Welcome to Class 8!
Class 8 this year is a wonderful mix of both Year 4 and Year 5 children. Mrs Anderson and I are excited about getting to know the children and helping them to progress in every way, both academically and socially. Please be assured that regardless of whether they are beginning Year 4 or 5 that your child will receive both the challenge and support that they need.
Mrs Anderson will teach the children from Monday to Wednesday and I (Ms Woodrow) will teach them Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Anderson and I have worked closely and successfully together for a number of years now and as a result communication between us is focused to ensure continuity of care for your child. You can speak to either of us in regard to your child in the knowledge that key information will always be passed on.
This Autumn Term we will begin by getting your child inducted into the routines of Class 8. They all know their timetable and what to expect on each day. It is their responsibility to have the correct kit or equipment required to participate.
On Tuesdays the Year 5 children will need their swimming kit and the Year 4 their PE kit.
On Fridays both Year Groups will need their PE kit as we are lucky to be having input from a dance instructor in school.
Homework will usually be set and given on a Friday. It will be in the form of spellings to be learnt for a check-up test and a Math's activity that will relate to the work being done in class. The focus on spellings this term will be the 'Non Negotiable' (essential) list for each year group, as appropriate. These are available on the website for reference but will also be sent home.
The homework is expected to be completed and returned by Thursday every week.
On Friday your child will be tested on the set of spellings that they have been asked to learn. They will also be given a timed 'Beat That Challenge!' This is a Math's challenge where the children are asked to answer as many addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions as quickly and accurately as they can in 90 seconds!The children generally approach this challenge with great enthusiasm and it is about each child beating their own personal target rather than competing against each other. Helping your child secure their Times Tables knowledge and Number Bonds will really support them with this.
Regular reading ( at least 3 times a week) is an expectation. It shouldn't be approached as a chore or set as homework but should be encouraged to be an essential, enriching life-skill. The children are expected to have a book, from home or school, with them everyday. The maintenance of the Reading Record Book, that you may have previously been familiar with, is no longer a necessity. The children are considered to be old enough to want to read for pleasure and will be encouraged in school, through guided-reading sessions ( led by the teacher) to read a variety of different text types.
As 2018 marks 100 years since the end of World War 1 we will be having WW1 as our Autumn Term 1 topic. We will be linking as many curriculum areas to this topic as we can, including studying the artwork of the amazing War Artist Paul Nash. Already the children are showing great interest in this important historical event and have started to share family stories and bring items of interest into school. This is wonderful and we welcome any input from you at home!
Our class text this half-term will be the moving and powerful children's story 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo.
Mrs Anderson and I will endeavour to keep you updated as the term progresses and hope to welcome and meet some of you personally at the Class Induction Event.
With kind regards.
Ms Liz Woodrow
Well it's the Summer Term!
The final push before the children become Year 6.
This term our topic is "Chocolate!" Everyone is happy about this!
We will be exploring the history of British chocolate manufacturers, where chocolate originated from, tasting and testing (of course!) and doing a design and technology project with a target audience in mind. We will also be looking at Fairtrade and the importance of fair and sustainable farming.
In English we have been reading the play of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and writing our own play scripts. We continue to focus on the importance or handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
In Maths the children are applying their number bond and multiplication times table skills in weekly "Beat-It!" and "CLIC" challenges as well as learning about geometry, percentages and decimals.
Science this term is focused on "Living Things" looking at life cycles of plants and animals.
Up until half term the children are participating in Tag Rugby sessions with an Inspire coach on a Wednesday, after half term this will change to athletics.
Your continued support at home with your child's weekly spellings and maths homework is very much appreciated and of value.
As usual Mrs Anderson and I are always available to discuss any concerns or questions that you may have.
Well this half term has whizzed by in a blink of an eye!
It seems like 2 minutes since we were returning to school, happy and refreshed from our Christmas Holidays!
Despite the fact that this half-term many of the children have suffered from the horrid flu and cold that has been "doing the rounds" they have soldiered-on magnanimously!
This half-term and next, our topic is "The Commonwealth"
All KS 2 classes have selected a country from the Commonwealth to study and Class 8 are studying the history, people and geography of India.
Thank you so much for those who have already sent in personal artefacts from India for us to share. We have created an interactive display with them and children are enjoying looking at them and talking about them.
To link with the topic India our class fiction book this term is "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling. So many of the children are familiar with the film versions but are enjoying reading the original book. We are linking our writing to this book and India to make the learning meaningful and cross-curricular.
This half-term we have had a dance coach in from Aspire. It has been wonderful, exhausting and sometimes comical watching the children enthusiastically "having - a go!" I'm proud to say that we do have some very talented children in our class.
Swimming has now finished officially for the Year 5 children who can swim 25 metres or more.
Please see the updated timetable for PE slots.
Later next half-term we will be acknowledging International Commonwealth Day and also hosting our own "Culture Fair" to which we hope you will attend to see what we have been doing in class.
Next half-term we warmly welcome back Mrs Hannah Anderson who returns to work from her maternity leave.
She will return to teaching Monday to Wednesday in our class and I will teach Thursdays and Fridays.
Mrs Anderson has been visiting the class and getting to know the children (again for some of them!) to ensure a smooth and successful transition back into class.
I feel that it is important to thank the fabulous Ms Lyn Butterfield for her role in Class 8 whilst Mrs Anderson has been absent.
We will miss her in class, but are happy to say that she will remain teaching at Long Bennington so we can still hear her laugh and admire her funky boots!
I look forward to catching up with you in early March for Parent's Evening.
Until then if you have any concerns or questions, or indeed some amazing experiences you are willing to share with the children in relation to our topic, please do not hesitate in contacting me through the school office.
Ms Liz Woodrow
Some more examples of writing from other areas of the curriculum, this time History.
The children imagined that they were at a "Summer Solstice Party" in pre-historic times!
The children needed to really use their imaginations, especially in this cold weather!
Please enjoy Krish's and Emily's 1st person recount.
Class 8 have been working this last half term on writing non-chronological reports.
We have linked our literacy to other areas of the curriculum.
Please look at the reports Lewis and Izzy wrote on "Graffiti Art."
They are informative and carefully structured.
The Year 5 had great fun with the visiting Graffiti Artist, James Mayle ,last week.
They were so keen to bring their work home to show you we couldn't say no!
Hope you love it too.
Author, Dan walker, will be visiting school on Wednesday 18th October. His latest book, Sky Thieves , is a popular fantasy adventure, which some of our children have already heard of and admire. He will be speaking to children from Class 8, 9 and 10 and we are very fortunate that he is able to give up some time to visit us.
He will be bringing copies of his books for children to buy at a cost of £6.50
His visit is happening during school time and we are very much looking forward to meeting him.
Welcome to Class 8!
We hope that you enjoyed the summer break and feel refreshed and ready for action!
Year 5 is an exciting and important year for the children.
With guidance and support the children will be encouraged this year to become more independent and to develop their skills of resilience, problem solving and perseverance in readiness for the challenges of Year 6.
We hope that they will have fun with their learning and engage actively in all lessons through questioning and discussion.
Class 8 are fortunate to benefit from 2 teachers who "share" the roles and responsibilities of Class Teacher. Both myself and Ms Butterfield are experienced teachers who want the best outcomes for your children. I teach on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Ms Butterfield teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. We have established regular and reliable methods of professional dialogue and communication so please feel assured that we both know what is happening in our class even if we may not be in school that day.
This term our Cross Curricular Topic is "DIG IT!" This topic has a strong history bias linking to Pre-Historic history, the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. Where ever possible we will also be linking other areas of learning to this theme, such as art where we will be looking at how early cave painting has evolved to the modern day Street Art. We welcome the children's input, enthusiasm and prior knowledge related to this subject and I know already some children are eager to share what they know!
Reading, Writing and Maths will continue to be a key focus this year in preparation for next years SATs and beyond.
( Please see weekly timetable)
Children will chose an independent reading book, that could be from home. This needs to be in school everyday and we ask that as parents you support your child regularly ( at least 3 times a week) with either hearing them read, or for the more able readers discussing what they have read, at home. A Reading Diary has been given to each child to ensure that a record is kept of their reading both at home and school. Please ensure that you sign this weekly.
In addition to supporting your child at home with their reading there will be weekly spellings. For this first half term they will be the revision of the Statutory Year 3 & 4 spellings. These will be given on a Thursday and tested in school the following Thursday. Please also note that on our website are listed the Year 5 Spellings that all children should know. These should be learnt alongside the weekly spellings if they are not already known.
Maths homework for this first half term will take the form of children learning and applying ,with increased speed and accuracy, the multiplication tables and number bonds. These will be tested weekly in class via the "Ultimate Challenge."
This half term all Year 5 children will swim on Tuesday and will be required to have the appropriate kit on that day to participate in the learning of this essential life skill. An additional PE session will take place on Thursday, again children are required to participate and be appropriately dressed.
New to the school this year is the introduction of French as a Modern Foreign Language.
We want to ensure that a positive partnership develops between every pupil in our class, their parents and us, to ensure future success and contentment for all. Please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions. We are very approachable! An appointment can be made via the office.
We would also welcome any parents who have some time available ( ha ha!) and secret talents to share which could help us enrich the children's learning further. If you feel you have something appropraite to offer please give us a call.
We look forward to getting to know your fabulous children more.
Ms Elizabeth Woodrow & Ms Lyn Butterfield.