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Hedgehog Class

 

 

 

Dear All,

Please take note of our basic class rules that will apply throughout the year and ensure that your child is equipped with all of the things they need for the terms ahead.

 

 

 

Welcome back to Term 2! This term will be full of fun, learning and brand new experiences!

 

Topic

Our topic this term will be 'Predators', which is a heavily science based topic, focusing on the 'animals including humans' breadth of study for year 3 and 4. During the term we will be looking at: different food groups and types of nutrition and how these groups of food can help our bodies; types of skeletons in both humans and animals; names of different bones in the body and their function; muscles within our bodies and what they do for us; the digestive system; the names of different teeth and their jobs; and different food chains within the animal kingdom.

 

Maths

Maths will be a permanent fixture to our routine, taking place every morning. As a school, we have now started to develop 'Learning Journeys' with the children. This involves taking a difficult learning objective from the curriculum and using it as an end goal for the week. This objective is broken down into bite size chunks over the course of a week so that children can learn the fundamental skills needed to ultimately accomplish a harder task, we refer to these as  'Chunky Monkeys'. In every lesson, I will be explaining to the children how each days objective can be broken down into 3 types of activity: 'I Know', 'I Can' and 'I Can Prove'. The latter allows the children to attempt deeper mastery of the objective. The children will also have the opportunity to assess their own understanding at the end of each lesson. I have provided some examples of my planning, which will be stuck into the children's books at the beginning of each week.

This term the areas we will be studying are:

Mrs Hill will be helping me to provide differentiated support to children in every lesson, and this may well include taking groups out of the classroom for more focused learning.

 

English

During the first week back we will be focusing on the 'speech and language' section of the curriculum, by watching/listening to the children's presentations of their Ancient Greek Projects that they have been working hard on over the half term, and asking questions to enhance their presentation skills.

We will also be practising our writing skills within the following text types:

We will also remain focused on SPaG/GPS and carrying out varied sessions of grammar, punctuation and spelling throughout each week in isolation.

 

The children have now all been given a spelling book. This will go home on a Monday and will need to come back the following Monday to complete the test; there is no need to bring the book back in during the week, unless your child wishes to practise during break times. We have been encouraging children to copy down their new spellings, please do take a moment to check these at home, incase I don't pick up on any mistakes whilst in class. In addition, we also go through how to spell the words as a whole class as they self mark themselves. If you happen to notice any incorrectly marked spellings, please do feel free to amend. Or alternatively, you can find all of the spellings for this term via the link below:

Hedgehog Class Spellings: Autumn 2

The children have now also been split into two groups: Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 children will remain focused on the 200 High Frequency words (featured below) which are common words used in everyday writing. Group 2 will need to learn a list of words from the Year 3/4 statutory spelling list from the curriculum.

PE

This year we are lucky enough to have a sports specialist come in and work with each class during PE. This will be a weekly 45 minute session on a Wednesday. We will then have an additional PE session on a Friday when the school hall is available for use. This term we will carry on, finishing off our gymnastics strand. Please ensure that children's kit are in school, otherwise they will need to sit out, or be put into another class.

 

Mrs Tanner

Mrs Tanner will be providing PPA cover on a Wednesday afternoon this term, and will be keeping the routine of covering Maths and English, however these sessions will be independent from the rest of the week's learning. Mrs Tanner will be focusing on the geometry and measures sections of the maths curriculum and SPaG / guided reading during English (with a particular emphasis on phonics).

 

 

 

 

For many children, starting a new year can be a daunting experience, especially being in a new environment, with a new teacher. I am sure the children will settle into the routine of KS2 quickly and become more confident as time progresses. However, if you have any concerns you are more than welcome to come in and have a chat with myself or Mrs Hill.

 

We look forward to seeing you all!

 

Mrs Harper

 

 

Homework Guidelines for the Half Term break: Ancient Greek Project