Spring Bank Primary School

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Y4 newsletter Autumn Two

 

Year 2 had a great trip to Middleton Railway last week. They enjoyed looking around the museum and going on a ride on a steam train!

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Thursday 12th September 2019

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome to Year 1! We hope that you had a wonderful break, the children have had a great start to the year and are settling in really well. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.

 

PE

PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name, as sometimes the kits can get mixed up!

 

Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign their reading record book. When your child needs a new book they should put their book bag in the box in the classroom when they come in at start of the day and it will be changed. We will remind the children about this system over the next few weeks.

In addition, we will hear the children read in group guided reading sessions at least once a week with books and questions matched to the abilities of each group. We also have volunteers that come into school who will listen to the children read, so please can you ensure that they have their book bag in school everyday.

Our class library day is Monday at lunchtime. The children are able to go and select a book after they have had their lunch before they go out to play.

 

Mornings

In Year 1 and 2 the doors open at 8.55. In order to encourage the children to become more independent and to avoid congestion, we would ask that parents/carers do not come into the cloakroom unless you need to speak to a member of staff. Thank you.

 

End of the day

Please inform a member of Year 1 staff if your child is going home with someone other than yourself, for easier transition at the end of the day.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is “Doctor, Doctor”.

Science – we will be identifying and naming body parts and exploring our senses.

Art – self portraits.

DT – making fruit salads.

History – we will be finding out who Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale were and why they are important people.

 

 

 

Spelling Shed

This year we will be introducing Spelling Shed to the children. This is an app that you can download onto a device and can be used to help with spelling. We will set a spelling list every couple of weeks for the children to work on. These lists may be linked to the sounds that we have been focusing on in class or the key words that we will be learning to spell this year. For GDPR reasons a consent form will be sent home before we can add your child to the programme.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Caroline Mitchell

Krissy Killgriff

 

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome to Year 2! I hope you have all had a lovely summer. I am delighted to be teaching Year 2 this year. I have outlined key information for this half term, any questions please ask.

General Information

As with Year 1, our school day begins at 8:55 and we will start our day with phonics and literacy, with maths after playtime. The afternoons will be devoted to the wider curriculum. PE will commence from week 1 and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit in school for Thursday 12th September. Your child will be given a reading book on our first day back. Just a reminder that children should be reading every evening and be bringing their book in to be changed as soon as it is finished.

Topic

This half term, our topic will be ‘Wheels, Wings and Wonderful Things’. Children will learn all about transport linking to geography and history. They will learn about the work of George Stephenson, how transport has changed over time and develop their locational knowledge of the British Isles.

Curriculum

In literacy, we will begin by looking at non-fiction texts and write an information text about transport. We will then move onto descriptions, narratives and explore the work of Nick Sharratt. In maths, we will be looking at place value then move onto addition and subtraction. Science this half term will be on the properties of materials. Elena will take the class on Tuesday afternoons, teaching PE and RE.

Homework

This half term’s topic homework will be to research a famous transport or transport around the world. We will share our homework during the last 2 weeks of the half term.

Please continue to support your child with their reading. It is essential for your child’s progress in reading that they are reading every night. We are keen to develop a love of reading with the children so please let us know of any books the children are enjoying or any drawing or writing the children have done, associated with books they are reading, at home.

A key objective this year will be to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Please support your child at home with telling the time.

PE

This half term, our PE will be dance and football. Please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit in school for both an indoor and outdoor PE session. PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

 

Any questions, please come and see me I will be happy to help.

Many Thanks

Miss Johnson

 

In literacy, we are looking at instructions. Year 5 had great fun playing board games, following the instructions carefully so that we could see what makes for successful instructions. Next we will be making our own board game and writing our own instructions for it.

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Year 5 had a great day on Tuesday making our own bridges with Matthew, a civil engineer. We learned all about what it means to be an engineer and how important strong structures are in our everyday lives. One group’s bridge was able to hold a whopping 6kg!

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Last half term Year 1 visited Tropical World as part of their Animal Mayhem topic.

We saw lots of butterflies, different types of fish, tarantulas, meerkats and even crocodiles!

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Year 5 made some fantastic canopic jars.

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Dear parents and carers,

Welcome to the last half term of Year 5. I have outlined key information for this half term, any questions please ask.

Topic

This half term, our topic will be ‘Raging Rivers’. Children will learn all about the geography of rivers: key landforms, formation and the location of key world rivers. On Tuesday 9th July, we will be visiting Nell Bank to study the River Wharfe.

Curriculum

In literacy, we will begin by writing speech based on ‘The Hobbit’ using standard and non-standard English. We will then move onto instructions and explanations. In maths, we will be looking at translations and reflections. Science this half term will be on the life cycles of animals. Music will be ukulele with Miss Freitas on Monday afternoons.

Homework

This half term’s topic homework will be to research a world river and the communities that live by this river. We will share our homework on Monday 22nd July.

Please continue to support your child with their Guided Reading Homework. It is essential for your child’s progress in reading that this is being completed and that they are up-to-date with the reading. All children will have their homework in the same format this half term, if you have any questions about this please come and see me.

Children’s ongoing homework is to be using TTRockstars, Prodigy and Spelling Shed at home. Please encourage your child to be responsible for their own logins as I have given these out on many occasions. These will be updated regularly with tasks to do. All of the Y5/6 words are on Spelling Shed for your child to practise.

PE

Now that the weather is getting brighter and warmer, PE will be on the outdoor pitch. Please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit in school. PE will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

Any questions, please come and see me I will be happy to help.

Many Thanks

Miss Johnson

 

Wednesday 12th June 2019

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back we hope that you had a wonderful break. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.

 

PE

PE is on Thursday and Friday. Both of our sessions will be outside this half term (weather permitting).

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name! Please can children leave their kits in school at all times, as sometimes the timetable can change. Trainers will be needed this half term!

 

Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign or tick their reading record book, showing that it had been read.

Our class library day is Monday when children may select a book at lunchtime to take home from the library.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘Wonderful Wool”.

 

Science – We will be looking at materials. We will look at their characteristics and what these materials can make. We will also be focusing on wool and how it is made.

 

History – We will be looking at Armley Mills and how the wool trade had changed in the years and how jobs have changed.

 

Art – We will be using materials in different ways.

 

PE – Thursday – Outdoor and adventurous.

Friday – Athletics

 

Computing – Programming

 

RE and Music will be taught on a Wednesday by Miss Clark. They will be looking at how to use computers to research in computing and ‘What does it mean to belong to a Church or a Mosque?’ in RE.

 

 

Homework

 

Homework is set throughout the school half termly. They will have a few weeks to complete the project and can complete it in any way they like. Ways of presenting their work is:

  • Through writing
  • Photographs
  • Art work
  • Sculptures
  • Anything that inspires their creative side.

 

This half term we are looking at different materials. Could you choose a material and find out about it or make something with it?

 

 

If you have any questions please come and ask us.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Caroline Mitchell

Baldeep Bhogal

 

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