Welcome to Beech Class!
Teacher: Mrs Lambert
LSA: Mrs Mixture & Mrs Sparrow (1:1) and Mrs Turner (1:1).
Myself, Mrs Mixture, Mrs Turner and Mrs Sparrow all welcome you to Beech Tree Class!
Our theme for Autumn Term is the Romans.
In Autumn Term 1 we will focus on the question: What happened in Pompeii?
Following on into Autumn term 2 where we will focus on the question: Were the Romans revolting or remarkable?
In order to answer these questions, we will complete a variety of activities which will work upon and develop further our English, History, Geography and Art skills.
This term the children be enjoying the text The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, planning debates, creating information booklets and writing stories.
Guided Reading: The children will study non-fiction, poetry and fiction during guided reading. Our texts for the first part of the year are The Angel of Nitshil Road by Anne Fine, The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl.
Spelling: Children will learn, practise and apply a range of spelling patterns.
We will be consolidating our skills on number and place value developing onto the four operations. The children will be working on their fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills throughout the school year.
Our topic this term is states of matter and the children will be investigating solids, liquids and gases.
Children will work on a particular song, building up their skills through a period of time before working towards a final performance. This will be taught by Mrs Londors during PPA.
Children will be working on recognising varying items and how these are pronounced within French. This will be taught by Mrs Anderson during PPA.
Our topic for the Autumn Term is Hinduism and this will be taught by Mrs Kind during PPA.
This half term our indoor PE lesson will work on a fitness unit and in our outdoor PE lesson with Mr Canon (Premier Sports) is to develop our skills in rounders.
P.E. days are Monday AM (indoor PE) and Tuesday PM (outdoor PE).
Please ensure your child has a full P.E kit in school – including jogging bottoms and a jumper which will be essential as the weather is colder during these months.
Children are not to wear earrings during P.E lessons and long hair should be tied back.
Talking about and understanding emotions, other people and behaviour are all areas that will be worked on this school year. PSHE also cover topics such as rules, money and staying safe.
Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday, when it will be marked.
Homework will consist of:
Children will be given weekly spellings which will follow a pattern or work on strategies to learn spellings. Children will also work on Year 3 and 4 common exception words. Such spelling lists will be explored within class to further support their learning. Children will be tested weekly on their spellings.
An activity will be set on the skill we have been working on within class. This activity maybe set using MyMaths.
We would encourage children to work on their times tables. They will be tested weekly within class.
This forms part of the children’s weekly homework. It is expected that children read every day and their reading record is signed at least 3 times a week (5 if possible).
Each child will be competing in the whole school ‘Reading Olympics’ where they will receive medals, certificates and prizes the more they read at home.
50 reads – ‘Bronze’ – medal, certificate and book mark
100 reads – ‘Silver’ – medal, certificate and badge
200 reads – ‘Gold’ – medal, certificate and a book
We endeavour to hear the children read as much as possible in school, whether it is individually or part of our guided reading sessions and would appreciate your support at home with this.
To develop our team work ethic the children will work together to earn a treat on the completion of our class CARE chart. To do this the children will be identified demonstrating CARE: Collaboration, Aspiration, Resilience or Enjoyment.
This half term children are working towards a football/basketball and dodgeball tournament.
You’re welcome to come and see me if you have any questions at the end of a school day or write a message within the reading record which is checked on a daily basis.
As we are a Healthy School, children are encouraged to bring a refillable water bottle in every day and a healthy snack for break times. Snacks can also be purchased at a cost of 20p.
Further information from our Meet the Teacher meeting:
Below is a link to some helpful ideas about how you can encourage your children with reading comprehension: