Welcome to Hedgehogs' Class!
Spring 2 2021
We are so pleased to welcome back all our fabulous Hedgehogs to school!
This term is packed full of brilliant learning opportunities and begins with our new exciting topic, 'Romans Rule!' In English, we will be writing our very own letters stating the reasons why we should be chosen be a Roman soldier! In Guided Reading, we are continuing to enjoy 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. In Maths, we will be learning about measurement and converting between analogue and digital 12- hour and 24-hour clocks. In Religious Studies we will be exploring the big question, 'Is forgiveness always possible for Christians?' We have organised a 'Question Time with the Vicars' event later this term via zoom! As you can see, we have a very exciting term ahead and Mrs Markwick and myself can't wait to get started!
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 Davis and Mrs Markwick during this time.
Our PE day is currently every Wednesday due to having Rugby coaches in. 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. 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.
In addition to this, the children have been shown how to access TTRS, 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.
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School telephone number: 01202 482588
Thank you for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.