Hello Purple Class from Miss Killick!
I hope you and your families are staying well. I know that you will continue your fantastic learning at home and I look forward to sharing what you have been doing. I have already been sent some lovely emails, work and photos from the Home Learning Pack activities. It is wonderful to see what you have been up to.
Parents may contact me via email or through the school's office. I will regularly check my emails and respond as soon as I can. The children are also able to contact me through Purple Mash, with comments as they finish an activity or via email through the '2Email' programme. If the children check their Notifications in Purple Mash, they should be able to see my comments on any completed work as well as emails from me. I will be giving out Rewards on Purple Mash as well as House Points, so the children might also enjoy keeping a record of these.
I will set some new Home Learning Tasks halfway through the Easter holidays. Please try and make sure you attempt a range of learning activities each day as well as find time for fresh air, exercise and creativity. Don't forget, there may be some tasks in the Term 4 homework you may not have attempted yet!
I will be thinking of all of you.
If I can be of any help, please let me know.
Topic: Angry Earth
In English, we will focus on a range of non fiction texts and conduct our own research about the phenomena caused because the Earth is 'angry'. To contrast with this, I will read Phillip Pullman's 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' to the children.
Please note that the subjects below (with the exception of French, Music and PE) will again be taught in blocks over consecutive afternoon sessions.
Geography (week 1)
In our Angry Earth topic, we will consider the causes of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
R.E (week 2)
This term we consider forgiveness in Christianity, in the lead up to Easter.
Art / D.T (week 3)
We will create projects associated with our Angry Earth topic.
Computing (week 4)
This term in Computing, we will be learning how to write for different audiences using a computer, for example looking at fonts, formatting and the creation of newspaper articles, posters or letters.
Science (week 5 to end)
Our topic this term in Science is 'Living Things and their Habitats'. This topic will involve us looking at the the classification of organisms, the various ways this can be done, investigation of vertebrates and invertebrates, exploration and enquiry into the living things found in our local habitat as well as a consideration of the effect that environmental changes have on living things.
This term, we will continue swimming on Tuesday mornings, leaving school at approximately 9am and returning for 10.30am. Thank you to those parents who have helped us so far, your support is invaluable. We will continue to need one parent helper per week please.
Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit on a Tuesday and please let me know if there are any requirements I need to cater for.
Otherwise, PE continues to fall on Wednesdays, with Miss Roots. This term focuses on Football.
It is very important that your child please has their full PE kit in school at all times (t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls as a minimum), fully labelled with their names. On PE days, girls should not wear earrings please, unless they are able to take them out themselves or if piercing is recent.
The much loved French and Music will continue as usual, taught each week. In Music, the children will continue to learn to play the ukulele.
Each Friday, your child will be given weekly spellings, with tests starting in Week 2. These will include statutory words as well as words from a number of prescribed spelling patterns. The words will be in children's spelling books and are available above. Your support in helping your children learn these words is greatly appreciated. Helping your child to use the words in sentences may assist their learning.
The children will complete times table challenges every week, on paper and using the computers whenever possible. As the government test approaches, I will increase the frequency at which we work on times tables. I will also carefully tailor the tables set on Timestable Rockstars.
Timestable Rockstars has, I think, been successful in Purple Class. Many children are now achieving excellent percentages for accuracy and are able to answer questions in less than 6 seconds (the time given in the government test). It is imperative that the children continue with their success in this program as the term progresses and June approaches. If your child is unable to complete the required 15 minutes each week at home, they should please come to Times Tables Club on a Monday lunchtime.
If I can be of further support, please let me know.
Please note that your child's Log In is in their Reading Record.
Children will be given given 10 different activities to choose from. Further information is available via the icon above.
Each week, children must choose one activity to complete for their homework. They are expected to choose a mixture of different subjects (not to complete a Maths task every week). Homework will still be set every Friday and it is to be handed back in on Wednesday. For those that do not complete homework, a lunchtime club is available on a Tuesday.
Please try and read with your child as often as you are able. Your support in this is hugely appreciated and is likely to influence your child's writing as well as reading progress. House points are awarded to children who read at least 4 times a week, so it is also important that Reading Records are please updated.
Thank you for your support as ever. Please let me know if you have any queries or concerns.
Miss Killick and Miss Graham