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Bumble Bee Class
Bumble Bee Class

Miss Honeybell, Early Years Foundation stage

Welcome to all the new children and parents starting school in Bumble Bee Class 2017.

Here you will find helpful information about your child's class.

We will be running alternate morning and afternon sessions until Friday 22nd September 2017.  In the week commencing 25th September all the children will attend the morning session, stay for lunch and go home at 1.15pm.  Week commencing 2nd October 2017 all children will attend full time.

Please see the class letter and curriculum overview for autumn 2017.

PE

Our PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays, although we do some physical activity every day so PE kit needs to be in school at all times.

Swimming

Swimming will start in the summer term 2017.

Homework

Reading books and bags will be given to the children at the end of September 2017.  An information evening on how to support your child's literacy development will be held on Thursday 28th September 2017 at 7pm.

Literacy and Number support

The presentation from the Literacy Evening on 28th September can be found here.

Please take a look at these resources for supporting your child's development;

www.jollylearning.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/index.shtml

www.bookstart.org.uk

www.early-education.org.uk

ww2.oxfordowls.co.uk

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Butterfly Class
Butterfly Class

Miss Donovan, Foundation stage

Welcome to all the new children and parents starting school in Butterfly Class 2017.

Here you will find helpful information about your child's class.

We will be running alternate morning and afternon sessions until Friday 22nd September 2017.  In the week commencing 25th September all the children will attend the morning session, stay for lunch and go home at 1.15pm.  Week commencing 2nd October 2017 all children will attend full time.

Please see the class letter and curriculum overview for autumn 2017.

PE

Our PE days are Mondays and Tuesdays, although we do some physical activity every day so PE kit needs to be in school at all times.

Swimming

Swimming will start in the summer term 2017.

Homework

Reading books and bags will be given to the children at the end of September 2017.  An information evening on how to support your child's literacy development will be held on Thursday 28th September 2017 at 7pm.

Literacy and Number support

The presentation from the Literacy Evening on 28th September can be found here.

Please take a look at these resources for supporting your child's development;

www.jollylearning.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/index.shtml

www.bookstart.org.uk

www.early-education.org.uk

ww2.oxfordowls.co.uk

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Class SEH

Miss Hansford, Year 1

Welcome to class SEH

PE will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure kits are named and kept in school at all times. 

Swimming will be on Wednesdays 9- 10:30am during terms 1, 5 and 6.

Homework

Please could you support your child with their homework.

  • Spellings will be tested and given out on WEDNESDAYS. The children have Look, Cover, Write, Check sheets and we ask that they practise their spellings at least three times in a week. We will be testing the common exception words three times a year. These are kept in the childrens spelling books and are colour coded orange, green and yellow for each long term.
  • Reading daily with your child is very important. We would suggest that your child reads for a minimum of five times a week for around ten minutes each session- little and often is usually best! Please comment in, and sign your child’s reading record every time they read to you.
  • Maths homework will start in October and will cover key objectives for each term. These are to practise at home and will not be tested in school. Also, if you wish to support your children at home in maths, we would suggest encouraging them to practise counting in steps of one, two, five and ten, recalling pairs of numbers that add up to 10 and, if appropriate, 20. We also recommend undertaking practical tasks such as board games where the children must count on and back, creating art work using different shapes, weighing ingredients for cooking, paying for items in shops and telling the time.

Topics

This term Years 1 & 2 will be learning a range of skills through our topics on ‘Helpful Heroes’, where we will be investigating the history of medicine by researching the lives of medical pioneers.  We will also be learning all about Castles and their residents. We also have our STEM week in term four, focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Further information 

Please see our KS1 Information Letter for more information and our termly planning overview for KS1.

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Class RH

Mrs Hayden, Year 1

Welcome to class RH

PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure kits are named and kept in school at all times. 

Swimming will be on Fridays from 9.00 - 10:30am during terms 1, 5 and 6.

Homework

Please could you support your child with their homework.

  • Spellings will be tested and given out on Fridays. The children have Look, Cover, Write, Check sheets and we ask that they practise their spellings at least three times in a week. We will be testing the common exception words three times a year. These are kept in the childrens spelling books and are colour coded orange, green and yellow for each long term.
  • Reading daily with your child is very important. We would suggest that your child reads for a minimum of five times a week for around ten minutes each session- little and often is usually best! Please comment in, and sign your child’s reading record every time they read to you.
  • Maths homework will start in October and will cover key objectives for each term. These are to practise at home and will not be tested in school. Also, if you wish to support your children at home in maths, we would suggest encouraging them to practise counting in steps of one, two, five and ten, recalling pairs of numbers that add up to 10 and, if appropriate, 20. We also recommend undertaking practical tasks such as board games where the children must count on and back, creating art work using different shapes, weighing ingredients for cooking, paying for items in shops and telling the time.

Topics

This term Years 1 & 2 will be learning a range of skills through our topics on ‘Helpful Heroes’, where we will be investigating the history of medicine by researching the lives of medical pioneers.  We will also be learning all about Castles and their residents. We also have our STEM week in term four, focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Further information 

Please see our KS1 Information Letter and our termly planning overview for KS1 for more information.

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Class NJ

Miss Jupp, Year 2

Welcome to class NJ

PE

Our PE days are a Tuesday and Thursday although we do some physical activity every day so PE kit needs to be in school at all times. 
During the winter we ask that all children have appropriate outdoor kit so we can get out in the colder weather.

Swimming

We swim on a Friday morning (10.30-12) in terms 1, 5 and 6. All children need a swimming costume or trunks, towel and hat for this. Please don't forget to name all kit. Swimming sessions cannot run without parental help so please do sign up on the rota on the classroom door if you are able to help with a session.

Homework

Please could you support your child with their homework.

  • Spellings will be testedand given out on MONDAYS. The children have Look, Cover, Write, Check sheets and we ask that they practise their spellings at least three times in a week.
  • We would suggest that your child reads for a minimum of five times a week for around ten minutes each session - little and often is usually best! Please comment in and sign your child’s reading record every time they read to you.
  • Maths homework  will be checked on a FRIDAY. Please ensure that homework sheets are kept in our child’s reading folders at all times. Also, if you wish to support your children at home in maths, we would suggest encouraging them to practise counting in steps of one, two, five and ten, recalling pairs of numbers that add up to 10 and, if appropriate, 20 and 100, and undertaking practical tasks such as board games where the children must count on and back, creating art work using different shapes, weighing ingredients for cooking, paying for items in shops and telling the time.

Topics

This term Years 1 & 2 will be learning a range of skills through our topics on ‘Helpful Heroes’, where we will be investigating the history of medicine by researching the lives of medical pioneers.  We will also be learning all about Castles and their residents. We also have our STEM week in term four, focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Further information

Please see our termly overview for Autumn Terms 1 and 2 and our KS1 Information Letter for more information.

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Class ED

Welcome to Class ED, Year 2

PE

Our PE days are a Monday and Wednesday although we do some physical activity every day so PE kit needs to be in school at all times. 
During the winter we ask that all children have appropriate outdoor kit so we can get out in the colder weather.

Swimming

We swim on a Thursday morning in terms 1, 5 and 6. All children need a swimming costume or trunks, towel and hat for this. Please don't forget to name all kit. Swimming sessions cannot run without parental help so please do sign up on the rota on the classroom door if you are able to help with a session.

Homework

Please could you support your child with their homework.

  • Spellings will be tested and given out on MONDAYS. The children have Look, Cover, Write, Check sheets and we ask that they practise their spellings at least three times in a week.
  • We would suggest that your child reads for a minimum of five times a week for around ten minutes each session - little and often is usually best! Please comment in and sign your child’s reading record every time they read to you.
  • Maths homework  will be checked on a WEDNESDAY. Please ensure that homework sheets are kept in our child’s reading folders at all times. Also, if you wish to support your children at home in maths, we would suggest encouraging them to practise counting in steps of one, two, five and ten, recalling pairs of numbers that add up to 10 and, if appropriate, 20 and 100, and undertaking practical tasks such as board games where the children must count on and back, creating art work using different shapes, weighing ingredients for cooking, paying for items in shops and telling the time.

Topics

This term Years 1 & 2 will be learning a range of skills through our topics on ‘Helpful Heroes’, where we will be investigating the history of medicine by researching the lives of medical pioneers.  We will also be learning all about Castles and their residents. We also have our STEM week in term four, focussing on science, technology, engineering and maths.

Further information

Please see our termly overview for Autumn Terms 1 and 2 and our KS1 Information Letter for more information.

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Class PNST

Mrs Nethercott and Miss Tang, Year 3

A warm welcome to our class page – we hope you find the following information useful! 

Outdoor Games

This will be on Tuesday afternoons – please make sure the children have appropriate clothing and trainers for this. Please ensure all items are named.

Indoor PE 

This is on a Wednesday morning (when swimming stops), so please bring your kit (white T-shirt and black shorts).

Swimming

Will begin next Wednesday morning for term 1. 

Topics

This term the main topic the children will be studying is Megacities.

Our new Science topic will be States of Matter followed by Electricity.

As ever, we welcome any resources you may have which could help with these topics. Please make sure that anything sent into school is clearly named, so that it can be returned to you safely.

Homework

Reading: just a reminder that the children are expected to read at least five times a week with an adult and independently as much as possible. Although we encourage the children to keep a record of their own reading, it is very useful if you could sign their record books regularly. (Children get house points in class for regular reading at home.) 

Spellings: these will be sent home on Tuesdays to be tested the following Tuesday.  We are following the new scheme "No Nonsense Spellings".  Children should use the different approaches taught in class (and stuck in the front of their books) to practise their words each week, and also put them into sentences to secure meaning.

Maths: times tables will be set and tested on Tuesdays.There are lots of fun times tables games online to help with maths:
http://www.interactive-resources.co.uk/ (This is a website our school subscribes to and has lots of fun activities to support maths understanding and mental maths skills – children know the username and password.  Multiplication wipeout wall is great fun!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

YouTube has useful videos, including songs for times tables. 

We will also be setting an activity on either MyMaths or TT Rockstars each week, linked with your work in class. More details will follow. 

Further information 

For further information, please see our  Class letter for Autumn term, our Welcome to the Juniors PNST Booklet and our termly overview for Year 3 terms 1 and 2.

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Class ESMN

Mrs Spincer and Mrs Newark, Year 3

A warm welcome to our class page – we hope you find the following information useful! 

Outdoor Games

This will be on Wednesdays – please make sure the children have white t-shirts, black shorts and trainers for this. As it gets colder, children will need plain, dark track suits, please. Please ensure all items are named.

Indoor PE 

This is on a Thursday (when swimming stops), so please bring your kit (white t-shirt and black shorts).

Swimming

Will be on Thursday afternoons after Easter.

Topics

This term the main topic the children will be studying is Ancient Egypt.

Our new Science topic will be Animals including Humans (Nutrition, food chains, digestive sytem, teeth)

As ever, we welcome any resources you may have which could help with these topics. Please make sure that anything sent into school is clearly named, so that it can be returned to you safely.

Homework

Reading: just a reminder that the children are expected to read at least five times a week with an adult and independently as much as possible. Although we encourage the children to keep a record of their own reading, it is very useful if you could sign their record books regularly. (Children get house points in class for regular reading at home.) 

Spellings: these will be sent home on Tuesdays to be tested the following Tuesday. We are following the new scheme 'No Nonsense Spelling'. Children should use the different approaches taught in class (and stuck in the front of their books) to practise their words each week and also put them into sentences to secure meaning.

Maths: times tables will be set and tested on Tuesdays. Children may have a booklet or sheet to support them, depending on the tables they are learning. There are lots of fun times tables games online to help with maths:
http://www.interactive-resources.co.uk/ (This is a website our school subscribes to and has lots of fun activities to support maths understanding and mental maths skills – children know the username and password.  Multiplication wipeout wall is great fun!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

YouTube has useful videos, including songs for times tables. 

Further information can be found in our Welcome to the Juniors Booklet. 

At times, we will also set an activity on TT Rock Stars, linked with our work in class. 

We will also be sending out a quick mixed maths sheet every Monday (to be marked the following Monday) - we don't expect your child to spend any more than 20 minutes on this. Please jot a quick note on the sheet to let us know about anything that went well or was tricky.

Further information 

For further information, please see our Autumn Term Class Letter, our "Welcome to Juniors" booklet and our termly overview for Terms 1 and 2.

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Class RJ

Mr Jenkins, Year 4

A warm welcome to our Class RJ page – we hope you find the following information useful!

Outdoor games

This will be on Tuesday or Friday afternoons – please make sure the children have appropriate clothing and trainers for this. Please ensure all items are named.

Indoor PE

This is on a Monday afternoon, so please bring your kit (white t-shirt and black shorts).

Swimming

Thursday morning between 10.30 & 12.00 am. 

Topics

This term the main topic the children will be studying is Countries and Counties followed by Why do so many people live in megacities?

Our new Science topic will be States of Matter followed by Electricity.

As ever, we welcome any resources you may have that could help with these topics. Please make sure that anything sent into school is clearly named, so that it can be returned to you safely.

Homework

Reading: just a reminder that the children are expected to read at least five times a week with an adult and independently as much as possible. Although we encourage the children to keep a record of their own reading, it is very useful if you could sign their record books regularly. (Children get house points in class for regular reading at home.) 

Spellings: these will be sent home on Fridays to be tested the following Friday.
Children should use the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ approach to practising the words, and also put them into sentences to secure meaning.

Maths: times tables will be set and tested on Fridays.There are lots of fun times tables games online to help with maths: 

www.interactive-resources.co.uk/ (This is a website our school subscribes to and has lots of fun activities to support maths understanding and mental maths skills – children know the username and password. Multiplication wipeout wall is great fun!)

www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

YouTube has useful videos, including songs for times tables.

We will also be setting an activity on MyMaths each week, linked with your work in class.

Class information 

Please see our class letter for the autumn term for more information. 

For more on the curriculum we shall be following, please see our termly planning overview for terms 1 & 2.

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Class NB

Mr Baker, Year 4

Welcome to class NB. We hope that you will really enjoy learning and developing your skills in Year 4.

Homework

Children are expected to read at home at least five times a week, sometimes to an adult.

Each child will work on a list of spellings each week which will be based on spelling work done in lessons. These will be issued and tested on a Friday.

There will be a times tables or other number knowledge task to learn each week and this will be tested on a Tuesday.

There will be an Internet based maths activity to complete each weeks e.g. MyMaths or Times Tables Rockstars 

PE

Outdoor games will be on a Thursday morning. Swimming will be on Monday afternoon. Children should bring appropriate clothing, which on colder days could be a tracksuit. Trainers should be brought every week in case we are on the field. From term 2 we will be doing indoor PE in the hall on a Tuesday afternoon.

Topics

We will be studying two geography topics. First there will be a short study of ‘Countries and Counties’ followed by a study of ‘Mega Cities’. In science we will be starting with ‘States of Matter’, moving on to ‘Electricity’ in term 2.

If you have any books, pictures or other artefacts that would help our work we would be pleased to borrow them. 

Further information

For more information, please see our class letter for the first term and our termly overview for terms 1 and 2, 2017

Please do come and speak to me if you have anything you would like to discuss.

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Class HR

Miss Rudd, Year 5

Welcome to Class HR

Outdoor Games 

This will be on Thursday mornings – please make sure the children have appropriate clothing and trainers for this. Please ensure all items are named.

Swimming

This will be in Terms 1, 5 and 6. Our swimming session is Tuesday afternoon. Our sign up sheet for swimming helpers is located outside the classroom.

Topics

This term the main topic the children will be studying is the Tudors.

Our new Science topic will be changing materials followed by earth and space.

As ever, we welcome any resources you may have which could help with these topics. Please make sure that anything sent into school is clearly named, so that it can be returned to you safely.

Homework

Reading: just a reminder that the children are expected to read at least four times a week with an adult and independently as much as possible. Although we encourage the children to keep a record of their own reading, it is very useful if you could sign their record books regularly. (Children get group points in class for regular reading at home).

Spellings: these will be sent home on Mondays to be tested the following Monday.
Children should use the ‘Look, Cover, Write, Check’ approach to practising the words, and also put them into sentences to secure meaning.

English homework: this will be sent home on a Thursday and handed in the following Wednesday.

55 club: times tables will be set and tested on Mondays.There are lots of fun times tables games online (BBC Skillswise, for example) to help with maths. Don’t forget to use the TTRockstars website – children know the login!

Maths homework: this will be sent home on a Tuesday and handed in the following Monday.

Further information 

For further information please see our class letter for the autumn term and our termly planning overview for terms 1 & 2.

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Class AB

Mr Boyle, Year 5

Welcome to class AB

We are a year 5 class. Here is some useful information:

PE

Our P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday, so don’t forget P.E. kits on those days.

Indoor PE will be on Friday morning from Term 2, when swimming has finished.

We will also be doing daily physical activity with Go Noodle and skipping.

Swimming

Our Swimming lessons will take place Tuesday morning. Please bring trunks/ one- piece costume, hat, towel and goggles if required. I would be very grateful if parents could sign up to help on the sheet outside of my classroom.

Homework

We encourage the children to read their book at home for a minimum of 20 minutes four times a week. Even though the children are older and may need less support with actually reading the words, they still need to discuss their reading with an adult, talking about characters, plot and any tricky vocabulary.

Spellings are given each Monday for a test on the following Monday, accompanied by a short activity based on a spelling pattern or rule studied in class.

Maths homework is given once a week on Tuesday to be handed in on the following Monday. The children also have their “55 club” times tables sheets to practise for their test on Friday.

English homework is given out on Thursday to be handed in on the following Wednesday. 

Topic: This term the main topic the children will be studying is the Tudors.

Our new Science topic will be changing materials followed by earth and space.

As ever, we welcome any resources you may have which could help with these topics. Please make sure that anything sent into school is clearly named, so that it can be returned to you safely.

Don't forget that we also have membership of Interactive Resources for excellent maths games. Please see Mr Boyle if you have forgotten our user name or password. The children also have their own login details for TT Rock stars times tables so please ensure your child practises regularly on it and takes part in the inter-class competitions that we have.

Further information

Please click on the links for a copy of our welcome letter for terms 1 & 2 and our curriculum overview for terms 1 & 2.

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Class NS

Mr Styles, Year 6

Welcome to Class NS

Below is some information about our class. Please feel free to pop in to see me if you have any further questions. 

Topics

This term we will be starting a topic on Tudors and the wider world. In Science we will be learning more about electricity and classification.

If you have any books, pictures or other artefacts that would help our work we would be pleased to borrow them.

PE

Appropriate kit should be brought in to school for each PE session. If it is more convenient, the children can leave their kit hanging on their peg in the cloakroom. Trainers should be brought in every week in case we use the field.
Please see below for the PE slots for terms 1 & 2 

Term 1

Swimming: Tuesday mornings

Outdoor games: Friday afternoons

Term 2 

Indoor PE: Thursday afternoons

Outdoor games: Friday afternoons

Homework

The children have five main homework activities given over the course of the week. The days these are given and expected back in are listed below.

Spellings: given out on Monday and tested the following Monday

English: given on a Thursday to be handed back the following Wednesday

Maths: given out on a Tuesday to be handed back the following Monday

55 Club: tested on a Monday. Practice sheets given as needed 

The language and maths homework should take an hour each.

The children should also read at home for 20 minutes four times a week. They should record this in their reading record. We understand that busy lives can make it difficult to hear a child read, but would advise this is done at least twice a week if possible. The person the child reads to should record this in the child’s reading record.

Further information

For more information, please see our class letter of September 2017 and our termly overview of terms 1 & 2.

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Class JG

Mr Godwin, Year 6

Welcome to Class JG

We are a year 6 class. Here is some useful information:

Outdoor games

We have outdoor games on Monday afternoon. This term is net wall games. Please could children ensure that they have their kit in school on this day?

Swimming

Our Swimming lessons are on Wednesday afternoon, until October half-term. You will need trunks/one- piece costume, hat, towel and goggles if required. I would be very grateful if parents could sign up to help on the sheet outside of my classroom.

Homework

We encourage the children to read their book at home for a minimum of 20 minutes four times a week. Even though the children are older and may need less support with actually reading the words, they still need to discuss their reading with an adult, talking about characters, plot and any tricky vocabulary.

Spellings are given each Monday for a test on the following Monday, accompanied by a short activity based on a spelling pattern or rule studied in class.

Maths homework is given once a week on Tuesday to be handed in on the following Monday.

English homework is given out on Thursday to be handed in on the following Wednesday. Children are using the CGP books for homework activities in Maths and English from December 2017.

The following websites may be useful to the children for homework:
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks2bitesize/
www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/index.htm
durham.schooljotter.com/coxhoe/Curriculum+Links

Don't forget that we also have membership of www.interactive-resources.co.uk/ for excellent maths games. Please see Mr Godwin if you have forgotten your user name or password.

Further information

Please click on the link for a copy of our class letter and our curriculum map for terms 1 and 2. 

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