I have tried to outline the class routines below and also wanted to let you know about some of the different subject areas we will cover.
As part of our work on the Victorians we will be having a Victorian Day at school on September 23rd. It would be great if the children could come in Victorian costume. In October we will be visiting Cold Harbour Mill, near Tiverton, to learn about the Victorian textile industry. This day will be run as a drama workshop, so the children will be able to wear their costumes again.
We have started by identifying the properties of living things and will then think about different ways of grouping and classifying them. We will all be learning about birds. An outside visitor will be talking to the class and helping us to write poems based on the natural world.
Years 5 and 6 will then continue with the theme of flight whilst Years 3 and 4 will investigate plants (partly through their work in Forest School).
On Monday afternoon Mr Kenward will be teaching computing. This term we will be using ‘Scratch’ for programming. This can be downloaded for free online. We will be talking about saving and retrieving work as well as naming and organising folders.
We will continue to use the White Rose Maths Scheme. During the Autumn term all year groups will begin with Place Value which, for Year 5 and 6, will include working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Following this we will be solving problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Mrs Parish will test tables on Thursdays. The children have a Times Table book which they should have in school every Thursday. To achieve the bronze level they will need to recite the table in order. For silver they need to recall the table facts out of order and for gold they need to know the related division facts (e.g. 20 ÷ 4 = 5).
You will receive a separate letter about Mathletics. This will include an individual password and user name. Some children have found regular, short spells using Mathletics has really improved their confidence.
It is really important that children in Key Stage 2 continue to read to adults regularly, even once they have become confident readers. Discussing a book with an adult helps to develop their vocabulary and comprehension and also ensures they maintain their accuracy.
I would like everybody to read to an adult for 10 minutes, three times a week. Please could you record reading in the reading log. We collect reading logs in on Monday morning and award stars to those who have read three times. If the book chosen isn’t suitable, please just come in and change it.
We have group reading sessions on Thursday afternoons when children are able to share a book with a group led by an adult. Some groups will be asked to read a chapter at home during the week.
On Friday mornings, the children will be given a list of spellings to write in the front of their spelling books. We ask that they then have them checked by an adult. They will be tested on these spelling the following Friday and they do the test at the back, so you can see how they got on. Please could you remind children to bring their spelling books in on Fridays.
P.E., Games and Swimming
Year 3 and 4 will have a separate letter about swimming on Thursdays, but please come and ask if you have any concerns. On Friday mornings, we do gymnastics in the village hall. Children should come to school in P.E. kit. Years 5 and 6 will change into school uniform after gym. Years 3 and 4 have Forest School on Friday afternoon. They do not need uniform on Friday and can change straight into Forest School clothes.
We will do Games on Monday afternoon. This term it will get cold. Children can wear tracksuit trousers. It is better if they wear their own sweatshirts or jumpers, rather than uniform, in case they get wet or muddy. Gloves and hats make a big difference to those who feel the cold.
If you are buying football socks, please consider getting black ones, as this is what we wear for school matches.
For football club children can wear P.E. kit or their own football kit. Children can also wear their own sports kit for other clubs such as hockey and netball.
I aim to send homework books out on Tuesdays. Year 6 will have a piece of English and Maths. The other groups will have Maths and English on alternate weeks.
Once homework has been completed the children need to put it in the homework drawer at the back of the classroom. It is due in on Monday morning. If homework comes in late I can not always send it out the next day.
If you think the homework is too long or difficult, just stop at a suitable point and put a note in the book or come and speak to me in class so that I can adjust it.
Please feel free to come and speak to me if you have any queries or concerns. I have clubs after school on Tuesday and Thursday but am usually available after school on the other days.