Farmborough Church Primary School

Farmborough Church
Primary School

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 Welcome to Squirrels' Class Page!
 
  Class Teacher: Mrs Howell    
  Class TAs: Mrs Butler and Mrs Pope




As we continue to write the story of Squirrels 2021 - 22 together, we know there'll be lots of great learning going on, an array of triumphs to celebrate and many challenges to overcome. We've made a lot of great memories and we're really looking forward to the chapters ahead! From the outset, the children said our class should be kind, hard-working, fun and sporty and, alongside the Charter we drew up together in September, we think you'll agree that we've had some great things in place for our year together!  

Our Class Charter 

Each week, stay up-to-date with these important links

Your Homework                       Your Spellings

 

Terms 5 & 6: Out of This World!

In Terms 1 & 2, we travelled back to Norman times and the power struggle of 3 ambitious kings. In Terms 3 & 4, we travelled across the Atlantic to explore North America. Now, in Terms 5 & 6, we're going much further as we travel 'Out of This World' and around the Solar System before we imagine, create and design planets, habitats & even aliens of our own. With a Science & DT focus now, there's a lot of great work planned again. We'll begin by celebrating our home planet and then we'll set off on a journey around our Solar System and beyond! 

In Squirrels, we like making connections in our learning so we'll be finding lots of links with the work we've done together already this year. We'll definitely encounter more amazing pioneering women, we'll see the Golden Gate Bridge from the ISS and we'll look at how The Bayeux Tapestry tells a bit of space history too.  Our work will all stem from the planned learning & key questions in here:

Topic Web

Throughout the next 2 terms we'll draw inspiration from the creative arts, from feats of engineering  and from the splendour of space and nature. There are big questions to explore in RE, great lives to encounter and new books to read. With a science focus on electricity, we'll remember Thomas Edison's remark that "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" as we keep working hard to do our best. Every day, we'll make sure that we use our Learning Powers and we bring a Growth Mindset and all the Gem Powers to everything we do.  
                            

I'm so excited that we're reading Wonder by R J Palacio. It’s the kind of book you keep thinking about, long after you’ve finished it. Auggie, his friends & family are great characters and their story - sometimes sad, often funny and frequently challenging - is most definitely a triumphant one. I loved it! 
"Wonder is a rare gem of a novel - beautifully written and populated by characters who linger in your memory and heart." Amazon Best Books for Kids Do yourself a favor and read this book – your life will be better for it."  NY Times


Important Information

Personal Reading Books
The children should all have an ongoing book which they bring into school every day. As free readers, their reading books can be from home or chosen from our class collections and we ask them to read a variety of authors and genres over the course of the year. Our regular "I recommend..." sessions are great opportunities for them to hear about the books others have loved reading too. Please remember to sign your child’s home/school book each day that they read at home so that they can get all their certificates and rewards. Thank you! 

And, Squirrels, if you're deciding on your next book, have a look at all these suggestions. You could encounter some unforgettable new characters, meet some very familiar faces or discover lots of fascinating new facts! Which books would you add? 

50 Great Reads Y4  50 Great Reads Y5 Poetry BooksNon-Fiction Choices  Storytime Online 9-11Similar to... Books of 2021!   Books of the Month

 

Weekly Homework

  • A main Homework task is set every Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. These tasks will also be available through the link at the top of this page. 

  • Spellings: Also available through the link on this page, spellings are set on Mondays and then tested on Fridays. Please encourage your child to regularly practise their words at home. In the back of your child's home/school book you'll find the lists of all the Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 words that they'll need to be certain of too.

  • Doodle Maths (& Doodle Tables): Each child has a Doodle login and should be regularly meeting their personalised weekly target. We recommend that they spend at least 10 minutes a day on each of these.

  • Tables: The 12 Times Tables are tested each week and, as they underpin so much Maths work, lots of practice at home is very important in getting everyone to be quick, secure and confident in their recall. There's Monster Multiplication and the timed Multiplication Check on Purple Mash and lots of other online games and activities available to help too.
    To prepare for their statutory tables check in June, Y4s should also be practising onMultiplication Tables Check 

Thank you for your help and support in all this.
 

P.E.
Our PE lessons are still on Wednesdays and Thursdays so the children will need to come to school already dressed in their correct kit on those days. We'll aim to do all lessons outside, so the appropriate outdoor kit is important. School PE kit is

  • Farmborough House Group t-shirt or a plain coloured t-shirt for correct House 
  • Navy blue or black sports shorts, skorts, joggers
  • Plimsolls or trainers
  • Sports socks
  • Outdoor kit for colder weather includes long joggers and plain/school hoodie or sweatshirt 

We won’t run lessons outdoors in very wet weather, but it will be really useful for the children to bring in a spare set of clothes and footwear when the weather's not so great. If preferred, these spares can be left in school in your child’s P.E. bag.

Y4 continue their swimming lessons in Term 5 and will need to wear usual uniform not PE kit on those days. Please check the information provided with regard to what the children will need to bring to each session at the pool. 

** Please can all items coming into school be clearly named? Thank you! **

 

Staying Safe Online
Children, whenever you're online, remember to practise your online safety skills so that you stay Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind & Brave. Explore Interland or watch the Family Adventure together too:

                    

 

And here are some good places for parents and carers to visit for useful advice and information too:

Parent Zone       Be Internet Legends Parents' Page Parent Info
Thinkuknow       Internet Matters        LGfL       Net Aware

 

General Reminders:

  • The children will all need to have their water bottle in school every day, especially as the weather gets hotter in the weeks ahead.

  • Please ensure that children have a rainproof coat with hood, hat and wellies (in a carrier bag) in school every day and that everything's clearly named

  • Classrooms are still sometimes a little cooler than would be normal for this time of year due to the need for good ventilation, so please ensure your child wears warm and appropriate uniform or has another layer available if needed.

Thank you!

Finally, if you need to get in touch or you have any concerns or queries at all, please use our Class Mailbox which will be checked regularly. I'll be in the playground at the end of most days too and, as always, you can also send messages via the Office and your child's Home School Book. If there's an urgent matter, it's always best to phone or email the Office. Thank you!

 

 

 

In our Collective Worship at the end of Friday 20th March 2020, as we closed our school for the first lockdown, we heard this traditional Blessing prayed for our whole school community. Now, whatever this year brings, we will continue to value these words and hold them for our whole community.