Bonjour! Hola! Ciao! Ola! Hei! Welcome to Spring term in Harborne class. I hope your Christmas was restful as well as lots of fun. I am delighted to be teaching Harborne class and plan to keep Mrs Skinner’s routines in place to ensure we all know what we are doing and when.
Our topic this term is ‘Europe Explored’. We will be taking a journey around Europe exploring the human and physical features of different countries, studying famous European artists, cooking our own European inspired breads and producing a range of writing based on our topic. This is a tiny snap shot of what we will be up to- please see the topic web on the school website for information about all subject areas covered this term. Towards the end of term we will have a ‘European Explored day’ to celebrate and extend our learning on the topic. As a class we will be doing lots of research in school together, but any extra information or resources the children may have at home connected to ‘Europe Explored’ are always welcome.
Reading continues to be central to home learning, ideally 4 times a week at home. This can be a book (fiction/ non-fiction), comic or magazine and should be recorded in their reading record book.
Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. I will give a list of spellings and a homework grid (6 to be completed before Easter) at the beginning of the term. The expectation to complete 6 items will continue although the children can do as many as they want! I am looking forward to the children demonstrating their creativity and producing unique pieces of homework. A piece of maths work will be given each week. Spellings will be assessed on a Tuesday and times tables on a Friday. The expectation is that the children will practise these at home but they will also have time during morning tasks to practice their spellings and times tables to consolidate their home learning.
The children will continue to do PE on Wednesday afternoons, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. PE lessons are regularly outside so please make sure your child has trainers and warm tracksuit bottoms.
A freshly filled, labelled water bottle needs to be in school every day. We have drinking water in the class so children can refill their bottles during the day.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries either in the morning, on the playground or via the school office.
Welcome back! I hope that you have all had a really lovely summer break and are looking forward to another action-packed year at Tackley school.
This term our class topic is ‘From Field to Fork’, which will be about the origins of our food. This will include learning about different climate zones and how they affect produce that can be grown, the history of farming and the effects of the industrial revolution. We will also be planning and making a savoury meal. As a class we will be doing lots of research in school together, but any extra information or resources the children may have at home are always welcome. A topic web is on this reverse of this letter. It will also be available on the school website for information about all subject areas covered this term. Please remember to check out the website for class information and updates.
Regular reading (be it a book, comic strip or magazine) at home is still very important in KS2. Children should read at least 4 times a week and record it in their reading records.
For homework this year, children will receive both a mental maths piece of work and spellings on a weekly basis. This will be due in every Wednesday and will be handed back out on the Friday. A spellings test will take place every Tuesday.
Times tables continue to be a focus in KS2 and children will be tested every Friday.
In addition to this, at the start of term, children will be provided with a range of topic homework activities that would support their learning for our topic. The expectation is that children will complete at least six of the activities over the entire term, from September through to December. Although there will be suggestions on how these activities could be presented it would be great for the children to put their own interpretations, style and personality on their homework, so it becomes unique and meaningful to them.
The children will be doing PE on Wednesday afternoons, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. PE lessons are regularly outside so please make sure your child has trainers and warm tracksuit bottoms.
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.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries either in the morning on the playground or via the school office.