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Hedgehog Class

 

 Welcome back to a brand new year as a Hedgehog!

 

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 to a brand new school year as a Hedgehog! This term will be full of fun, learning and brand new experiences!

 

Topic

Our topic this term is 'Gods and Mortals' which heavily revolves around the learning of Ancient Greece and its gods. We will be looking at where Ancient Greece falls in the time-line of humanity  and how life contrasts between now and then. In addition we shall also be exploring greek myths (as well as creating our own) and getting our hands dirty by creating Greek God masks using mod roc - which we will use to create our own role plays that you can come and enjoy on our very own 'Greek Themed Day' (stay posted for more information about this closer to the end of term).

 

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

To start the term we will be looking at some story writing, refreshing our skills on how to use adjectives and describe settings and characters. We shall also be exploring:

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

 Spellings over the course of this term will be taken directly from the 200 High Frequency Words list, as I want to make it a matter of priority that children are familiar with the spellings of these words so that it can aid the quality of their writing. A list will be sent home every Monday of 12 spellings I would like the children to practise at home. These will then be tested the following Monday. For the duration of just this term, all of the children will be learning the same words, and this of course does mean that they do not follow a certain pattern or sound. 

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.

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. This term we are going to be doing gymnastics. 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 morning 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