This term the class will be doing PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Please send your child in in their school uniform but with a name - labelled PE kit in a bag.
We are starting to use a new spelling system. The children will soon receive a log on and password for Spelling Shed. This will allow them to practise the spelling rules we have been learning at school through a range of games and challenges. There will no longer be a weekly spelling test.
We will continue to rote learn out times tables as the children started last year. We will work together as a class learning a couple of facts a week. We will do a timed test three times a week.
Times tables are a vital part of anyone's mathematical toolkit. Please help your child by regularly asking them about the times table facts that we are learning in class. Each week, I will post our new facts on the web page.
We will teach reading through a mix of whole class reading and small group guided reading. Please read with your child four times a week. Reading fluency at the end of Primary school is a big indicator of future academic success.
Term 1 & 2 Curriculum Map
In a bid to save the environment, I will post the curriculum maps on the web page rather than print them and send them home. However, if you would like a paper copy, please ask.
This week we started to think about how technology affects our life and how it changes over time. Our first step was to think about chronology. We created time lines of our own live. We then looked at a range of boats and tried to think about what features would help us place them on a time line.
In maths, we have been learning how to partition 4-digit numbers. We have been partitioning them into thousands, hundreds, tens and one.
Our times tables for this week are:
5 threes are 15.
5 fours are 20.
5 fives are 25.
6 fives are 30.
In English we have been thinking about extending our sentences with fronted adverbials. These are words or phrases that go at the front of a sentence and describe the verb. We thought about the three main types of adverbial- manner, time and position. We wrote diaries as if we were Tilly.
The children have been fantastic this first week back. They got used to school routines well and are on their way to forming a great little learning team.
We thought a lot about the school values and how best we can embody them. We also thought about class rules. We managed to list 17 class rules but then boiled them down to three that cover everything!
This week we thought about problem solving skills in maths. We looked at how to model problems with objects and worked on our resilience with a bit of modular origami. We also saw how we can use our knowledge of the numbers 1- 10 to help us with numbers to 1000.
In English, we thought about what makes a sentence and recapped some of our prior learning from year 3. We also started reading 'Tilly and the Time Machine'. This links to our topic but the details of that are under wraps at the moment. We will be launching the topic next week at which point I will add the curriculum map to the web page.