Welcome to Class 8
Class Teacher: Mrs Killeen
Learning Assistant: Ms Crampton
Hello and welcome to Class 8,
I am very excited and looking forward to a fun, hardworking and successful term in Class 8. Our class page will include lots of important notices and information about our upcoming learning so please remember to check back regularly for any updates. Keep your eyes peeled for any photos of your learning 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 begin by exploring numbers, learning about place value and our number system. We will also be practising our counting, number bonds to 10 and 20, and 2, 5, and 10 times tables. Developing these key number skills are vital as they provide a foundation for all other Maths learning to be built upon so practising these skills at home will really help you to make excellent progress this year. As we move through the term, we will be developing our mental and written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and will use these skills to tackle a range of problem solving and reasoning activities. Later in the term, we will begin to learn about fractions too. Throughout the term we will also learn about shapes and their properties and look at different tables, charts and graphs during our statistics topics.
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 around the UK before learning about some of the different features and landmarks in seaside towns, including Southend. We will then be exploring some of the different animals and plants 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. After half term, our topic will be ‘Revolting London’. During this topic, we will be looking at some of famous landmarks in our capital city of London but also travelling back in time to see what London was like during time of the Plague and the Great Fire of London.
Our PE lessons will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. 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 (plain joggers and sweatshirt) as a number of 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. Make sure you’re impressing your parents and telling them all about your learning.
Behaviour and attitude to learning – the key to success!
In Class 8, 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.
Learning at home
All of the staff in Class 8 will work tireless to ensure everybody does their best this year. We will regularly hear the children read and set them number challenges too, so look out for updates in the home school diaries.
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.
- Practise your number bonds to 10 / 20 and your 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
- Complete the weekly homework task on Google Classroom. This will be set on Friday and must be submitted by Tuesday.
We are incredibly lucky to have access to some fantastic online resources, 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):
Espresso (All areas of the curriculum):
Purple Mash (All areas of the curriculum):
Please remember, if you have ANY concerns 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 at Ghyllgrove safe, happy and learning.