Welcome to Class 2
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.
We hope you all had a lovely summer break and are ready for the term ahead! Our topic this term will be ‘World War II’. The children will continue to build on their locational knowledge from previous learning and learn about the impact of the war on our local area. How did it impact the lives of people living in Ashwater and what impact did it have on the local railway in Halwill Junction? Where possible, cross curricular links are always made so childern will extend their understanding of WW2 through their art, DT, Music, RE and Wild Tribe sessions in which they will consider the use of the land and what food was grown in order to keep everyone fed. Science this term is all about living things and learning how to group and classify different animals and plants.
Our class book for this term is The Lost Magician. This is an exciting adventure story by Piers Torday and has links to our History topic ‘WW2’. To ensure we develop reading skills across all the areas we continue to use VIPERS, in our whole class reading, which stands for the following:
E = Explain
R = Retrieve
S = Summarise
In Maths, we will focus on place value and additon and subtraction strategies (year 3/4) and all four operations (year 5/6) . 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 summer term 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.
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.
As part of their homework, it remains essential for children to regularly practise the times tables and read 5 times a week to an adult at home. 5 reads in a week signed by an adult = 5 Dojo points. More information regarding further homework tasks will be available on our Class Dojo page.
Please can children ensure they have their PE kits in all week.
Wednesday pm- French and PE
Friday am -Wild Tribe (first half of Spring term) and Music and Dance (second half of the term).
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)