Welcome back to school, we hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are ready for the term ahead! The children have decided on the new class name (formally Unicorn Class) and have already been taking part in some fun Harry Potter inspired lessons!
This year the class will be taught by Mrs Denny and Mrs Box who use team teaching to support learning. The class is also supported by Jenny Davy who will teach RE on Tuesday afternoons.
Here's some FAQs about Unicorn Class to help you to get to know how we're organised and work...
What is the curriculum this half term?
Our science topic this half term is Crime and Punishment. The children will be looking at Crimes and Punishments through the ages and how law and order has changed. The science this year is electricity, in Geography we are contrasting European countries, in Computing we are creating a Crime and Punishment Wiki Page and in DT we are making fair ground rides which will be enriched by a free visit to Wickstead Park!
Where do I find out about homework?
The children have a small, yellow homework log book which will have the details of any homework set.
What is the homework like?
From day 1, all children are encouraged to be actively reading their own choice of book from school or home throughout the week. Children are asked to ensure they write a good quality reading reflection in their journals where they analyse what they have written to show understanding. We check these journals weekly and expect more from the different year groups/children. Generally year 4/5 should produce 1 reflection, year 6 should produce 2 with some exceptions. We encourage quality over quantity.
Pieces of homework that link to the topic work or to support their understanding in class may be issued randomly alongside the BIG think homework. Additionally, work that is incomplete from class may also be sent home to complete.
What are the spelling routines?
This year we are using the Read, Write Inc programme to teach the children spellings. This 13 week programme will ensure the children know their spellings for the year group they are in by looking at phonics, morphology and etomology in order to learn the spelling rules of the words they learn. This will be done in daily sessions for 15-20 minutes and a test will occur once a week. Find the children's spellings each week in the spelling zappers.
When do we start swimming and what is needed?
Wednesday the 6th September is the first day of swimming. Please ensure they have a swimming costume or tight fitted swimming bottoms for boys as the Framlingham swimming instructor does not allow baggy swimming trunks. A swimming hat is also mandatory. You can purchase a swimming hat from Framlingham Pool reception at a charge of £1.50. If you have already consented (last year) allowing your child to wear goggles, they may also bring these with them. Finally they'll need to pack a towel and a healthy snack for the coach is a good idea as we find they get hungry after using all this energy.
Mathletics! - Practise your maths, times tables and spelling!
Maths Zone - Improve your maths here!
Wordle - Create your own word display
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