We are so excited to be able to share our Christmas performance with you all! This year has obviously been very different for us all but we have made the best of it here in Thoresby Class.
As you will see below, we have created our very own Nativity puppet show and I would like to share with you the process we went through.
Firstly, the children each created a house and a palm tree to make up our backdrop. Then, they each created a puppet character for the Nativity. Some children created the stable as well. We then wrote the script as a class and the children came up with each line and stage directions. Finally, they performed each scene! Some children had a line within a scene, and those that didn't moved the puppets for the performance. A few children were even brave enough to film a scene each! So the children have created this whole performance, which is something I am really proud of. Every piece of art you see in the performance and each line you hear has all been created by the class as a collective effort. I am so impressed with how well they adapted to this new task and they rose to the challenge fantastically!
We would love to hear your thoughts about our performance. If you wish to give us any feedback, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will read through any comments together as a class.
As always, I really appreciate all of the support and help you give the children in terms of their learning.
Merry Christmas from Thoresby Class!
In very exciting news, we have discovered how to send and receive voice messages on Purple Mash! This has caused a great amount of excitement in Thoresby Class and we have already sent a few voice messages to each other. This allows us to feel much more connected and for me to give more constructive feedback and positive encouragement. It will also allow children to ask questions or say if they have struggled with a task without having to write it down.
If you are unsure of how to do this, when you hand in a task there is a small red circle underneath where you leave your comment. If you click on this it will allow you to record a voice message which then attaches to your work. If I send a voice message to you it will show up underneath my written message on your handed in 2Dos list. There will be a green triangle and if you click on there you will be able to hear my message too!
I am hoping this will encourage children to log on to Purple Mash and complete tasks to hand in with a message attached. I am looking forward to hearing them - I am sure they will be very entertaining! Please have a look at the tasks on Purple Mash and send me some messages.
Information relating to how we will celebrate Christmas in school has been sent to all parents via the office - please let me know if you have not received this. We are really looking forward to getting started! Over the next few weeks we will be completing a range of activities relating to Christmas, and I am pleased that this includes creating Christmas cards and calendars ready for the children to bring home on Friday 18th December. We will also start working on our special virtual Christmas performance soon, which we can't wait to share with you all!
Please ensure you are able to receive Marvellous Me messages to ensure you can keep up to date with everything that is happening over the next few weeks.
Even though we will be carrying out some Christmas activities, we are also still working hard on the curriculum and ensuring we are making progress both academically and personally. It has been a very strange first term, but the children have been fantastic in terms of settling in and making great progress in all areas. Please remember, in order to ensure the children are continuing to reach their full potential, it is so important to keep up with Bug Club reading, spellings, homework tasks and Purple Mash activities.
Thank you all so much for all of your commitment and dedication to our learning so far this year!
We are still working really hard in Thoresby Class and have been completing lots of tasks to enhance our learning. We have been looking at multiplication and division in Maths and have identified and used a range of different methods for these. We have been studying the Khwab poem in English and wrote our own class poem which had some super rhyming words and descriptive language in. The children are now in the process of writing their own individual poems based on India and we will share these on the class page once they are finished.
We have been creating lots of Van Gogh inspired art over the past few weeks (see below) and the children are getting good at using oil pastel techniques and understanding blending and layering. In RE, we have been studying Hinduism and have discussed places of worship and traditions. We will be learning more about Hindu celebrations later this week.
In Geography, we have researched the human and physical features of cities within India and used ICT to enhance our learning. We have also discussed kindness this week and created a kindness chain where children shared positive words with each other.
Most children are doing really well completing work on Purple Mash and ensuring their homework tasks are in on time. Remember, if you would rather email the class email address to hand in work that is absolutely fine. Homework tasks are being updated weekly in the sub-pages above and these should always be completed by the following Wednesday. Spellings are also being updated weekly and I am now seeing an improvement in most children's test scores, which is fantastic! The spellings for each week are also in the relevant sub-page above and I would encourage children to practise as much as they can at home.
Please ensure you have access to MarvellousMe and can receive messages on there as this is where most communication is sent from and I send regular updates not only on individual progress but also on class news and any changes to our usual routine.
Children have all now completed a reading assessment in order to move to the next book band. I have sent information via MarvellousMe if your child has moved up and which book band they are now working on. Bug Club has also been updated to reflect new bands and the books on each account are set at the correct reading level.
If you have any worries or concerns or would like to talk about anything, please contact the office and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks for all of your support with learning at home,
We have had a great start back at school for this half term. We have begun to look at poetry within English and have been discussing syllables and descriptive language. We now have a good understanding of haikus and cinquains and are able to make comparisons between the two. In Maths, we have moved on to multiplication and are learning different methods of multiplying. We are also using this chance to recap our times tables and are getting better at these!
Our topic this half term is 'Incredible India' and we have been discussing Indian culture - most recently studying the clothes worn and discussing patterns and colour. Related to this, in RE we are studying Hinduism and are learning about Hindu Gods and Goddesses this week. We have been discussing bullying in PHSE and auxiliary verbs in GPS. We have also managed to fit in some learning on Van Gogh and have replicated a piece of his work - 'A Starry Night'. These look amazing (pictures to follow!)
All children have now set their baseline times on Times Tables Rockstars so we will now be able to see progress as we move forward. This is on Studio mode. Please remember to encourage children to log on to TTR and complete new games and challenges in order to develop their recall of the times tables.
Tasks on Purple Mash are regularly being updated to reflect what we have been doing in class. These activities should identify if there are still any gaps in learning so it is great if children can complete these to solidify their understanding.
In other news this week, it has been great to speak to some parents about their child's progress since joining Thoresby Class. It is lovely to share how well they are getting on both academically and socially/emotionally. Thank you all for your time!
Keep looking out for our Van Gogh pictures - they will appear once completed.
We have started our topic of non-chronological reports today in English and have looked at the purpose of these as well as what they include. Below is the spider diagram we have created of our initial ideas. We will come back to this at the end of the topic to see if we missed anything!
Please see below for some great links to games which will help the children with their place value understanding. We also need to continue to work on addition and subtraction, particularly focusing on number bonds. I have uploaded some relevant tasks to Purple Mash 2Dos, so please have a look at those too.
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.