Mrs Murphy Summer Term

 

Week beginning 18th July

Our last few days together have arrived and they have been full of fun and laughter - exactly what we all wanted. We have really enjoyed designing and creating our own shoes to finish off our 1920s topic work. The classroom and the children got very messy but it was all worth it in the name of art!

We have loved reading with Mrs Viney's class this year and did our final 'shared read' on Tuesday, sat under the trees in the gorgeous sun!

As our time together has come to an end, we have been reflecting on the year; the trials and achievements! I am so proud of each and every member of my class and know they are proud of themselves too.

To my lovely year 6s, good luck in your new schools - you will all be amazing. You have proven to yourselves that you can do anything you put your mind to. Your camaraderie, enthusiasm and confidence have seen you go far - long may this continue. I hope that the one thing you will remember is to believe in yourselves and you will achieve anything!

To my brilliant year 5s - I can't wait to teach you again next year; I know I am the luckiest teacher in school.

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe and relaxing summer

Mrs Murphy :-)

week beginning 11th July

What a week! We have all been so busy this week I can't believe how quickly the time has gone.

Year 5 children have loved their cycling proficiency training this week and the instructors were delighted with how well everyone listened and how sensible everyone was when cycling on the road. The children came back from their training every day full of enthusiasm-I hope some of you may cycle to school next year after this training. Year 5 children have also enjoyed learning about road and cycle safety and created brilliant posters and TV adverts to teach others how to keep safe.

It has been a really special week for our year 6 children as they performed Bugsy Malone. I was so proud of each and every one of you, you all showed real courage and determination and conquered your fears! You made me a very proud teacher - well done! Please keep your eyes peeled on the website for a special Bugsy photo gallery!

We started our final project this week too; designing and creating a unique shoe design inspired by our trip to the shoe museum earlier in the term! The children have been really creative in their designs and I can't wait to see the finished products when we begin making next week.

This week was rounded off brilliantly with a game of rounders and the whole school treat of the bouncy castle, everyone had great fun bouncing around - I was exhausted just watching! It certainly was a brilliant end to a brilliant week!

Week beginning 4th July

As our penultimate week approaches we have all begun to think about next year. The year 6 children have really enjoyed their transition days at their various secondary schools while myself and the year 5s got to meet our new class for the first time this week to. All in all, everyone is getting very excited about next year.

When we were finally back together as a class we have enjoyed completing some maths tasks which develop thinking and reasoning skills. It was great to see so much determination and team work; I was really proud of everyone.

The year 6s have been really busy with Bugsy rehearsals and can't wait to perform the play next week - I have resisted adding any rehearsal photographs on the website so as I don't ruin the surprise!

We are all looking forward to next week with the year 5 children taking part in bikeability and the year 6 children getting ready for their end of year extravaganza! A fun packed end of term is ahead of us and I know it will be a brilliant ends to our year together! 

Week beginning 27th June

This week has been so busy, I can't quite believe it's Friday already! This week we have spent lots of time as year 5 and 6 separately. Year 5 children have enjoyed learning about different religious stories and discussing which stories are important to them. They have also been challenging themselves with their times tables challenges! I love their determination to beat both each other and themselves! It's infectious.

Year 6 children have been busy rehearsing for Bugsy Malone! Both Mrs Carr and myself are really proud of the hard work and commitment children have shown to learning lines and projecting their voices. It's been brilliant to see you all grow in confidence day by day!

The week has finished with a bang with our school fair. The Charleston dance was excellent and everyone gave it their all! We had lots of fun making and selling loom bands to raise money for a new outdoor learning environment too.

Good luck to all of my year 6 children at their new school on Monday and Tuesday - I'm sure you will have a wonderful time and make lots of new friends.

 

Week beginning 20th June

This week we have been really busy preparing for our end of year celebrations. We had a great time on Monday when a udance teacher came in to teach us all the Charleston dance which we will be performing at the summer fair next Friday! The dance looks great and has been great fun to perform. Our year 6 children have been busy learning their lines for our Bugsy performance at the end of the year and it is definitely going to be a show stopper! I have been really impressed with how dedicated the children have been to the performance.

We have finally completed our fables this week and they are simply fabulous! Please come in and give them a read because the children are extremely proud of their work. In maths we have been learning how to reason and enjoyed magic square investigations and investigating missing box problems. I have been really proud of how much enthusiasm, determination and support for each other children have shown.

Next week is another really busy week and we are all really excited by all of the fun things happening in school

week beginning 13th June

We have had such a busy week, I can't quite believe it's Friday already! In Literacy, we have been taking inspiration from the fables we have read to write our own. We planned and drafted over a few days to make sure this is our best piece of writing yet! Next week we will be writing up our fables and turning them into books to share with younger children in the school. I can't wait to see the finished products!

We all loved our visit to Northampton Museum on Wednesday. We learnt lots, not only about shoes and shoe making, but also about the history of our town. Please take a look at our photos to see all of the fun we had! After the visit the children worked really hard to create a fabulous information page about 1920s Northamptonshire, bringing together their earlier work on Rennie Mackintosh and 78 Derngate, with their learning about shoe making. The end products are brilliant and a fabulous example of how well the children can transfer their Literacy skills to other subjects too.

Ofcourse, we are busily beginning to prepare for our Y6 production of 'Bugsy'. It was lovely to see so many children brave an audition and we are all really looking forwards to beginning rehearsals next week.

Please make sure children have PE kit in school in Monday as we have a dance treat in store! We will all be learning how to dance the Charleston in preparation for our Bugsy play and we will also be performing this at the summer fair!

Week beginning 6th June

Our final half term together has started off brilliantly. We began our new topic with a visitor from 78 Derngate who talked to us all about Rennie Makintosh and his impact on art and buildings during the 1920s. After this fun afternoon, we designed and made our own Makintosh windows, taking inspiration from the clean lines and art deco simplicity. Please feel free to pop in and see them, the finished items look amazing and really brighten up our classroom.

We have also been busy preparing a 3 course meal in groups with Mrs Mathison. All of the children had a wonderful time, learnt a lot and I especially enjoyed sampling all of the children's hard work! It was lovely to sit and eat with you all and enjoy spending time together outside of the classroom. The food was delicious!

We began our new literacy unit on fables this week too. The children read lots of fables and guessed the moral. We are now mid way through the planning stage of fable writing and I am really looking forward to reading all of the fables next week.

Lots of children have handed in their homework now and I am so impressed with the standard. It is excellent to see so many of you researching your family trees as well as researching what life was like in Northampton during the roaring 20s! I am really looking forward to our trip next week to the museum to learn more and I know the children are too.

 

Week beginning 16th May

This week has been Healthy Schools Week and we have really enjoyed spending time outside (as soon as all of the rain stopped) taking part in  extra PE lessons. We had lots of fun playing team games such as rounders and football as well as playing playground games like 'splat'. We also enjoyed learning about different types of sugars found in different foods.

Sadly, our Enterprise project has come to an end and we have been busily counting up our profit this week. I will email out a final total for the whole of year 5/6 but I am incredibly proud to say that we have raised over £500 as a class for many well deserving charities. I am still amazed by the way children have tackled this task and their enthusiasm for helping others. What fabulous children!

In Literacy we have been writing a newspaper article about our Enterprise work and these are not proudly being turned into our own class newspaper for display! Feel free to pop in and see our work!

In Science we have been learning about fossils and how they are formed, our year 6 children will be learning  more about this next week in Aylmerton! We got very messy during the week making our own fossils from playdough and mod-roc, but it was all worth it, our fossils look fabulous and are now ready for painting.

We are all really looking forward to next week. Year 5's are busily preparing themselves for their performance (I can't wait to see the recording of it) and year 6's are getting ready for an action packed week in Aylmerton. The children have worked so hard this term, they really do deserve the fantastic week planned for the next week.

 

 

Week beginning 9th May

Well SATs are finally over and I, as well as the children, are really looking forward to leaving tests behind us as we begin new and exciting projects after half term. All of the children excelled themselves this week and tackled every test with confidence and determination. We could not have asked any more of them; they have made me one very proud teacher.

This week hasn't all been about tests. As soon as SATs were over, we came back together as a class and talked about our dreams and aspirations for the future. We had lots of crafty fun on Thursday afternoon making our own dream catchers with our biggest dream already being caught inside them. It was lovely to hear all of your ambitions, from footballer to paramedic and you tuber to lawyer. I know with the hard work you have all shown this year, these dreams will no doubt be a reality.

To round off our week to wrote letters to the charities we have been raising money for, explaining our enterprise project and why each charity was chosen. Next week we will be collecting in all monies and sending off cheques and letters to each charity. Keep checking the website for a grand total next week!

Well done everyone. This has been a challenging week but also one filled with pride!

Week beginning 3rd May

We've had a short but fun week in school this week. During the mornings we have continued with our Literacy work with a focus on  developing our reading skills. In Maths we have been revising our knowledge of shape, symmetry and angles. I have been really proud of the way the year 6 children have wanted to soak up as much knowledge as possible before their SATs next week. The year 5 children have equally blown me away with their drive and determination to learn some very tricky concepts and vocabulary. They have all been superstars!

The afternoons this week have been really fun. We have spent lots of time enjoying the sunshine (you never know how long it will last) and we particularly enjoyed sketching the landscape and blossom trees at the front of the school. We couldn't resist doing some reading under the trees either!

The highlight of the week has definitely been continuing with our Enterprise work. The children have shown great leadership, teamwork and independent skills. We will collect in all money raised over the next few weeks and send them off to the childrens' chosen charities. I am incredibly proud of all of the effort and enthusiasm children have shown during this task, they have been amazing! Thank you to all parents for your support in helping the children achieve their goals. This task was directly driven by the children wanting to raise money for charity and due to everyone's hard work, they have achieved this goal!

Week beginning 25th April

I can't quite believe that another week has gone by, we are storming our way through the Summer term.

This week has been a week of assessment for our year 6 children to give them a taste of what will happen during SATs week. All of the children rose to the challenge brilliantly I a really proud of not only their achievement but, more importantly, their can do attitude. Keep working hard children, I am incredibly proud of you all.

Although we have been doing lots of tests this week, we've had time for fun too! We finished off our marketing campaign for our enterprise projects and the posters are looking fabulous. I know how hard children have worked at home, as well as in school, so can I take this opportunity to thank all of the parents who have been so supportive. This project means a lot to the children and I know they will raise lots of money for their charities.

We all enjoyed watching the year 3 children perform the African drums on Wednesday, it was a fabulous feast for the eyes and ears.

Throughout the week, we have been thinking about worries and how to deal with them. Yesterday in circle time, we all talked about things that worry us and  the children helped each other to think of strategies to use when we have worries.

Finally, we began some artwork thinking about what makes each of us special. Our detailed sketching and watercolour skills are really developing. Watch this space for the photographs when they are finished.

Well done to everyone, I am really proud of your commitment and determination.

 

Week beginning 18th April

Another busy week has come to an end and we have been busy as always!

We have all enjoyed learning our new spellings and are beginning to use these more and more in our writing too. I have been really impressed with childrens' commitments to learning a long list of words! Well done everyone.

In maths we have been revising everything we have learnt so far ready for Y6 SATs. We have particularly enjoyed our measures work; learning how to convert different units of measure. We have also applied these skills to solving problems involving time.

Our cross country runners were amazing on Thursday and came first in the cross country competition. Every one of you was a real credit to our school....well done to all involved. We are all really proud of you.

In enterprise we have been learning about  marketing and produced fantastic posters to advertise their products for sale. Thank you to all of the parents who have supported their children so far. I'm excited to see the running totals of money raised next week.

Week beginning 11th April

Wow, I can't believe we've only been back at school for four days!

We kick started our week with our enterprise project. Children have put themselves into groups and are planning  different ways to raise money. I was really impressed with the mature attitude all of my children have shown. Children have gone on to write a letter to Mrs Bramble for a £2 loan and have outlined their business plan. We are all looking forward to seeing how far we can make our £2 grow!

In Maths, we have had lots of fun investigating angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and more complex shapes. The children have measured angles and have applied this knowledge to finding missing angles too. We have also been working on equations this week, both understanding and following them, as well as writing our own. We have also been playing maths games which link fractions, decimals and percentages.

Year 5 children went swimming for the first time today and have had a fabulous time. Their behaviour was extemporary and they were an absolute credit to our school. We are all excited to start our swimming lessons properly next week!

In English, we have had a heavy SPAG focus this week. Children have been interrogating SPAG tests to check their understanding of a range  of grammatical features. We have looked closely at different clauses in sentences as well as investigating prepositions.

A fabulous start to the new term had by everyone....I can't wait to see what the summer term holds for everyone!

 

Week beginning 20th March

The end of another term is upon us and what a fabulous term it's been. We have made so much progress as a class and I am very proud of all of my children. Since Christmas we have become much more independent in checking for our own errors in maths and writing and we are working really hard to help our friends improve too.

This week we have completed lots of assessments so that we can really focus our learning after Easter. I have been really pleased with the way children have conducted themselves and their eagerness to learn from their mistakes.

Also this week I have enjoyed sampling some delicious pizzas made by the children during their cooking lessons (take a look at the photos below).

Finally, after Mrs Bramble had read all of the fantastic persuasive letters asking her to allow children to raise money for charity in school, we began our enterprise project. Children have split themselves into small teams and have begun to plan how they are going to make their £2 grow to raise as much money for charity as possible.

I hope you all have a fantastic holiday and an very well deserved rest!

 

Week beginning 14th March

Today has been a really fun day. We have loved planning and organising the Sports Relief mile for Year 1 and 2. We all had so much fun and have raised lots of money for charity.

In lessons we have completed our persuasive letters to Mrs Bramble and we are looking forward to seeing whether they were persuasive enough to let us raise some money for our charities!

In maths we have been applying maths skills to solve word problems and we will be continuing with this next week.

In science we have enjoyed investigating electric circuits again and challenged ourselves to make parallel circuits with more than one component.

 

Week beginning 7th March

This week has been a very busy one. We started the week with a heavy focus on maths, applying all our knowledge of multiplication to help us with our division. We learnt new methods in long division and even moved on to applying these skills to problem solving .The hard work children are putting in to learning their times tables is really paying off in their ability to divide. In preparation for SATs year 6 children also sat a practise paper and I was really pleased with the results; you should all be very proud of yourselves!

In English we have been investigation persuasive writing and this week we used the charity we researched for homework as the basis for our persuasive writing - I can't wait to read all of your persuasive letters next week.

The children had lots of fun cooking and made some delicious fruit kebabs. I was lucky enough to sample all 3 groups and they were yummy!

We rounded off our week with a relay competition. It was so lovely to see everyone cheering each other on an being real sports.

 

Week beginning 29th February

This week saw us having lots of fun. The week started well with children enjoying making their own vegetable soup with Mrs Matherson. They peeled, chopped, boiled and blended the vegetables and enjoyed tasting the product of their hard work too! It was delicious and I can't wait to sample next weeks bread either.

Yesterday was a particularly fun day in school with everyone making a huge effort with their costumes - you all looked fabulous! We read extracts from 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' by Russell Brand, a book children found hilarious. We then wrote our own versions of the rat invasion and rat riot. Children have been working hard today to edit and improve their own work; spotting their own grammatical errors and helping each other improve their language choices. I can't wait to read them all at the weekend.

Well done to all of my class for their super efforts in keeping the classroom, shared area and toilets tidy - we were all so proud to win the Mr Ford Award!!! Keep up the good work.

 

Week beginning 21st February

We have had a fantastic start to the new term; the week started with huge excitement as we took part in the world record attempt of the World Book Day Quiz! All of the children worked really hard and tried their best to answer some very tricky questions. Huge congratulations to our winners Lily-Ann and Joseph.

We have begun a new unit of work in English which is looking at persuasive writing. We had lots of fun learning the text and dramatizing it too.

In Maths we have been using and applying lots of knowledge and skills to make our own pie charts. We also broke a class record for the highest number of children beating their times table challenge scores! Well done everyone! I hope you can do the same next week too.

Finally, in science we investigated electricity- making our own electric circuits and exploring how different components work. We have begun to write some excellent instructions for making a series circuit too.

Spellings have been a huge push this year and I am really proud of everyone for taking part in the Spelling Bee. We all had lots of fun and it was great to see so many children so enthusiastic about spelling. Well done to Corey and Morgan for being our champions this week....who will be our spelling bees next week???

Week beginning 8th February

We have had such a busy half term I can't quite believe it's half term already!

This week has been fabulous and I am really proud to say the whole class has been green all term. This is a huge achievement, well done everyone. To add to our celebrations we even won the Mr Ford award today for having the tidiest classroom and shared area! I hope we can continue winning next term too.

We have been super scientists this week, learning all about the 5 kingdoms and life processes. We enjoyed learning about animal classification and loved making our own keys for classifying animals too.

In PE we have completed a 'big run' today ready for the cross country competition later this year. I was really proud of everyone who gave it their all - it was a huge challenge and it was so lovely to hear children cheering on their classmates. True Bugbrooke spirit shown by all.

We have been completing some assessments this week and I am proud of all my children. Even when you have been tired, you have worked your socks off to show me how much you have learnt. More importantly than that, you have proven to yourselves how much learning you have done and how far you have come! I couldn't be prouder of you all!

Today we all planned our own stories for the BBC Radio 2 500 word challenge. Get creative with your writing children; don't forget to get a friend, parent or myself to give them a read before submitting.

Enjoy a well deserved rest :-)

Week beginning 1st February

Another fabulous week has flown by and we have been really busy working hard to be the best we can be.

In English this week we have been drafting, editing and improving our Fifth Voice stories. It has been wonderful to see every single child turn their writing from good to great and the sense of pride and determination in writing has been tangible. I can't wait to mark them all over the weekend.

We have had a super week in maths. In our main lessons we have been working on co-ordinates and finding area and perimeter of shapes too. Today was Maths Day;I loved seeing how well everyone worked together and applied all of their skills to solve tricky problems. We also had lots of fun drawing investigating area and circumference of circles on the playground.

Our week ended on a fabulous high with us all watching a DVD with delicious hot chocolate. This was for our class treat for getting all of the marbles in the jar! I can't wait to see what you choose as your treat next time!

Thank you to all of the parents who have returned their report reply slips - your feedback is really valuable.

Finally, homework is due in on Tuesday - please encourage your child to come and see me with their homework if they are unsure of what to do; I will always help them at lunchtime.

Week beginning 25th January

Where has January gone? We have been so busy in school and I am so proud of everything my children have achieved but I am even prouder of their attitude to learning.

In English this week we have been planning the fifth voice to add to 'Voices in the Park'. Looking closely at how we plan and develop characters through effective language choices. We then moved on to developing the story and planned paragraphs effectively using our Fantastics and Boomtastics! Finally we looked at a range of way to make links across paragraphs (one of our key writing targets). I know all of the children are really keen to start drafting their work next week and I can't wait to read them all.

In Maths we have been exploring co-ordinates and have had lots of fun plotting and reading them. We've also challenged each other by giving instructions for translations and trying to translate shapes too! We will be continuing with this shape work next week.

In Art my class were really lucky to have Mrs Everington teach them how to use watercolours effectively. They learnt how to draw landscapes focussing of foreground, mid ground and background. We then explored blending techniques too which have made our parks look very realistic. Watch this space next week for photos of our finished products!

In PE we enjoyed learning attacking and defending techniques in netball and had lots of fun playing a  mini tournament against each other. Super sportsmanship shown by all.

Well done to our children who went to Boccia and athletics events this week - you were a credit to our school and I am very proud of you all!

Well done everyone, a super week of learning, sport and teamwork!

Week beginning 18th January

Another busy week has come to an end and once again my class have made me incredibly proud.

In English we have been working on sentence structure and looking at how to embellish sentences. We have used lots of models to support our writing this week and I have been so proud of the fact that all children are now independently applying these skills - it's amazing; keep up the good work!

In maths we have been learning BIDMAS (ask your children what it means and they will amaze you with what they can do). We have also been using number lines to add and subtract negative numbers and find change when working with money - this is really helping our mental maths skills.

In PE we have been revising the rules of netball and enjoyed practising chest and bounce passes, as well as landing and pivoting. We are all looking forward to applying these skills to a real match next week.

We have been doing lots of assessments this week which all of the children have really enjoyed. We have really focussed on spellings this week - I am pleased to see most children remembering key spellings and applying them. Please look out for target spellings for your child in their reading record and practise them as often as possible at home.

Keep up the hard work children, you are doing great!

Week beginning 11th January

Wow, what a week!

We have had such a fabulous week and I am so proud of the determination and hard work my class have shown, you have been superstars!

In English this week we have been practising our reading comprehension skills; looking at themes within our text 'Voices in the Park' as well as making our own inferences and summaries. I can't wait to start re-writing the story next week and seeing all of your wonderful ideas come to life. We have also spent lots of time looking at pathetic fallacy and the way the illustrations mirror the characters' feelings.

In maths we gone multiplication mad! We have been learning long methods of multiplication so as we can solve problems which involve multiplying two, three and even four digit numbers together. Again, my class were really determined to work out calculations for themselves and enjoyed checking their answers on calculators. We also had lots of fun completing a Roman numeral jigsaw which turned out to be a multiplication grid. Super teamwork shown by all.

Today we have worked really hard to produce a report to explain the difference in life cycles between different classifications of animals - I am so proud of the English skills you all transferred and the reports are fabulous!

Well done to everyone this week, you've been great!