Welcome to Class Hockney!
Information about the class:
We are named after a famous British artist called David Hockney who was born in Bradford. If you want to see some of his artwork it is on permanent display at Salts Mill in Saltaire.
The teachers in our class are Mrs Watson, Mrs Navsarka and Mrs Mulla. Mrs Navsarka works with us in the morning and Mrs Mulla works with us in the afternoons.
What you need to know
Each week your child will bring home a book that they have already read with a teacher. Please share this with them at least three times a week and return it to school the following Monday. They will also bring home a library book that they have chosen themselves.
Our P.E. days are Monday and Friday. Please make sure that your child has a T shirt, jogging bottoms or shorts and a pair of trainers. Children wearing earrings, necklaces or any other from of jewellery will not be able to take part in P.E. as these objects could cause them and others harm.
Each half-term I will send home a homework menu. This will consist of 6 or more challenges that you can do at home with your child to support their learning in school. Children will be expected to complete one challenge each week. The majority of the work should be done by the child, with encouragement and some support from an adult.
Each week I will be sending home a list of spellings for your child to practice. Please help them to, learn these in preparation for our weekly spelling test.
During the Summer term we will be spending short periods of time learning outdoors each week. It will help if you can ensure that your child is wearing sturdy shoes, socks or tights and a warm coat every day, as we may go for walks in the woods. If it is wet we have wellington boots and waterproof coats and trousers that we can use.
Week beginning 13th June 2016
This week we will be revisiting time; reading analogue clocks to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes. We will be using out knowledge of doubles and halves to solve 2 step problems and looking at ways to add two digit numbers mentally.
We will be reading the book 'How to be a Pirate' and using this as the basis for writing an instruction text. We will be using a range of features such as: captions, bullet points, lists and grids to make our writing more interesting.
Over the next few weeks we will be learning about the important role places of worship play in the lives of religious communities. We will look at mosques around the world and centres of worship from other religions.
Week beginning 20th June 2016
What an exciting week!
We have discovered a small bird nest in our outdoor classroom. The mother bird appears to be sitting on a nest full of eggs so we will have to be especially quiet when we are using the classroom.
We will keep you updated with the chicks progress.
This week we will be focussing on reasoning about maths; using what we know about calculations to make generalisations, search for patterns and explain rules of mathematics.
In English we will be completing our non-fiction text about pirates and starting to compose our own pirate stories based on the book 'How I became a pirate'
Our topic work this week will be focussing on Design Technology. We will be using our planning, making and evaluating skills to make a plank for our pirate ship that is strong enough to hold a teddy. Don't worry, we won't really make it walk the plank!
Week beginning 7th June 2016
This week we begin our exciting new topic all about pirates. Over the next few weeks we will be exploring the oceans to consolidate our geographical skill. we will be learning to read maps, read co-ordinates and give directions.
On Tuesday this week we will be working with our Dance artist called Oksana to create a performance based on the sculptures we have made outside in the wood.
We will be learning about the life of a pirate and creating our own pirate characters. We will describe them using new and interesting words that we have found in our research.
In mathematics we will be applying our knowledge and skills to pirate based problems. We will be explaining how we have worked out the answers and how we know that they are correct.
The focus of our topic work this week will be designing the equipment needed by a pirate. To do this we will be applying all the skills and knowledge we have learnt this year in Design Technology.
Week beginning 23rd May 2016
This is going to be another exciting week for Hockney Class. On Tuesday we will be making our final visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with our new artist partner, Oksana. We are going to look at some really unusual and exciting sculpture by Swiss artist called Not Vital. Later in the week we will add some photographs to our class webpage so that you can see what we did.
We will be learning about the features of a newspaper and writing an article about our trip to the sculpture park. we look at the importance of a catchy headline and how articles start in past tense and then finish in present tense.
In mathematics we will be looking at different graphs and charts and explaining what they tell us, using the correct terminology. Then we will investigate the contents of a Smarties box and see what data we can find, how we can present it and what descriptions we can write about our findings.
Week beginning 9th May 2016
What an exciting week!
This week we will be working with the performance artist Oksana as part of the project on sculpture which we have been involved in this year.
We will be going outside on Tuesdy to work around our sculptures in the wood, so sensible shoes will be a good idea.
On Wednesday we will be going on our trip to The Deep in Hull.
All children will be provided with a packed lunch from school, so there is no need for parents to send any sandwiches for their children. We will be leaving school at 8.45am so please make sur eyour child is in school by 8.30am. We will try to be back in school by 3.30pm.
Week beginning 3rd May 2016
Over the next few weeks we will be completeing our tests for reading, mathematics and spelling. It is very important that your child comes to school every day. Please help them to do their best by making sure that they get enough rest by going to bed early every night.
The tests are just one part of the overall assessments which we will make of your child at the end of the year; we are constantly assessing each child's progress throughout the year to ensure that we can match the teaching to their specific needs. Please help us to ensure that your child does not feel stressed by these tests, we will try to make them part of normal classroom practice as far as possible.
Week beginning 11th April
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a good rest and are ready to do some exciting work, learning all about different types of animals.
This week we will be finding out about life cycles and using flow charts and captions to record what we have learnt. Later this week I will be sending home this half-term's homework menu and a poem to learn.
We are going to look at measures starting with capacity. We will be using litres and millilitres to measure the capacity of different containers and putting amounts together using our knowledge of adding 3 digit numbers.
It is another exciting week for us as we are having two visits from the artist we have been working with to make sculptures. We hope to have them finished very soon.
In Science we are learning to classify animals into groups based on their characteristics.
This half -term we will be working with players from Dewsbury Rams to help us develop our rugby skills. It's going to be exciting!
Week beginning 21st March 2016
This week in English we will be researching sea creatures and using this information to write out own reports. We will be expanding our vocabulary by learning technical terms relating to our chosen creatures.
In Mathematics we will be applying our knowledge of adding 2 digit numbers and multiplication to problems involving length, capacity, money and weight
This week we will be looking at different versions of the creation story and the important role we play as stewards of the natural world. We will be looking at ways we already care for the local area and making suggestions of things we can do to make improvements.
Week beginning 14th March 2016
This week we will be learning how to improve our writing by using sentence connectives like and, so, but and because. We will be using adverbs like slowly, carefully and gently to make our descriptions more interesting.
This week we will continue to focus on multiplication and division by learning our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables and using them to solve problems.
Our focus for this week is scientific investigation. We will be searching for small creatures around the school grounds and looking at the different habitats they live in.
On Tuesday we will be visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park to continue our work on Sculpture.
Week Beginning 29th February
This week we will be working with an artist from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to develop characters and describe settings. This will help us to create interesting and imaginative stories.
Our sentence work will focus on the use of different punctuation: capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. We will be learning how to use adverbs to describe how are characters move and talk.
In mathematics this week we will be using what we know about multiplication to solve problems. We will continue to learn how to partition 2 and 3 digit numbers and how to reason mathematically to prove our answers.
This week we will be studying plants; looking at the different parts of a plant and what they are for. We will be developing our scientific enquiry skills by learning to observe closely and do detailed sketches of what we can see. This will then be used as a prompt for further areas of investigation and questions we would like to find the answers to.
Please note that our P.E. days have changed to Tuesday and Thursday this half-term.
Our spelling test and guided reading day is Friday. It is very important that you make sure your child has their book bag and reading book every day, especially Friday.
What we are learning about this half-term
Our topic this half-term is cars and vehicles. We will be looking at a range of toys with moving parts and using these as the basis for our own toy and vehicle design. We will be looking at the development of the car over time and how the development of new materials and technologies have influenced car design.
Week beginning 1st February 2016
This week we will be starting to read the book 'This is the bear'. we will learn to describe settings, making our sentences more interesting by using conjunctions, adjectives and adverbs.
Towards the end of the week we will start to look at the features of a newspaper and begin to think about how we would write a newspaper article about the bear's adventures.
In mathematics this week we will be using what we have learnt about adding 2 and 3 digit numbers to calculate the answers to problems and keep score in games. We will learn to use different measures for length, capacity and mass.
In geography we will learn about the Arctic and Antarctic, looking at the landscapes, animals and weather and locating them on a globe. We will continue to learn about the different rules and guidance in the major world religions. Last week we compared the Five Pillars of Islam with the Ten Commandments in Christianity.
Last week our oldest fish Tyrell, who had been in our fish tank at school for four years, sadly died. The children were very upset but understood that he was very old, had enjoyed a happy life, been well looked after and that it was his time to leave us. To mark this event we drew pictures of him, wrote messages to say good bye and sent letters to the lady who gave him to us.
Week 1 - January 5th 2016
School starts on Tuesday 5th of January, I look forward to seeing you all and hearing about what you have been doing during the holidays.
Don't forget to bring your homework books for me to have a look at.
This week we will begin to look at toys and vehicles.
Can you bring your favourite toy to school to show the rest of the class?
In English this week we will be starting to look at how we can persuade people using our writing. We are going to make an advert or a poster for our favourite toy which will make it sound exciting and interesting.
In mathematics we will be revisiting our work on multiplication and division and start to look at ways of explaining our mathematical thinking using the correct mathematical vocabulary.
This week we are going to look at our favourite toys and explain why we have chosen them. We will start to look at a range of vehicles, naming them and working out how they move. As part of our personal development we will learn to share opinions on things that matter to us and explain our views clearly to others, listening to their opinions with in turn with attention and respect.
What we are learning about this half-term
This half-term our topic is Fire and Dragons.
We will be writing stories and poems about dragons and making dragon models. We will be learning about the Great Fire of London, the importance of Samuel Pepys as a diarist and the role played by the fire rescue service in keeping us and our homes safe.
We will be raising money for good causes by baking and selling buns and bread rolls.
Week beginning 30th November 2015
This week we will be continuing our work on The Great Fire of London. We will be writing a non-fiction text about the fire giving reasons why it spread so quickly. We will start to look at the diary of Samuel Pepys, writing our own diaries imagining that we were in London at the time.
This week we will build on the work we did last week by looking at different ways of adding 2 digit numbers. We will be testing how much we have remembered from our earlier work on time by solving problems using hours and minutes.
We have been busy designing dragons that we want to make, so this week we will start to use our design technology skills to construct our dragons.
Week beginning 23rd November 2015
In mathematics this week we will be learning how to add 2 digit ‘nearly’ numbers to other 2 digit numbers, for example 26 + 19 = 45
We will be describing patterns we find and explaining why we think this is happening.
In English this week we will be looking at a range of non-fiction books. We will learn how to write a non-chronological report, organising our work into paragraphs.
In our word level work we will be making compound words and learning to sort nouns, adjectives and verbs.
As part of our history work we will be looking at the importance of The Great Fire of London and the impact it had on the architecture of towns and cities at that time. We will begin to learn about the role played by Samuel Pepys in the recording details of these events.
This week we will begin to make our own dragon sculptures. We will be using our knowledge of the properties of materials to decide what to use.
Week beginning 9th November 2015
In mathematics this week we will be learning follow instructions involving position, direction and movement.
We will begin to understand and use the terms anti-clockwise and clockwise.
We will continue to learn about telling the time using half past, o’clock, ¼ to and ¼ past
In English we will continue to improve our sentences by using words like ‘because and ‘so that’
We will extend the use of imagination to explain what could be inside the mysterious egg.
We will give reasons for our ideas and encourage the use of curiosity and imaginative language.
This week we will be learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We will be earning about the Historical significance of wearing a poppy and of Remembrance Day.
Week beginning 2nd November 2015
In English this week we will be revisiting the story of The Little Red Hen and using it as a basis for developing our own version. We will be learning how to make our writing more exciting to read by varying the way we start a story, using more adventurous description and adding speech.
This week we will be learning about time. We will practice sequencing the days of the week and months of the year. We will learn to describe and order the seasons. The we will start to look at hours minutes and seconds, using clock faces to tell times such as half past 2 and quarter to 3.
This week it is Bonfire Night so we will be learning about the history of Guy Fawkes and the traditions that have developed following the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot. The children will make and draw fireworks, write safety posters and learn about the Firework Code.
Week beginning 19th October 2015
In English this week we will be continuing to improve our story writing skills by focussing on the book ‘Farmer Duck’. The children will be pretending to be characters within the story who are being interviewed. This will help to develop their questioning skills, speaking in a formal language and extend their understanding of character and motivation. They will be learning to distinguish between verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs.
In mathematics we will be revising our learning about 2D shapes and their properties before moving on to a more detailed investigation of 3D shapes.
This week we will be starting to use our new art sketchbooks. The first piece of work will be a drawing of leaves, using shading techniques we have been working on during the last few weeks. As part of our design technology work we will be making a puppet from the story of ‘Farmer Duck’ with a moving part.
Please remember to bring your book bags to school on Friday as we will be changing reading and library books and taking additional books for the holiday.
Week beginning 5th October 2015
Thank you to all the parents who came to our Eid celebration on Monday. The children are always so pleased to see you.
The children have been working hard on their pictures, based on the work of David Hockney. Some of these are on display outside the class. Please have a look at them, if you have the time. The children are very proud of all the hard work they have put into them.
Please check you child's book bag to find their individual targets. These are the targets they will be working on in English and Mathematics for the next few weeks.
Could I have all the homework books back in school on Monday 5th October please. I am very keen to see what your child has been working on at home.
This week we will be looking at a range of historical sources to find out about the people in the past who have had a lasting impact on our lives today. We are starting by looking at Florence Nightingale and moving on later to learn about Edith Cavell.
Your children will be reading extracts from books, copies of letters, diary entries, looking at old pictures and artefacts and watching short re-enactments online.
This week we will be learning how to measure accurately using a ruler of tape measure. We will be using mathematical vocabulary to compare length, width, height and circumference. As part of this work we will be going outside to find items in the wood to measure.
Our work on Florence Nightingale will continue into the afternoons. We will learn about how people dressed in the Victorian era, what schools were like, the job of a doctor or nurse and making models to show what conditions were like in the hospital in Scutari. The children will be encouraged to re-enact scenes based on this which will be recorded and shown to the rest of the class.
Children in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park Project group will be making another visit on Thursday. Please make sure they are dressed in strong shoes, a warm coat and have something warm on their legs, preferably trousers.
Week beginning 28th September 2015
We all had a terrific time at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday. Thank you to all the parents for getting the children to school on time and for making sure they all wore suitable clothing for a day spent exploring outdoors.
Here are photographs of our day.
In English this week we will be looking at ways to improve our writing. We will make sure that all sentences are correctly punctuated. Where appropriate, we will include speech and speech marks. We will widen our vocabulary by looking at different ways to describe the sculptures we saw at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
In mathematics this week we will be applying our knowledge of counting in 2s, 5s, and 10s to solving problems involving money. We will make sure that we can write 2 and 3 digit numbers correctly and can compare numbers using terms such as greater than, less than and between.
We will continue to learn about healthy food options and how to sort foods into different groups. We will build on the work we did at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park by making our own sculptures in school.
Week beginning 21st September 2015
Well done everyone, for bringing your P.E. kits to school last Wednesday! We had a great P.E. lesson with our visiting expert Mrs Gerrard.
It's going to be an exciting week ahead. Our class is going to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday.
There are lots of interesting sculptures to see. You can touch and feel most of them and even walk through others.
We will be outside for most of the day so please wear warm, waterproof clothes, two pairs of socks and strong shoes or boots. I will be wearing my old jeans and boots as I think I'll probably get muddy.
We will be writing our own superhero adventures, making our stories interesting by using adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions.
We will continue to work on the language of mathematics, reasoning about numbers using more then, less than, greater than and between.
We will be using our ability to count in 10s to solve number problems.
We will be looking at the work of David Hockney and exploring some of the techniques he has used to create his pictures.
Following on from our work in R.E. last week, we will be learning about the way different religions approach prayer. We thought of things we were thankful for last week so this week we will think about things we would want to change and ways we want to help others.
Thank you everyone for the amazing homework you showed me last week. I really enjoyed seeing what you had done and all the hard work you had put into it. There were so many good ideas, it was fantastic!
I look forward to seeing what you have done this week.
Week beginning 14th September
This week we will be writing stories about superheroes that we have invented. We will be using adjectives and adverbs to improve our sentences
In mathematics this week we will be learning all the pairs of numbers that total 10 and 20. We will be adding 10 and multiples of 10 to 2 digit numbers and using this knowledge to help us solve problems using coins.
This week we will be learning the names of some of the major bones in the human skeleton. we will read the story Funnybones and look at the similarities between human and other animal skeletons.
To help us develop our art skills we will be going outside to draw natural objects in the woods. Please remember to bring your coats to school every day.
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