Autumn Term 2019
Autumn Term 2019. We are all ready and set for the academic year ahead. It's always so nice starting with a new class. The children soon settle in to the new routines and systems. It is such an exciting time!
We embrace the challenges and excitement of learning at Halwill School. In particular, this year, we are focusing on developing and nurturing in our children the desire and confidence to understand and apply a wider range of vocabulary choices to their work. We ensure the children have access to dictionaries and thesaurus throughout the day. It really is wonderful to watch the children delight in using new and exciting word choices. This is something we encourage you to discuss at home too.
This term, you will hear we are finding out about WW2. This topic will be developed through an enquiry approach to learning. As part of this, we will discuss the impact both past and present of WW2 on the UK and Halwill. Through our geography topic, the children will use an atlas to become more familiar with the countries of the world. And at a more local level, we will be learning about similarities and differences in cities within the UK. Our Science topic is electricity. We will be making circuits, and developing our scientific enquiry skills through a range of different experiments. Wild Tribe session will be led by Belinda Midwinter. Every Tuesday after noon, the children will go to the WFL area to find out about Living Things and their Habitats. Belinda has a wonderful range of outdoor learning activities planned, which we know the children will enjoy. She will take the children out in all weathers, so please ensure they have the correct clothing. The opportunity to experience the elements in all its glory, we feel, is such a grounding and mindful experience for the children.
Reading: This term Class 4 are reading The Lost Magician by Piers Torday. This text is a recommended text from the Book Trust website. If you are looking for inspiration this is a great place to start. Furthermore, this exciting novel links beautifully with our WW2 topic. As a class, we are already enjoying this text and the adventures within it. Although the character Jana seems some what terrifying so far!! We were very kindly donated money bu one of our families, which means each child has a copy of the text to read, which they will bring home as part of their homework.
Reading is so important on so many levels and can be easily supported at home. We suggest reading with your child at least 3 times a week. Maintaining regular reading opportunities will ensure your child is exposed to vocabulary and texts that will enable them to unlock an understanding into the wider world. More importantly, reading is a great way to relax and take a much needed breather from the busy life styles we all lead.
As part of our Maths work, again I will reiterate the importance of daily practice at home of times tables; I have been really pleased with the positive feedback from children and parents about the Times Tables Rock stars. Their log in details remain the same.
Homework will be handed out on a Friday to be returned on a Thursday. PE will be on a Thursday however, it's always useful to have their PE Kit in school all week.
We welcome anyone who would like to share an expertise with the children or hear them read, help with maths or get messy with the clay, just come and see us.
Many Thanks and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Miss Miners (Class Teacher) and Mrs Skinner (Teaching Assistant)