Welcome to the Eagles
This half term we will be learning about Light in science, Natural Resources in geography and continuing with the Victorian theme in our English lessons by studying Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Our next 'Careers Workshop' will be meeting a pilot which is planned for early December!
Click here to view our wonderful poems from National Poetry Day 2020.
In addition to Times Tables Rock Stars, we also have the prestigious '144 Club' that the children are attempting to gain entry to. Each week they have 4 minutes to complete a paper-based multiplication grid consisting of 144 calculations; if successful they will earn themselves a specially-commissioned badge and house token. Not only are children encouraged to complete the grid but also to improve their time each week. Stars are also awarded for children who improve on their previous scores so they are only ever competing with themselves. If your child wishes to practise completing the grid at home, you will find it in the file uploads below.
Added to the files is a document called 'Questions to Support your Child's Reading' which contains lots of different questions that you can use to prompt discussions about the books they are reading. In KS2, we use the acronym VIPERS to refer to each of the comprehension domains: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise. By asking these types of questions, you will be supporting the teaching and learning taking place in school.
Epic! Books for Kids
We have signed up to Epic! Books for Kids which provides a wide range of digital books for free. Click here to login using the Class Code tzc0236 and begin reading books linked to our current science topic: Electricity.
To encourage a love of reading, the children in Eagles can earn loyalty stamps for every book they have read. After they have read 6 books and filled their loyalty cards, they will be entered into a prize draw to win a new book from me. A winner will be selected at random at the end of each half term. Well done to Ethan on being our first winner!
15-20 minutes (minimum) of reading daily (to be recorded in the diary and signed at the end of each week by a grown up); regular practise on Spelling Shed (minimum of 3 games) including the 'Look-Cover-Write' sheets (these will be tested on a Thursday); Times Tables Rock Stars 5 minutes daily; plus SATs Companion (English and maths) as well as other tasks as and when set including Purple Mash.
Please see the files below for knowledge organisers linked to our new topics: A Christmas Carol in English, Natural Resources in geography, Light in science and Coding in computing. In addition, I have added one for the Year 6 grammar terms that the children need to know too. It would be really useful to download and/or print a copy for your child to refer to at home as they help to explain key concepts topic vocabulary that they need to be familiar with. A copy is kept in their books too.
Miss Kaplan - Teacher (CKaplan@sharnbrookprimary.beds.sch.uk)
Mrs Nash – Teaching Assistant