Welcome back Harborne class! I hope you had a fabulous summer holiday and are now ready and raring to jump in to our learning for this year.
Our topic this term is ‘STONES AND BONES’. Be prepared to travel back in time to the prehistoric era in Britain (from the Stone Age to the Iron Age). We will be investigating what happened and when, cooking our own prehistoric meal, recreating some of the technology and inventions of the period, learning about everyday life and housing. In art and design we will be creating our own prehistoric art projects. Towards the end of term we will be setting up a class museum to celebrate our learning on the topic. Our science topics are directly linked to our history topic as we will be studying rocks and then the human skeleton. 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 our ‘STONES AND BONES’ topic are always welcome.
Homework will continue to be given out on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday. It will be the following:
The topic homework web for this term will be stuck in the children’s homework books. I would like the to complete 8 pieces over the term and either bring them into school, send via email to the school office or print a photograph and stick it in their homework book. I am looking forward to the children demonstrating their creativity and producing unique pieces of homework.
The children will have a piece of Maths work stuck into their homework books. They can choose how much to do; just section A, B or C or all three. Times table knowledge is essential in most areas of the Maths curriculum so continuing with Times Table Rockstars at home is very important. I will send home the log ins in case they have forgotten them!
This year, spellings will be learnt in school and practised each day. The lists will be on the school website so that the children can do extra practise at home if they would like.
Our new school library has been a great catalyst for enthusing the children in their reading. Great readers produce great writers so reading is at the centre of our English work. If possible, reading either their coloured book band book or library book 4 times a week. Please use the ideas on your child’s book mark as a basis for asking them questions. In addition, children are never too old to be read to! Books that are slightly too challenging for your child are perfect as it widens their vocabulary (chatting through the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary is essential to aid understanding) and reading experiences. Please record when whole books are read in your child’s homework book.
NOTE- DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!
Spellings will be learnt at school (please see website for spelling lists to complete extra practise at home)
Record when whole books are completed in homework book (signed by an adult)
The children will have 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 top and bottoms.
A freshly filled, labelled water bottle needs to be in school every day. We have drinking water in the class so the 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- I am really looking forward to this year and working with you all.