Cycle 4

Year 5 – Amethyst

Cycle 4

I am so proud to be working with the year 5 children who have worked hard to progress their learning during this term. They have adapted so well to having a new teacher and have been so welcoming.

Please ensure that your children read daily and that their diary is signed by an adult. Daily reading helps decoding and reading skills, as well as their knowledge of sentence structure, whilst also enhancing their vocabulary.

PE:

PE lessons are on Monday’s and Wednesdays; please make sure PE kits are in school.

Uniform:

Please ensure your child comes to school with the correct uniform which consists of:

Girls: –

White Shirt

Blazer

Black or grey trousers/skirt

Black school shoes

Tie

Jumper/cardigan

Or a yellow checked dress

Boys: –

White Shirt

Blazer

Black or grey trousers or shorts

Black school shoes

Tie

Jumper

Hair must be tied back

Weekly reminders:

Monday  PE session
Tuesday  
Wednesday PE session

Homework should be handed in

Thursday  
Friday Spelling test

Homework will be sent home

Take PE kit home to be washed

Homework diaries to be signed every night, after reading has taken place.

An Overview of Cycle 4:

English Skellig by David Almond (Hodder)

Poetry

Information Leaflet

Letters

Play script

Mathematics Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Fractions Decimals and Percentage

Measures : – Converting measures, perimeter area and angles

Geometry: – shape, angles, position and direction.

Science Forces
Topic Romans
PE Rhythmic gymnastics

Dodgeball

RE What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?
Art and Design Designing and making a felt phone case
Computing Scratch animated stories
MFL Bon Appétit
PHSE Drug Education

Moving on

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs Kielty

 

Cycle 4

In Year 3 we want to strive to be the best in everything we do and begin to show that we are Year 4 ready. After all, there are only nine school weeks left of being a Year 3 class member.

Reminders

  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday.
  • Spelling test every Friday.
  • Diaries need to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).
 

English

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

 

Writing Tasks

 

Maths

Time

Roman Numerals

Mass

Multiplying and dividing by 10

 

Science

 

Plants

 

 

Topic

 

History – Mayans

 

 

PE

 

TennisWednesday afternoon

DanceThursday afternoon

 

 

French

 

 

La date

 

RE

 

 

Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?

 

Art/DT

 

 

Mexican Folk Art

 

 

Cycle 4

Year 2 Topaz Class

Welcome back to the final term in Topaz Class. We hope you have recovered from what was an extremely busy term with lots and lots of fantastic learning taking place. We have finished our Secret Agent Training and the whole class has blown Mrs Roberts and I away with their hard work, determination and resilience. We could not be any prouder of all your achievements so well done to you all.

We hope you are well rested, ready and eager to go for our last few weeks in year 2.

An Overview of Cycle 4:

English The Storm Whale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Out and About

 

 

 

 

Mathematics Place Value

 

Fractions

 

Addition and Subtraction

 

Multiplication and Division

 

Time

 

Position and Direction

 

Measures

 

Statistics

Science Materials- Wood or Metal?
Art Let’s Sculpt
History Castles
Computing Using and Applying Skills
PE Tuesday – Football

Wednesday – Athletics

RE Judaism
PSHE Developing Confidence

Punctuality

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day.

Uniform

Mr. Thompson has recently sent out a letter regarding uniform. Please see this letter if you are unsure of the correct uniform attire. Children should also be practising tying shoe laces and buttoning up their own shirts.

Homework

The homework sent home each week is vital to your child’s learning as they need to apply their skills that they have learnt during the week. Please encourage your child to complete their homework carefully and neatly,ensuring that they work independently. Then sit with them to look back at their work to check it.

Homework will be given on a Friday:

  • Spellings – to be practised each week, for our spelling test.
  • Maths homework – to be completed weekly.

Homework needs to come back to school on a Wednesday.

If your child needs extra support with the homework or fails to return it to school they will be asked to complete this during Thursday lunchtime.

Reading

Reading is such an important skill in your child’s development and we are aiming to listen to children read every day. Children should read to you every night to develop their confidence, fluency and expression. Please add a small comment in their reading record to say how they have read. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Pupils who read regularly at home tend to make the most significant progress.

Reading books need to come to school every day with a small comment in the reading records. Reading books will be changed every Monday morning.

PE

PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We suggest that your child brings their kit in at the beginning of term and leaves it in school until the end of term to ensure that they do not forget it. Please refer back to the uniform letter to see the correct PE attire.

We look forward to our exciting term ahead. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Times Tables

It is expected that by the end of Year 2 pupils know, recite and understand the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. We will cover this in class but please practise at home as well. The children know some songs to practise.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Miss Harvey and Mrs. Roberts

 

 

Cycle 4

Cycle 4

The children in Reception have worked extremely hard during Cycle 3. We have just started Cycle 4 and are excited about all of the learning that will take place.

Reading

  • Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray and Garry Parsons and The Train Ride by June Crebbin and Stephen Lambert.
  • Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read their reading book every night. Ask your child questions about their book to check their understanding of what they have read. Please help them to practise the highlighted words on the sheet at the front, every night.  The last book change for this academic year will be on 11thJuly.

Writing
We are continuing to work hard in RWI lessons to segment and blend to read and write words and short sentences.

Maths
In Maths, children are learning how to double and halve numbers and to describe properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Snack Money
We ask that the children continue to bring in 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.

Attendance

Please be reminded that the school doors open at 8:50am and maths lessons commence at 9am prompt.  It is important your child arrives to school on time to ensure valuable learning is not missed.

Weather

Please ensure your child has spare clothes and underwear as there may be times when your child gets wet during outdoor play.  As the weather is getting warmer we would appreciate your child coming to school with sun cream already applied so they are able to learn in the outdoors immediately. A sun hat and spare sun cream which can be kept in school with your child’s name on is also recommended.

Clothing

Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly with your child’s name. We are still noticing a number of jumpers and cardigans with no name.

 

 

 

Cycle 4

Dear Parents/ Careers,

Welcome back to a brand new half term at Brentnall! Year 2 have absolutely smashed their Secret Agent Training (SATs) and we couldn’t be any prouder! What superstars you all are! We celebrated in true Brentnall style with a party day, picnic, games and (of course) a glass of bubbly!

We hope that you’ve had a lovely relaxing break and come back ready for the last few weeks of Year 2.

Attendance/Punctuality:

We all know the importance of being in school on time every day to maximise our learning – each day is precious because we love learning. As the doors open each day at 8.50am, children are greeted with a different anthem to get them awake and ready for the day ahead. On Fridays, we can let our hair loose with our Friday Anthem, which can include anything from the conga to the limbo! As a team, we also want to win the attendance trophy back as we haven’t had it for a while! We appreciate your support to enable this to happen.

Uniform:

Mr. Thompson has recently sent out a letter regarding uniform. Please see this letter if you are unsure of the correct uniform attire. Children should also be practising tying shoe laces and buttoning up their own shirts.

Weekly reminders:

Monday Reading books changed

 

 

 

Reading books and logs to be taken home, filled in and brought back everyday.

Tuesday PE – indoor
Wednesday Homework to be handed in

 

Thursday PE – outdoor
Friday Spelling test/ Times Table Challenge

Homework to be given out

Homework:

The homework sent home each week is vital to your child’s learning as they need to apply their skills that they have learnt during the week. Please encourage your child to complete their homework carefully and neatly,ensuring that they work independently. Then sit with them to look back at their work to check it.

Homework will be given on a Friday:

  • Spellings – to be practised each week, for our spelling test.
  • Lined paper – to write a sentence for each spelling word
  • Times table practise – to be practised each week for the Times Table Challenge.
  • Maths homework – to be completed weekly.

Homework needs to come back to school on a Wednesday.

If your child needs extra support with the homework or fails to return it to school they will be asked to complete this during Thursday lunchtime.

Reading:

Reading is such an important skill in your child’s development and we are aiming to listen to children read every day. Children should read to you every night to develop their confidence, fluency and expression. Please add a small comment in their reading record to say how they have read. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Pupils who read regularly at home tend to make the most significant progress.

Reading books need to come to school every daywith a small comment in the reading records. Reading books will be changed every Monday morning.

PE:

PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We suggest that your child brings their kit in at the beginning of term and leaves it in school until the end of term to ensure that they do not forget it. Please refer back to the uniform letter to see the correct PE attire.

Times Tables:

It is expected that by the end of Year 2 pupils know, recite and understand the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. We will cover this in class but please practise at home as well. The children know some songs to practise.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Mrs. Woolley and Mrs. Jackson 🙂

 

Cycle 4

Cycle 4

Hooray!!! Year 6 SATs are over and we are incredibly proud of how hard they have all worked. All the hard work has paid off this year so far and we are confident that all children worked to the best of their ability during test week. A huge well done to the children!

We will now continue to work on some writing pieces, maths investigations and cover WWII in our topic and art work.

Year 6 are lucky enough to continue swimming together for the rest of the cycle and will be attending for the next 7 weeks on a Thursday morning so please ensure your child brings their swimming kit with them on this day.

Transitions

This term, children will be invited by their high school for a transition day. Please ensure you are aware of when your child’s transition day is and please take them to the high school on this day.

Prestatyn

We are looking forward to Prestatyn commencing on Monday June 24th – Friday 28thJune. We will be in touch about a date to attend a meeting with further information on activities and a kit list.

P.E. – The children will have their 2 P.E. slots a week now so please make sure your child has their P.E. kit in for the whole week as P.E slots differ from week to week.

Diaries– Children need to bring their diaries in every day, signed from yourselves at home to say they have read to someone at home. They win a dojo point if they read each night and have their diaries in school signed!

Uniform– Please ensure your child comes to school with the correct uniform which in Year 6 consists of:

White Shirt

Blazer

Black trousers/skirt

Black school shoes

Tie

Jumper

Hair tied back

As always, please come and see us if you have any questions.

Miss Smail and Miss Stephens J

 

Cycle 4

Cycle 4

Teacher: Miss Wills

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Singh

The children will be continuing to take part in short focused sessions on the carpet. These sessions are: Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language. George the bear helps the children to remember the listening rules during these sessions.

Phonics: Some children are continuing to learn and practise the sounds during our Read Write Inc sessions. We also do ‘Fred Talk’ which focuses on blending oral sounds. Later the children will progress to reading the letters and blending them together to read the word.

Some children will be working on Phase 1 Letters and Sounds where the emphasis is on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills and tuning into sounds in preparation for the Read Write Inc programme.

Communication and Language: During this cycle the children will be listening to and joining in with the stories ‘The Gigantic Turnip’ by Aleksei Tolstoy and ‘I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato’ by Lauren Child. 

Maths: We are continuing to learn to recognise numbers up to 10. We are learning to count objects by placing them in a line and touching each object. We will continue to sing number songs and rhymes. We will also be playing with shapes.

Reading

I hope you are all enjoying sharing books at home with your child, talking to them about the pictures and asking questions at their level.

Please remember to fill in their reading record book so that we know the children are sharing their book with you at home. Some children will start to bring home ‘pink’ books which have words in them. Encourage your child to recognise some of the sounds that we are learning in our phonics sessions.

Fine motor skills:

Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. In the Early Years we provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for the children. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care.

Examples of activities that can be provided at home or school are:

  • Threading beads, pasta etc
  • Playing with playdough
  • Cutting/snipping paper
  • Building with lego and blocks
  • Dressing dolls
  • Puzzles
  • Sorting pom poms/objects with play tweezers

Things to remember:

**Warm weather

As the weather continues to warm up please can we ask that you put sun cream on your child before school. Ensure that your child has a bottle of sun cream in school which can be applied again later in the day. Please provide your child with a hat/cap to protect them from the sun.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure your child has a bag of spare clothes with them in school at all times, including underwear and socks. It is very important that we are able to change your child and make them comfortable if any toileting accidents occur or if they get wet from water play. We explore the outdoors in all weathers so children need to be dressed appropriately.

All children require a pair of wellies in school.  The children really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the sandpit.

Snack Money

We ask that the children bring in a voluntary contribution of 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.

Uniform
Children must be in correct school uniform at all times. This includes appropriate footwear. Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

Focus child

We have three focus children per week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting familyswimming lessonsThe photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.

 

 

Cycle 4

Your Year 4 teachers this year are Mrs Mendham and Miss Savage.

Uniform

We would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in all items of their uniform, including coats.

PE:

PE lessons will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesday we will have indoor PE as normal and on Thursdays we will be going swimming. We suggest your child brings their kit in at the beginning of the half term and then take it home at the end of each half term to be washed. You may choose to wash your child’s PE kit more frequently.

Music

We will have Mr Garbutt, our music teacher, coming in to teach us Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to be kept at home to allow the children to practice and they will need to bring it in every Wednesday for the lesson.

Homework 

Homework is given out each Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. If for any reason the homework is not handed in by a Thursday morning, there will be a lunchtime club on that day where the children will have to complete any missing work.

An Overview of Cycle 4:

English Power of Reading book- Charlotte’s Web

Setting description

Character description

Narrative

Diary Entry

Non-Chronological Report

Maths Place Value

Addition

Subtraction

Multiplication

Division

Problem Solving

Time

Data Handling

Science Sound
History Ancient Egypt
RE Why do some people think that life is a journey and what significant experiences mark this?
PSHE Taking More Control
PE Dodgeball

Rugby

Computing Using and Apply Skills

Online Safety

Music Brass Instruments
French Quelle heure est-il?
Design and Technology Moving Parts

 

 

Weekly Reminders

 

Monday  

 

Tuesday Indoor PE

 

Wednesday Music with Mr Garbutt

 

Homework due in

Thursday Outdoor PE

 

Friday Homework handed out

 

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child, for what we’re sure will be a very exciting year.

If you’ve got any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask.

Mrs Mendham

Reception has really enjoyed their learning during cycle 2 and have had lots of fun in doing so.

The children are becoming more confident in all aspects of their learning and during Cycle 3, we will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the world with the arrival of some very special eggs in the forthcoming weeks.  The children will learn about the lifecycle of a chick leading onto Easter Celebrations and different ways that people celebrate around the world.

In recent weeks, we have been discussing healthy eating and we will be inviting parents and carers to come and enjoy a healthy breakfast with your child. Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation!

Our Focus

During this cycle, we will be focusing on writing and encouraging children to apply their phonics knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Our phonics programme provides children with the strategies they need in order to read and write. With this in mind, it is important that children are in school every day and arrive on time ready to start lessons at 9am prompt.

Maths

The children will be developing their language of size, ordering items by length and height.

We will be looking at ‘flat’ 2D and ‘solid’ 3D shapes and using mathematical names to describe them.

Books

Some texts we will be covering this term include:

Reminders

  • Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name. We are finding many jumpers/cardigans around the classroom with no names on them.
  • Snack money is 50p per week. Thank you to those who have paid for the full term. Your contributions help to pay for additional snacks and experiences for the children, such as, pancakes during our Shrove Tuesday celebrations.
  • Home reading books need to be in school every day.Please ensure you read with your child every night and sign the reading record so we know they have read with you. Home reading books are changed in school on a Thursday.

Spare Clothes Donations

We are running extremely low on spare clothes in school and would be very grateful for any donations.  If you have any old clothes, underwear or socks that would fit children in Nursery or Reception, please could you bring them into school?

Stay and Play Workshops

I will be running both a Maths and Reading workshop during this cycle and hope you can all make it.  The children love sharing their learning and this is a good way to see your child’s progress.  I will provide more details on dates during parents evening.