We are one part of our closely linked Federation team and as our school motto says, we believe ‘Every Piece Matters’ and that we should all ‘Aim High, Be resilient and Take Care of Each Other’. Creating a happy, supportive, team environment is our top priority as this is the foundation for enabling children to challenge themselves and ‘Aim High’ across all areas of the curriculum.
What an exciting term ahead we have planned! Our topic this term will be ‘Extreme Earth!’ This includes finding out all about the formation of mountains and volcanoes as well as how and why earthquakes occur. The children will continue to build on their locational knowledge from previous terms by locating these physical features around the world. As part of their Wild Tribe lessons and D.T, the children will be creating their very own mountains and erupting volcanoes! Learning about these features links seamlessly with our science topics this term: Rocks and States of Matter.
Our class book for this term is The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf. This is a fantastic story which won the Blue Peter best story award in 2019. To ensure we develop reading skills across all the areas we use VIPERS, in our whole class reading, which stands for the following:
E = Explain
R = Retrieve
S = Summarise
In Maths, we will focus on Geometry and Statistics as well as revising areas covered in previous terms. Continued, regular practice of the times tables will have a positive impact on the children’s confidence with the above topics this term so please work on these each week at home. Hit the Button is a great online game to support your child with their number bonds and times tables. They will also have a login to TT Rock Stars in their reading records. Year 4 children will be taking the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) in the June which requires them to answer each question within 6 seconds (any table up to 12 x 12). The Soundcheck section on TT Rock Stars is very similar to the format of the tables check and is a great way to prepare for the MTC.
Reading is such an important skill to continue consistently practising throughout years 3-6 and underpins all areas of the English curriculum. It enables children to develop their confidence and understanding of a range of topics and the world around them through the constant exposure to new vocabulary. In addition to the wide range of texts we will be studying in class, it is so valuable to continue to support children with their reading at home. We suggest reading with your child at least 5 times a week. Please can you record this in their reading records.
Year 6 will be sitting their SATs on the week commencing Monday 9th May 2022 and then the following week is our Yr 5/6 Federation activities week! This will be a fantastic opportunity to get to know the children from Halwill and develop team building and socialisation skills. Let’s hope the weather is kind for camping!
In the second half of the term, there will be a Federation trip for year 3/4. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.
In Class 2, we use Dojo points as our reward system. Children can earn points for an array of qualities such as showing kindness to others, listening attentively or for producing a fantastic piece of work.
Homework will be set on Class Dojo on a Friday to be returned by the following Thursday (this includes times tables practice and reading 5 times a week).
The children will need their PE kits on a Tuesday and Wednesday. On Friday waterproofs and wellies will be needed for Wild Tribe.
Tuesday pm- French and PE, Wednesday pm – PE and Friday am – Wild Tribe.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. If your message concerns homework or is not urgent, you can contact me via the messenger on Class Dojo. If it is urgent e.g. relating to attendance, please contact the school office.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Frayn (Class Teacher) and Mrs Hazell (Teaching Assistant)