Welcome to Nightingales class!
Welcome back to Term 6 in Nightingales! This term is going to be super busy and we have lots of exciting learning to fit in. Our topic this term will be ‘Smashing Saxons’ where we will look at who the Saxons were and use different resources and artefacts to find out more about them. We really enjoyed our BANG! day during which we kicked off our learning by completing a carousel of activities. These activities included: making butter, making Saxon bread, making Saxon shortbread, making Saxon stew and creating our own Saxon broaches.
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. In Term 1 and 3, we invited parents in to read with us. We had a wonderful time and the different adults shared some lovely books with us. We can’t wait to do it again along with many other reading activities!
Our Science this term is all about Light. We will be exploring what we need in order to see objects and will be investigating how shadows are made and how we can alter the size and shape of them. Throughout the lessons we will practise a variety of Science skills with a large focus on ‘recording findings’.
PE this term will be on Thursday and we will be doing Athletics with Mr Murphy. Alongside this we will continue with swimming lessons on Fridays. 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 will be taught slightly differently this term. They will be set, taught and tested within learning groups and a new set will be distributed each week. Spellings will be tested on a Monday and new spellings will be distributed, taught and practised on the following Tuesday.
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 also have 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 and a week of Maths 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!
Miss Taylor Mrs Fortune Mrs Kay Mrs Quaey