We have had another great week in Thoresby Class this week. On Tuesday, as the weather was lovely, we spent the afternoon outside on the field doing some drama relating to the characters from The Song of the Dolphin Boy - our class book. We also planned a sea creature collage, learnt about ordering and comparing numbers and discussed Spanish culture. Our ocean research in Geography was a real highlight and I have uploaded some photos below so you can see how hard the children worked and what they learnt through their own research.
There is a host of new things to look forward to next week. We will be learning about pollution and climate change, Christian confirmation and endangered species. Alongside this, we will be writing our own Harvest poems!
This week, the children have all been allocated new books on Bug Club that match with their current book band. The children will now need to read online at least three times a week. They can choose any book from the allocated book band, but it would be a good idea to read one book at a time. Grown ups - we are learning a lot about inference this year, which is where ideas are implied within a text but the children will need to be able to use this to create and support their own ideas. For example: how do you think the character feels at this point in the story and what makes you think this? A good answer would be: because it says in the text that his tummy was churning, I think that means he must be feeling a bit nervous. This is a different element of reading and children will be unable to move onto the next book band until they have good comprehension as well as fluency. If you have any further questions about this, please feel free to contact me. I will send log in details for each child through Marvellous Me so that you can access these books.
There will also be a new chapter of our class book being sent home this week. Please ensure you read this before Monday's lesson so that you can keep up with the story as we move on.
If you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss, please contact me via the school office.
Thank you to all of the children in Thoresby Class for an amazing first few weeks in school. They have all settled in so well and have shown maturity and resilience. Each of the children have also shown their own individual brilliance throughout these first two full weeks and have all really impressed me - I am so proud of them all. I have been sending Marvellous Me messages to share individual highlights, so please make sure you are checking the app to see these.
We have been learning about Roman Numerals and rounding in Maths and have made excellent progress already. The children are also enjoying our class book - The Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird. We have completed lots of different activities on this so far and Mrs Dilks has been reading the book to the class so brilliantly that the children are really engaged with the story. A chapter from the book has been sent home today so please make sure you read this to keep up to date with events!
Our topic is Ocean Explorers this half term and as part of this we have planned model aquariums, learnt about different micro-habitats within the ocean and even watched an episode of Blue Planet to inspire us to sketch different sea creatures. Blue Planet is an excellent educational series if you want to watch more at home.
Next week we will be writing our own resolution and ending to the class book, learning about place value and discussing laws and law enforcers amongst lots of other things!
If you are looking for work to do at home, please read as much as you can. These could be story books or non-fiction pieces and be sure to discuss with a grown up what you have learnt or what you think - remember how to make inferences about how characters could be feeling and share your ideas.
Times Tables Rockstars is also an excellent resource that will help support the children with their times tables in preparation for the Government national test that takes place in Year 4. The children will need to know all of their times tables up to 12x12 so the more practise they can get, the easier they will find the test. If you are unsure of the log in details to access individual accounts, please contact me and I can get those to you.
I hope the children have enjoyed their return to class as much as I have enjoyed teaching them. We are all getting to know each other really well as well as the school daily routines and expectations.
As always, if you would like to discuss anything about the curriculum, our lessons, home learning or any social or emotional needs your child may have, please contact the office and I can email or phone you, whichever is your preference. I want to make sure that the children continue to be happy and positive about coming to school and I will support you however you need me to.
Thanks again for all of your support so far,
Dear Children and Parents,
Welcome back to the new academic year! I am really looking forward to seeing you all and for us to be in Thoresby Class together having lots of fun and making memories.
Our first topic will be Ocean Explorers, and as part of this we will be making model aquariums, learning about oceans, exploring different habitats and reading The Song of the Dolphin Boy.
Topics throughout the rest of the year will be; Incredible India, Chocolate Delight, Achievers and Inventors, World War Two and Olympic Glory. Throughout each of these topics there are some wonderful tasks planned and lots of new information to learn.
To start with, we will have PE every Thursday with Tony (starting week commencing 7/9). We will also be having our own class PE lessons, but these will start in a few weeks. You should come to school wearing your PE kit on Thursdays and you will remain in this all day - there is no need to bring your uniform too.
I have created a stationary pack for each child that includes a pencil, line guide, green and purple pens, a ruler, a rubber, coloured pencils and a glue stick. Children will not need any other resources within lessons at the moment, so please keep pencil cases at home for the time being. You will only need to bring your lunchbox (unless you are having a school packed lunch) and drink and a coat if necessary.
For the first couple of weeks reading books will not be given out to the children, as this will allow staff time to prepare reading books and diaries. Books will be changed weekly and returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before given to another child. Please do not return any reading books that you have at home to school until you are asked to do so.
Homework and Spellings
Similar to reading books, homework and spelling books will be introduced later on in the first autumn term. Homework will be given out to the children on a Friday and the hand in date will be the following Wednesday. Homework will be based on work that the children have been doing in class. We will always include information about the children’s Big Write task on the homework letter so they are able to prepare at home. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday and children are encouraged to practise their spellings throughout the week at home to prepare.
I know this has been an unprecedented time and I am sure the children have all coped really well at home. If you have any concerns or worries about coming into Thoresby Class, please contact me and I will assist you as best I can.