This term our topic is:
Road Trip USA
Buckle up and put your sunglasses on – this half term we’re going on a road trip across the USA! Well actually to Mansfield museum! The story, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, will be used to inspire writing this term in the form of diary entries, character descriptions and newspaper reports. Using maps, we’ll locate USA and find all 52 states. By using travel brochures, books and the internet, we will do further research about the American states in order to write postcards. We’ll look at the amazing lights of Times Square and use this to help us make circuits as part of our ‘Electricity’ Science focus. We’ll also explore the Native American story of Thanksgiving and explain how it is still celebrated today and have a go at weaving beautiful dreamcatchers.
In RE, we will be learning about Christmas: Mary's Journeys with Mrs Taylor every Tuesday.
Welcome to our class page!
We have got some exciting themes this year and I can’t wait to get stuck in. Our themes are: Fallen Fields, Road Trip USA, Potions, Bluea Abyss, 1066 and Misty Mountains. Miss Croft.
This half term the children will be focusing on Friendship and respect as apart of their Brinsley Values. The children will be talking about what these words mean.
Our PE day will take place on Monday afternoon with a Next Level sport coach and Friday afternoon with Miss Croft. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school at all times. Earrings should be removed at home or a letter obtained from the office if ears are newly pierced.
In Key Stage 2, we ask that the children read to someone at home every day for 5 minutes. The reading may consist of a variety of texts; from novels, to recipes, newspapers and even football programmes! Remember to sign and comment your child’s reading record in order to received a star stamp. Star stamps will be awarded on the chart inside the front cover. The more stars you get, the more certificates you get!
Don’t forget reading on Bug Club also counts as home reading! Bug Club puts more emphasis on comprehension skills as, ultimately, this is what children are assessed against at the end of Key Stage 2. The children have to answer the questions, by clicking the little bugs, to score points which they can spend in the shop.
Guided Reading will happen every day for KS2. Miss Croft will also allocate their guided reading books on Bug Club under the tab, comprehension.
Reading is an essential area where practice at home really pays off!
New homework will be given out for each theme, with a list of exciting things to do at home. Children can bring their homework into school to share with the class and receive a well done dot. We had some great pieces last year – thank you for your support with this.
Each week children will be given between 8-10 spellings to learn at home from the National Curriculum, Year 3-4 common exception words and taught patterns that are tested every Friday.
Children will continue to have their own homework folder following on from what they had in Year 3. There will be a weekly cycle of maths homework consisting of one piece of Maths homework which will consolidate or challenge learning in the classroom. This will be handed in on a Monday and then returned to your child on the same day.
KS2 break time is at 10:10-10:25.
If you want your child to have snack please send enough money for the week in a named purse or wallet. Each child now has their own tray within the classroom so that they can store their valuables.
Children need to bring their water bottle into the classroom everyday which can be used throughout the day. Although these water bottles will not be available at lunchtime, so you may wish to send a named carton of juice or named juice bottle at lunchtime for your child to access if you wish.
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