Class 4 Information
Class Teacher: Mrs Pellet-Ward
- Mrs Sian Shearn - TA & Healthcare Assistant
- Mrs James - Music Teacher
- Mrs Campbell - PE Teacher
- Mrs Chapman - Forest School Leader
- Mrs Nelson – PGCE Student (Terms 1 and 3 - 2021-2022)
Homework will be set on a regular basis and as a rule, will be as follows:
- Monday – reading / Mymaths / times-tables.
- Tuesday – reading / times-tables.
- Wednesday – reading / times-tables.
- Thursday – reading / times-tables.
- Topic homework will be set once every half term and will be based upon learning from across the curriculum.
- Year 5/6 Common exception words – half-termly list
Children have access to My Maths, an on-line homework and support programme, for which they each have a log-in and password.
To support arithmetical agility and the learning of times tables, Times Tables Rock Stars (TT Rock Stars) is a sequenced programme of daily times tables practice that concentrates on a different times table weekly, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
There will be times when your children may need to discuss a piece of writing we are working on in class; such informal discussions serve to provide them with an opportunity to try out their own ideas and gather some new ones.
Topic homework: this will be more specific than our previous home leaning grids and we will give the children opportunities to present their research and learning in a number of different ways over the course of the year. In Class 4 we will also incorporate opportunities for the children to present their learning to their peers, building their confidence in the area of public speaking and oracy.
We have a structured library of reading books in school, all of which are part of the Accelerated Reading programme. Following assessment, each child will be guided to the correct level, as a starting point. Each band within the structure offers a wide range of genres and interest areas for the children to choose from, at an appropriate level. Books brought from home are equally acceptable and can be brought to school daily, as their personal reader; if they are not AR titles, that is not a problem as long as I can see them and judge their suitability. Opportunities for your child to read with an adult at home will prove to be of real benefit to them. Also, please could you sign your child’s reading record book when they have finished reading at home. Their reading and quizzes are reviewed on a regular basis.
The set lessons are:
- Games/P.E – Tuesday and Thursday (football/netball/multi-skills kit/ gym kit – t-shirt, shorts, pumps, trainers, track-suit for cold weather).
- We request that joggers and sweatshirts for outdoor sport should be either blue or black, plain and with no logos. Thank you.
The Daily Mile is now well-established. Children may run in either their school shoes or change into their trainers.
Heart of England Learning in the Woods - We will have the opportunity to spend one day each term accessing our curriculum in the Heart of England forest, at Spernal Ash. The children will need to wear long-sleeved tops and trousers, waterproofs (if needed) and footwear appropriate for the conditions. All these items are essential for the safety and comfort of all. Dates for the day will be posted on the school’s newsletter.
- We provide the following equipment: a handwriting pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, rubber, ruler, calculator, circular protractor, colouring pencils and glue.
- Children may bring to class a small pencil-case containing colouring pencils (items to be named please).
- They may also wish to bring a small snack box. (KS2 children are not eligible for free fruit or milk)
- We would ask for your child’s water bottle to be named and filled at home each morning. They will be replenished each lunch-time.
- ‘Fidgets’ – To help a small number of children calm down and self-regulate, an item to ‘fidget’ with can be useful. This is a need rather than a want. For those who need such an item, they should bring in only one which is no bigger than their palm. To avoid distraction, it cannot make a noise when used nor be shared or passed around.
- Bag Jewellery – due to the risk of items being knocked off, damaged or lost, please could the children avoid attaching items, such as keyrings, to their school bags.
Accentuating the Positive
We believe in rewarding effort and success and so the children can collect ‘merit points’ in both work outcomes and independent thinking skills.
- Five merit points earns a ‘distinction dot’. The children collect their dots on a card and when they achieve 20, they will receive their first reward. They will continue to accumulate dots, earning rewards at intervals of 40, 60, 80 and 100.
- The Golden Wall, present in each classroom, provides an opportunity for children to gain ‘golden bricks’ for following our Golden Rules! At the close of each term, we place all the bricks in a hat and draw a winner. The draw ensures that all children will continue to be motivated throughout the term.
- Each week a pupil will be chosen as ‘Star of the Week’ in recognition of positive behaviour across all aspects of school life. They will receive their certificate in Celebration Assembly, to which parents are specifically invited.
- Building Learning Power (BLP) encourages us all to be resilient, resourceful and reflective learners; when the children display these characteristics, it will be acknowledged by teachers and peers alike.
- Class Collaboration – this is designed to ‘recognise’ positive learning behaviours that work to support the whole class and not just the individual. As such, all members of the class (and that includes the teachers) will work together to achieve the particular focus on that day or week. The foci will range from listening well to perfect presentation and beyond. The children will be encouraged to identify targets that will help us all and serve to accentuate the positive. By working together we will ensure that everyone’s name appears on the board by the close of each day/week. Our reward will be an enormous CHEER!
Year 6 Managers
All year 6 children have the opportunity to hold a management position within the school; these roles are significant in terms of the responsibility they carry and are important to the smooth-running of the whole school. Year 5 children will also be given duties within the classroom, helping to prepare them for the management roles they will step into next year.
As we come to the end of our second week of the new Class 4 I am happy and proud to declare that I have the best class in the school! Your children are prepared to work hard and have already shown me that they have a love of learning and a desire to succeed, so I thank you all for such students.
This year we have chosen ‘Try Everything’ as our class song: it encourages us ‘not to give up’ and to understand the importance of being resilient; I know you will continue to help and encourage us all to dance away our fears and worries, to never give up and try everything to the best of our ability.
If you have any queries about any aspect of life in Class 4, please come and see me or drop me an e-mail if that is easier.