Welcome to Year 3

Welcome back for our new school year at Brentnall. I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and I am excited to welcome your children into Year 3 – Sapphire class.

Your Year 3 teacher this year is Miss Jackson.

Uniform

We have a lovely new uniform this year at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform so that we are able to identify is easily. This will help reduce children’s uniform getting lost around school.

Homework

Homework is given out on a weekly basis. Children will bring home their homework on a Friday to be returned on a Wednesday. This will include a piece of maths work and some spellings that will be our focus in lessons the following week. This means children will be tested on their spellings on the Friday after they are given out. There will be a bookmark with the spellings on sent out in order to practise them at home.

In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.

Diary

Children have all been given a reading record book so that you are able to write in any comments after reading with your child. Reading is an essential part of your child’s learning, therefore we encourage them to read at home every night.

Behaviour

Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to yellow and then red if this persists. We encourage all children to make the right choices in order to move back to green by the end of the day.

The Always board chosen by year 3 was rabbits. Our Always rules are:

  • Work as a team
  • Be kind to other children and adults
  • Listen when others are talking
  • Use good manners
  • Try out best
  • Respect our classroom

House points

Children are rewarded with housepoints for good behaviour, work and following the school values. The winning house is announced in celebration assemblies on Fridays.

P.E.

We will do PE on a Wednesday and Friday. Children will need to bring a PE kit consisting of white top, black shorts and pumps or trainers. Our Friday PE slot is outside, therefore you may wish to send in additional clothing as we move into Autumn and Winter.

An Overview of Cycle 1

English– Wolves by Emily Gravett

Maths-    Place value

Addition and subtraction

Science– Light

Topic- Investigating our Local Area v

P.E.- Dodgeball and Rugby

Music

French- Bonjour

Religious Education- What does it mean to be a Christian in Britain today?

PSHE- Building Learning Power- Resilience

Art- Lowry

I look forward to our first cycle in year 3 and I’m sure the love of learning will continue to flourish throughout the year!

Miss Jackson

Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Nursery

A big welcome to all our wonderful new children and families. We enjoyed visiting you and your families in your own homes last week and are really looking forward to welcoming you all and helping you to settle in and enjoy exploring your new classroom, indoors and out.

Things to remember:

Spare clothes

Please ensure your child has 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, you’re welcome to bring in a pair of named wellies to keep in school for water play outdoors and in case of rainy days.

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.

We operate an open door policy, therefore please feel free to come in and speak to me about any worries or concerns you may have about your child or your child’s learning. If you would like a more in depth discussion, we can arrange a mutually convenient time and date.

Thank you for your support

Miss Livesey and the Nursery team.

 

Welcome to Year 1/2

Welcome back to school, I hope you have all had a relaxing Summer holiday. We are excited for the year ahead and are pleased that the children have all come back ready and very eager to learn.

In English, we will be looking at different stories focusing on characters, settings and story structure.

In Maths, we will be focusing on place value, number recognition and shape.

In Science, we will be looking at Living Things and Habitats.

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Can we please ask that you help and support your child to complete all homework set. Each week children will receive spellings and a maths task related to what we have been learning in class that week.

Please listen to your child read their home reading book every night and write a small comment in their reading records. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Books will be changed every Monday.

Please remember PE is on Monday and Tuesday and your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps.

Children in year 2 can buy a drink and snack from the snack trolley during morning playtime. They can choose from orange or apple juice and a variety of fruit. Both drinks and fruit are 20p each. If you would like to pay for the week, please put the money in a named envelope and hand it in at the beginning of the week. Alternatively, your child can bring in 20p per day.

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception class! We hope that everyone has had a lovely Summer. The staff that will be working in Reception this year are:

Miss Wills – Class teacher

Mr Davies – Class teacher

Mrs Richardson – Teaching Assistant

Miss Froggatt – Lower School Lead

What we learn

In Reception we work towards the children reaching the Early Learning Goal at the end of the year. The Early Learning Goal is found in the Early Years Foundation Stage framework and we will work within this framework to support your child’s learning and development throughout the year. In reception class children learn through play, therefore the children spend most of their day in continuous provision where staff observe the children and support their child-initiated play in order for children to achieve their next steps. Throughout the day the children will also take part in adult-led group activities; reading, phonics and maths.

The Early Years Foundation Stage framework contains seven areas of learning, each having a number of statements, which staff use in order to track your child’s learning and development.

There are three prime areas of learning;

  • Communication and Language- This covers speaking, understanding and listening and attention.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development- This covers managing feelings and behaviour, making relationships and self-confidence and self-awareness.
  • Physical Development-This covers health and self-care and moving and handling.

And four specific areas of learning;

  • Literacy-This covers reading and writing.
  • Mathematics-This covers number and shape, space and measure.
  • Understanding the World-This covers technology, the world and people and communities.
  • Exploring using Media and Materials- This covers exploring using media and materials and being imaginative.

Reading

Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are No Dinner! by Jessica Souhami and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

Every Wednesday we would like parents to stay for a short time to read and share books with their child in class. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible each week.

Focus child

We have three focus children per class, 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 family, swimming lessons. The 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.

Always Rules

In Reception class we have four rules which we encourage the children to follow at all times. Once a week we sit with the children to see who is following our rules. There are four steps for the children to take in order to receive their Always badge. The Always badges are presented by the head teacher and are for the children to wear to school every day!

  • Always have kind hands
  • Always have kind feet
  • Always have a kind mouth
  • Always follow the high five rules

Reminders

  • The children in reception are able to enjoy our outdoor area in all weathers, therefore as the weather is now changing please ensure your child has appropriate clothing in school for all weathers; including hats, gloves and wellies when appropriate.
  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at school in their bag at all times.
  • Please ensure your child has their reading book in school every day with a comment in their reading record book about their reading at home. Your child’s class teacher will read with your child at least once a week and change their book regularly.
  • We aim to offer a range of snack options for the children, therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per week to enable us to buy this. Please give this to your child’s class teacher every Monday.
  • If you would like to sign up to target tracker please ask your child’s teacher for a consent slip and we can invite you to join online. All you need is an email address! This is a lovely way for you to see comments and pictures about what your child is learning in school.

 

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome:

Welcome to Year 1 Coral Class! I am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year and cannot wait to see every member of our class learn lots of new things and succeed every day! We are going to have so much fun in a warm, caring and creative environment. I am so happy to be your teacher! We will also have the wonderful Mrs. Breeze and Mrs. Walsh in our class to help us. They say a big warm hello and welcome too! See you soon, Mr. Bannister.

Note to parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday. It is preferred that parents read what the challenges are, with the child then completing the learning independently.

P.E. will be taught on Monday and Friday afternoons. I advise having your child’s P.E. kit in a separate bag which can be left on their coat hook in the classroom. This will ensure that no child forgets their kit, as children will not be able to take part if they do not have it. These will then be sent home with your child on the last day of term.

Subjects:

In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two amazing books. The first book, ‘The Lonely Beast’ will allow the children to sequence and retell a story with a familiar setting. The second book, ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ will allow the children to delve deep into a story from another culture. Handwriting practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus first on place value, moving onto addition and subtraction and finally, 2-D and 3-D shapes. We will be practising counting in 2s and later 5s, every afternoon.

In Time for Reading, we will spending time together in small groups, reading a different text each week, answering questions as we focus on applying different reading skills. These small lessons will consist of one group spending time with their teacher each day.

In Science, we will be learning all about living things and habitats. We will look at things that are alive, dead and that have never been alive as well as the features of habits found in our local environment and beyond. We will also look at different sources of food and learn about food chains.

In Geography, we will be learning all about the United Kingdom. We will focus on knowing which countries make up the U.K. and which cities can be found in our glorious country. What is most important about this subject, is our recent invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to throw our own Brentnall Royal tea party!

In Music, we will be learning a range of musical skills with Mr. Davis who will visit our classroom every Wednesday. Get ready to sing, clap, play a range of instruments and have a great time!

In Design and Technology, we will be learning all about where British food comes from and which foods grow above and below the ground. We will then describe different foods and learn which foods are healthy and which foods are not. With all this learning, we will finally design a healthy school dinner menu and then learn how to bake shortbread!

In P.S.H.E., we will be learning about resilience and how to never let anything stop us from succeeding in our learning.  We will also learn how to be a good friend, make the right choices and be aware of how important it is to celebrate differences. We will finally create a beautiful recipe for friendship!

In R.E., we will be learning all about the importance of caring for everyone and what some religions say about this. We will move onto exploring how people can show that they have cared for someone and build skills for making sure that we care for everyone around us.

In P.E., we will be having a great time learning skills in two different lessons. On Monday, we will be doing Gymnastics and on Friday, we will be doing Physical Literacy. Both of these lessons will help us to become competent and confident movers.

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 4

Welcome back to Brentnall for a new school year. I am very excited to be welcoming your child into Year 4- Turquoise class.

Your Year 4 teacher this year is Miss Smail.

Uniform

We have a lovely new uniform this year at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform.

Homework

Homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.

Diary

The children have all got reading books and will be bringing them home each night to read with you. Their diary is for you to sign to show your child has read at home for 15-20 minutes per night. There will be a prize for the child who has read the most books within the term.

Behaviour

Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to amber and then red if this persists. Children do have the chance to work their way back to green when making the right choices within class and around school.

Our Always board was carefully chosen by the class and is Minecraft themed. This is to ensure all children are consistently following our 6 Always rules in order to receive an Always badge. The rules we decided as a class are:

  • To listen to the speaker
  • To try your best and never give up
  • Treat others how you want to be treated
  • To listen to the speaker
  • Work together as part of a team
  • Be respectful to those around you

House points

Children will also be rewarded for good behaviour with house points and whichever house wins the most points will be announced each Friday in the Celebration Assembly.

P.E.

Children will be doing P.E. on Mondays and Tuesdays so will require their full P.E. kit for these days. If your child has taken their P.E. kit home to be washed, we ask that it is returned on Monday and stays in school until Friday.

Music

We have our music teacher coming in to teach Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to take it home Wednesday nights to practice for the week and they will need to bring it back in on the following Wednesday for the lesson. After the first cycle we will be having Music with Mr Davies.

An Overview of Cycle 1

English– The Green Ship by Quentin Blake

Diary Entries

Character Descriptions

Role Play

Story writing

Maths-    Place value

Addition and subtraction

Science– Living Things

Animals including Humans

Topic- Rainforests

P.E.- Hockey

Gymnastics

Music– Brass Instruments tuition

French- La salle de classe

Religious Education- What does it mean to be a Hindu in Britain today?

PSHE- Building Learning Power- Resilience

Art- Henri Rousseau

Computing- We are software developers

I am looking forward to a very exciting year in Year 4. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail

 

Welcome to Year 5

Year 5

Welcome back to a new year at Brentnall; I hope that everyone has had a lovely break. I would like to welcome your child to Year 5 – Amethyst.

This year your teacher will be Miss Gorton. Also working in Year 5 will be Mrs. Weston, Mrs Medowcroft and Mrs Smethurst.  

Uniform

Everybody is looking very smart in their new uniforms; we ask that children’s names can be written in all items, to ensure no uniform is lost throughout the year.

Homework

This year homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday. Each week will include a piece of Maths and a set of spellings that will be tested on a Friday.

Diary

Every child in upper school has been provided with a school diary, this should be taken home every night along with a reading book that has been chosen by your child. The diary is to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).

Always Rules

Every Friday after assembly we will discuss our 6 Always rules. Each child will reflect upon the week, discussing as a class if they have succeeded in each therefore being able to move up our board. On reaching the top an Always badge will be rewarded to wear with pride. Our rules are:

  • Always treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Always be honest
  • Always respect everyone and the environment
  • Always use your manners
  • Always try your best in everything you do
  • Always work as a team to encourage and inspire

House Points

Excellent behaviour is rewarded with house points; the winning team is then announced during Friday’s Celebration Assembly. Children can receive house points for behaviours such as using good manners, being helpful, following the ‘Always’ rules and trying their best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle 1

 

English

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

Discussion text

Non-chronological report

Diary entry

Message in a bottle

 

Maths

Focus on Arithmetic:

Number and place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Square and cubed numbers

 

Science

 

 

Properties and Changes of Materials

 

 

Topic

 

 

Geography – Rivers

 

 

PE

Dance with Miss Gorton – Tuesday afternoon

Hockey with Miss Gorton – Thursday afternoon

PE is part of our uniform and we ask it to be a white t-shirt and black shorts, pumps or trainers. For cultural or religious reasons girls may wear white long sleeved t-shirts and black leggings.

 

French

 

 

En Ville (The Town)

 

 

RE

 

 

Why do some people think God Exists?

 

 

Art

 

 

River Art (links with Geography topic)

 

 

Welcome to Year 2

Welcome back to school, I hope you have all had a relaxing Summer holiday. Everyone is looking very smart in their new school uniform. Please remember to write your child’s NAME in all items of clothing.

In English we will start the year reading a story called Beegu, where we will do lots of talking around the book and write our own story and character profile.

In Maths we will be covering place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We have got lots of exciting topics coming up over the first learning cycle. We will be doing lots of activities to answer questions based on the topics. The questions we will be answering are:

  • Who lives here?- Science
  • Balmoral or Buckingham?- Geography
  • Why should we care for others?- RE
  • Why live in Britain?- DT

Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday.

Please try and read with your child every day and record this in his/her reading record. It is important to also question your child’s understanding of what they have read.  Books will be changed every Monday.

Please remember PE is on Thursday and Friday and your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps.

Children in Year 2 can buy a drink and snack from the snack trolley during morning playtime.  They can choose from orange or apple juice and a variety of fruit. Both drinks and fruit are 20p each. If you would like to pay for the week, please put the money in a named envelope and hand it in at the beginning of the week. Alternatively, your child can bring in 20p per day.

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome !

Welcome back to a new year at Brentnall; I hope that everyone has had a lovely break. I would like to welcome your child to Year 5 – Kyanite.

Your Year 5 teacher this year is Miss Gilmore.

Uniform:

Everybody is looking very smart in their new uniforms; we ask that children’s names can be written in all uniform items, to ensure no uniform is lost throughout the year.

Attendance/ Punctuality:

To ensure the best possible progress in Year 5, your child needs to attend school every day and arrive on time each day. We want to lead the battle for Team 5 to win the attendance award and we can only do this with your help; it would be great to receive 100%. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

Behaviour:

We have a traffic light system and an ‘Always’ system to monitor behaviour. All children showing expected behaviour are on green. Children who demonstrate unacceptable behaviour will move to amber and then red if this persists. The sanction for moving down is to miss playtime. Children need to follow their class ‘Always’ rules to move up the class chart weekly and they will be rewarded with an ‘Always’ badge if they consistently follow these rules.

Year 5 – Kyanite have designed their own ‘Always’ rules to follow:

  1. Always be respectful and use our manners.
  2. Always be determined to succeed.
  3. Always be honest and truthful.
  4. Always work as a team.
  5. Always have a positive attitude.
  6. Always have fun and enjoy learning.

House System:

Excellent behaviour is rewarded with house points; the winning team is then announced during Friday’s Celebration Assembly. Children can receive house points for behaviours such as using good manners, being helpful, following the ‘Always’ rules and trying their best.

Homework:

This year homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday. Each week, homework will include a piece of maths and a set of spellings that will be tested on a Friday.

Every child in Year 5 has been provided with a school diary, this should be taken home every night along with a reading book that has been chosen by your child. The diary is to be signed and returned the next day, to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes). Children who fail to complete their homework, will have to complete during lunchtime.

PE:

PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We suggest your child brings their kit in at the beginning of the week, to ensure that they do not forget it, and take it home on a Friday to be washed.

Times Tables:

It is important for your child to be secure in applying their times table knowledge. Therefore, it is crucial that your child is practising times table skills at home. This year, your child will be able to access a times table scheme, called Times Table Rockstars; your child will be given a log in and can practise online at home.

www.ttrockstars.com

Weekly reminders:

Monday Bring PE kit into school
Tuesday PE
Wednesday Homework should be handed in
Thursday PE
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 1:

English Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

Discussion text

Non-chronological report

Diary entry

Message in a bottle

Mathematics Place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Science Properties/ Changes of materials

 

Topic Rivers

 

PE Hockey

Dance

 

Music Music with Mr Davies

 

French En ville

 

RE Why do some people think God exists?

 

Art and Design River Art

 

Computing We are game developers

 

PSHE Let’s make money

 

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

Miss Gilmore