Hello and welcome to Rousham Class

Summer Term

We hope you had a lovely break over Easter and enjoyed the fabulous weather. We are looking forward to a busy but fun Summer Term in Rousham Class. We are enjoying getting to know the class and being part of Tackley School.

This term’s topic is ‘Much Ado About the Tudors’. We will be learning who they were and when they lived, what they wore, foods that were eaten, crime and punishment during the Tudor era, diseases and what life was like for children. Children will be creating portraits and making models of Tudor homes. It should be lots of fun!

Post SATs we will complete a project called ‘Plastic Times’. Children will use CNN documentary video footage, complete their own research and create a news report on issues relating to plastic pollution. As well as honing their news report writing skills, they will also develop questioning and interviewing skills and their computing skills.

 

Our class novel is The Boy in the Tower, by Polly Ho-Yen. The children are welcome to bring in any personal copies.

 

Homework

The expectation is that all children will hand in 8 pieces of topic homework between now and the end of the summer term (July), they can choose the tasks that appeal to them. At least 2 pieces must be handed in by Thursday 23rd May. We appreciate your help and support in encouraging and working with your children to complete the task. Hopefully they will prove fun and not too time consuming. Please do let us know if you have any questions.

Weekly spellings will be sent home for children to practise. A list of strategies will be sent home to help you assist your children with their learning. A weekly real world maths challenge will also be sent home with a focus on reasoning and problem solving.  These will come home on Fridays and be collected in on Wednesdays.

Class Rules

We want our class to be a fair and happy place so together we created the following set of rules:

  • Follow instructions first time, every time
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated
  • Concentrate and listen to all adults, don’t talk over each other
  • Keep the classroom tidy and organised
  • Be kind, friendly, fair and a good sportsperson
  • Be persistent and always try our best
  • Take pride in our work and care over presentation
  • Respect ourselves and others
  • Be patient
  • Be happy, make memories and have fun!

 

PE will continue to be on Wednesday, please try to ensure your child has the correct kit with them so they can take part. We will be swimming after half term on Tuesdays.

As the weather warms up please ensure that children bring in a freshly filled, labelled water bottle to school every day. We have drinking water in the class so children can refill their bottles during the day.

We look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks, please get in touch if you have any queries or questions.

 

Spring Term

Happy New Year!  Rousham class have returned from the Christmas break full of enthusiasm for the term ahead. We have entered straight into our new topic on rainforests. The children have already begun to investigate the variety of life to be found in these fascinating eco-systems. We are looking forward to creating a wealth of artwork exploring the natural themes and patterns of forest environments and as part of our science work we shall be learning about the cycle of life.

In literacy we are enjoying reading our new class book – The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. An exciting tale of adventure set in the Amazon rainforest. Do ask your child to keep you updated with the story.

As part of our art topic we shall be investigating printing on various materials to create interesting and vibrant rainforest textiles. If anyone has any spare cotton sheets we would very much appreciate these.

For homework this term, children will continue to receive maths, topic and spelling homework each week.  This will go out on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday.  Any questions regarding your child’s homework please do come and see me.

In Rousham we shall be doing P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon, please ensure your child has their PE kit, including trainers, in school and that all items are clearly labelled. This includes winter PE kit of jogging bottoms, and jumper.

Autumn term

I hope you have all had a lovely time over the summer, the children are settling well back into the school routine, and for the Year 5s, into their new class.  We are looking forward to a very exciting and productive year. In addition to myself this term we are extremely fortunate to have Mrs Rolfe in the classroom supporting children with their learning as well as Mrs Murrey teaching on Fridays.

 

This term our topic is ‘To infinity and beyond!’ The children are already enjoying learning about the different planets of our solar system and have begun to create their very own imaginary planet.  We will continue to build upon what we know about space and space travel throughout the term.  It is a fascinating subject and we hope to be able to enrich the children’s learning through a visit to the National Space Centre later in the term.

 

In English we shall be continuing to build upon the children’s understanding of various genre through quality texts.  Reading at home is still very important for your child.  Please continue to encourage them to do this.  This term in Maths we shall be investigating numbers, solving problems and developing our understanding of shape and space.

 

Please see the topic web below for more details of the curriculum.

 

For homework this year, children will receive maths, topic and spelling homework each week.  This will go out on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday.  Any questions regarding your child’s homework please do come and see me.

 

In Rousham we shall be doing P.E. on a Wednesday afternoon, please ensure your child has their PE kit, including trainers, in school and that all items are clearly labelled.  The children will also be swimming on a Tuesday morning for the first part of the autumn term.  Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit, including a hat, in to school every Tuesday.

 

Please make sure that all clothing is clearly labelled. Children should be sent with a labelled water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day.

 

If you have any questions or queries please come and see me, or contact the office to arrange a convenient time to meet.

Topic Webs

Cycle A September 2018 – July 2019