P5/4

(That one is for our sheepy class member called ‘Lamby’)

Lamby playing our game

Yes it’s back to school again, and a HUGE welcome to all the fabulous children in primary 5/4!

We’ve had a bit of a guddly week just getting sorted for the year. I’ll put in some pictures at the end, after I’ve given you some information about the running of the class. I promise I won’t always write this much! Only for the first week…

As already intimated, P.E. sessions are on a Monday and a Thursday. The children are expected to bring a complete change of clothes from their usual school uniform.

Homework will be given out on a Thursday. The children should hand the completed work in by the next Thursday. There will usually be spelling words in the language task. Please take the time to learn these words with your child, as I will be testing them each Thursday to see how well they know them. Handwriting should be joined now, all the time, not just in our handwriting jotters!

There will be some form of maths work to do each week. This will often be related to the work we are doing in class. 

There will sometimes be a discussion task. This will usually be relevant to the piece of writing that we are going to be doing on Friday. We spend all week working on related activities for the writing task, so help from home is invaluable to the success of your child’s writing.

This is the big year for the times tables! PLEASE work with your child at home as much as you are able. I find bribery works very well (!), along with any kind of a game with a competative element of some kind.

A really good thing to make them aware of is this; after they have learnt the 0,1,2,3,4,5,10 times tables (really thoroughly), there are only 10 more tables facts to learn!

This is because you can reverse the small tables (eg. 5X9 is the same as 9X5) so most of the big tables they actually know already! These 10 are the hardest ones to learn BUT definitely worth concentrating on. Your child’s maths confidence goes through the roof! In ALL areas of maths.

6X6, 6X7, 6X8, 6X9

7X7, 7X8, 7X9

8X8, 8X9,

9X9

That’s it! Much more achievable!

I try to get the children to take as much interest as they can in the local, national and world news, so again, help from home is appreciated. They love when they have already heard something about the topical news we discuss in class, or maybe read in First News, (fabulous children’s newspaper available online or in newsagents) or watch on Newsround.

I’m here every night after school so please give me a phone or come in to see me if there is anything at all I can help you with. PLEASE keep your eye on the blog, as a lot of class information is there, and I really try to update it every week.

Hopefully the children will enjoy their learning this year as much as I know I’m going to love teaching them!!!

Here are the promised photos! I’ll let the children explain them this week!

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