Welcome to Squirrel Class!
Happy New Year!
This term is as busy as ever with plenty of new and exciting experiences to be enjoyed! We will be having a huge focus on our English skills, this will include our spelling and vocabulary choices, the use of different punctuation to add suspense to our writing, parenthesis and a very big drive to improve how much we read.
As a class we are using Class Dojo to keep our families informed about our learning. Every child has a login and you can follow the link below to access your child’s page.
We had a lot of fun at Leeds Castle last term. We made clay roundels of Henry VIII or one of his wives, explored the maze and play area and found the castle fascinating. We have taken our trip and have created stories combining Leeds Castle with The Hobbit! We will be entering Leeds Castle’s writing competition this year and so we will spend some time editing and improving our stories with the new skills we learn this term.
We are currently still reading ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R.Tolkien as a class shared read, it is really valuable to our own writing and by exploring the language Tolkien uses to hook the reader and our perceptions of the text as a class we can develop our imaginations and skills base.
We will also be having a large focus on our comprehension skills and continue to promote reading and questioning at home along with the use of Reading Eggspress which I monitor and set challenges for each week. You can follow the link attached to the above image.
This term we will be looking at “The Water Tower,” it is a picture book with many different stories to tell. We will look at where the book is set and the use of formal language, we will explore the different ways to punctuate parenthesis and where it is appropriate to be used, we will also re-discover our senses and how they can be used to build suspense. By the end of the term we will look at how we can change the tense in our writing and if this impacts our vocabulary choices.
In Maths we are diving further into our Multiplication and Division to prepare us for Fractions! With Fractions looming, I will be really pushing the need to consolidate our recall of the Times Tables, without this knowledge the children will find Fractions particularly tricky due to the need to know factors and multiples of two values. Therefore, as before, we will be completing weekly times table challenges and encouraging the use of TimeTable RockStars as well as arithmetic practise, however I will be monitoring the progress made and will set each child a table to work on each week along with their spellings. There will still be a weekly soundcheck in place as part of our Home Learning.
In our Connected Curriculum we will be exploring the Ancient Civilisation of Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300. This is a non-European society study that we will be contrasting with British history.
This topic will lead us to exciting discoveries and give us plenty of opportunities to role play and create art work based on our findings.
Below you will see what we have been busy creating throughout the term.
In R.E we will be asking “What did Jesus do to save human beings?”
We will be looking at sacrifice and salvation and what links the two to Jesus. We will look at Isiah 53 and John 19 to help us to compare and make connections to these terms and how Christians could interpret them today. This will help us to understand how and why Christians follow Jesus’ example by giving themselves for others today.
In music the children will learn the Ukulele with Mr Clarke on a Wednesday morning.
We had great fun exploring different forces last term and our excited for our new topic.
This term we will be looking at Animals Including Humans. Children will be able to describe the changes as humans develop to old age. We will create a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. We will be working scientifically to research the gestation periods of other animals and compare them with humans, to do this, we will be finding out and recording the length and mass of a baby as it grows.
Children can earn extra team points and rewards for any extra research they might want to do at home, exploring our current Maths/ English/ Topic, Science work. This page will be updated regularly so please be sure to check back here as the year progresses!
Throughout the year we will be working on developing the School Garden. Last year we achieved the Level 3 RHS Schools Garden Award and have been awarded with £150.00 worth of vegetable and fruit plug plants. These will be delivered at the start of each season and each class will have the opportunity to get their fingers green! If you have any expertise or anything lying at the back of your shed that you think we could use please let me know or send it in! Any help is greatly appreciated!
Check back here throughout the year to see what we have been up to!
If there is anything you would like to discuss with me please feel free to catch me after school.