Welcome back to Pheasants Class, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year! This term we are feeling enthusiastic for the learning ahead and everyone has come back with massive smiles on their faces excited to learn. Our Big Question is ‘Who owns a country?’. We have begun by exploring the Anglo-Saxons and enjoyed designing our own Anglo-Saxon villages. Our whole class reading book is ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick King- Smith, with the children learning about the countryside, farm animals and where our food comes from.

We continue to enrich the children’s learning with visitors into school and trips out of school. Before half term, we are off to the Sheldonian Theatre and are taking part in an Oxford Opera workshop. After half term, we are lucky enough to have a Viking join us for a day.

 

PE
PE days this term are Tuesday (Lizzie – PE teacher) and on a Thursday we have our swimming lesson. As Thursday’s session is swimming, please can children wear a black or dark grey soft jogger as this is easier for when changing and warmer.

 

Homework

Every Monday, new spellings will be set on SpellingShed and a maths task on MathShed. Both sites can be accessed by the one EdShed login, offering one week to complete tasks. The spellings are taught in class, and supported by the activities on SpellingShed. On the following Monday, there will be an informal assessment on the spellings learnt the previous week. An additional piece of reading homework will be set on Google Classroom. All homework will be set on a Monday and due the following Monday.

 

Times tables

We encourage all children to be practising on Times Tables Rockstars as much as they can at home. In school every morning, we complete a times table workout from our CGP books and will be doing tests for each timetable per week.

 

Reading

We encourage the children to read at home at least 5 times a week and offer opportunities to quietly read after break and lunch before beginning our lessons. Every Monday myself and Miss. Horner look through the children’s reading records and note down the frequency of their reading, offering rewards, certificates for ‘nights read’ and treats within the classroom.