing and identifying plants and animals. Some of us dressed up as a scientist too! We had a fantastic afternoon and we would like to thank Dr Sanderson for visiting! Dr Sanderson is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassador for Oxfordshire and has access to a wide variety of resources. She has offered to come back in and visit other classes. Thank you Dr Sanderson!

So much happening

The children are loving coming out to Forest School.  This week, the pond was very popular; we discovered that the the frogspawn had hatched and we now have tadpoles swimming around!  Our resident frog caused much excitement with the children spotting it and then being keen to try and catch it...most of the time, it was just too quick - but it caused a lot of fun and laughter!

Many of the children are keen to use tools to make things; we had lots of tree cookies being made and designed using homemade charcoal.  Others preferred to whittle - and we did have a Harry Potter-esque wand created!  

The children played, created, worked together, persevered (when using a palm drill to create a hole!) and solved problems...phew!

More success for our rugby team!

Our tag rugby team have come fourth in the Witney area finals. This is really impressive as many of the other schools are much larger than us, and our children had little experience with the sport before. Well done everyone, and we are now automatically in the top tier at the Chairman's Cup in Oxford at the end of May.

Year 5's turn!

Year 5 came out to Forest School for their first session this week.  Once they'd had a tour and talked about how we need to look after ourselves outdoors, they all went off to different activities.  They built dens, put up a rope swing, made mud cakes in the mud kitchen, decorated themselves with 'war paint', went pond dipping (and found a frog) and made charcoal.  Many were keen to learn how to use the tools safely, and we had whittling going on to create pegs for dens as well as some tree cookies being made.

At snack, we had the traditional s'mores - which seemed to be rather popular!  In the coming weeks they would like to cook burgers and bacon sandwiches!

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