Welcome to our final term of the year, a year that seems to have flown by! We have a very exciting topic ahead of us, focusing on local history, including some excellent opportunities to make and do! As usual, the summer term is one of the busiest of the year. I have endeavoured to put as many dates in as possible, but please look out for any dates that come up in the future. The school website has an extensive calendar feature which should be your first port of call.
We will be learning all about the history and geography of two contrasting yet quite similar cities, Brighton and Boulogne. Our history will mainly focus on the Regency period, including the building of the Royal Pavilion by George IV, and the way in which seaside holidays developed in the south east. All of the children will of course visit Boulogne when they are in Class 4.
Spelling: Children will be given a Spice Up Spelling menu with a list of suggested activities which can be completed each week. If you would rather practise spellings in a different way, please feel free to do so. However, it is expected that a piece of spelling work will be brought in on a Monday in their spelling folder to be checked in school. Children also now have a login for the online spelling scheme, the Spelling Shed. If their login has been misplaced, please ask me and I will print a new one.
Literacy: A homework menu will be sent home, listing a variety of tasks for children to complete each week in their homework book.
Maths: This will reflect current classroom learning, giving children the chance to either consolidate or extend their learning. At times this will be set using Mathletics.
Literacy and Maths homework will be set on a Wednesday, and should be handed in on a Monday. This gives them 5 days to complete their activities. If children do not bring homework in, they will spend their lunchtime catching up.
Reading: It is expected that children will read to themselves independently each evening. However, children still need to read with an adult at home at least twice a week. This gives you a chance to ask them questions about their reading, helping them to develop quality reading skills outside of the classroom. Reading records have been sent home, and children will also have a school reading record to note down their thoughts and opinions on their reading. Certificates will be given out in Thursday assemblies for children who complete a reading record.
|Monday||Homework handed in. Spelling activity handed in. New spelling list sent home.|
|Tuesday||PE with All Star Soccer|
|Wednesday||Homework books handed out.|
In the first half of the term, we will be studying some of the work of Rudyard Kipling, who of course lived locally at Batemans in Burwash. After half term, we will be reading work by Emily Gravett, who is originally from Brighton.
Working through the year 3 and 4 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. Our biggest topic this term is telling the time. If parents could keep ‘telling the time’ at the top of the agenda at home, it would be a great help. We will also be learning about calculating with money, using graphs and tables, while completing work on shape and space. Plenty of times table practice is also needed at home!
Our science this term is physics based, beginning with a study of magnets and forces. Then we will move on to learning about light.
We will be working with textiles this term. Our Design and Technology topic is making hand puppets, which children have already started designing. Please see the class helpers section for more information.
In the first part of the term, we will be learning about holy places and pilgrimage. Then, we will be trying to answer the question, ‘When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?
This term, our Tuesday sessions will be run by All Star Soccer Academy focusing on athletics. Swimming will take place on a Friday morning at Ringmer swimming pool. Please see the letter that was sent home for dates. The annual swimming gala will take place at the end of the year.
In PSHE this year we will be following our new ‘Jigsaw’ scheme. This term we will be discussing relationships.
In ICT, we will be learning about how to use Microsoft Powerpoint. We will then be thinking about our digital footprint, and the things we leave behind on the internet.
German, recorders and singing will continue to take place each week.
We are always on the lookout for any parents who would be able to come in and give children the chance to do some extra reading or times tables practice.
If there are any parents who are confident in sewing, we would like to ask for your help! Our final puppets will need to be sewed, and we currently only have 2 members of staff who are available to try and teach and assist 34 children. If you could possibly give up some of your time in the last week of term (w/b 20.05.19) please do let me know!
|Tuesday 7 May||Cricket Trip|
|Thursday 16 May||PTA Meeting|
|Friday 17 May||PTA Film Night|
|Friday 24 May||Year 4 Café|
|Friday 7 June||Year 3 Café|
|Wednesday 26 June||Sports Day|
|Saturday 6 July||Uckfield Children's Parade|
|Friday 12 July||Swimming Gala|
|Wednesday 17 July||Whole School Performance (afternoon & evening)|
|Thursday 18 July||Whole School Performance (evening)|
|Friday 19 July||Last Day of Term; Cup Assembly|