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Welcome to Willow Class!
Mr Fox and Mrs Curd
Hello and welcome to Willow Class!
Children are encouraged to read for a minimum of 5 times per week. They are given some opportunities in the week to complete an entry in their reading record. Please could parents ensure that their child/children's reading record is signed at the end of each week. If your child completes 5 reads, has their reading record signed off by an adult, and hands it in on a Monday, they will earn themselves 10 dojos, alongside the pleasure of enjoying a book.
Times tables and reading are always encouraged to be practiced at home and will benefit your child greatly with most tasks required of them within the school day. Children have been given reading, writing and maths targets which they should know to practice in their own time as well as in school.
I would encourage all parents to develop their child's understanding of concepts such as time and measurement, as well as practising times tables and division facts regularly, as it will help them a great deal throughout the year.
For advice on how we teach maths at HPS, and how best you can support your child at home please refer to the wonderful page Mrs Flower has created here!
When reading with your child, asking them specific questions will enhance their comprehension skills and promote the idea of reading for pleasure. For example,
Who were the most important characters in the story and why?
Tell me something you enjoyed about the part you just read.
How did a certain character feel when a particular event happened? How do you know?
What do you think might happen next?
Once they have finished reading a book, children are encouraged to complete a book review (available in the classroom), and a book spine to be added to our brilliant bookcase in the cloakroom.
For P.E this term, Key Stage 2 have P.E on a Monday morning. Both year 3 and 4 will need an indoor P.E kit as we will be inside. We will be learning about Gymnastics, and controlling our bodies. Mr Mawn, from the North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership (NOSSP), teaches alongside Mr Fox, providing high quality and interesting lessons. For more information on NOSSP please visit their website. North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership
We will also be attending a number of sports festivals arranged by NOSSP this year. These provide a tantastic oppurtunity for children to compete against other school. Ever member of Willow Class did fantastically at the Small School's Football Festival, and represented tghe school well. Well done to Emlyn and Jessica for winning the certificates for Teamwork. A number of children from the class also represented the school in the Cross Country. Well done to everyone for trying their best and finishing the gruelling race, and a special congratulations to Issy for finishing in the Top 20.
Later in the year, we will swimming at The Warriner School on a Wednesday afternoon, so it is vital that appropriate kit, a towel, and poolside shoes (e.g. flip flops) are brought in on a Wednesday.
Well done to all the children that participated in the rearranged Music Steps concert. It was great fun, and great to see you all enjoying performing your new instrument to your parents. If your child is interested in taking their learning further, contact the school office, who will provide Sarah's contact details.
Yearly overview 2017-18
To find out what your child will be learning about in this school year, please click here!
The topics this year are as follows.
Autumn 1 - Woah, woah, woah it's Magic!
Our focus texts for this term are The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, and Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister. These will provide a wonderful platform for imaginative writing, and hook the children with their intreging storylines. In Science we will be investigating Forces and Magnets, finding out whether it is magic or science when everyday items are attracted to something! The focus in Maths will be on Place Value, and constructing a deep understanding of number. Mr Green has something special planned for when Mr Fox is away with Rowan Class, so keep your eyes peeled, and we will be learning about Tag Rugby and string instruments, as stated above.
Autumn 2 - Travel/Europe
Our focus text for this term is Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali. This is a fantastic book based on the true story of a South American boy coming to the United Kingdom in the 1800's. Im maths, we will be continuing to develop our place value understadning, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, and 100, and beginning to learn about the calculations.
With Mrs Hulme, the children will be reading The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith, and learning about Geometry. They will also be discovering amazing artists from all around Europe, locating their birthplaces, and discussing their work, before recreating their art in their sketchbooks. We will also be preparing for the carol concert, and Music Steps performance.
Spring 1 - Romans
This term we will be focussing on the Roman Empire, and it's impact on the British Isles. We will investigate who the Roman's were, what they did, where the travelled, and how they did it, as well as learning more about Europe. In maths, we will continue to learn about the four operations, and work on learning our times tables. In English, our focus text will be The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth by Meredith Hooper, but we will be using other, non-fiction texts to help our work about the Romans.
With Mrs Hulme, we will be continung our work regarding The Hodgeheg, but the focus of maths will shift to Measurement, so get practising your measuring and time-telling at home! In the afternoon, we will be creating beautiful pieces of art, based on a historical technique.
Spring 2 - Awesome Oxfordshire
Summer 1 - The Animal Kingdom
Summer 2 - Mega Structures
Each will inspire focus texts to be used in English, and other interesting lessons across the curriculum.
Please fell free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or queries!