It’s Term 3 already! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break! Thank you to all of you that kindly gave me and the TAs a Christmas gift, and to those who send cards and gifts for my wedding – it went really well. I am officially Mrs Butler now, although I will continue to use ‘Keates’ at school for now. I thought that would be less confusing for the children (and me!)
The children are settled again and we’ve started our ‘North America’ topic, which will continue until Easter. The initial focus will be geography based, and we will then look at Native Americans and the settlement of Europeans in North America. We are also planning a trip in Term 4 to the American museum in Bath, more details to follow.
Hawks class use ‘Dojos’ as a reward system. Each child was given a slip with the details of this at the turnaround session. This allows parents to access the online site. If you need another copy, please let me know!
The children will be given homework on a Wednesday, which is due back in on the following Monday. This will consist of either a spelling or times table based activity, the focus of which will alternate each week. This will help to consolidate the learning of target times tables and/or spellings. Please don’t forget that the children will be tested on their times table target every week and they are given a list of spelling every week. Spellings will be tested on a Friday, during PPA. Times tables will be tested towards the end of the week, when we can fit it in! The children are expected to learn / practice their spellings and tables at home with adult support. There is a copy of the spelling lists at the bottom of this page for you to download.
Please could you listen to your child reading at home, this really helps them to make progress in both their reading and writing. Sharing books as a family exposes children to a wider range of vocabulary and can really improve their ideas for writing and their understanding of language. As you’re aware, those children who consistently read on average 3 times a week will be awarded the ‘Redland Readers’ certificate. Those who go above and beyond, reading on average 5 times per week, will be awarded the ‘Relentless Redland Readers’ badge.
Don’t forget Mathletics and Times Table Rockstars! Playing with these apps regularly really supports the children in their learning of maths and is great fun! They all have passwords and usernames so can continue with this at home.
Our class council representatives are Dominick, Thomas and Summer.
We had some very kind offers of help to hear children read this year. If anyone else would like to help hear children read or practice their times tables, please let me know!
The TAs working with Hawks this year are:
Mrs Duncan, Mrs Harris, Mrs Pomfrey and Mrs Kay.
Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. They need indoor and outdoor kit, including a warm jumper and leggings / jogging bottoms.
Many thanks for your continued support,