Your child's class teacher will be Miss Graham
Mrs Summerfield (AM) and Mrs Cross (PM) will be our class learning assistants.
Miss Lonsdale will be happy to help anyone in Class 7 too!
During the Autumn term in English, we will be reading a wide range of exciting and interesting stories, which we will use to help us with our writing. We will be learning how important it is to remember our basic writing skills, quality vocabulary and best handwriting. Also, we will be practising a range of reading skills during our guided reading sessions and across the curriculum as well as working on our spelling, phonics, punctuation and grammar too. Remember to read regularly at home so you can move along our reading game!
In Maths, we will be developing our core number skills which are vital in order to develop further understanding in all areas of Maths. We will be exploring numbers, learning about place value 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 counting, number bonds and times tables daily and practising these skills at home will really help you to make excellent progress this year.
I am very excited about our first topic for this term – Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! This is a fascinating topic where we will be examining a variety of maps to identify beaches and coastlines before learning about some of the different features at the coast in Southend. We will then be exploring some of the different animals that we would find at the beach and in rock pools. We will also be sculpting our own sea life creatures and building a model rock pool.
Our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday mornings (teacher led) and Wednesday afternoons (sports coach led). PE kits (white t-shirt, red shorts and trainers) are to be kept in school and will be sent home half-termly to be washed. Please can you include a cold weather P.E. Kit (joggers and sweatshirt) as most PE lessons will take place outside
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 7 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.
All of the staff in Class 7 will work tireless to ensure everybody does their best this year. We will regularly hear the children read and set them numbers challenges too, so look out for updates in the home school diaries. You should also have a Google Classroom log in which will be used for any remote learning.
In order to help your child achieve and accelerate their progress, we ask for the following commitments from you at home too:
Listen to your child read at home 3 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 your child read during the school day. Currently, we cannot send home reading books but Bug Club has been updated and your child will be allocated banded books regularly.
Practise your numbers to 10 / 20 and your 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Practise the phonics sounds and tricky words that you have learnt during the week.
We are incredibly lucky to have access to some fantastic online resources too which will also support their learning too. Your child’s login details are included at the front of their Home School Diary.
Bug Club (Reading): www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
Espresso (All areas of the curriculum): www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/login/eha/?service=espresso
Purple Mash (All areas of the curriculum): www.purplemash.com/sch/gc-junior
Please remember, if you have ANY questions or worries 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 everybody safe, happy and learning.