I hope you had an enjoyable summer break. The children in Le Hockey this year are fortunate to have two teachers, Mrs English and Mrs Harrington. We are also pleased to have Mr Richards as our class TA for the mornings.
Here is a brief outline of what your child will be learning about this term.
We will start the term off by practising times tables. It is good to see that the children know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables already. We will be moving on to 3, 4 and 6 times tables. It makes a big difference to children’s maths if they know their tables well and you can help your child by chanting tables with them whilst on their way to and from school. Place value is the main topic for this term, as we learn about working with bigger numbers.
We will begin the term by looking at fairy tales and traditional tales, including The Snow Queen. The children will be looking at the features of the genre, writing character descriptions, creating settings and adapting the tales to create their own interesting stories. We will continue developing the children’s knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar within the English sessions and some dedicated sessions throughout the weeks. The children will read in a group weekly and we aim to listen to all children read at least once a week so if they could bring their reading books to school every day, we can ensure that this runs smoothly.
We will be learning about “Animals including Humans” this term, specifically looking at teeth, human digestion and food chains. We will be investigating what happens to food when we eat it and how to take care of our teeth. We will also look at how energy flows through the food chain.
Our theme this term is Wales. We will be looking at where Wales is positioned in the world and places within Wales for example, Snowdonia, Cardiff and Swansea. We will also be learning a little of the Welsh language and looking at some Welsh food.
Le Hockey join up with Mr Hoffmann’s class (Le Tennis) on Monday afternoons for PE and this term we will be focusing on throwing and catching skills, whilst playing invasion games. It is really important that full PE kit is kept in school at all times as we are also likely to be taking part in the ‘Golden Mile’, where the children (and some teachers) will jog/run for 5 minutes each day in order to improve our general fitness and concentration. Our school policy is that earrings should be removed for PE lessons for health and safety reasons and tape cannot be put over new piercings. If your child cannot remove their own earrings then this should be done before school to avoid the office needing to phone home. Please ensure your child has a named PE kit and suitable plimsoles or trainers to be left in their locker for the term.
Tuesday Afternoons – RE, French and Music
These will be fun packed afternoons where the children will learn about Judaism and especially the Synagogue or place of worship. French will include greetings, questions, numbers, colours, animals and much more. Finally, in Music we will be learning to play the Ukulele as a class. Each child will use a colourful instrument to master the basic hold, finger positions and notes. The aim is to be able to play and sing a simple song at the same time by Christmas. Watch this space!
Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children could return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!
Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well. Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions: Who is(are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?
What is the problem?
How was it solved?
Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place?
Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending?
Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.
Did they like the story? Why or why not?
As you are probably aware, the morning routine is very busy so we may not always be available at this time to talk to you but we are happy to meet at the end of the day, after we have dismissed the children, to answer any questions.