Fox Class Newsletter – Autumn 2018.
Welcome back to all the children and parents, we hope you have had a lovely summer break and are ready for another exciting term ahead! This year, thanks to the transition period we had before the holidays, we are able to ‘hit the ground running’. All of our books are ready, seating plans set and routines established so everyone will be raring and ready to go from straight after Tuesday’s Headteacher assembly! This year, we are lucky to have a dedicated Year 6 class of 22 pupils which means that we can concentrate on preparing for that all-important move to secondary school. It may seem like a long way away but it’s amazing how time flies.
Our theme for this term is World War 1. The reason we have selected this is to link to the international commemorations of the centenary of the end of that terrible conflict, which will culminate on Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November. Our class book will be Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse, and we will also be looking at many of the positive things that came out of the war, such as improvements in science and medicine, technological advances, the emancipation of women, and diversity – for example, did you know that the first black officer who served in the British Army came from Folkestone?
When we studied WW2 last year, many of the children were able to research their family connections and bring in artefacts from that time. It would be wonderful if friends and family members could help the children do this again and look back a generation further to find out any links their great, great grandparents had with the war.
We are focussing on raising literacy standards and will be checking each child’s reading record each week. Please ensure your child brings in the book each day and that he/she is encouraged to read at home (it doesn’t have to be a book – it can be a magazine article or web site). Please sign the book each time they read with/to you. Children who have read five times or more in a week will be rewarded in a little celebration at the end of the week.
This term, the children will be learning tag rugby each Wednesday afternoon. School PE kits should be kept in school all week, from Monday to Friday. PE is part of the National Curriculum and is compulsory for all pupils. Please ensure that all PE kit is named.
Accurate spelling is core to the curriculum. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. The word list of Years 5 and 6 can be accessed via the link on the Fox Class page of the school web site and are on the reverse of this sheet. It would really help children if parents/carers could practise these spellings with them. New spelling lists will be issued each week, and will be taught in class each Friday.
Children in Year 6 should be proficient in all their tables up to the 12 times table. Times Tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps form the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with number. Once children have learnt their times tables by heart, they are then able to work far more confidently – and efficiently – through a wide range of more advanced calculations. There is a multitude of web-based programs to help with this learning at home, most of which are free. There are links on our web site page for you to follow if you wish.
Computing has deep links with maths, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. At Bethersden, we have a range of resources (including laptops and tablets) to help us achieve the computing programme, and I am using a number of educational packages to assist pupil learning across the whole curriculum. Some of these programmes allow assignments to be set, both as in-school and home learning activities. All children in Fox class have been given log-in details for use at school as part of their lessons and at home, if they wish. Please encourage them to demonstrate these to you.