Welcome to the all-new Class 16 at Ghyllgrove Primary School.
Your child's class teacher will be Mr Davies.
Miss Bland will be our class learning assistant.
Miss Bradley will also be helping to support our learning throughout the week.
I am extremely excited and looking forward to working in a fun and happy learning environment, where all the children will have the support to be successful this term in Class 16. 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!
Behaviour and attitude to learning – the key to success!
In Class 16 we have extremely high expectations of behaviour and attitudes to learning in and around the school. All children are expected to stay on green by following the school rules, listening carefully and trying their absolute 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 amazing you have been at school.
Home School Diaries
All of the staff in Class 16 love reading (especially Mr Davies!) 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. Miss Bland 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.
In the first term, in English, we will be reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a brilliant story and I am sure we will all enjoy reading about Charlie, Mr Wonka and their adventures. We will also have Guided Reading and Big Write (creative write) sessions weekly, as well as plenty of work on grammar and spelling. Remember to practise your spellings weekly!
In Maths, we will be looking at improving our core number skills and tackling a range of problem solving and reasoning activities. We will then move on to developing our mental and written methods of calculation and understanding of fractions. Additionally, we will be practising our times tables daily – remember practise these at home using your Home School Diary and Times Table Rock Stars.
5,4,3,2,1 – Class 16 have lift off! I am very excited to be blasting off into Space this term. This is a fascinating Science topic where we will be looking at the planets and other features of our solar system. We will learn about the Earth, the Moon and their orbit, night and day, and light. After half term, we will be exploring different forces and carrying out investigations to test the effect these have. Throughout this topic, I have many art and DT projects planned too, including building our own rockets.
Our indoor PE lesson will take place on Wednesday between 11.15 and 12.15 and our outdoor PE lesson on Friday afternoon. PE kits (white t-shirt, red shorts, trainers and jumpers in colder weather) are to be kept in school and will be sent home half-termly to be washed.
With so many exciting things going on this term in school, there will be lots to talk about when you get home from school. Make sure you’re showing off all your learning and impressing your parents.
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.
Times Table Rock Stars
We are using Times Table Rock Stars, a fantastic online resource, to develop our knowledge of multiplication and division facts. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging online programme designed to help pupils master their times tables by playing the different games and answering different questions to improve their Rock speed and status. Also, the children will earn coins for correctly answered questions which they can use to improve and upgrade their Rock Star Avatar. You can continue boosting your Rock score at home by practising your times tables on Times Tables Rock Stars. Just go to https://play.ttrockstars.com 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.
Parents/Guardians, I look to meeting you all as the term progresses. If you ever feel there is a problem or you have a worry that you wish to discuss I will be more than happy to meet with you at a time that is convenient to help resolve these matters.