Welcome to Chestnut Class
I hope you have had a lovely half-term and are well rested for the final term. I have had a look at last terms 100 Point Projects and some of the work has been amazing, so thank you!
In this term, we have started our new text 'Escape from Pompeii' and we will be pushing forward with our catch-up curriculum so that all the children are ready to begin Year 5 in September.
We will continue with PE on a Wednesday, and children still need to arrive in their PE kit for this term. Everyone is expected to be in full uniform now on the other days.
In week 3, we shall be doing our Commando Joe's and this term it will be up to the children to think of what they want their focus to be. Exciting.
As always, if you need me at all my email is email@example.com. Please contact me with any queries or questions you may have.
What to wear and bring to school
All students should come to school in school uniform and with a school bag. Students should pack a water bottle, hat and any pencil case/stationery that they may want to use. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. On PE days, we are asking children to come into school in PE kits rather than school uniform.
Termly timetable and homework
Your child will receive a timetable at the start of each term. This will also be sent out and put on the class web page. Homework will be primarily set via Google classroom each term – where possible submission should also be on Google classroom (unless something more tactile like a model/cooking etc). As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. If at any point you would like extra support work for your child please contact us and we can provide appropriate support.
Term 6, Week 4
This week in Chestnut we have been looking at personification and writing poems that depict the elements as dragons. The children have been producing some phenomenally descriptive work, while still embedding the grammar, and punctuation we have been learning as part of our ready to progress curriculum.
In Maths, while we have been doing assessments (well done guys!) we have also had a focus on place value, addition and subtraction. We have been using concrete manipulatives, as well as investigating efficient methods and why the most efficient way of doing it may change with every question.
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
100 Point Project
Please find enclosed below the Year 3 & 4 statutory spelling lists as defined in the National Curriculum. This list is the set of words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 4.
It would be a great support to have these on display at home and to have fun testing one another on them and setting challenges to learn sets of them each week as part of home learning.
Also enclosed is the Year 5 & 6 list for those in need of the additional challenge!
Home Learning is set on a termly basis to continue work linked to school, providing children with the opportunity to revise certain areas of learning and to encourage them to take their learning further.
This year we are using 100 Point Projects to allow children to develop the time management skills that are so important in daily life. Each term a set of challenges will be set, linked to our topic. Each of these challenges will be worth a set amount of points. Children need to complete enough tasks to collect a minimum of 100 points. Work should not be sent in each week. Final projects should be brought in during the final week of each term for us to share as a class and also with parents on our open afternoons.
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school, Monday to Friday.
As part of our drive to be active learners, being active is a vital step to promoting learning skills, team building and effective listening skills. It is imperative that your child has the appropriate kit in school as we may have to re-schedule an outdoor session if weather is unfavourable.