Welcome to Hedgehogs' Class!
Spring 1 2021
We hope you have enjoyed a happy and restful Christmas and we wish you and your family a very happy and healthy 2021!
We are very excited to be welcoming your children back to school on Monday 4th January 2021! This term is packed full of brilliant learning opportunities and begins with our new exciting topic, 'Neolithic Neighbours!' In English, we will be writing our very own stories based on the book, 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. We will also be reading a fabulous book called, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King in Guided Reading. In Maths, we will be learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes as well as fractions and decimals. In Religious Studies, we will be exploring Sikhism through the big question, 'What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God?' As you can see, we have a very exciting term ahead and Mrs Markwick and myself can't wait to get started!
We are very pleased to report, that after much success our popular before school 'Learning Club' will continue. The club runs every week day from 8:30 - 8:50am and provides a brilliant opportunity to complete any home learning and reading or time on the Nessy, Dyslexia Gold, Accelerated Reader, MyMaths, SPaG or Times Table Rock Star interventions. Everyone is welcome! We look forward to seeing you on Monday 4th January 2021 at 8:30am!
During the school day, we will be enjoying the outside as much as possible in all weathers! Please make sure you always bring a waterproof coat in case it rains and a sunhat and sun cream if the weather is hot. You will also need to bring a named water bottle, packed lunch (if you're not having a lunch provided by school) and a healthy snack to eat at break time.
Mrs Castro has her PPA time on a Thursday afternoon and the children will be enjoying Spanish and PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) with Mrs Markwick during this time.
Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Please come to school wearing your Burton School PE kit on those days and if it is chilly, don't forget to wear a hoodie/jumper and some jogging bottoms too! This half term, we are extremely fortunate to be learning the skills involved in playing a game of tennis (Mondays) and welcoming two special guests; Joe and Rosie who are Rugby coaches to share their expertise on playing Rugby with us (Wednesdays). Please could your child bring in a spare pair of clean shoes in a named bag to change into after Rugby every Wednesday. I have a feeling we are going to be having a lot of fun getting rather wet and muddy!
The children will continue to be set their weekly spellings every Thursday and have been taught several fun strategies to practise them at home. Please could the red Spelling Journals be returned to school every Wednesday ready for a spelling quiz and to enable the new spellings to be given out on Thursdays. All spellings are taken directly from the National Curriculum statutory word lists years 1 - 6.
The children will continue to be set their weekly times table challenge booklets every Thursday. Each booklet contains five challenges, with 24 questions in each. The children have been taught to try and complete one challenge each day, and to time themselves (or ask an adult to do so) for each test. Please encourage your child to write the minutes and seconds at the bottom of the page with their score of how many times tables they successfully answered. The children have been given a multiplication grid to enable them to check their answers. We have asked the children not to alter their answers in order to mark them correctly as we need to know where they need support. The aim of working through these booklets is to support your child to firstly become more accurate in recalling their times tables, and then to increase their speed of recall. For more detailed information, please see, 'Times Tables Letter for parents and carers' below. Please could your child's booklet be returned every Wednesday to enable a new booklet to be given out on Thursday.
In addition to this, the children have been shown how to access MyMaths and SPAG online activities to compliment their learning in school. MyMaths provides brilliant online lessons to work through and
activities to complete. SPAG provides learning in the form of quizzes. Both MyMaths and SPAG were extremely popular amongst the children during lockdown and provide additional support to reinforce their learning in school. Your child will find their set weekly activities waiting to be completed once they have logged into their account. Please encourage your child to access these activities to support their learning in school. All login details can be found in your child's Reading Record.
We are incredibly fortunate this year because every child in year 4 can participate in a reading programme called 'Accelerated Reader'. This programme is designed to develop and monitor reading ability as well as foster a love of reading. Children are expected to read their Accelerated Reader books every day in school for at least 20 minutes. Every child's progress is monitored weekly through regular quiz results which review their comprehension of the book they have just read. Your support is vital and you can help your child by encouraging and supporting them to read their Accelerated Reader book every day at home in addition to reading their book in school. You could read with your child, to them, and by talking with your child about what they are reading. Children will be given an opportunity to take Accelerated Reader quizzes in school, but quizzes can also be completed online outside of school. Your child will find the Accelerated Reader website address, their individual username and password on the inside cover of their Reading Record. For more detailed information, please see 'Accelerated Reader Letter for parents and carers' below.
The Read, Write, Inc programme will continue in a similar way to last academic year, and during this time, children will work in small groups within class 'bubbles'. For more information, please see Mrs Markwick (class LSA) or myself, Mrs Castro.
Please feel assured that your child's well-being is of paramount importance to us. It is therefore vitally important that we work in partnership with you to ensure every child feels safe, happy and respected, enabling them to experience the very richest learning opportunities.
Please let us know of any worries, fears or concerns, however large or small as we are all in this together and often a 'problem shared is a problem halved!' You can contact me as class teacher via the school office and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
School Office email: email@example.com
School telephone number: 01202 482588
Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.