Welcome to Class 5! What a superb start to the year it has been already! My name is Miss Parr and I am thrilled to be Class 5’s teacher. This year, I have the pleasure of working alongside Miss Whittaker (LSA) as well as Mrs Welburn who will teach the class every Wednesday am during my PPA.
During transition, the children decided to be known as the Proud Peacocks and, throughout the year, pride in our learning, behaviour and entire self is our focus. Through mindful learning, collaboration and tenacity, we aim to grow in independence, maturity and intelligence!
Homework- will be collected in every Friday morning (at the latest) with new homework sent home the same evening. Homework will include: spellings taken from the year 3/4 curriculum, a reading comprehension task and mathematics. If at any point there are any concerns regarding homework, please don’t hesitate in seeing either myself or Miss Whittaker.
Across school, we are developing reading. It is imperative that the children read on a regular basis at home. Within your child’s reading journal is space for a signature and brief comment, should you wish. Each class has their own incentives and reward chart. Every read at home (verified by a parent signature) will be counted and recorded in class. The information will be passed on to Mr Smith who will calculate a winning class.
This is a team event which I am aiming to win!
Reading means points and points mean….prizes!
Come on Peacocks: we can do it!
'Ancient Egypt' is our very exciting topic this term. In Autumn 1, we will be learning all about the River Nile: where it is, what it was used for and why it is so important for survival in Egypt. Autumn 2 will look at the history of Ancient Egypt and we will be discovering interesting facts about ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, reading 'The Egyptian Cinderella' and learning about what life was like during ancient Egyptian times.
We will also be looking at Israelites in ancient Egypt in RE, moving on to introducing Judaism; exploring 'Light,' 'Sound' and 'Electricity' in Science and making an Egyptian cartouche from clay in Art and Design Technology.
We also have (quite!) a few exciting trips and visits planned for this term!
* We shall be visiting Weston Park Museum, looking at real ancient Egyptian artefacts and taking part in a mummification workshop.
* We have 'Mr Egypt' coming into school for a whole day, doing lots of activities with the children related to ancient Egypt.
* We have been invited to attend a special poppy workshop at Experience Barnsley, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of World War 1. Here, we will learn about local war heroes and make beautiful wire poppy sculptures.
* Will have a dance teacher coming in to do two dance workshops with the children. They will be learning how to 'dance like an Egyptian!'
* Our last week of Autumn 1 will be languages week. Our focus language is French, but we would also like to celebrate all the languages that are spoken in Class 5 by inviting children and parents to share something about their mother tongue!
As part of languages week, we will be having a French breakfast in school (parents are welcome to join in with this) and ending our week with a Eurovision Song competition!
* We have M&M productions coming in to perform their version of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves' and we will be completing a piece of writing following on from this performance.
* Year 3 have South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue coming in to school to talk to all the Y3 children about fire safety.
Parent/carers, it has been a pleasure getting to know your children and your families this half term. I look forward to parents’ evening where we will be able to discuss your child’s development and progress in detail. In the meantime, if you would like further information, please do not hesitate in seeing me during hand-over.