Your class teacher is Miss Parks and your TA is Mrs Denton.
Happy New Year everybody!
This year we have hit the ground running, particularly as we have the excitement of not just one, but TWO new teachers with us this term, Mr Pusey and Miss Winnard. They will be working with the children and teaching them a lot of fantastic things.
Our topic this term is: Local History: Hauxton.
We are very excited about a topic that has the children putting together what they know about the history of England with such a small area that's on their doorstep.
If anybody has any historical artifacts they are happy to share with the class, please do let us know!
Useful things to know
We are encouraging children to take responsibility for their own organisation and learning behaviour through metacognition.
The children are learning to use these prompts to help them work more independently and to consider what it is that they need in order to complete a task, what helps them to complete a task and what is hindering them when they are attempting a task.
Sometimes it is as simple as, "I don't have a pencil" or "I left my P.E kit at home", other times it's, "I'm not sure what the steps are to complete this." It is also about helping children to think how they are going to overcome the barrier to their learning - "I will find a pencil" or "I will get a spare kit from the lost property box."
We start with Me: How I feel about the task given
Then we Plan: Do I know what to do? What do I need?
Then we Self Regulate: How do I know I'm on task? What do I need to do now to finish?
Then we Evaluate: How did it go? What did I find tricky? What can I do better next time?
Help your children by reminding them to think out loud and to model this behaviour when supporting them with their homework.
Reading for pleasure!
We are encouraging Kestrels to read a range of genres and authors this year. The book shelf has been organised by reading band, selected authors and by genre.
We have also set aside a basket for children to add books that they recommend the rest of the class try to read.
Some children are still working on the skill of finishing a book before reviewing it!
To encourage your child, when reading with them, talk about the book they are reading.
What do they like about it? How could it be better? What was the best bit? Did it make you laugh, cry or excited? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why - what would your friend get out of it?
The children have begun to identify the features of recount writing. They have attempted their own recounts in the form of a diary and have recounted a day in the life of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station! The children have described how to wash their hair in space, play space ping pong with water and how to make scrambled eggs without a cooker.
The children have tried to write biographies about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr, in practise for when we can write biographies about key figures in our village history.
The last two weeks of this half term, the children have been learning how to write newspaper reports, finishing with an article about the rediscovery of the fresco of Thomas of Becket in Hauxton Church.
Here is a reminder of the expectations, when learning multiplication tables:
By the end of year 2, they should know their 2x, 5x and 10x table.
By the end of year 3, they should know their 3x, 4x, 6x and 11x table
By the end of year 4, they should know their 7x, 8x, 9x, and 12x table.
Please, please help your child to learn their times tables. Knowing these by heart and being able to recall them quickly is invaluable to their learning. It helps them to progress more quickly with problem solving and multiplying and dividing larger numbers.
In 2019, a national times tables test will be introduced to year 4, to ensure that these expectations are being met.
Knowing their times tables means being able to answer an out-of-order multiplication question without thinking very long, such as: 5 x 5 = 25. 9 x 10 = 90. If your child is only able to count up in jumps of 2 or 10, make sure that they begin to apply each jump to a finger, and that they are aware that they are counting multiples.
It also means that they are able to solve the inverse, such as: 90 divided by 10 is 9. There are five 5s in twenty-five.
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For the entirety of this term, the children will be focusing on Multiplication and Division.
They will be mastering the written methods as well as mental strategies, and using time on Friday mornings to learn a multiplication table each week.
Although strategies for learning these are being taught in class and the children are taking ownership of their own progress, please do keep practising these at home. The more securely the children know their times tables, the easier and more quickly they will be able to solve more complex problems.
As we discuss and introduce new methods, I shall upload photos of them so that you can see what we are doing.
The children have begun their Day and Night topic by debating scientific statements about the solar system and using physical objects to explore how the rotation of the Earth and its orbit around the sun creates Night and Day.
Art and Design Technology
Already the children have created wonderful images of the planets, based on what they heard of Holst's The Planets.
They will be looking at artwork by various artists and mimicking their techniques to create their own astronomical artwork.
On Thursdays the children will be working with Premier Sport. They will be doing dance with me, with the weekly day to be confirmed.
Please ensure your child's PE kits are in school every day. Sometimes time tables change or need to be moved around and your children need to be prepared for any eventuality!
What have we got up to?
In Autumn term we had a very successful residential trip to Grafham Water! This year the children had the opportunity to climb great heights, kayak, paddle board, go mountain biking and try their hands at map-reading. Everybody had a fantastic time and many were sad to leave. I believe the food was also a great highlight!