Kangaroos Newsletter Autumn Term 2020
Welcome back to school and to Kangaroo Class
Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday and Tuesday)
Miss Julia Emony-Clarke (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
Mrs Sarah Robinson
Mr Sam Walker (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)
Miss Cat Taylor (Wed)
We hope you all have had a lovely Summer. It has been wonderful to receive the children back into school after such a long time.
The topic for both Autumn terms are the Ancient Romans, who they were and how their invasion affected life in Britain. In Reading, we are excited to introduce Hooked on Books which will help the children analyse the writer’s intention and how this affects the experience and enjoyment of the reader. In writing, the children will be introduced to ‘The Write Stuff.’ This, like Hooked on Books, is a new, whole school initiative. Using this method, the children will improve their sentence writing, grammar and vocabulary through a range of ‘lenses’ which focus on all the elements of good writing. In addition, the children will also spend time on their spellings and handwriting. Maths will start this term with place value, and then moving onto developing our strategies for addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We will also be developing the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. This term’s Science is Rocks and Soils where the children will learn about the different types of rocks and how they are formed. Following this, the children will study soil and how it is made.
P.E will usually be on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon. Both sessions will be outside in Term 1 so please make sure your child has a warm sweatshirt and jogging bottoms. Please make sure P.E kit, including trainers, is in school every day as we do have extra sessions. If your child is unable to participate in P.E lessons, please send in a note.
Homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by the following Friday. Homework will be set in maths, literacy or topic and will be an extension of the work in class. It will be in the form of worksheets, games or a project some of which may be set through Google Classrooms. We are also in the process of subscribing the children to Mathletics, Times Tables Rockstars and Spelling Shed and homework may be set through these programs. Children should spend between 20 to 30 minutes on their written homework. Homework will always be explained in class. Please let us know if your child has no access to a laptop, or if you are experiencing problems with the internet and we will make alternative provision for you if the homework requires internet access. Reading is an important part of your child’s learning. Each child needs to read at home to an adult at least 4 times a week for about 15-20 mins.
Instant recall of times tables becomes more important as your child moves though the school. By the end of Year 4, children need to know all tables up to 12x12. In June 2020 all Year 4 children will be taking a multiplication test similar to the phonics screening at the end of Year 1. Throughout the children will be given specific tables to work on and will be checked in class. Please support your child by revising their multiplication tables at home.
Year 3 children have the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument, violin, ‘cello or double bass. The lessons are on Wednesday morning and this year will be taught by Mr Mark Levy from the County Music Service. These lessons are paid for by the school and the children will be playing on school instruments. If your child has a preference for which instrument, they learn, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.
The children are washing their hands when they arrive at school, after playtime and before and after lunch. They also use hand sanitiser before they go out to play. Kangaroo Class have their own area of the field to play on with a class set of play equipment. The tables are cleaned before and after lunch. Each child has their own set of pencils etc and we try and keep equipment sharing to a minimum. We also have a quarantine system for reading books when they are returned to school.
If you have more specific questions, please do not hesitate email or telephone the school office and we will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible. We are holding a class Zoom meeting during the week beginning September 28th. More details to follow.
We are looking forward to working alongside both you and your child. Thank you for all your support.
Katherine Johnson Julia Emony-Clarke