Welcome to Nightingales class!
Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you’ve had a relaxing break and are ready for all of the exciting learning ahead.
This term is going to be another busy one and we have already kicked off our learning with a BANG! day and trip all about our new topic, World War II. Throughout the term, we will be learning about what life was like for children during the war. We will be learning about The Blitz, evacuation and rationing. Towards the end of the term, we will be visiting Swindon Steam Museum where we will be stepping into the footsteps of children during WWII.
We had so much fun last term with our topic, Superheroes. During this topic, we turned ourselves into superheroes by designing and making our own capes and masks. At the end of the term, we performed in a fashion show to parents so we could show the superhero side of us! It was a very exciting topic! 🙂
In Nightingales we are having a big focus on reading. We have a chart in class to see who can read the most. The aim is to read a minimum of 3 times a week! As part of this, we are also planning lots of exciting things that all link to reading. Throughout the year, we will be inviting parents in to share different reading experiences with us. A letter will be sent home with information regarding these events as they happen.
Our Science this term is all about Sound. We will be carrying out various experiments to find out how sounds are made. When we have identified how sounds are made, we will continue our learning by looking at how sounds change and how sound can be absorbed. Throughout the lessons we will practise a variety of Science skills with a large focus on ‘recording findings’.
PE this term will be on Monday and Thursday. We will be doing Hockey with Mr Murphy. Alongside this we will be practising our multi-skills through Real PE sessions in which we will work on developing our agility, balance and coordination. Although PE is on set days, please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school all week just in case!
Nightingales’ Curriculum Letter
Spellings are taught slightly differently in Key Stage Two. The children are put into spelling groups across Puffins and Nightingales and are set, taught and tested spellings within their groups. At the start of each term, the children are given their spellings for the term. Each week, the children will be tested and taught their new spellings on a Tuesday and then have a session to practise on a Wednesday. It is important that the children practise their spellings regularly at home.
This term’s spellings
Alongside weekly spellings, there is a Year 3 and 4 Word list (containing words from the National Curriculum) which the children will need to learn. They will be tested on these termly. The list can be accessed below.
Don’t forget Mathletics and ‘Timestable Rockstars’! Playing this regularly really supports the children in their learning of Maths and is great fun! The children will shortly be given log ins for these websites as well as log-in details for ‘My Maths’ whereby homework is sometimes set and completed on-line. Homework will continue to alternate between a week of English (linked to spellings) and a week of Maths (linked to times tables) and will be sent home on a Wednesday. It will then be due in the following Tuesday. If the children have any difficulties completing homework, please can they let one of the adults in the class know on the Friday before it is due in.
In Nightingales we have a times table challenge. All children are superheroes and they have to learn different times tables to defeat the different villains! The children will need to know their 8 times tables to defeat the villain below. Can you spot who the villain is?
Thank you to the parents who come in and help out hearing the children read. In addition to being heard by adults in school and a guided reading session, please could children read at home at least 3 times a week. We keep a record of who reads 3 times each week and we record this on a chart in the classroom. Who will read the most in the class?
Here’s to another exciting term ahead with the amazing Nightingales!
Mrs O’Brien Mrs Fortune Mrs Quaey Mrs Cockram Mrs Joseph