Your teaching team this year is:
Class Teacher: Mrs Minton-Allen
Teaching assistant: Miss Butler
Class Four Homework
Please ensure your child reads every night.
Children will receive their new spellings on a Monday and be tested on a Friday. Their spellings will be in a book with a blank page for them to practise next to the spelling sheet. I will check the spelling homework on a Friday so there is no requirement to return it daily. Please ensure your child is not just copying the word. It is important to practise applying the rule that has been taught on a Monday. Children can be creative when practising by using different colours, writing the word backwards, writing it in a diagonal or in rainbows however when it comes to the spelling sheet please ensure your child prints the word. Children can also log into Spelling Shed to practise their spellings.
Children must ensure they are logging into TT Rockstars x 3 times weekly. In addition, the children will be given a certain times table to focus on for that week.
Every Friday, I will set a piece of English and Maths homework on Purple Mash that must be completed by the following Thursday. At times, there will also be additional topic projects set throughout the term.
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 we set as homework.
Obviously the level of 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 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 reading 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 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.
Summer Term Learning
During the first summer term our class topic will be 'The Blue Planet.' We will be learning about the dangers of climate change and how human actions have a direct impact on the environment, including the devastating effects of plastic pollution. We will learn about different weather patterns around the world as we identify different climate zones. In addition we will be taking part in a large scale climate change project were Class Four will be leading the way in planting 420 trees on the school grounds, in an effort to help reduce our carbon footprint. We will also take part in a lesson with the World Wildlife Fund and learn about how climate change and overfishing is affecting the Polar regions.
In Writing, we will be joining the characters Arthur and Maudie as they set of on a sky ship adventure to South Polaris in the adventure book Brightstorm. We will learn about a variety of famous explores and write a report about the famous aviator Emilia Earhart, the first woman to cross the Atlantic solo. We will also be developing our speaking and listening skills as we take part in a Q & A session with a member of The House of Lords.
In Maths, our key focus this term will be secure in our knowledge of fractions and to learn our multiplication and division facts for the times tables up to 12 x 12. We will also develop our skills in written multiplication and division. We will also learn how to read coordinates and how to translate shapes.
In Science, we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will explore both local habitats and those further afar in the polar regions. We will take part in a lesson with the World Wildlife Fund and learn how man causes threats to food chains and wildlife.
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.