Magpie Class Assembly
Please click on the link below to enjoy the Magpie class' performance of their Assembly (Wednesday 30th March) sharing their learning from this term's exciting topic 'Tomb Raiders'!
|Magpie Class Assembly Tomb Raiders|
|Wednesday 30th March|
We will be delving into ancient history in this term’s learning theme!
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome a new term!
Please find the thematic plan below which gives an overview of the exciting learning theme we have planned for this term.
We will be focusing on learning about a past society called Ancient Egypt. We will be looking at factual evidence of the pyramids, mummies, pharaohs and artefacts and trying to find out about the secrets of civilisation that began over 5,000 years ago.
We will be finding out about Howard Carter – the original tomb raider. We will be exploring the art and statues and asking what we can find out about the past from these things.
If you, or someone you know, have skills that could support our learning with these topics, please come and speak to us! Additionally, if your child has a book at home based on an aspect of Egypt/ Ancient Egypt, they are very welcome to bring it in to share with the class to support our learning.
|Tomb Raiders! Thematic Plan Spring Term 4 2022||[docx 2MB]|
Overview of the subjects which are separate from the learning theme:
We will be developing our understanding of multiplication and division, through more simple times tables facts to more complex written calculations. We will be applying our understanding of division to start our work on fractions. In addition, we will be focusing on Shape, Position and Direction and playing our understanding to solve a range of problems. We will also be continuing our work on children’s maths passports.
We will continue to learn about extended greetings and questions including saying your name, and use in short sentences/conversations; learn vocabulary for colours and revise numbers to 10.
We will be exploring the following question: Who is Muslim, and how do they live? Finding out about daily life and worship routines for Muslims; identifying the Koran as the holy book of Islam.
Swimming: starting on the Tuesday, 29th March, every fortnight the children will be developing their swimming skills. More information will follow shortly.
The children will also be working on a gymnastics unit inspired by our theme of Ancient Egypt. They will learn how to use shapes and balances to communicate their learning about key aspects of the ancient Egyptian civilisation.
How can you help at home?
Homework will be mainly linked to MyMaths. MyMaths has tutorials/lessons linked to the homework given, as well as fun games to practise mathematical skills. MyMaths is set every Wednesday and is due on the following Wednesday. This will commence from 9th March. Please encourage your child to complete their homework, which can be provided as a paper version on request although the online format is. The children will be able to mark their homework straight away; if your child has scored below 70% they will be expected to try again.
To support their daily session in school, your child’s Maths Passports should be practiced at least 3 times a week at home. Copies of the children’s passports are sent home when they move to a new one and will also be being stuck into the back of their reading records. Use of the children’s Numbots or TTRockstars account will assist in securing their number facts. Once they get to the Africa passport, they will need to practice multiplication and division, and you can help by asking tables questions, mixing up the order and asking division facts, for example “How many 5s in 25?” Online resources to help include a very good site called “Hit the Button” where they can practice multiplication, division addition and subtraction facts. Targets, guidance sheets and links to online games can be found on the school website
Please listen to your child read at least three times a week to support your child's progress for the Class Reading Challenge. Their three reads must be from their school scheme book, although enjoying other stories and types of texts in encouraged to create a real love of reading. It is also really beneficial to have times where you read to, and enjoy stories with your child.
Please ask them a range of questions about what they have read to check their understanding, examples of questions can be found on their ‘Totally Pawsome Reading Gang’ bookmark which was sent home with their new reading record in September. We will keep a close check on the reading books and check their home/ school books. To develop your child’s fluency we will ask them to practise re-reading some of the pages. This can also be done at home. The book will be changed regularly once your child has developed good understanding and has improved their rate and accuracy. Children are encouraged to put their reading book and record together in the book box as they come into the class in the morning, if their book needs changing.
The children’s reading record books will be checked every Monday for their three reads a week, please ensure an adult signs for each of the reads.
Copies of the children’s log-in details for MyMaths are in their reading record books.
Equipment. Please can the children continue to bring the minimum into school.
PE kit: Please ensure that your child is wearing their PE kit every Thursday, that earrings are removed (if the child can’t do it themselves) and long hair is tied back.
Outdoor trainers: A pair of trainers for outdoor sessions to be kept in your child’s locker all week.
Water bottle: Please ensure that your child has their named water bottle filled with water at the beginning of each day.
Reading books and Home School Contact Book. These items should be brought into school every day.
Personal equipment: Each child is provided with a school pencil case with all the equipment they need for learning; therefore, personal pencil cases and equipment from home are not necessary.
Staff in Magpies
Mrs Fellows will be teaching the children on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with Miss Sprawson in the class on Thursdays and Fridays. We also have Mrs Townsend and Mrs Atanasova, as teaching assistants, in class supporting the children’s learning. Wednesday afternoon, the class will enjoy French and RE with Mrs Russell.
Finally, if you ever have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to continue to contact us via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the school.
We look forward to working with you and your children this term,
Miss Sprawson and Mrs Fellows