Welcome to Badgers' Class Page!

Class Teachers: Mrs Howell and Ms McGuinness

Class TA: Mrs Hobbs

We're back! Welcome back to school everyone. It's lovely to be in class together and you're all doing such a great job of adapting to the new routines that are part of our school day. We're now looking forward to the memories we'll build, the stories we'll create, the learning we'll encounter and the things we'll accomplish together in the months ahead.

Have a look at the amazing aspirations the children already have for our class this year: Characteristics to mark our class Our Class Charter 


Our Blue Planet Topic for Terms 1 and 2 is: Oceans


Our Topic Web Planning for Terms 1 & 2

Take a look at our Topic Web to see everything we've got planned for these two terms as we explore the facts about and mysteries within our Oceans. As always, we'll also have fabulous books to discover; great Art projects to get involved in; big questions to explore in R.E.; more Maths, Science and Computing skills to learn and so much more besides. Our new running track will make sure we're all keeping active too!


General Class Information

Personal Reading Books
The children should each have an ongoing book which they bring into school every day. Their books can be from home or chosen from our class collections and we suggest they try to read a variety of authors and genres over the course of the year. Our regular "I recommend..." sessions and book-swaps are great opportunities for them to hear about the books others have loved reading too.
Please don’t forget to sign your child’s home/school book whenever they read at home so that they can get their certificates and rewards. Thank you! 

And, Badgers, if you're looking for some new ideas for your next book, don't forget to have a look at these fabulous recommendations. You'll find lots of great new characters and some very familiar faces! What books would you add to those lists?
50 Recommended Reads for Year 5   50 Recommended Reads for Year 6


Reading Together

Our Guided Reading book is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo '...an amazing adventure through emotions, pain, determination and extraordinary friendships!' 


Our Class Reader is The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell 
'Lights a spark in your heart from the very first line and sets it blazing with danger, daring, high-wire thrills and a vivid, unstoppable spirit of love and hope. I adored it.' 



Our Homework Timetables for Term 1 and Term 2 (your child should have a paper copy in their homework folders) have all the current details. 

PE is still on Mondays and Thursdays and children will need to come to school already dressed in their correct kit on those days. We are aiming to do all lessons outside, so they will need the appropriate kit for this:

·         Farmborough House Group t-shirt or a plain coloured t-shirt for correct House 

·         Navy blue or black sports shorts

·         Plimsolls or trainers

·         Sports socks

·         Long joggers and sweatshirt for cold weather

We won’t run lessons in very wet weather, but it will be sensible for children to bring in a spare set of clothes and footwear on these days. If preferred, these spares can be left in school in your child’s P.E. bag.

Spellings will be sent out on Monday and will be tested on Friday. Please ensure your child practises these - and their tables - regularly at home. Also, in the back of your child's home/school book is the list of Year 5 and 6 words which we would like them to know how to spell. Thank you.

Other General Reminders:
Please ensure that children have a rainproof coat with hood, hat and wellies in school and that all belongings are clearly named. 

The central lost property point will not be in operation.

Classrooms are not as warm as would be normal for this time of year due to the need for extra ventilation, so please ensure your child wears appropriate uniform.

Ms McGuinness teaches Badgers on Mon & Tues, Mrs Howell teaches them on Thurs & Fri and we alternate the Wednesdays. If you need to get in touch with us or have any concerns or queries at all, please use the class email address badgers@farmboroughchurchprimary.org.uk which we will check regularly. As always, you can also get messages to us via the Office and your child's Home School Book.


Useful information and suggestions of things to do

Oceans to visit from your own home! 

You can visit the reef cams of the Aquarium of the Pacific in California or travel to the coral reefs in the waters around the Cayman Islands

These websites will also get you some valuable oceanography information: 

National Geographic Kids - for a good look at our amazing world

DK Find Out - for new facts about so many things

Make Your World Bigger - an amazing adventure of exploration and discovery from the limits of outer space, the depths of the ocean and the far-flung corners of our incredible world.

**Children, always check that visiting these sites fits in with your home and family computer rules. Thank you!** 


Staying Safe Online
Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:


And children, keep practising your online safety skills too: 




In our Collective Worship at the end of Friday 20th March, this Blessing was prayed for our whole school and it echoed through the time we were closed. It's good to remember it now that we're back together too.