Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Class Owls

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Spring term 2023

Firstly THANK YOU for the wonderful cards and gifts we received at Christmas; we were overwhelmed by your generosity.

Welcome back to the Spring term. Another exciting term awaits us as we begin our new topic: The Final Frontier. This will involve learning lots of new science concepts based on space and forces. We will incorporate many other subjects into this topic to ensure there is context and purpose to the learning, and therefore engagement and enjoyment.

Topic plan: Owls Curriculum Map

Practical matters:

There will be no outdoor learning on a Monday this term, but instead PE will recommence each Thursday.

Spellings and mental maths are continuing on the same day but some groups have changed so please ask your child if they are in a new group.

Please ensure your child brings their HOME book into school each day!

Also a polite notice – please no sharpie pens in school as they mark the tables.

Thank you.

Mental maths (to be tested 26th Jan)

26 blue

26 Burgundy

26 Green

26 pink

26 yellow

Spellings (to be tested 31st Jan)

24 green

24 Pink

24 Yellow

Owl Class Curriculum Information September 2022

Welcome to Owl Class. I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and managed to have lots of fun in the sunshine. I firstly want to say on behalf of all the adults at Alpington – thank you so much for the wonderful gifts we received at the end of the last academic year. We were completely overwhelmed by your generosity and kind words.

This year we have 2 new members in our class, Hannah and Poppy who both join Year 5. We give them both a very warm welcome to our Alpington family and look forward to seeing new friendships blossom.

We are about to embark on another fantastic year, and we have lots of fun learning planned. The curriculum map below gives you more detail about the learning which will take place within our topic which this term is HEROES.

Owls Curriculum Map

This letter outlines a few practical matters for you to be aware of.

I will be teaching Monday – Thursday with Mrs Blazer as the class teaching assistant.  Like last year, Madame Brown will teach French on a Tuesday afternoon. Fridays are slightly different as the children will have choir with Mrs Cork, PE with Mr Colbeck, music with Mr Cooper and then art in the afternoon with Mrs Godbold. Mrs Belgrave-Lock will be supporting the children throughout the day.

PE (Thursday and Fridays) – Children can come into school in their PE kits. Appropriate school PE kit must be worn and labelled. As winter draws near, the weather will begin to turn cold and wet, so please ensure your child has jogging bottoms, jumpers, gloves and light waterproof jackets, as learning will take place outside as much as possible.

Homework – all of the homework targets and tasks will be in the children’s purple HOME books.

Reading

The children are constantly reading throughout our curriculum. However, they will also read regularly in small guided groups with a member of staff and receive regular reading homework (see the timetable below for when your child’s group is reading). Some children may receive a reading task associated with their books and this will be written and completed in the child’s home book. It is important that you check your child has completed their work before their next session as it is crucial to support their understanding and progress. It is essential that your child reads either their ‘group reader’ or their own reading book every day, as it offers valuable models for sentence structure, fuels their imagination and offers them some much needed calm time. We also recommended that, despite their fluency, children read with an adult regularly to check their understanding of the text.

GR timetable

 Spellings

Your child has been assessed and grouped accordingly for spellings. These will be set and tested every Tuesday – the first lists were handed out on Tuesday 13th September ready for testing on the 20th September, and should have been stuck in the children’s home book. I will upload spelling lists to the Owls page so even if children forget to bring their spellings home, you can still access them. Once again, it is vital that your child takes times to learn these, so they become embedded into their English work. Be creative with learning – writing out in chalk, repeating in the car, using pens in the baths – any way to engage them. Always check your child understands the meaning of their spellings as this will help to broaden their vocabulary.

Mental Maths

Year 4 children will sit a compulsory multiplication test in the summer term, and so there is a big emphasis on learning these key facts – both multiplication and division facts. All the children in owls have been assessed on these, and this has helped to group the children for specific learning. These targets are handed out each Thursday (beginning 15th September) and tested the following Thursday. Once again, I will add these onto the Owl’s page for you to refer to. Please support your child by helping them to learn and secure these key facts, as these will help your child become more efficient and fluent within the lessons. Children will remain on the same target if they do not score well. To help embed these, the children can use Rockstar Maths online. They have all got logins in the front of their home books. There are also a number of links below to help children embed these key facts:

Curious and thoughtful maths – times table worksheet

Printable worksheets

Website games:

Daily 10

Topmarks

Timestables

BBC bitesize

If you want any more practical ideas, please email: owls@alpington.norfolk.sch.uk

Keeping up to date with your child’s learning

Owls will continue to use Tapestry to record class and individual learning – please do check your emails for notifications or check the app. We would really love it if you could ‘like’ the page to show you have acknowledged it. At the moment, parents are unable to comment. Weekly updates of our learning journey will also be available on the ‘Owls in Action’ page. I understand some children (my own included) ‘can’t always remember’ what they did at school, and so Tapestry and the website may offer you a conversation starter to engage your children in a discussion or chat about their learning or time at school.

Inhalers

We like to have an inhaler in the class for each child who has asthma. Please ensure that your child brings one into class immediately and that it is current and up to date.

So far, we have had a super start to the year and I am excited with the learning we have planned. We want all the children to be happy in school, so if you have any worries or concerns, please email owls@alpington.norfolk.sch.uk.

Many thanks,

Mrs Ward