Dear Kusama children, parents and carers,
The Kusama team would like to wish you a very happy Christmas break. We hope that all your wishes come true and we look forward to working with you in 2019!
Thank you for all your support, hard work and kindness...
The Natural History Museum
Please let me start by extending a huge thank you to all the adults who made our visit such a huge success! Your support was invaluable.
Like all intrepid explorers we had a journey to undertake, so we set off at a brisk pace for Sidcup Station. Thankfully the weather was kind and the rain held off. A smooth transition to the tube and a short walk to the museum meant our dinosaur adventure could then truly begin.
We had a fantastic day exploring. Our first stop was the dinosaur exhibition. It wasn't long before we came across a truly realisitic, huge T-Rex, which bellowed and moved before our very eyes. I had to keep reminding myself that we hadn't been transported millions of years back in time! We were all amazed by the size of the dinosaur.
Next, we walked past a vast collection of fossils and models of different dinosaurs. There was so much information to absorb, including lots of facts and questions. We discovered that dinosaur paleontologists have changed their minds many times over the years, as to how the dinosaurs might have looked, especially regarding colours of scales, skin, fur or feathers for example.
The marine fossil exhibition displayed fossils that Mary Anning (whom we have studied in class) had found, an inspirational pioneer of her time! After studying the fossils for a while, we moved on to our next point of interest - the model of the enormous blue whale. All the time the children were encouraged to look high and low, so as not to miss any amazing learning opportunities!
Whilst we were taking a short break, a museum volunteer kindly shared his knowledge regarding a selection of various skulls. A lively question and answer session ensued and we were very impressed by the answers that Kusama Crew provided, well done!
As the end of our amazing visit was coming to a close, to suggest one possible reason for dinosaurs becoming extinct, we bravely journeyed (literally) through the centre of the Earth, to the volcano and earthquake display. Children and adults then experienced an earthquake, twice, which was terrifying and made your legs wobble!
The children behaved brilliantly and were, as a result, a pleasure to undertake this wonderful learning experience with. A huge pat on the back Kusama Crew!
Growing up in Japan, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of becoming an artist. In the fields of her family’s nurseries she drew flowers and plants and stones, imagining the world around her as streams and clusters and arrays of dots.
“Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos,” the artist has said. “Polka dots are a way to infinity.”
Welcome to Kusama Crew 2018. We are looking forward to getting to know you all and to a fantastic year of learning!
CLASS TEACHERS: Mrs. Michie, Mrs. Cumpson
TA Support : Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Selvey 1-1, Mrs. Peden 1-1
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Grant Koper's Story Telling!
KS1 were delighted to be visited by children’s author Grant Koper today! Grant gave an inspiring reading of his playful story, 'The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away!' which told the tale of how one day Granny Moon's knickers blew off the washing line and became part of an exciting and unexpected adventure!
After his story, Grant invited the children to ask questions. Children raised hands to ask questions such as ‘How long did it take to write the story?’, ‘How did you think of the story?’ and ‘What will your next story be about?’. Finally, Grant gifted each child with a souvenir certificate to certify they had attended his story telling!
KS1 would like to say a big thank you to Grant Koper for visiting Longlands Primary!
Please be advised, in an aim to improve phonics and spelling, we have stuck a word and sound mat into the front of everyone's English homework book, (it has also been stuck into their classwork book). Please encourage the children to use this on a regular basis, which will reinforced in school. The Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words (tricky words) need to be learnt in order to boost the children's confidence with spelling and writing sentences.
Thank you in advance.
The KS1 Team
WOW ! WOW! WOW!
Dear Kusama Crew, Parents and Carers,
I just wanted to say how amazing the children's Pudding Lane houses are. We are taking part in Enabling Enterprise this week and I can say, without a doubt, this homework is exceptionally good. Everyone has aimed so high!
All the children who have completed their building will be rewarded in due course. Judging an overall winner is going to be nearly impossible.... I love that you have made our task so tricky!
A HUGE thank you. Well done Kusama Crew.
Mrs. Michie, Mrs. Cumpson, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs Selvey and Mrs Peden
Dear children, parents and carers,
The KS1 team wish you a very enjoyable break
Please can we ask that you put aside some time to do some fantastic reading, spelling and phonics work? Also, lets sharpen up our rapid addition and subtraction mental maths skills!
Many thanks in advance...
Mrs. Michie, Miss Black and Miss Brook.
Please can children bring in book bags everyday.
Reading books will be changed on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The children will be choosing their own books from the boxes or the library.
PE is on a Wednesday For this half term and Friday.
Homework (Literacy, Maths, Spellings, Times Tables) will go out on a Wednesday and is due back on the following Monday. Spelling, times tables / number bonds test will be on Monday.
A visit from Sidcup Fire Station
Today, Tuesday 19th September 2018, KS1 welcomed a very regal visitor to their Royal Tea Party. Unfortunately Queen Elizabeth II was otherwise engaged, nevertheless the children were not disappointed as Miss Owen (Queen of Longlands) was available to host the event. The children entered the hall to the sound of God Save the Queen and quickly settled, ready to receive their royal guest.
On Miss Owen's arrival, as a sign of respect for our esteemed visitor, the children stood quietly before they bowed and curtsied. Miss Owen opened the proceedings, reminding the children of why the Queen hosts a Royal Tea Party and who might be invited. The children then feasted on a banquet of posh sandwiches and luxurious biscuits.
The top table consisted of Miss Owen and three princesses (please note that the prince, who was also chosen at random, wished to dine with his loyal subjects!) used fine bone china whilst they chatted and dined together. The Royal Tea Party was a huge success due to parents and carers providing the posh nosh combined with the excellent manners of our KS1 children!
Thank you everyone from the KS1 team.
Bright Lights, Big City... our learning stimulus for this half term.
Hop on board a big, red bus and head for England’s capital. Yes, that’s right, we’re on our way to London! This half term, we’ll take tea with the Queen and visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. Help your child prepare for their project by visiting big cities- very exciting places! Why not visit a local city to spot interesting vehicles, buildings and landmarks? Alternatively, you could search the web for images, information and film clips about London and keep a scrapbook of your findings. You could also visit the local library to see if you can find some colourful books of nursery rhymes and traditional songs to enjoy together. ILP focus Geography English Recounts, labels, captions, adventure stories, instructions, emails Geography Directions, maps, countries, capital cities, human geography Computing Internet research, digital images, creating and debugging programs, stop-motion animation D&T Model making, mechanisms History The Great Fire of London Mathematics Sequencing and directions Music Traditional songs and nursery rhymes PSHE Citizenship Science Everyday materials Bright Lights, Big City Copyright © 2017 Cornerstones Education Limited