We are Silver Birch Class. We have 22 children in our class. The teachers in our class are: Miss Child, Mrs Rafiq and Mrs Patel.
Children will take part in one Guided Reading lesson each week. However, reading books will be changed every two weeks. This allows us to explore the books in detail, to develop our comprehension skills. Each child has a reading diary which will be updated each week with reading challenges linked to their guided reading book. Please ensure you discuss the challenges with your children, as well as signing their reading diary.
Children will also take home a library book each week, which they will choose from the school library area. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day, as we encourage reading whenever possible.
Our P.E. days for this half term are Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school on this day. PE kit includes: a white T shirt, navy or black jogging bottoms/shorts and a pair of pumps. It is also important that your child does not wear any jewellery during PE.
Each half term a 'Homework Challenge' sheet will be sent home. This will contain 6 or more challenges that link into the current topic we are studying. You can then select one challenge to complete per weekend. The majority of this work should be completed by the child, with support and guidance given from adults at home. Don't forget to bring your homework challenges back with you on Monday morning, so your work can be shared with everyone in our class!
Spellings will also be sent home on a weekly basis. Please practise reading and spelling these words at home as much as possible, in preparation for Spelling Quiz the following week.
Week beginning: Monday 5th February 2018
English - This week we are learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be thinking of questions to answer and then developing our research skills to find the answers to these. We will be writing recounts of events.
Maths - This week we will be learning about multiplication and division. We are continuing to use arrays and mental strategies to calculate the answer to problems. We will be learning how to answer word problems.
Topic - We will be developing our skills as historians by researching the Great Fire of London. We will be reflecting on how life in London has changed since 1666. We will also be constructing timelines linked to the events surrounding the Great Fire of London. In addition to this, we will be decorating our dragon models using different mediums. We will also be learning about Online Safety, as part of Online Safety Day.
Week beginning: Monday 29th January 2018
English - This week we will be writing our own dragon adventure stories. We will be planning the beginning, middle and end and then writing each section. We will focus on making interesting word choices (e.g. adverbs and adjectives) as well as using conjunctions.
Maths - This week we learning about multiplication. We will start by revising the things we already know (e.g. counting in 2s, 5s 10s) before moving onto using the 'x' symbol. We will be focussing on using objects and pictures to help with our learning.
Topic - This week we are starting to make our dragon models. We will be using different art and design materials to craft our models. In PSHE we are considering how to share our ideas with someone effectively.
Week beginning: Monday 15th January 2018
English - On Monday morning Silver Birch Class received a letter from Mummy Dragon informing us that she had a special 'dragon mission' to attend so she needed us to look after her egg! We are keeping a careful watch on the Egg - we have already heard some scratches and bumps from inside the shell! We hope will hatch one day soon. In English this week we writing instructions on how to look after a baby dragon. Once our egg has hatched we will write back to Mummy Dragon to let her know how Baby Dragon is doing. Our focus for this week is to use adverbs, adjectives and different types of sentences in our writing. For example, we can include question sentences in the letters we write to Mummy Dragon e.g. Can you tell me more about the special mission you went on? Do you like the name we chose for your baby dragon?
Maths - In maths we are are continuing to learn about money. This week we are selecting coins to make a specific value. We will be considering how there is often more than one way to make a certain value, as coins can be used in different combinations. For example, to make 54p, you could use 50p + 2p + 2p; or you could decide to select 20p + 20p + 10p + 2p + 2p. Which other ways can you think of to make 54p? Towards the end of the week we will be using our addition and subtraction skills to help us add two different values together, and to work out the difference between two values.
Topic - In our topic work this week we will be continuing to consider how to make goals and work towards them. We will be spending time reflecting on things we can do well and other things we may need extra practise on. In Geography we will be revising the continents in the world. For our RE topic, we will be reflecting and writing about the things we learnt when we went to visit the Sikh Temple and Dewsbury Minster.
Week beginning: Monday 8th January 2018
English - This week we will be writing newspaper reports and instructions. We will be learning how to include different types of sentences in our writing.
Maths - In maths we are learning about money. We are learning how to count the value of coins and notes and also how to select coins and notes to make a specific value. It would be really useful to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s at home.
Topic - We are starting our new PSHE topic based on going for goals. We will be setting ourselves 'targets' for the next half term. In science we are considering how different materials move; which materials, twist, bend or stretch? In RE we are learning about the importance of names and will be researching what our own names mean.
Week beginning: Monday 4th December 2017
English - This week our English lessons will link to the story of 'Aladdin'. We will be thinking about the setting of the story and using adverbs and adjectives to describe what we think Aladdin saw. We will also be describing and giving reasons for the 3 wishes we would choose if we had a magic lamp.
Maths - In maths we are continuing to learn about addition, with a focus on calculations which bridge ten (e.g. 27 + 39 =). We will be learning how to exchange ten ones for one ten. We will also be looking at word problems.
Topic - In our topic work we are learning about materials. We have revised the different materials and their properties - now we are moving onto consider the suitability of the different materials. We will be thinking scientifically about how the properties of different materials affect their use (e.g. which spoon would we use for eating soup? A metal spoon, a wooden spoon or a plastic spoon?). We will also be developing our geography skills by recalling and locating the 7 continents.
Week beginning: Monday 27th November 2017
English - This week we will researching and writing about wolves. We will be learning how to structure and write a non-chronological report. We will focus on using conjunctions, commas and adjectives in our writing. We will also be thinking about which sentence types are more suitable for a non-chronological report.
Maths - In maths we are learning how to add two two-digit numbers together. We will learn different strategies to help us with this, including: using resources, using pictures and also column addition. If you would like to know more about these strategies and how you can help at home, please attend the Maths Workshop on 1st December.
Topic - In our topic work we will be completing our silver birch paintings. We are continuing to learn about anti-bullying and friendship, focusing this week on how our words and actions can affect people. We will be discussing strategies and ways we can help others.
Week Beginning: Monday 20th November 2017
English - This week are comparing alternative versions of the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We will be thinking about the events in the story from other character's perspectives, including the Big Bad Wolf. We will focus on using adjectives, adverbs and different types of sentences in our writing.
Maths - This week we learning how to add or subtract a single digit number to a two-digit number using blank number lines. We will be learning how to 'exchange' tens and ones.
Topic - During our topic work we will be continuing to learn about the themes of friendship and anti-bullying. We will be developing our programming and coding skills in computing.
Week Beginning: Monday 6th November 2017
English - This week we will be using non-fiction texts to develop our history knowledge. We will be exploring why Bonfire Night is celebrated and will learn about the famous 'Gunpowder Plot'. We will be finding out which individuals were involved in it.
Maths - This week we are continuing to revise number bonds, but will also be moving on to look at addition and subtraction.
Topic - On Friday 10th November we will be taking part in a whole-school Science Activity morning, where we will be taking part in lots of different investigations. This week we will also be learning about Remembrance Day and will be considering why and how this is remembered by people.
Week beginning: Monday 31st October 2017
English - This week we will be writing firework poetry. We will be write shape poems and then move onto write acrostic poems. We will be using interesting words and using the thesaurus to help us improve our writing.
Maths - This week we are learning about number facts. We will be learning about number bonds to 20 and 100, and writing addition and subtraction calculations to match these.
Topic - Our topic work will involve learning about Bonfire Night. We will be learning about firework safety and creating posters to advise people about how to keep safe.
We will be partitioning two-digit numbers into different combinations e.g. 34 can be 30 + 4, but can also be made using 14 + 20, or 24 + 10.
In Design Technology we will be designing our own Vegetable Superheroes. We will be using the computer to design superhero logos. In RE we will be learning how people who are Muslim pray.
This week we will be developing our knowledge of place value and two digit numbers by comparing the value of numbers using the symbols <, = and >.
In our RE topic work we are considering what things people may pray about and discussing our own experiences of prayer. In science we are continuing to think about what things are essential for human and animal survival. During our art lessons we are developing our skills in using a range of art mediums. We will be creating mixed-media self portraits. In PSHE we will be considering what things we are responsible for, both at home and at school. We will be considering how having these responsibilities can help others as well as ourselves.
We will be writing character descriptions of the different superheroes in the film 'The Incredibles'. We will be learning how to use ambitious vocabulary to make our writing more interesting. Later in the week we will read the story 'Supertato'.
This week we will be continuing to learn about place value of two-digit numbers. We will be strengthening our knowledge with problem solving and reasoning problems.
In our RE topic work we are thinking about the importance of prayer and what it can mean to different people. In science we will be starting to think about what things are important needs for humans and animals. In PE, we will be developing our teamwork and resilience skills.
We will be using the film 'The Incredibles' during our English lessons this week. Our main focus will be to use adjectives to describe the different characters from 'The Incredibles'. We will be extending our vocabulary by using dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words and thesauruses to find alternative words with the same meaning.
In our mental maths lessons we will be matching written number names to digits e.g. 'sixty seven' to '67'. In our maths lessons we will be learning about place value. We will be using resources to work out the tens and ones in a two-digit number, and then using this knowledge to help us solve mathematical problems.
In our topic work we are thinking about our roles in the classroom. We will be exploring our school value of 'Responsibility' and then thinking about which classroom jobs we would like to have responsibility for. We will be thinking about our class rules and making any improvements to these.