Welcome Class 17 at Ghyllgrove Primary School.
Your child's class teacher will be Mrs Edwards
Miss Yeo will be our class learning assistant.
Mrs Lee, Mrs Davie, Mrs Nash and Mrs White will also be helping to support our learning throughout the week.
I am very excited to welcome you all back after Christmas and look forward to hearing about your adventures over the holidays. I am looking forward to teaching you in a new year and at the start of a new decade! Please check our class page regularly for important notices and information about our upcoming topics.
During our English lessons this term, we will be reading A Series Of Unfortunate Events. It's a brilliant story and I am sure we will all be engrossed in reading about the adventures that the poor Baudelaire orphans face. 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 as well as reading at home at least three times a week to an adult. Who set a resolution to earn more certificates to celebrate their reading progress?
In Maths, we will be continuing to improve our number and arithmetic skills as well as 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 ‘Spy Academy'. This is a very exciting Science and Design and Technology topic. We will be learning different skills so that we can identify 'villains' using scientific processes. As well as that, we will be developing our skills in designing and making to create a prototype buggy with electrical attachments. Additionally, we will be studying the artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who imagined many machines and devices ahead of his time.
Our PE lessons will take place on Wednesday and Thursday 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 excemplary 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. Miss Yeo will collect the diaries weekly, but please make sure they are in school every day.
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 . 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. 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.