Welcome to Rowling Class – Year 4 + 5
Class Teacher: Ms Baker
TAs: Ms Geraghty
Rowling class is the Year 4 + 5 class at St James.
10th September 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
We would like to welcome you and your children back into school after the summer break and hope you all had a great time together.
We have lots of exciting things planned this term during our topic on Africa. We will be exploring the question: “Are all African countries the same?” within all our topic work and use the story ‘Fly Eagle Fly’ as our main class text.
In Maths our focus will be on Place Value and Properties of Shapes. The homework that is sent home will be differentiated to consolidate the learning during the week.
In Science we are learning about magnets and the Topic Web explains this in greater detail.
We will also have weekly spelling focus, CLIC, Learn It’s and Times Tables challenges. I will be been sending weekly spelling words home in the form of word searches and testing the children on the following Monday. These seems a more exciting way to learn spellings, please can you make sure the children learn these words. It is very important that they learn the keywords at home so we can move on to the year 5/6 spelling lists as early on in the year as possible.
I will be sending Maths homework home every Wednesday. This week it will be some recorded work based on what the children are learning and then we will send some Learn Its and Times Table grids home the following week. Writing homework will be sent home every two weeks on a Thursday and it is due in the following Wednesday. Topic creative homework will also be set next week at the start of the new topic and the children have 4 weeks to complete it. Please use the Dojo if you have any concerns about homework, we differentiate the work three ways, but some children are more visual learners. If you want to make the activities practical and record evidence photographically that would also be great.
On some occasions we might send home additional work home that was not completed during the allocated class time. This will only be sent home if it has not been completed due to the individual child’s behaviour or attitude to learning in class, not if it was missed through no fault of their own.
Please click here to see our Topic web. This will also provide details of the work we will be covering this term.
Information on our topic, maths, literacy will all be put on the Rowling class page of the school website. Topic information and planning will also be available there for you as well as links to games and online resources to support your child at home. The school calendar is also there, with important upcoming dates. Please let me know if you would like a paper copy of any of these resources.
This has proved to be a great way of communicating with you and we will try to answer any of your questions on the day the email was sent. We will be adding the children’s Individual Dojo points twice a week and their team points daily, they all seem to be very keen to earn these.
Maths homework will be given out every Wednesday starting on 12/9/18 to be returned by the following Wednesday.
The first piece will be given out this Wednesday to be returned by the next Wednesday and will be linked to our topic. Each child is part of a table group named after an African country. The homework will be to produce a fact file, poster or information leaflet on their country. We will be displaying these in the classroom so the more eye-catching it is the better!
Our PE days this term will be Monday (Rugby) and Wednesday (Swimming) and we will also have other opportunities during the week to work on dance sequences linked to our topic so please ensure your child has a full named PE kit in school always.
Each child in will be given a Home/School link book which needs to be in school every day. Please feel free to record any comments in their reading record.
Please let us know if there is anything else you need to know and we both look forward to seeing you at meet and greet on Tuesday after school.
Useful Information (click on the links to view and download)
Helpful Sites for Spelling and Maths Games
Although a site to help those with dyslexia, these are great fun for all spellers.
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