ear 4: Monkey Class
We are beginning the term with our Ancient Egypt topic, learning wonderful facts about the river Nile and comparing modern and ancient times.
This term, we will be working hard on our 3 digit and 4 digit place values. Throughout the year we shall be ranking up our times tables focus, preparing us for our Multiplication Tables Check in Summer 2022.
The following links will help support your child's multiplication learning and through repetition will help improve their recall speed:
In English we will spend the year looking at a variety of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them. We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books. Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics.
In Monkeys class we have a 'Book Nook' where children throughout the week take it in turns to snuggle down and read a book, comic/magazine or newspaper of their choice. We have a range of activities throughout the week, focussing on reading comprehensions to draw on retrieval and inference skills, we have short burst texts such as poetry and fact finding, we have a range of resources to suit all genres and every child reads aloud to an adult to include phonics, blending and key elements of specific needs. Children have a class reading book and a home reading book which can be logged on GoRead by the pupil or parent. In class we celebrate the completion of books and all the wonderful reading at home, the children compete in a reading race where they collect stickers. Each child will also complete a book review to show their understanding too.
P.E is on Tuesday/Thursday afternoons, though it is useful to keep P.E kits in school from Monday-Friday as the children regularly participate in additional PE and sports workshops.
The most important thing children can do at home is to keep up with their reading. Please remember to log any reading on the Go Read app so we can keep track and update the children’s bookmarks in school. In addition, children should be practising their times tables, using either Times Tables Rockstars, singing along to multiplication songs or trying out one of the fun dances on the BBC Supermovers site. Children can also log into Spelling Shed to play games and complete assignments linked to their spelling words for the week.
Term One Update
It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we have already completed Gorilla by Anthony Browne and we are now enjoying the story of Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo. In Maths, we have been comparing, ordering and understanding the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers. In P.E, we have been learning Basketball, we started to learn about the positioning of our hands to support the ball, how to bounce, move and dribble wit the ball and use different passes. On Friday mornings, we have been paired up with our brass instruments and have begun our lessons from a specialist music teacher.