Term 5 & 6 Newsletter – “A Tale of Two Cities”

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Summer Term. We trust that you had a restful Easter Break.

The children have settled into their studies well and have certainly em- braced our new topic, "A Tale of Two Cities", a Geography and History based topic, comparing the seaside cities of Brighton and Hove and Boulogne Sur Mer in France.

As you would expect, the class will be going on a school trip to Brighton. We hope the class will experience the unique Regency architecture and develop an understanding of why Brighton is such a successful tourist destination.

The children have had their first swimming session and adapted well to the change in routine this creates. They swam well and tried very hard to keep lost property to a minimum! Some of our swimming groups need juggling a little to ensure children's needs are being met.

Spelling has had an overhaul this term throughout the Federation with a scheme known as Spice up Spellings being trialled. The fear is that children are simply learning spellings for the test and then forgetting them. We want improved spelling to be evident in writing, not just for the test. Children will now receive a weekly spelling list on a Monday which will include some personal choice words (usually mistakes they have made in their school books). Completing an activity at home, alongside 2 activities in school each week will hopefully see an improvement in books.

Overleaf is an outline of subjects and topics for terms 5 and 6 and on the back page are some Class 3 reminders.

Best wishes, Mr Sullivan and Mrs Haverty

Class 3 Subjects Summer 2017

Numeracy: Working through the year 3 and 4 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. We have already worked on telling the time and will develop this into other forms of measurement, along with graphs and shape. If parents could keep telling the time at the top of the agenda at home, it would be a great help. And times tables please!

Literacy: Working through the year 3 and 4 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. Highlights this term include work on poetry and biographical writing.

A Tale of Two Cities: Incorporating History, Geography, Art and DT

History: Learning about the History of the two cities in particular the Regency period for Brighton.

Geography: Locating the two cities on a map and making comparisons between them related to both physical and human Geography.

Art & DT: researching, designing and making puppets with sewn costumes.

Stand alone subjects

Science: Forces and Magnets before half term. Light and shadow after half term.

ICT: Developing presentation skills through PowerPoint

RE: Comparing Christian buildings, churches and symbols

PSHE: In PSHE the children will focusing on “Relationships”. This includes how to form and keep positive friendships.

PE: Swimming and Athletics.

Singing, French and Recorders will also be taught on a weekly basis.

  1. School starts at 8:55. This is the time children will be entering the school building and classrooms. There will always be an activity for children to work on at 8:55, so punctual attendance is essential. Children tend to be very flustered if they arrive late and this could in turn affect their academic achievement. If for some unforeseen circumstance children are late, please enter through the main office entrance and sign the late book.
  2. Uniform. We are on a mission to make Class 3 the smartest class in the school! Can I remind you that at Blackboys we wear black school shoes not black trainers and that tights should, whenever possible, be of dark grey/charcoal colour.
  3. Reading. All children in the class are armed with a reading book for class and a reading book for home. We do appreciate though that children often like to read their own books at home, and this is entirely fine. Reading record books are checked every Monday and will result in a reading certificate once completed. Please remember parents that it is also good practice to read to your children still.
  4. Homework is given out on a Friday and returned the following Thursday. New spellings are given out on a Monday.
  5. PE days are on Mondays and Tuesdays. Correct Blackboys PE kit is vital. In Key Stage 2 we are more than happy for children to wear trainers as opposed to plimsolls. Please ensure everything is named!
  6. We would be delighted if any parents would like to volunteer to help in class. This could range from helping with art and DT activities to listening to children read. If you would be prepared to help, please get in touch.

If you have any questions about any aspect of your childs education then please feel free to ask. We are perfectly happy to receive emails if before or after school is not convenient.