Welcome to Class 8
We are so happy to welcome you to Class Eight's page. You can find useful information and updates on what we have been learning throughout this school year.
Class Teachers: Miss White
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Gibson, Mrs Boyd and Miss McGuire
Can you please make sure that your child completes his/her spellings on a daily basis.
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 their spellings.
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 rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework is 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.
Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.
For the Spring Term our topic will be 'Meerkats Moving House'. We will be identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and looking at locations of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. As a class we will use an atlas/globe, books and the internet to find the continent where meerkats live. We will be using a range of non-fictional resources to learn about desert life and we will be looking at different weather climates in hot and cold places around the world.
In English our chosen author for the school year is Jill Murphy. This Autumn term class 8 will be reading the story 'On the Way Home'. Pupils will be using adjectives to describe characters in the story. They will be writing newspaper reports relating to the events that have happened in the story.
In Maths we will be developing our knowledge of numbers and focusing on adding, taking away, multiplication and division. Children will be using their knowledge to solve simple problems. The children will be learning about presenting and interpreting data in block diagrams using practical equipment. Pupils will also be learning to measure in a range of standard and non-standard units and they will be solving problems relating to measure.
In Science we will be learning about materials and their properties. Class 8 will be learning how to identify a range of different materials and identify some of their physical features and what they are used for.
Please ensure your child has their book bag every day and we would appreciate it if you can hear you children read at home each day and help them to practise their letters and sounds, fluency and comprehension skills as this is crucial for their development.
P.E will take place every Monday and Thursday. All children need to have a named PE kit in school. We will send it home at the end of each half term. Our focus for this term in PE is ball skills focusing on rolling and Beth Tweddle gymnastics.
Please could we ask that you check sizes of clothing and footwear in case your child has had a growth spurt over the holidays.
As ever we will endeavour to add photographs of your child’s learning journey throughout the year.
Thank you for reading our page.
The Class Eight Team
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.