Friday 21st July
What a day, what a week and what a year! I can't begin to tell you what a pleasure teaching your children has been. I've had a great time and I hope they have too. Thank you so much for all the kind words and gifts, I have been so spoilt! I will miss Waverley so much, but as I am still within the OWL trust and just a mile up the road, I am sure I will still see lots of you about. Watch out for me in Asda buying Dairy Milk when my huge stash runs out. Have a fantastic Summer holiday, be safe and I hope to see you all again soon.
Love from Mrs Dalkin
More fabulous homework projects!
Monday 10th July
What a fabulous start to the week, some children have brought their River Tyne projects into school. Have a look at the photographs below, can you tell which bridges they are? We certainly could! One of our parents even had a go at making the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, we were very impressed! Well done everyone and keep them coming in.
Monday 3rd July
Some children have already brought their river homework projects into school. We were very impressed, we could tell which bridges they were without being told! fantastic. Well done and keep them coming in. Remember they need to be in school by Monday 17th July.
Tuesday 27th June
Today all of Year 2 came to visit lower key stage 2 as part of our transition. They visited every classroom, met all the Year 3s and even did some work! In my classroom, we did a maths investigation. Both year groups were fantastic, they can definitely come again. We are all looking forward to September.
Friday 23rd June
Our year 4 children had a brilliant rugby lesson with Joe today. He was very impressed at how quickly they picked up the games and how well they worked as a team. Well done Year 4.
Thursday 22nd June
Yesterday something strange happened. When I arrived at school, I found our classroom was full of lily pads, frogs and water ALL over the tables. When the children came in, we decided to find out what had happened. We took on the role of detectives and wrote out some questions, then we interviewed various adults around school. Some claimed to know nothing about it, some reported hearing strange noises, some said they'd seen frogs in the yard and some were acting very very suspiciously, (naming no names... but Mrs Leeming, Mr Waggot and Mrs Robson were our number 1 suspects). The children were brilliant with their interviewing/interrogation techniques.
We have been learning about 3D shapes this week. My maths set had to look at a list of features of a shape and then make the shape using playdough. Then they had to name the shape. Today we are using Mathletics to consolidate our knowledge of faces, edges and vertices. Don't forget your child can log on to Mathletics at home to work on maths skills.
Wednesday 14th June. Today we finished off our greenhouses from last week, and we used them to dehydrate carrots! We measured the temperature inside the greenhouse to see how well they worked.
The carrots dried out and we were able to observe changes in colour and texture. We think that the greenhouses would have worked even better if we'd had a little bit more sunshine.
Year 4 rugby
Today our year 4 pupils were very lucky. One of our parents, Joe, from the Newcastle Rugby Foundation, came into school to give us our first rugby lesson. It was great fun. Please remember to have your PE kit in school every Friday.
Friday 9th June
This week some children returned to school with their cress plants. Each child had to do something different with their cress. They had to make sure it didn't have either water, light or air. Look at the photographs, can you guess which pot had no water? Or no light? Or no air?
Just a quick reminder that we have a sports day tomorrow (Friday 26th May), your child can come to school in sports gear and stay in that kit for the full day. Please make sure they have sun cream on and a water bottle.
Also we break up for half term tomorrow, have a lovely break and fingers crossed the sun shines all week.
I have set some homework in their punctuation book, but there are no spellings to learn. Some reading would be great, don't forget the more comments in their reading records, the more raffle tickets! In maths, the children can work on Mathletics and get some more credits. I am encouraging them all to play live mathletics on level 2 or 3. Thank you for your support and have a lovely week.
Thursday 25th May
At last the sun is shining! We took full advantage of the lovely weather yesterday and did our Science lesson outside. We are investigating what plants need to grow. We have all planted cress seeds in compost, everyone took their pot home yesterday with strict instructions to deprive their plant of either water, air or light. We all made predictions as to what will happen to our seeds. Please can your child bring their pot back into school on the first day after the holidays?
My maths group have been learning about different types of lines. We now know what vertical, horizontal, parallel and perpendicular lines are. Today we made a line museum with art straws to prove it! If I ask the children to show me a horizontal line, they all lie down on the floor!
Thursday 18th May
The sun is shining and the sky is blue! Please can everyone keep their fingers crossed that the weather stays like this all day? Watch this space for photographs of our River Tyne cruise later.
Yesterday in maths we made angle men using art straws. We had to try and make sure that at least one angle was a right angle. Afterwards, we talked about which angles were less that a right angle (acute) and larger than a right angle (obtuse). We also used art straws to show horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines.
Don't forget we are going on our River Tyne cruise next Thursday. We are really excited. Please return your form as soon as possible if you haven't already. Thank you.
Also, as the weather seems to be improving (at last), please can you make sure your child has a fresh water bottle everyday and possibly suncream if the forecast is hot.
Friday 12th May
Yesterday we had a fabulous Art lesson with Mr Roberts. We were looking at the work of Georgia O'Keefe. We are hoping to add this work to our Science display very soon.
Friday 5th May
This week we have started our new book, Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. We have read the first three chapters and are thoroughly enjoying it. There are some very funny bits, ask your child about the cabbage soup!
In Science we have started our topic on plants, if anyone has any spare plants, indoor or outdoor, we could have that would be great, or any expert knowledge, as Mrs Dalkin and plants do not get on very well together.
Don't forget we are going on our cruise along the River Tyne on Thursday 18th May. Please return the consent form as soon as possible. We are really excited and fingers crossed for sunshine.
Year 4 children are enjoying swimming, please could we remind you that children must not have earrings in, or they will not be allowed into the pool. Thank you.
On Monday 8th May, author Mark Carlton is visiting Year 3, he will be bringing his new book to school. If your child would like to buy his book, they can bring £7.99 in a named envelope on Monday.
Friday 28th April
We have had an excellent week with our 'The Twits' project. In Art, we decided to reproduce Mr Twit's face using collage material. Some were very gruesome. Can you spot the bits of food in the beards?
Today, as part of our 'The Twits' project, we investigated balloon travel. After determining that we could not make ourselves float away with a balloon, we set out to find a way in which we could make balloons travel in a straight line. The children soon figured out that you can make a balloon rocket, using straws, sellotape, balloons and string.
With plenty of hard work (and plenty of red-faced children!) we managed to make some wonderful balloon rockets that we're sure Roald Dahl himself would have been proud of.
Tuesday 25th April
The children have made a fabulous start to the new term. We have started looking at the River Tyne, today we went onto our yard to see if we could see the river from school.
Our Year 4 children had a lovely time time swimming too.
Don't forget some children are going to Broomley Grange tomorrow. The children who aren't going will be having a fun time at school with our mini project 'The Twits'.
Thank you all for a lovely term. I hope you all have a good rest and plenty of chocolate. I haven't set any homework for the holidays, but the children did bring home a bedtime reading letter, this is where they have to try and read a little everyday and have the chance to win a book. Please encourage your child to participate. For maths, times table practise is always useful, try 'hit the button' online game or use mathletics for all basic skills.
See you all back on Monday 24th April. Our new topic is all about the River Tyne.
Ancient Egyptian play
Thank you to everyone for joining us for our play today. I'm sure you will agree that the children looked brilliant and their acting and singing was fabulous. Here are some photographs.....
Ancient Egyptian Museum
Thank you so much to all the parents, grandparents and friends who came to visit our museum yesterday. I could not have been more proud of the children, it was all their own work. They all had specific 'expert' roles in the museum, but doubled up as tour guides to show visitors around. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Apologies if I missed anyone out on the photographs....
Just a quick reminder to come to our Egyptian Museum on Tuesday at 2:30pm in the school gym. If you would like to make some honey cake with your child that would be brilliant! Also we are having our dress rehearsal next Friday for our play, please can you make sure your child's costume is in school by Thursday at the latest.
Thank you very much and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.
Ancient Egyptian Museum
We would like to invite you to our Ancient Egyptian Museum in our school gym on Tuesday 28th March from 2:30-3:00pm. You will have chance to see our work, join in with activities and possibly sample some of our world famous honey cake! Tea and coffee will also be available.
Your child has made an invitation, which should come home tonight.
We look forward to seeing you there.
From... Our class.
Wednesday 22nd March
Today we finished reading The Butterfly Lion. The ending had a really interesting twist, we couldn't decide whether it had all been a dream or there was a ghost in the story. One thing we all agreed on, was that we loved the story and felt a little bit sad that we finished it.
For our activity, we worked in talk partners to look at some statements related to the story, we had to decide whether we agreed, disagreed or weren't sure. We had to back up our opinions with evidence from the whole text. Here are some photographs of us working together.
Friday 17th March
More Super Science!
Today we went outside to see what happened when we added food colouring to milk and then added a drop of washing up liquid. Look at the photographs. One of our pupils was an excellent photographer today! We did make a bit of a mess, but had fun!
Thursday 16th March
More SUPER SCIENCE today. We started our day by playing a game linked around Science equipment and knowing what it is all used for. We had to work in teams of three and communicate with each other. I showed the children a tray full of Science equipment, they then had to draw the tray and label all of the equipment from memory.
Tuesday 14th March
What an amazing and interesting start we have had to Science week! Yesterday we made gloop with Mr Noble. We used cornflour and water to make a new slimy substance. Just don't mention the carpet.... But we had lots of fun as you tell by our faces.
SUPER SCIENCE WEEK!
I am really excited about next week in school as it is our whole school SCIENCE WEEK! My class love Science and we are hoping to do some experiments everyday. The theme is change. Please keep checking our webpage to see what we get up to. If the children have any books about Science or games, please can they bring them in on Monday? Thank you.
Thursday 9th March
We have had a very busy week so far. We have had a quiz linked to Ancient Egypt, found out about how sound travels in Science, been games testers in Computing and continued reading the Butterfly Lion in English.
This week the children have had a letter about our Ancient Egyptian play. It is on Monday 3rd April at 9:15am and again at 1:30pm. The children will need to dress up, they can be any character they want... a Pharaoh, a mummy etc. There are more details on the letter. We have also started rehearsing... shhh... it is TOP SECRET!
Thursday 2nd March - World Book Day!
The children looked amazing today dressed up as characters from their favourite books. We decided to take 'selfies' today. Can you see all the different characters? We have Wimpy kids, Horrid Henry, The Worst Witch, Matilda, Funny Bones, Dennis the Menace, Spidergirl, Moana, Harry Potter, Pink unicorn, Wally, Hermione Grainger and Billioniaire Boy!
Don't forget that tomorrow is World Book Day. The children may come to school dressed up as a character from a book or in sensible non-uniform. I have also asked them to bring a favourite book from home to share with the class.
Wednesday 1st March
We have started reading our new book 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Murpurgo. The story starts with a boy who has run away from a boarding school. He said the boarding school was.. 'all stew and cross country runs and detentions and chilblains and semolina pudding and Latin and squeaky beds and rugby'... so we decided to try some of those things to see what we thought! Today we tried semolina pudding, tomorrow is Latin and Friday is just might be detention!
The children weren't really fans of the pudding, but we tried.
Monday 27th February
Welcome back to our class webpage. We had been learning about pyramid building in History today. I was a little bit shocked when I walked in the classroom to see children sitting on tables and being pulled along by other children.... it turns out Mr Noble was explaining how the huge blocks of stone were moved from one place to another.
Friday 17th February
We have had a great time in the woods. Our focus was Science and we learnt all about different food chains. We had hot chocolate and biscuits AND Mr Roberts made popcorn in our fire when we got back to school. What do you think of our popcorn maker? Mr Roberts made it himself.
Thursday 16th February
Forest school today was fabulous. We decided to be artists today and make sculptures in the style of artist Andy Goldsmith. Andy only used materials he finds in nature, so no paper, glue, paint or other materials. What do you think of our work? We worked in teams of four.
* Reminder - tomorrow is our last forest school session.
Wednesday 15th February
Just a quick reminder that Forest School will be on Thursday afternoon this week and Friday morning. Last week a few children got cold, so extra layers would be a good idea.
Today we have been reading and enjoying books with Year 1 and 2.
Wednesday 8th February
The weather wasn't quite as kind to us today but we still had an amazing time. Today our main focus was maths. We had a scavenger hunt linked to maths, we built pyramids from natural materials, used rulers and metre sticks to estimate and measure and looked for examples of right angles in the forest! When we returned to school we made spicy apples in the bonfire. Delicious!
Friday 3rd February
What a morning. The sun was shining, the birds were tweeting, the squirrel was jumping from tree to tree and 24 children were very happy! We heard a great tit and a woodpecker. We saw evidence of bats, ask the children what we saw! My favourite part was definitely the muddy hill challenge. I tried to capture everyone's face as they ran down the hill.
I might have got a little carried away with the camera this morning. We have had the best time and learnt so much. Mr Roberts taught us all about the forest, we know different names and types of trees, we know about erosion, fire safety and so much more. Here are a few of the photographs, look at how happy all the children are. We even got hot chocolate and custard creams! Not to mention marshmallows!
Don't forget we have Forest School tomorrow (Wednesday 1st February). The children need to come into school in their warm forest school clothes and bring their school uniform in a bag with them. Please don't forget school shoes and spare socks. I have reminded the children to have a big breakfast too, I'll be having an extra large bowl of porridge! We can't wait!
Super sounds in Science
Today in science we studied the phenomenon of hearing, as part of our sound topic. We discussed how dogs can hear us coming up the drive well before humans can! We also conducted a sound test, and found out that Mr Noble and Mrs Dalkin couldn't hear very high pitched sounds, whilst the children can!
We also studied how to help people with hearing loss. We practiced spelling out messages to each other in sign language, and we discussed how we might improve our hearing with the use of a hearing aid. The children had lots of fun exploring how we might communicate without the use of our ears.
Tuesday 31st January
What an exciting week we are having already! It is National Storytelling week, so we have been in our Tipi telling stories. We are learning a story called Awongalema, by the end of the week we should be able to retell it perfectly.
Wednesday 25th January
We had fun in PE this week working on our hockey skills. We know how to hold the stick properly, stop the ball and pass safely.
Monday 23rd January
We have had MORE fabulous pyramids and projects! Look at the pyramid made from tiles. WOW. Also we managed more honey cake, I had a piece in each hand at one point! Delicious. Thank you all so much for your support at home - it is really appreciated! Although my waistline might disagree!
Friday 20th January
Just before we break up for Easter, we will be performing our Ancient Egyptian play with the rest of Lower key stage two. The dates aren't confirmed yet - we will let you know as soon as possible. Every child will need to dress up as an Egyptian. It is totally their choice what they would like to be. Here a few ideas we came up with in class:
There are lots of ideas on the internet. The costume could be something as simple as a long white t-shirt and a belt for a slave.
Please could you make sure your child's costume is in school in a named bag by Monday 27th March? Thank you.
Please see the letter attached regarding Forest School! We are starting on Wednesday 1st February. We are so excited!
Thursday 19th January
Today Laura, from RSPB came into school today to help us with a nationwide bird watch. We had great fun and learnt a lot about different birds. We now know what to listen for when we are outside. We counted all the birds we could see and then inputted the data into the RSPB website.
Wednesday 18th January
Just a quick reminder that the RSPB are coming into school tomorrow to work with Lower Key Stage Two. The children can wear warm, outdoor clothes to school and stay in them all day. We might get a little dirty and muddy, so please bring another pair of shoes/trainers to wear after our session. I'll certainly be bringing my hat and gloves. Watch this space for photographs tomorrow and fingers crossed for no rain!
Tuesday 17th January
Today Mr Noble taught us all about sound and vibrations. We has lots of different activities to do using tuning forks, rice, drums and making telephones. We had such fun!
I have been very impressed so far with the Egyptian homework. I even managed to be in the right place at the right time and sample three different honey cakes today! Keep it up everybody.
We also got the attendance award last week - 97%. Well done.
Please make sure your child has their reading book in school everyday. I check records every Friday, don't forget, the more comments/signatures, the more raffle tickets! Little and often will make a difference.
In Maths, my set have been having fun using Mathletics. They can play against each other and other children all over the World. We have been practicing basic skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Again, five minutes a day will make a difference.
Thursday 12th January
We have had a great start to the new term. I gave out the new homework project this week. it is a little bit different to usual, this time the children have to do four activities from a list of twenty. So they can choose what they would like to do. I have attached a copy underneath. Some children couldn't wait to start! Look at these fabulous lego pyramids....
In Science we are learning about SOUND. We started with a sound walk around school. We visited the school office, the kitchen, Mrs Douse's office, Mrs Leeming's office and our classroom. Which do you think was the noisiest? Clue: we had the musical instruments out!
In Maths the next day we put our information into bar charts.
Happy New Year everyone!
I am looking forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 9th January. We have got an exciting term lined up, our new topic is Ancient Egypt! Be prepared to learn some gory facts about mummies!
I will send home spellings this Monday to learn for Friday, but then we will be back to normal.
For this term we will be doing PE on Wednesdays not Mondays.
We also welcome Mr Noble back to Waverley.
We will be going to Forest School in a few weeks - watch this space for more information, it might be a good idea to hunt out those wellies in preparation.
Thursday 22nd December
Thank you all so much for my lovely Christmas presents. I will return in January smelling lovely but be about 3 stone heavier! I feel really spoilt, thank you all.
We have had a lovely day... colouring, games and generally having a nice relaxing time. The children have worked very hard all term and definitely deserve a good rest. I haven't set any homework for the holidays, as always some reading would be beneficial. The children made their own advent calendar at the start of December, I've added a photograph of it if they need reminding... look carefully, Friday and Saturday might be useful!
All that is left to say is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I'll see you all back on Monday 9th January raring to go.
Friday 16th December
Today we were very brave and presented our shadow puppet theatres to Year 5/6. Some of us felt very nervous, but we showed resilience and did our very best. I was incredibly proud of all of the children - well done!
Pick a card, any card!
Today in Maths we worked with a partner to play a game using subtraction. We had to pick two cards each, make the largest number we could, then the smallest and then find the difference. The winner was the person with the largest end number. We made it harder by either using 2, 3 or 4 digit numbers.
We had a fabulous time yesterday at our party! The children were really well behaved and were good enough to share their goodies with a tired and hungry teacher!
Tuesday 13th December
In our Science lesson today we decided to investigate shadows. We had fun to begin with making shadows against different surfaces. After that we set about making our very own shadow puppet theatres. We worked in teams, planned a story, decorated our theatre and then made our own puppets. Tomorrow we will finish them off and perform to the rest of the class and hopefully our key stage one reading partners.
Monday 12th December
In the last week we have had a lot of volcanoes in our classroom. Have a look, aren't they fantastic! Some of them even exploded....
Wednesday 7th December - Magical Maths
Today we were investigating to see if we could make 100 using 4 numbers in a grid. It was much harder than we thought. We had to show resilience to keep trying to find a solution. Then we looked at finding the largest and the smallest numbers we could. Some of us worked with a partner and some of us decided to tackle the problem alone.
We have been finding out about light in Science. This afternoon we made the library as dark as possible by turning the lights off and crawling underneath curtains with a blackout lining. We predicted what we would be able to see once we were in our 'cave', we also thought about which colours we would be able to identify. Have a look at the photographs below... what can you see? Ask your child what we found out.... we recorded our predictions and results using Venn diagrams.
Tuesday 6th December
Yesterday two more volcano projects came into school. We all think they are fabulous. Well done! Please try and have your volcano project in school by Friday 16th December. We are planning some writing about our volcanoes in the final week of term.
Christmas Craft Day
Our class is having a Christmas Craft Day on Friday 2nd December. We are making lots of lovely decorations to take home.
If your child would like to wear a Christmas jumper instead of their school sweatshirt/cardigan they are more than welcome.
We would also like to ask for a contribution of 50p towards the costs of materials for the day.
Tuesday 29th November
We had a fabulous Science lesson today. We started off by thinking about light and what we already knew about it. Then we had to investigate how light travels. After making many holes in boxes and using torches, we found out the answer.... Ask your child how light travels. They know the answer!
Thursday 24th November
As part of our RE curriculum, we have visited the Hindu Temple in Newcastle today. The children had a great time and were amazed at how colourful and beautiful the Temple was. We learnt so much. Mrs Dalkin's friend Neera also came along to answer any questions. Everyone was so well behaved. We watched the morning prayer too.
Monday 21st November
What a fabulous start to the week.
We have been investigating the computing program SCRATCH, the children had a great time and all found out lots they could do, from changing the background to making their SPRITE move.
Friday 18th November
What a busy few days we have had!
Mr Pickup, the deputy head from Newburn Manor came into school to tell us all about rocks and soils. It was extremely interesting.
Monday 14th November
Something terrible happened today.... I lost all of my class! Can you spot them anywhere?
We had so much fun playing parachute games. I set the children a challenge to see if they could turn the parachute upside down without letting go of it. It was really tricky. We have decided we need to work together as a team and cooperate.
Friday 11th November
Today has been a very special day, we have been thinking about all the soldiers who look after us. We had a two minute silence before playtime. The children were very sensible.
Another brilliant volcano project came in today, look very carefully at both photographs and see if you can see a difference - very clever! Well done!
Tuesday 8th November
My Maths group have been working very hard on our times tables. We have been using the computers to play 'HIT THE BUTTON', this game can be played at home on laptops and tablets. Ask your child to show you how it works... it is fabulous.
Here are some quotes from the children...
'Mrs Dalkin, I'm getting quicker!'
'I beat my last score!'
Look at our first VOLCANO project! We are really impressed. This pupil used candle wax to show the lava running down the volcano. Brilliant.
Monday 7th November
We are really enjoying reading the Iron Man. Today we thought about what the Iron Man would like to eat. We wrote a list of everything we could think of made of metal, then wrote a menu, complete with starters, main courses, desserts, side orders and even drinks!
Volcano homework project!
Lower Key Stage 2 have been set a homework project of making a model of a volcano. How exciting! There are some fabulous ideas on the internet. The model must be returned to school by Thursday 22nd December, although it would be great if they are brought in as soon as they are finished, then we can have a good look at them. The children also have to make a TOP TRUMPS card about a volcano. There will be no other homework (except maths) set this half term, as the project might take a while. Have fun making your volcano and remember to bring it in as soon as it is done. Thank you.
Guess which class had 100% attendance this week? US! I'm so pleased, keep it up!
I was petrified last night when all the children came to the Halloween disco! I hardly recognised any of them!
Have a look at the photographs. Can you spot anyone you know? Year 3 and 4 were brilliant in the 'Dance Off' although we sadly lost to Year 5&6. I think we were better of course!