Welcome to Rowling Class – Year 4 + 5
Class Teacher: Ms McPherson
TAs: Ms Geraghty
Rowling class is the Year 4 + 5 class at St James.
I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable term break. I have moved to East Hanney from Christchurch, New Zealand where I have been teaching for the past few years. I hope to meet you at the upcoming parents evening where you will be able to share with me your child’s strengths and interests. I am looking forward to teaching your children for the remainder of the school year, we have got many things to look forward to learning about this term!
Our Big Question this term will be ‘Who were the Mayans and what did we learn from them?’ where we will be looking at the Mayan history, beliefs, and their links to chocolate and space. This fits in quite nicely to our science topic of Space where we will be looking at the movement of Earth, Moon and other planets relative to the Sun as well as having the Ministry of Chocolate visiting us. There is a whole school trip to the Winchester Science Museum planned which will be an exciting adventure, information for parent help will be coming out soon.
In Maths we will continue with our weekly Learn Its and Beat That CLIC Challenges. Once completed the children will be given these sheets to take home each week to practise any aspects they struggled with. Your support in helping your child with them will be much appreciated as the children really enjoy these weekly challenges.
Students will be split for Maths this term, I will teach Year 4 and Mrs Peacock will be taking the Year 5’s. We have a focus on fractions and decimals.
This term, PE will be on Thursday afternoon (Dance or Forest School) and Friday morning (Hockey), however please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at the start of every week. It is extremely important for hygiene reasons that they have a change of clothes and also appropriate foot wear for sporting activities. They will also need to have a labelled water bottle to bring to school- this should be taken home and refilled at the end of each day.
Children should already have a reading diary and banded reading book. These should be in school every day. Our expectation for reading is that the children should read daily and record their reading in their record twice a week. This may include what happened in the chapter, which part/ character they enjoyed and should be completed alongside an adult to encourage writing in full sentences. A book review should be completed in the record once a term. We have an exciting homework challenge coming out this term, look out for it in your child’s homework book. Spellings to be learnt this term will be stuck in these books. We will continue with weekly homework consisting of a spelling task and a maths task.
I am new to Class Dojo and will be using the system again this term. Please ensure, that you are signed up to use this; if you are not already signed up, please let us know and we can email an invite to you. The Dojo System is a great way for me to communicate with you and keep you informed about your child’s activities and achievements. I ask that you use the message facility to inform us of any appointments, changes to pick up arrangements or any specific information about your child. Absences and urgent messages only should be communicated with the office. I will check my message folder before school starts and again at lunchtime.
I am looking forward to getting to know your children and the great learning we have ahead.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Ms McPherson and Ms Geraghty
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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