Welcome to Buzzards Class!!
A warm welcome to the last term, let’s hope we get some warmer weather soon! We have another busy term ahead where our topic is based on Art in Nature. We very much enjoyed our trip to Westonbirt Arboretum – please come into the classroom to have a look at our display of some of the art we created whilst we were there. The children were extremely well behaved and both Miss Keates and I felt very proud of them all. We even had an email from Westonbirt especially to congratulate us on the behaviour of the children.
You recently received a letter outlining the changes to the way we will be teaching spellings. These will be taught on a Monday: year 4 with Miss Keates and year 5 with Mrs Billett. Each week they will be given a new set of spellings to learn with an activity for homework, they will have a week to learn the spellings and will be tested on a Monday morning.
Please make sure that your child has a PE kit in school every day. This term we will be having indoor PE on Monday and athletics outside on Wednesday.
The children will be given their homework on a Wednesday, it is due back in on a Monday and will alternate between spelling and times tables activities. They will need to practise both each week, but they will also have a focussed activity to do.
We are currently having a big push on reading. It would be really appreciated if you can encourage your child to read frequently at home, this really helps them at school in other areas of their learning. We are all asking that the children in our classes read at least three times a week and those that do so will be rewarded with a treat! This doesn’t need to be their school reading book, but any reading material or genre that they are interested in. It needs to be recorded by an adult in their reading record. This will be counted up each week.
Don’t forget Mathletics! 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. We now have access to Times Tables Rock Stars which is also proving very helpful with the children’s times tables recall. They all have a password, so can continue with this at home. TopMarks ‘Hit the Button’ is also a great way for the children to keep learning and consolidating their times tables knowledge. Please encourage your child to go back over previous times tables too!
There are also lots of other interactive activities available on TopMarks which the children are familiar with.
If you wish to speak to me about anything, please come and see me. Many thanks,
Please find our current curriculum letter below.