WELCOME TO CLASS 5!  

Spring Term 2018

                  

Above - Oscar & Megan - our School Councillors

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Dear Parent/Guardian

Welcome to 2018.  I hope you have had a nice relaxing break over the holidays.

P.E. & Games

PE lessons (indoor) in class 5 will be on a Monday afternoon. Games lessons (outside) will normally be onFriday afternoon. 

For PE lessons the children need a plain white t-shirt and black shorts. Bare feet are fine for PE although black pumps are preferred to avoid any injury.  

An outdoor kit is required for Games lessons, which should include a warm pair of joggers or a track suit, T shirt, jumper plus trainers. To avoid your child missing Games, it is advisable that they keep their kit in their locker during the week.

Could you please ensure that your child’s kit is named as there are often unclaimed items in the classroom.

In P.E: Firstly, we will be doing Gymnastics using high and low apparatus.  The children will need to create sequences using lots of different actions from swinging, climbing, rolling, leaping and balancing. 

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In Games: Firstly, We will be learning basketball and netball.  The children will learn ball control and how to work as part of a team.  Please ensure your child has their full kit in order to stay warm whilst outside.

Reading:-

Your child will bring home a reading book and reading record every day to share with you. We will ensure that your child is heard read at least once a week by a teacher or a teaching assistant. As part of their homework children are asked to read each evening to an adult (house points will be awarded). In order to help us monitor your child’s reading progress please could you continue to write a comment in their reading logbook.

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Reading is not only about the completion of books and moving through the scheme, but also about your child's understanding. Please do not read a book a night with your child, read no more than 15 pages at any one time.  After this, discuss the text/story with your child.  This will help them to think about what they have read and will also show you that they have understood the content.  This is vital to enhance your child's reading ability and their enjoyment of reading.

Homework:-

Year 3 & 4 children are asked to do a small amount of homework each week. This will consist of:-

* Reading every night with an adult
* Learning weekly spellings following a given list and pattern
* Learning their times tables starting with the 2,3,4,5 and 10 x. Then progressing onto 6,7,8, 9, 11 and 12x. The children need        to be able to chant the times tables in order but also answer questions in a random order based on their knowledge.
* Occasionally, reinforcement work may be sent home for completion.

Topics:- 

In Literacy we will be carrying on with Grammar Hammer and learning many different elements of SPAG.  wwe will be concentrating on subordinate clauses, Fronted Adverbials, Adverbs, Openers, conjunctions and WOW words.  We are going to also be taking a close look at reading this term, using whole class texts and extracts the children will experience lots of different genres. 

In Maths we will concentrate on times tables and division.  The children will learn different methods in order to access bigger numbers and carry out problem solving.  we will also look at angels, shape, time and measures.  Fractions will also play a big part of this terms learning.  Fractions of numbers, adding and subtracting fractions, equivalent Fractions and linking with decimals.

Please support your child by helping them to learn the times tables at home. If your child knows their times tables they will find all aspects of maths easier.  Times tables are crucial for fractions, division and problem solving work.

In Science we will be studying a topic called Animal including Humans.  This involves looking at bones, muscles, organs, a healthy balanced diet and food groups.  We will also be looking at plants and what is required to grow healthy plants.  

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In Geography  We will be looking at Poland.  We will be using maps and atlases, using them to locate different countries and cities.  We will also be looking at our local area, where we live, how we get to school and how the area has changed over the years. 

                                                           

In Art we will be looking at primary colours, colour mixing, sketching skills, shading and blending skills.  We will also be looking at a famous artist.

                                

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Graham.

Websites

You may find the following websites useful in supporting your child's learning:

http://www.hamiltonathome.org.uk/

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/

http://durham.schooljotter.com/coxhoe/Curriculum+Links

http://www.maths-games.org/

Below - "In a (not so) dark, dark classroom....some skeletons lived!" 2 views of our latest classroom display!

   

Below - our magical hall display of wand designs (photo taken by James)

Below - a few photos of our classroom/corridor displays from last term