WELCOME BACK MESSAGE FROM Mrs Chapman and Mrs O'Grady
Dear Lovely Roses Parents/ Guardians,
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely summer break.
We are now the new ‘Roses class’ and we are a class full of English Roses!
Mrs Chapman is going to teach all day on a Monday and a Tuesday and on a Wednesday morning. Mrs O’Grady is going to teach on a Wednesday afternoon and all day on a Thursday and a Friday.
Unusually, this term starts on a Friday. For the first day back, we will be finding out about the significance of the English Rose. We will also be doing lots of Growth Mindset work preparing us to have the best attitude for learning this year, so that we can deal with any thorns along the way and bloom with splendour throughout the year! History For our history Mantle this half term we will become a team of anthropologists and archaeologists. In our dramatic fiction our team finds a stone age cave painting in a Welsh cave (Note – no cave paintings have as yet been found in the UK), later a burial site is also discovered. Our team are commissioned to uncover the story of the people who made these images and left these remains and create a museum exhibit showing their story. Stepping back into prehistory we will become a tribe of cave dwelling hunter-gatherers, then follow the progress of mankind through the development of agriculture and the technological achievements of the bronze and iron-age. We will retell the story of the doomed ‘Doggerland’ people, who lived in the stretch of land that once joined the UK. We can guarantee some exciting dramatic events along the way as we find out all and find out what happened to this now submerged land. In literacy, we will cover a range of fiction and non-fiction reading and writing genres which will be inspired by our Mantle of the Expert commission and our class novel, “Stig of the Dump” by Clive King. Stig is a classic children’s novel about a boy called Barney, who falls through the ground at a nearby chalk pit only to discover a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts. This ‘stone age cave boy’ becomes his friend and the two have many adventures together
We will be using the novel in class to inspire our literacy work and for homework comprehension tasks.
Art Our artwork this term will be inspired by the ancient cave art of the French Lascaux Caves. We are going to use the lovely story book “The First Drawing” by Caldecott Medalist as our inspiration. We will use a variety of tools and mediums to create our own cave walls and cave drawings. Our DT project, after the half term break, will be to design a hunter gatherer diet.
Science Mrs O’Grady will be teaching science this term. Your child will be learning about forces during the first half term. We are going to find out about pushes and pulls, gravity, air and water resistance and friction. We will also have fun finding out about magnets. After half term, we will learn about light. We will explore different sources of light, find out how light travels and how the human eye works. We will investigate shadows too.
Geography In the second half of the autumn term we will be environmentalist studying rivers around the world and working to help protect this essential natural resource.
French We will be teaching French as our modern foreign language from September, and using a fantastic new resource called KAPOW to deliver these lessons.
Reading at home: Regular reading at home and discussions about their book is essential to enable your child to improve their reading fluency and comprehension.
We would want your child to be reading at home most evenings. Please ensure you sign your child’s book to show that they have read at home and talked about their book with you at least once a week. Reading record books will be handed in and checked on a Monday. Mrs Chapman will be holding a ‘catch up’ lunchtime reading session on Tuesday lunchtimes for any child who has not had their book signed to say they have read.
TT ROCKS HOMEWORK
Your child should be regularly practising their times tables at home by doing the TT Rocks games online. TTRocks gets to know your child and pitches the questions so that they are practising the right tables for them. GARAGE is the easiest game and the game that issues the most coins, which they can then spend in the virtual shop. If your child is in Year 4, they should begin to play the SOUNDCHECK game as this replicates the government TimesTables test that all Year 4’s sit in May. Playing the SOUNDCHECK game at home will mean that the children won’t be too daunted when faced with it in the summer term. Mrs O’Grady would love the children to challenge her on the ROCKSLAM game too.
Mrs O’Grady will check each week that your child has been online to play the games. Children who have not been online will complete the paper TTRocks sheets during Wednesday lunch times.
PE Our timetabled PE sessions will be on alternate Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Occasionally we may have extra sessions at other times. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school (shorts, t-shirt, trainers, jogging bottoms) every week. PE kits should be brought in on Mondays and taken home for washing on Fridays.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know and we will arrange a meeting as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a fantastic term.