Welcome to the all-new Class 17 at Ghyllgrove Primary School.
Your child's class teacher will be Mr Collins.
Mrs Levey will be our class learning assistant.
Miss Banks, Mrs Davy and Mrs Smith will also be helping to support our learning throughout the week.
I am very excited and looking forward to a fun, hardworking, creative and successful term in Class 17. Please check our class page regularly for important notices and information about our upcoming topics. Keep your eyes peeled for some of your work too!
During our English lessons this term, we will be reading Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban. It's a brilliant story and I am sure we will all be engrossed in reading about the adventures that Harry faces. We will also have guided reading and big write sessions weekly, as well as plenty of work on grammar and spelling. Remember to practise your spellings weekly!
In Maths, we will be continuing improving our number and arithmetic skills as wellas tackling a range of problem solving and reasoning activities. We will then move on to developing our mental methods of calculation and our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. Additionally, we will be practising our times tables daily – remember practise these at home using your home school diary and Times Table Rock Stars
Our topic this term is going to be ‘A world of wonders'! This is a very exciting Geography and Science topic. We will be exploring maps and learning about different habitats and biomes as well as looking at learning about different living things and how they have adapted to suit their habitat. As well as all of this, we will study the artist Henri Rousseau and go on a school trip to enhance our learning. Finally, I am very pleased to say that there will be a DT project and an exciting trip to Colchester Zoo.
Our PE lessons will take place on Monday and Wednesday afternoon. PE kits (white t-shirt, red shorts, trainers) are to be kept in school and will be sent home half-termly to be washed.
With so many exciting things going on in school, there will be lots to talk about on those journeys home from school. Make sure you’re showing off all your learning and impressing your parents.
Behaviour and attitude to learning – the key to success!
In Class 17 we have very high expectations of exceptional behaviour and attitudes to learning. All children are expected to stay on green by following the school rules, listening carefully and trying their best. However they should be striving for gold by showing the Ghyllgrove Learning Powers. You should aim to be getting your green certificates to take home every Friday to show your parents how fabulous you have been at school.
Home School Diaries
All of the staff in Class 17 love reading and we ask that your child reads aloud to an adult at least three times a week. Records of this can be made in your child's Home School Diary. Please take the time to put a small note and we will also do the same anytime we hear the children read during the school day. Prizes will be up for grabs for our most avid readers. Mrs Levey will collect the diaries weekly, but please make sure they are in school every day.
On Monday, children will receive their spelling words for the week and these will be written into their home school diaries. We will do lots of work on these words during the week, but children need to be practising them at home, ready for a spelling test.
Also, there is a times table sheet where children aim to achieve bronze, silver and gold awards for each times tables. This will help you see which times table your child is working on so you can support them at home.
Homework is an important part of school that helps ensure children have grasped the week's learning and can apply it independently. This year, children will have new homework packs, which will include their mathematics and grammar homework as well as a spelling workbook. Every Friday, a task will be set which must be completed and returned by Tuesday. In addition to the homework packs, children should be reading at home at least 3 times a week, practising their multiplication and division facts and working on their spelling words.
Bug Club and Times Table Rock Stars
Don’t forget I have allocated you lots of books on Bug Club. Just go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk and use the school login: qxst - along with your username and password (inside your home school diary) to access them all! Also, you can continue boosting your rock score at home by practising your times tables at home on Times Tables Rock Stars. Just go to https://beta.ttrockstars.com/login/23467 and use the login information inside your home school diary.
Children - please remember - if you have ANY problems during the year then come and see us. We will always help you if we know about anything that is worrying you. We want to keep you all safe, happy and learning.