The children from 5PM have had a brilliant start to their year and are already working hard. The children show real enthusiasm for their learning and are working hard at achieving their personal bests. I am really looking forward to seeing our learning journey unfold this academic year.
Below is some key information that you may find useful.
Once every term, children sit a Star Reader assessment which helps in identifying an appropriate book level for them. Every day, the children are given time to read a book of their choice (based on their suggested book level). Once the children have read their books, they can sit an AR quiz which, if they get above 80%, means they can go up a book level. We ask that they spend some time reading at home - whether that’s their AR book, or in the form of a comic, magazine or a non fiction book on cars (anything that sparks their interest in reading).
We ask that you ensure you record any reading that takes place at home with a simple comment inside your child’s Reading Record. If the children read certain books from our reading recommendation list, they earn a sticker and 5 Dojo points.
Spellings are handed out and tested each week. Please make sure your child is practising their spellings every week. Children can practise their spellings in any way they like. Below you can see a selection of suggested techniques to help in learning spellings.
Rapid recall of times table facts is an essential skill in maths. At the start of each maths lesson, we spend three minutes on a times table quiz. Linked below are recommended websites for children to use to help in learning their times tables.
* The PiXL Times Table App
We recognised that the start of this new academic year may have posed additional challenges to our learners so, rather than launching straight into our traditional curriculum, we prioritised something called the 'Recovery Curriculum'. The children had lots of time to work on arts, craft and wellbeing centred activities to help with their transition back in to a typical school routine. We start each day with Circle Time and have spent a lot of time sharing our experiences of lockdown and how this made us feel. The children have learned about the importance of hygiene and have had time to adjust to our new way of operating so that each of us are as safe as we can be.
In English, the children were introduced to our writing stimulus for the next few weeks, 'The Ghosts of Père Lachaise.' Through drama and discussion, we are beginning to get to grips with the notion of character description. We are also revising and building on our SPaG understanding, paying particular attention to word classes.
Place value and number sense has been the focus in maths so far. In the past few weeks, we have covered writing numbers in words, ordering and comparing numbers.
Human growth and development is the focus in science. We are learning about the lifecycle of a human from prenatal through to old age. Data handling and generating graphs to document growth of babies is something we will been exploring.
Our starting point in French will be in learning greetings, classroom commands and the alphabet.