Hello Purple Class from Miss Killick!
I hope you and your families are staying well. Your learning at home has been fabulous so far and I have really enjoyed sharing what you have been doing, through Evidence Me observations, emails, work and photos. My favourite thing about Purple Class is your love of learning and doing all types of new things, so it is wonderful to see what you have been up to. I hope you are finding time for fresh air, exercise, creativity, new skills and well-being.
Parents may contact me via email, through the school's office or make notes on Evidence Me. I regularly check my emails and the various sites and respond as soon as I can. Please note that in Term 6, I will be teaching Year 1 in school Tuesday to Friday, so it will not be easy for me to access emails regularly on these days.
The children are also able to contact me direct 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 am thinking of all of you. If I can be of any help, please let me know.
Topic: Summer Holidays
As you know, from Term 5 Home Learning daily lessons have been set online, using the Oak National Academy. To support children's Learning in this subject, various grammar activities are also still available through Bug Club.
When your child approaches a longer writing task at home, you might like to bear in mind how we approach this in school. Children may write over three or four days. Some tasks might involve research or reading excerpts of a book. We think about the things that we would expect to see in a piece of writing; for example, a newspaper report needs a headline and other headings, facts (not opinion), quotes and pictures. We also think about the types of punctuation, language and grammar we might use. Very often, we make a plan for our writing. After we have written, which may take a couple of sessions, where possible we edit and improve our work, looking particularly at punctuation and spelling.
Maths (White Rose Home Learning)
This will be set on a weekly basis.
I have also set some activities in Maths Factor, which your child should be able to access through their Bug Club home page. Times tables remain important, as referred to below.
Geography - 'Summer Holidays'
Through the Home Learning Tasks, the children will compare the physical and human geography of Greece with that of our country.
This term we will learn about prayer and worship in Christianity.
Art / D.T
Home Learning Tasks will continue to include a range of small projects, which may be associated with our Topic.
I will continue to set a range of tasks on Purple Mash which will complement the children's learning across the curriculum, in particular supporting learning in Maths, Topic and Science, while enhancing valuable ICT skills.
Specifically, this term the children will also learn to use the Purple Mash programme '2Animate' to create simple animations. I will set the relevant 'To Do' on Purple Mash and include a Knowledge Organiser and Notes on using the programme under the icon above.
We continue this term with 'States of Matter'. The children will continue to investigate the 'Big Idea' associated with this module: that a material can change from one state to another.
Each week your child will be given spellings. These will be set through Purple Mash and I will also include them on the website through the link above. Spellings include statutory words as well as words from a number of prescribed spelling patterns. Please encourage your child to practice, first by writing the words in their spelling book and use the linked Purple Mash quiz.
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.
This remains a key part of the learning routine, particularly at present. Children have access to Bug Club at home. Also, please try and read with your child as often as you are able. Your support is hugely appreciated and is likely to influence your child's writing as well as reading progress. In school, house points are awarded to children who read at least four times a week, so it is also important that Reading Records are please updated.
This year's formal Year 4 Times Table test scheduled for June has been cancelled. However, times tables remain incredibly important in Maths, as the children have already discovered in the division, multiplication and fractions units studied this year.
Please continue practising these through Timestable Rockstars. This programme has ensured that many children are now achieving excellent percentages for accuracy and are able to answer questions in less than 6 seconds. We recommend 15 minutes each week at home as a minimum, but they may have more time time to practice in the current situation.
Please note that your child's Log In is in their Reading Record.
Homework (not currently applicable for Term 6)
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.
P.E., French, Music (not currently applicable for Term 6)
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.
Thank you for your support as ever. Please let me know if you have any queries or concerns.