Welcome back to school after the Easter break.
Class Teacher: Miss Sara Gordon
Teaching Assisstants: Matthew Acs, Helen Crawford, Jenny Furlong and Yvonne Lally.
Your child will bring home a home-school diary each night. The diary will include activities completed that day as well as any information staff deem useful for parents/carers to know. Staff would appreciate if parents/carers would let us know via the diary of any important information you think would be useful for staff to be aware of. Staff would also appreciate children returning the home-school diaries each morning to relay any important information.
At The Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework.
Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child’s age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.)
The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework in not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child’s established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.
Everyday children will have the opportunity for individual reading time with an adult. Children's reading books will be sent home each night and should return to school every day with their reading record inside. Please use the reading record to make comments on your child's progress when listening to them read at home.
At the beginning of the school week your child will recieve their weekly spellings to take home and learn. Can you please ensure your child completes their spellings on a daily basis as they will be tested every Friday.
Through Topic lessons we will be learning about the Ancient Mayan civilization. In History we will be learning about how the Mayans lived, their rituals and how important the sun was in Mayan life. In Geography we will locate where the Ancient Maya lived on a world map. In Art we will study a range of European artists. In Design Technology we will make and try different Mayan cuisine.
In English we will be learning and working on our SPAG skills. We will be reading the book Castles by Colin Thompson, using this book we will be focusing on descriptive writing to invent our own castle and residents, character profiling and explanation texts (how to build a castle).
In Year Two Maths we will be learning to recall addition and subtraction facts to 20, add and subtract numbers using pictorial and concrete objects, solve word problems, recognise the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction, missing number problems and some work on measurements.
In Year Four Maths we will be learning to count up and down in hundredths, round decimals to one decimal place, order and compare decimals to two decimal places, add and subtract numbers up to four digits, estimate and use inverse operations to answer questions, solve one and two step word problems and identify the properties of shapes.
In Science we will be reviewing a variety of topics including Forces, Properties and Materials and Earth and Space. During Science lessons we will be carrying out a range of investigations and experiments relating to these topics.
In Computing we will be using the Espresso software to take part in coding activities.
In P.E we will be taking part in a variety of circuit training sessions which will include strength and cardio activities.
Supporting your child at home
The following links will take you to Espresso and Purple Mash. Both contain numerous resources for supporting your child in all areas of the school curriculum. Individual log in details can be found in children's reading records. For further information about the curriculum please go to the Curriculum section of the school website.