Welcome to our Giraffe Class page
Here you can find out about all of the exciting things that we have been
learning about, as well as all of the achievements that we are so
Class Teacher- Miss Johnson
Class Teaching Assistant- Miss Kirkpatrick
Our star of the week this week is...
Zac can be known to have a few incidents at play and lunch times, but over the last couple of weeks we have seen a real change in his attitude, which is brilliant! He has been a lot more positive about school and this week has been perfect for Zac! The work he has been producing has also been of a really high standard and his creative writing piece the other day was excellent! Well done Zac, keep it up!
Our star of the week this week is...
Kai P has only been a Giraffe for a few months, but in that time he has demonstrated the school values perfectly and is a brilliant role model to anyone around him. He continually works hard in every single lesson and produces fabulous work!
Well done Giraffes! It's been a few weeks since we have won a trophy but we managed to get third place this week. Lets see if we can try and win medals like Toucans did, before the end of the year!
Our star of the week this week was...
Ola is such a great role model to everyone around her and you can always rely on her to make the right choices. She follows all of the school values without fail and always tries her absolute hardest in every piece of work that she does. She is unfailingly amazing. Well done Ola, keep up the great work!
This weeks star of the week is...
Coleen has really turned her attitude around recently, she has been trying really hard to be a better friend and has become so good at encouraging her peers and giving them positive comments. She has also been trying so much harder in lessons and her hard work is really paying off. Well done Coleen, keep up the great work!
Our star of the week this week is...
Sofia has always worked hard, but in the last couple of weeks she has been putting extra effort into her lessons, especially maths, and it is really paying off! She is showing great amounts of endeavour and doesn't get disheartened if she gets something wrong. Not only that, but she has been so much better at remembering to bring in her hearing aids the last few weeks, which means I don't need to nag her as much anymore which is amazing! Really well done Sofia, we are all very proud of you, keep up the great work!
This weeks star of the week is...
I had another really tough week for choosing star of the week because all of my Giraffe's have been so amazing this week. So I thought it would be best to choose someone who is consistently amazing, not for just one week. Iza is a great role model within class and the wider school, she follows all of the school values and is such a hard worker. Well done Iza, we are very proud of you! Keep up the great work!
We won the first place attendance trophy this week! Well done to all of the Giraffes who have been at school every day this week, it has really paid off! Lets see if we can do it two weeks in a row!! Well done guys!!
Our star of the week this week is....
Viki is such a happy member of our class and is a constant source of entertainment. She is always hard working and strives do to her best in all of her lessons, she has been working especially hard on her handwriting at the moment and is doing so well! Viki is a great friend to everyone and is a role model to everyone. Well done, keep up the great work!
I have seen a big change in Karly's whole outlook this past week, where she would normally let things get her down in lessons, she is embracing the feedback that she is being given, and use it to improve her work. She has also been working really hard on being a good friend, and I have seen a big difference with all of her hard work this week. It's so brilliant to see her making such an effort, keep up the great work Karly!
Every single Giraffe agreed that Justin should be our star of the week this week because his whole attitude towards school has changed which means that he has been able to produce some amazing work and it has been so lovely to see him enjoying his learning! The Giraffe's also informed me that he has also been a great friend out on the playground too, which is lovely to hear. Keep up the good work Justin!
This weeks star is...
Leo has transformed his attitude towards his learning over the last couple of weeks and he hasn't let the little things stand in the way of learning as much as he used to. He has made great efforts to try his very best and not get frustrated. Well done Leo, we are very proud, keep up the great work!
Friday was a great day for our Giraffes, not only did we win the attendance trophy, but we also had TEN people get their Ninja band in one go!!
Miss Kirkpatrick and I are so proud of you all for how well you are doing with your Ninja bands, keep up the amazing work!
Our star of the week this week is...
Olivia and Kai!
Olivia and Kai both started with us on Monday, they have done such a good job of settling into our class this week that they were the clear winners this week! Well done you two, it's great to have you here! Also, well done to the rest of the Giraffe's for making them feel so welcome, we are very proud of you all!
Our star of the week this week is.....
Conner has shown a massive transformation in his attitude towards his learning this week and he has done so much independent work, I'm so proud of him, and I'm sure the rest of Giraffe class are too. Well done Conner!
It's only the first week back, but our Giraffe's have already learnt so much about our new topic for this term.... The 1980's!!
See if your child can tell you anything about this!
We have had some really tricky maths challenges this week, but as always, our Giraffe's have shown endeavour and done the best that they possibly can!
In order to help your children with their maths, there are some little things that you could be doing with them, for example...asking them everyday questions about time and money, just to get them in the habit of using this information in simple questions.
If you are paying for something, see if they can work out how much change you are going to get!
If you are going somewhere, ask them to work out how much time they have before you have to leave!
Knowing this would be a great help!
This week, we received an email from the agents at SPOOCS who have been having some trouble with ghosts all over the UK. They have asked us teachers if any of our children would be up to the challenge of becoming an agent! We spent the whole week learning how to write persuasively and today (Friday), we wrote a letter of application, fingers crossed all of our Giraffe;s are accepted!! I can't wait to hear back from SPOOCS!
It may have been the last week of term, but our Giraffe's were still working hard as always! Well done for all of your hard work this half term and thank you for being such a lovely class to teach these last few weeks. Enjoy your time off and I will see you after Easter so we can crack on with some even more amazing work!
Our star of the week this week is Nicole, not only does she try her hardest at everything that she does, but she is an amazing friend and loved by everyone in the class. This is bitter sweet for us this week because although Nicole won Star of the week, this was also her last week here at Drapers! We wish Nicole the best of luck in her new school and hope that she is happy there, we are sure she will love it! Good luck Nicole, from your Giraffe family!
This week we had to say goodbye to our lovely Headteacher, Mr Apps. To say goodbye, we held a celebration assembly in his honour and all of the year groups performed something that they had prepared for him. Year 4 did a quiz show! Mr Apps had to try to answer maths questions faster than our year 4's to avoid having to put on a silly item clothing... but our year 4's were too quick for him and he lost every round! Well done year 4!
Goodbye Mr Apps, we will all miss you and your humour!
Our star of the week this week is Viki! This is because she always tries her absolute hardest in all of her lessons and has recently been trying really hard to improve her handwriting, which is really paying off! She is a pleasure to have in the classroom, keep up the great work Viki!
Friday 18th March 2016
In order to raise money for sport relief, the children were able to come to school dressed as a sports star and they brought in £1 to do so.
As well as having sport themed lessons throughout the day, the children also went outside in the afternoon to take part in some sporting activities with Mr Smith. They had great fun doing this, even if it was a bit cold!
The cup and saucer game! A race against time to get as many cones turned the correct way for their team to win!
The obstacle course, weaving, hurdles, sprinting, balancing and throwing as fast as they could!
The card game, in 4 teams, the children raced to be the first to find all 13 cards in their suit.
The children also learned about what Eddie Izzard is doing to raise money for Sport Relief and why he is doing it in the way he is. This led onto a discussion about who Nelson Mandela is and what he is known for. Ask your child if they can remember how long Nelson was in prison for and why, see if they can remember!
This weeks Literacy has been all about story writing. The children have been looking at all of the tools that they can use to write a brilliant story. This started off with us looking at how we can create dramatic tension which of course, meant that we used drama to express our ideas! The children loved this!
Giraffe class are absolutely loving Ninja Maths at the moment! We have had so many people working their way up through the bands recently and we are so proud. It just goes to show how much hard work they are putting into their times tables and number bonds, and it is definitely paying off! Please encourage your children to do this at home and we can have even more Giraffe's earning their bands!
Our star of the week this week was Elliot. Elliot's attitude towards his learning has transformed in the last week, which means that the work he has been producing has been outstanding! He has been working especially hard at improving his handwriting and taking more pride in his work. It wont be long and he will get his pen license, keep up the great work Elliot!
We have had a new display go up this week! We love to celebrate how well the children are doing in all areas of their learning, so I thought a new display to track how many books the Giraffe's have read would be a great addition to the classroom! We have had a few people earn their 50 and 100 read awards this week, so they will be getting that in next weeks assembly. Please try to read at home as much as possible and let us know how many books you have read on a regular basis, we would love to celebrate how well you are doing!
This week in maths, we have been learning about different types of angles and how to measure them using a protractor, it's very tricky to get those lined up correctly!
Can you remember which type of angle is bigger than 90 degrees but smaller than 180 degrees?
Congratulations to Tereza on being Giraffe class's star of the week this week! This award was so well earned, Tereza is such a hard worker and always tries her very best at everything she does, as well as helping others whenever she can and having such lovely manners. Well done Tereza!
Last week was World Book Day, and as well as producing some amazing stories based on our picture and sharing books with Penguins class, we also had some parents in to work with the children to create diorama's based on our picture!
This is our display showing the truly amazing work that was produced, absolutely everyone worked so hard and I'm so proud of the stories that they wrote!
I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new class teacher for Giraffes!
I'm Miss Johnson, and I'm so happy to be working with all of these amazing children. It was great to meet some of our lovely parents at parents evening this week. I will now be with Giraffe's until the end of the year, so I hope I get the opportunity to meet all of you at some point in the future.
If you couldn't make it to parents evening for any reason then please feel free to approach me at any time with any queries that you may have about your child or their progress and I'll be happy to help you as much as I can
Here is a copy of our topic homework in case you have misplaced it.
Please remember to bring your homework book in every Monday for new homework. Home reading is an on-going homework, please remember that the children are encouraged to be independent in changing their books each day.
I'm not going to lie...we were ecstatic this morning...... we only went and won 1st place for our attendance this week!!!!
This is the first time we have won any attendance trophy in Giraffes Class so to win first was amazing! It was a total team effort..we all got up in the morning and got ourselves into school .. I am so proud of you all!
Thank-you Mums, Dads and Carers for your support!!
Oh my! We had so much fun doing drama! We have been watching a short video as a stimulus for our writing and our task was to act out our prediction of the ending...awesome teamwork!
We have been learning about Romans...and I am super impressed at how much effort and enthusiasm the children have shown!!
We have made shields and Gladiator masks. Ask us what we know about Gladiators!...We compared a Gladiator to a Premier League footballer and thought about what job we would prefer, can you guess which was more popular!?
Welcome back Giraffes!
Firstly, I'd like to introduce myself to you all. My name is Mr Lightfoot and I'm happy to inform you that I'm taking over as class teacher from Miss Smith for a while starting January 2016. Please feel free to come up and have a chat with me. I know how sorry we all were to see Miss Smith go but we wish her all the best for the future. She told me what a wonderful class you'd been and how hard you'd all worked for her. We're pleased to say that Miss Kirkpatrick is still with us and will be helping you all again this term. She has worked extremely hard making the classroom look nice upon your return and I know she'd be delighted if somebody told her how wonderful it looked!
This term our topic will be about the Romans so please bring in any books you have at home that might help us in the classroom. In literacy we will be looking at a wonderful book by the talented author Colin Thompson and discussing castles. Our language this term will be Polish so there's a lot to be getting on with. Hope to see you all soon and thank you.
Giraffe class are really eager to win a trophy from Attendance Ted! If we all pull together to come in to school everyday and arrive on time, I sincerely believe WE CAN DO IT!!
MAKE IT IN ON MONDAY! Each child that come to school on Monday and is here on Friday, will be entered in to a prize draw!
A polite reminder.
Please can we ensure that all children come in to school in full and correct uniform. The majority of Giraffes do so and look very smart everyday - thank you very much. As a school initiative, house points will be deducted for those not in the full, correct uniform. If there is an issue with your child's uniform, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Boots are NOT uniform but may be worn into school and changed into shoes.
Please keep up the reading at home and the signing of reading records..it's so important! Also please tell us about any extra reading, comics, newspapers etc..it ALL counts!
In Giraffe class, we try to promote independence and leadership by encouraging your child to change their own reading book. We allocate time first thing in the morning for this. If you find your child is not changing their reading book or they might be picking one up in a different stage then again, please don't hesitate to talk to us.
Please can all home-learning books be returned every MONDAY.
Thank-you again for all your support in relation to child's progression at school, it's all very much appreciated and really shows!
We have a travelling book fair in school next week from the 7th. Please come and take a browse, there may be a great Christmas present idea!
Children will be participating in Race for Life on the 8th December. Please do all you can to support this worthwhile charity.
Most importantly, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on this day!
I would recommend that they have something extra to keep them warm and trainers.
Thank-you very much.
£1 donation please for those wishing to participate!
On behalf of the whole school, I am asking a tiny favour....
KS2 were recorded singing "I Saw Three Ships" last week by Seaside Radio. We are one of ten schools and would really REALLY love to win!!
We are currently 2nd so still need your votes, your family votes, your friends, neighbours.......(I'm sure you get the picture!)
We have our Christmas Fair on the 15th December. Any donations of items for the tombola or raffle would be very much appreciated.
We are hoping for a great turnout, hope to see you there!
As a whole school initiative, we do 'Race in to Reading'. Everytime your child reads and it is signed off from an adult at home, we move around them around the track. The top 3 readers in each class are awarded a prize at the end of term in a special assembly. The top reader for the whole year group receives a voucher!!!
Well done Conner in Giraffes who was the top reader in the whole of year 4 last term...FABULOUS!!
Could it be you this term???
We had a special assembly today. We were told about a charity called 'Thanet Families in Need'. As a key Stage, we reflected upon our Christmas and compared them to others. We thought about how grateful we are for what we have and the fact that even if we don't have a lot, it's more than some others.
We have decided to collect item for this charity to make a families Christmas special. We would be very grateful for any donations towards this. This could include anything from unused toiletries, toothbrushes and flannels, unwanted items such as books and toys. Anything is very much appreciated...lets do something amazing this Christmas!
In maths, we have been learning about telling the time. We have been looking at different aspects such as reading time and looking at time difference.
It would be great if you could practise at home. You could ask them the current time or ask them 'how long until bedtime?'.
As a school, we learned about Remembrance Day. We wrote a class poem and created poppies for our assembly.
What an exciting term back!
Our teacher is new to the School and she is very pleased to be working in the class have been very helpful and working hard at remembering our class rules and the school rights.
We made our own class rules which include;
Use the right words and voice
Be Smart at all times
Our classroom is looking colourful and there are lots of displays with information to help us with our work. Some are interactive; we have to time ourselves with number bonds, there are also calculators on the wall to support our RUCSAC work, and an e-safety quiz which gives us a certificate, if we prove we know how and use the internet safely.
We are adding a bus and telephone box to our book corner and have found out that a telephone box in London has been turned into a very small library! London is our focus for geography and history this term and any information and resources you may wish to share will be gladly appreciated.
The book we are reading is The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd and is very exciting!
The story is about Ted, Kat and Salim and a mysterious disappearance on the London Eye. The super detectives in Giraffe class have already made predictions of where Salim has gone. Each chapter is building our evidence and along with Ted and Kat we will become sleuthing partners.
This information you may find helpful.
PE is on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons
Welcome to Giraffes class.
I am looking forward to working with the children and watching them progress during year four. Watch this space for our exciting learning journey.
Please ask your child regularly for any homework that has been set to ensure they are completing it on time.
I look forward to working in Giraffes class and I already know I will enjoy working with your children and watching them progress.
If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to find me at the end of the day as I will be happy to discuss any queries you have.
Toucan class have been immersed in learning about a special type of mountain, the volcano. We have looked at famous volcano's including Mount Vesuvius. From this we had a philosophical discussion. Why people would choose to live at the foot of a volcano? Are there any benefits? Are the benefits worth the risk?
The children had some very interesting opinions, ask your child their views!
This afternoon Toucan class have been exploring 'What do all mammals have in common?'
We have had fun with a scavenger hunt where we have learnt all about a range of mammals.
Ask your child tonight if they can explain what a mammal is!
Water Aid was a great success the children had a fantastic time and reflected carefully about the experiences of less fortunate children. We have also used this in our writing. We also raised over £60 for Water Aid supplying 60 metres of water pipes for a village who need a safe water supply. Well done year three!!
Toucans have been busy learning time in maths and applying this knowledge to solve real life problems!
We used our environement to explore shadows. We discovered how shadows are formed and why they appear to change shape and size depending on the time of day.
Our most recent literacy unit was Myths and Legends. We used freeze framing to predict the ending of Sif and her Golden Hair, an exciting Norse myth featuring Thor and Loki, the brothers of Azgard. Following on from this the children retold the myth using some fantastic language whilst learning to vary their sentence structure. I am very proud of the wonderful writing Toucan class produced this week!
Toucan's have loved investigating rivers!
Next we move to exploring mountains. Help your child by finding out about the worlds most famous mountains. What is the environment like? How does this compare to other climates in the world?
Toucan Class would like to Warmly invite parents to join us at 9.00am Thursday 4th June in assembly where we will share some of our last terms work. We hope to see you there!
Welcome to Toucans!
I will post links on this page to help support homework, keep you updated about class news and celebrate success of the wonderful Toucan class!
Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let me know!
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.
A letter will come out tomorrow detailing our Water Aid event taking place on Friday afternoon. Children are proudly taking action to help developing countries access safe, clean water within their villages.
We would like the children to bring in a towel, clean clothes, wellies and a plastic bucket or container on Friday please.
If children do not bring a set of clothes, sadly they can not join in as the event will involve water!
we will post photos of our splashing fun later next week!
As this is a fundraiser, please could each child bring a contribution of £1 to go towards our donation.