I hope everyone is packed for JCA and looking forward to what I’m sure will be a fantastic week. This is a well deserved break from school work as all children have worked incredibly hard in the build up to assessment week. Let’s make sure we return to school refreshed and ready to ace these tests.
Maths lessons this week have seen Year 3/4 working with fractions once again. Finding equivalent fractions was initially difficult for some but we have all made good progress in this area. Simplifying fractions was far easier for most as we are now incredibly quick and confident with our times tables. Those doing the Year 5 work have been converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa whilst also multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
During English we have had a complete grammar recap and have enjoyed competing in group quizzes. This has been beneficial to children of all abilities as it has allowed them to discuss their answers and correct challenge each other on misconceptions. I have been really impressed at how maturely the children have dealt with their group work this week. We only had the occasional ‘I told you so’ moments when going through the answers.
In addition to the spellings being sent home on paper, each child has also received log in details for a website/app called spellingshed. This website/app allows children to practice their spellings through quick games which vary in difficulty. TTRockStars has had such a positive impact on every child’s ability to recall their times tables with greater speed and I hope that spellingshed is able to do the same with Year 3/4’s spelling. It enables me to set specific lists for homework and see what specific words individual children are struggling with so I believe this will be a really beneficial tool in improving our spelling across the class. If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to see me.
Half-termly Overview Summer 1 2018
We are nearing the end of year assessments with only a few teaching weeks left before JCA. It’s important to remind children to relax and not stress about these as I know some individuals can place a lot of pressure on themselves at this time of year.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see myself at 08:30 or at home time. You can also contact me via an email to school or leave a message for me to phone you at a time which is convenient.
A few friendly reminders…
For those children on the stage readers, I would like to continue to push them on as far as possible this year. This will ensure they are in the best possible position to meet the demands of year 4/5. As a general rule children should aim to read at least 2 books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from the later stages). Times tables are of equal importance and I have suggested to the children they should be doing 10 minutes practice each day.
P.E. will be on Monday and Friday this year so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers and pumps.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and is mainly spent working on SPaG or calculation work. Some children might be given specific work if there is a particular requirement or to go over a previous days work. I therefore feel it is beneficial if you are able to get the children here by this time.
Weekly homework resumes this week (spellings, mathematics and English). Homework will be set on Friday to be handed in the following Thursday.
English – Stories with humour, persuasive writing and nonsense poems.
Maths – Perimeter and area, properties of shape, measurement (capacity) and time.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic/Art/DT – History (WWII) – How it began, Dunkirk and the little ships, The Battle of Britain, Evacuees, Rationing and Victory.
Science – Animals including humans – Digestive system parts, digestive system functions, types and functions of teeth, tooth decay investigation and food chains.
Computing – Publisher (Photo stories)
PE – Rounders/cricket
Spanish- Classroom vocabulary and conversations.
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.