St George’s Class
Our topic this term is ‘Wild, Wild West’. The focus for Term 3 will be Geography and the study of a region in North America. We will look at the human and physical features of Texas in the United States as this is the setting for our class reader this term, Holes by Louis Sachar. It would be useful for your child to have a copy of the book.
We will also look at Materials in Science and their properties and changes. Our Wild, Wild West topic will focus on World War Two during Term 4. In particular we will study popular music of the time as well as the history of the war. If you, or someone you know, is an expert in any of these areas, we would love to hear from you! Our class reader for Term 4 will be The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo. It would be useful for your child to have their own copy of the text. You may already have one at home, or the library or like to purchase a copy.
Our topic plan for the curriculum areas we will be studying including Maths and English is below;
PE will be taught on a Monday afternoon and on a Wednesday morning by Mrs Griffin. Please remember that school PE kits need to be in school for a Monday and Wednesday and children must have school uniform to change into after sports. We use the field for sports in all weathers and cannot guarantee your child will not get muddy or wet!
All children will be provided with a homework book, which is used to record homework set and in most cases should also be used for completing the homework. Homework is usually set on a Wednesday and is due in the following Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Any support / reminding you can give your child to ensure they complete their homework on time is very much appreciated. Children will have a set Maths task focussing on number bonds and an English task focussing on spellings. Occasionally there may be a topic based homework. Some homework tasks will be set to help them with their future learning in class or they may be to consolidate on skills they have learnt in class. I always explain the homework tasks in class. Homework, where appropriate will be marked, reviewed or used as part of their class work to aid their learning and understanding. Children will also have times tables to practise on a daily basis. It is anticipated that each Maths and English activity will take between 30-40 minutes to complete. If it is taking your child a lot longer then please let me know.
Children are expected to read aloud at home every day, for at least 10 minutes. The reason for this is that it not only helps with their reading, it also has a huge impact on their writing: reading with expression encourages children to look at the punctuation and use it in their own writing; discussing the structure of a story, predicting and analysing texts helps to develop an awareness of text structure and explaining unfamiliar vocabulary helps to extend their vocabulary. Please help your child to bring their reading book to school every day and take it home every evening. Please sign and date in their homework books to confirm they have read at home. Of course continuing to read alone for a longer period of time is also very beneficial. In school, we aim to discuss books and hear children read at least once a week.
I cannot stress the importance of practising times tables with division facts and quick number recall. A few minutes of this each night really does help.
All children need a water bottle in school every day. Children may bring in a pencil case with their own stationary, if they would like to, however stationary is provided in school. It is essential that all personal belongings are clearly named (including uniform) this ensures we are able to return to any misplaced belongings to the rightful owner!
As always, please come and see me if you require any further information or support. The start of the day tends to be rather busy, so unless it is an emergency, the end of school is often the best time.
St George's Class Teacher