I have really enjoyed getting to know the children in Mole Class this week.
We have made a good start to our topic based on the environment. The children are learning about what natural resources are and how they are used. They will also be learning how we can respect and look after our environment to protect it for future generations.
I was very pleased that everyone had PE kit in school this week. Thanks to all the parents/carers who sorted them out. Please remember that shin pads are needed in PE bags throughout the year.
Times tables and spellings have been given as homework this week and will be tested next week.
Please can you also spend time reading with your child and talking about what they have read. I would like them to be reading for about ten minutes each day at home.
Moles class have been working hard on their literacy skills over the last few weeks, trying to develop both written and reading skills.
Our guided reading book is Boy Giant by Michael Morpurgo. It is a lovely story, which should encourage the children to want to read more.
In writing, we are planning new versions of a flashback story. The children are developing their own ideas alongside trying to use a range of sentence types with the correct punctuation.
Homework is now being set online – so far there is a PurpleMash activity and two simple MyMaths tasks. I have sent the children home with all of the relevant log in details. They will still need to learn a specific times table each week for a test on Wednesday and a list of spellings which are tested on Fridays. Please let me know if you have any concerns with the homework.
Over the last two weeks, Moles class have developed their art skills by designing and creating a picture using natural resources. They produced some excellent work, which has a made a lovely display outside the classroom. In maths, we have had a focus on times tables and mental calculations. These are essential skills to develop, so if you are able to practise them with your child, that would be very beneficial. We are aiming for speed and accuracy. Homework continues to be online as well as the weekly times tables, spellings and reading. All children have been given their log in details. Please let me know if you have any issues accessing the online work.
Moles class have spent the last 2 weeks of the half term completing their written work based on a diary entry in the role of Omar, the main character in our book, Boy Giant. I have been so impressed by the children’s enthusiasm for this story and how well they are learning new vocabulary and applying it in their writing. I hope we can continue to learn a wide range of vocabulary and be excited to try out new words. I have been encouraging children to do their online homework, but understand there have been a few problems with some of the activities set. Please drop me a line if you encounter any issues so that I can try and sort them out in school. I hope you all have a lovely break.
Moles have started a new literacy topic, based on newspaper reports. We have been looking at the story of Little Amal, a puppet made to highlight the terrible plight of young refugees, who often arrive in a new country without their family. This is very closely linked to our guiding reading book, which is also based on a refugee. It is lovely to see the children become so involved in a story. If you can find out any more information about this topic at home and start to discuss it, then this will certainly enhance the children’s learning. In maths, we are focusing on multiplication and division. Please continue to work hard on times tables to support this learning. Homework continues to be set each week on MyMaths and Purple Mash. Please make sure your child completes all of the activities each week. It is possible to complete work, even if it is past the due date. All tasks are linked to our work in class so are very useful to enhance their learning. It was lovely to talk to so many parents at Parents’ Evening. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me.