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          Hawks  

Welcome back to our new Year 4 and 5!  Mrs Phillips and I will be teaching Hawk Class this year, as detailed below.  Please feel free to approach either of us if you have any concerns, no matter how small, and we will endeavor to help.  Unless it is urgent, we prefer to catch up and chat after school so we can start the day on-time and be with the children as they settle to their busy work, and support their learning.  We are always on the playground at the end of the day and you are always welcome to come and discuss anything with us then.

This year our class will be supported by Mrs Tait on a Monday and Tuesday, with Mrs Kirby on Thursdays. 

Organisation

Mondays - Mrs Halfhide/Mrs Tait

Tuesdays - Mrs Phillips/Mrs Tait

Wednesdays - Mrs Phillips

Thursdays - Mrs Halfhide/Mrs Kirby

Fridays - Mrs Halfhide

Learning

This term the children's topic will be the 'Ancient Egyptians'.  This topic is history and art focused.  All learning is detailed in the half-termly curriculum leaflets attached below - hopefully you will find them useful and informative.  Please click images to open the PDFs.

Although the learning has been planned, as detailed in these documents, it is not set in stone and is dependent upon many factors.

   Autumn 1 Planning     Autumn 2 Planning

Homework

English

Detailed within the curriculum leaflet is also the spelling focus per week, which will relate to their weekly lists to learn, and their SPaG homework.  I will be sending out a letter relating to their SPaG homework at the beginning of term along with their first activity.  Across the year, they will be creating their own SPaG dictionary/revision guide to aid retention and add a spoonful of creativity into their homework!  Hopefully, it will help SPaG 'taste' a little sweeter!

With regard to reading, children should still read with adults to ensure that their comprehension is progressing and can hold high quality discussions about their understanding; however, they should also read on their own for pleasure - most days.  It is important for children to read a range of fiction and non-fiction.  It can be tricky as children approach Y4/5 to get them to sit down and read with an adult!  Therefore, I am going to provide short texts to read at home with adults.  These are optional but will provide you with opportunity to see through a text from start to finish rather than dip in and out of a chapter book they are reading independently.  I will attach some suggested questions to some of the examples.

Our first text type is going to be a newspaper report and following this a biography.  Most children will have written these genres before but their learning will now become more advanced.  As news reporters they will need to largely set aside their own opinion and report the facts; however, may express opinion through the voice of others in direct and reported speech.  A clear structure is essential in a news report and they will plan their article with this in mind.  Their biography will be challenging, as little is known about the life of King Tutankamun and there is speculation about how he died.  The children will be able to explore this in their biographies, recognising and expressing the different theories and the associated evidence.  

Below are some examples of these texts with some suggested questions for you. If you would like to read these with your children it will broaden their experience of different texts and provide some variety.

                                                                   Newspaper Example Reading Pack                          Biography Reading Pack

        

Maths

Inside the leaflet is also some ideas for supporting their mathematics at home which will serve to boost their progress in the planned learning for the term.  The children will be issued with the same MA book at the beginning of term.  Based upon your feedback, which I would greatly appreciate you writing inside your child's book, I will review their level and adjust where appropriate after the first couple of weeks.  We will also ask the children how they feel about the level of their book.  In class, the children will be issued with a reward/sticker bookmark to track their time tables knowledge (this will be attached to their maths book and serve as a bookmark reminder of this important learning!).  The children will be rewarded with house points for each times table they learn.  This will be based upon them knowing their multiplication and division facts.  They will be tested by asking 10x, 9x, 5x, 6x and then other facts.  After they will be tested on their division facts in a similar order.  This is to encourage their understanding of related facts. Not all children can learn facts in a random order, struggle with retention and can panic if questions are fired in this fashion. It does not matter, if they do not simply KNOW the answer, they just need strategies to derive it efficiently.  Our brains all work differently.

Timing

Spellings - Out on Monday - Tested on Friday

MA Book - Out on Friday - In on Wednesday

SPaG Dictionary - Out on Friday - In on Wednesday

They children are able to attend homework club on Tuesdays to complete their work.

Equipment

Must haves Optional
  • Fresh, named water bottle - everyday please
  • Sun hat and cream (when this applies)
  • Ink Pen and cartridges
  • Rubber and pencil
  • Set square for underlining and drawing tables etc (helps them to get a right angle!)
  • School bag
  • Correct school uniform and tie
  • PE Kit

Our PE kit consists of a red 'Leigh' T-shirt with black shorts and black or red jogging bottoms for cooler weather. Children only require trainers for PE activities.

  • Wellington boots
  • Pencil Case

I would appreciate it if their pencil case could be of a sensible size to fit in shallow trays.  Along with books and equipment they need to store in their trays the large box like cases do not fit in.  We end up with desks cluttered with pencil cases that can get in the way of them working. They do not need a lot of equipment because most is provided.

 

All the equipment below is provided but if the children wish to bring some of these items they may.

  • Colouring pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Whiteboard pens (only black please so we can easily read what they have written from a distance)
  • Sharpener
  • 15cm/30cm ruler
  • Small pair of child scissors
  • Felt tips (keep in school bag)
  • Dictionary - we have more than enough dictionaries in school

Not to be brought into school

  • Anything containing nuts (no nuts in lunch please)
  • Sweets (unless it is a birthday)
  • Technology (tablets, phones, kindles)
  • Pocket money
  • Cuddly toys

Can be brought to school but must be left in school bag for lunch time (not in class or trays)

  • Pokemon cards (or anything of this sort)
  • Small toys to play with at lunch time  (not sports equipment) The school, other children, other parents will not be responsible for their replacement if they are broken or lost. This is at your own risk.