Welcome to Turquoise Class
Teachers : Miss Griffiths (Mon-Weds)
Mrs Devine (Thurs-Fri)
Welcome back! We are looking forward to starting the new school year - it feels like such a long time since we were altogether as a school and we are really excited to get to know you all! We're really sad that some of you won't be starting the school year with us from day one but we know that you will be working hard at home and that we will have daily contact via the 'hw' email each day. It is one of the most upsetting parts of the 'new normal', knowing that this could happen to any of us at any point. We know that this year will be very different to previous years, but that doesn't mean we won't be having lots of fun along the way!
This half term we will be learning:
Science - We will be learning about living things and classification, with a study on a scientist named Carl Linnaeus.
Geography - We will spend the autumn term studying South America.
Music - The children will be looking at a unit based on the song Happy by Pharrell Williams.
PE - This term we will have an outdoor lesson with FUNDA on a Tuesday and have indoor PE on a Monday completing the target games unit.
Art - This half term we will be focusing on different drawing skills, ready to apply them in our art projects later in the year.
RE - We will be looking at Christianity and focusing on the question, 'Why is it so difficult to do the right thing?'.
Computing - we will be learning about communication in regards to the internet, focusing on how search engines work and how we are able to get results when we search online.
Online safety - we will be focusing on our self image and identity and privacy and security. It would be fantastic if you could discuss the key online safety messages at home as well as discussing with the children what they are learning about in online safety at school.
In Turquoise Class, we will have PE on Monday and Wednesday each week. These are the days that the children can attend school in PE kits.We hope to be doing all PE lessons outside so please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for inclement weather.
Please ensure ALL clothing is labelled, especially jackets and coats, so items can easily be identified if lost. As silly as this may sound, shoes also need to be labelled with children's names as it is amazing how quickly lost property fills up with these!
Homework and spellings:
Each week, children will be given a piece of mathematics or English homework. This homework includes learning spellings. This will be handed out on a Friday and needs to be brought back into school on a Wednesday.
Learning logs will be given each half term. Please note that you are expected to complete two of these as a minimum but that you can choose to do more if you wish. The final deadline for these to be handed in is the last Wednesday of the half term.
Spellings will be sent home every week. They need to be learnt for the spelling tests. It is also important for the children to be learning the definitions of their spellings to support their understanding of reading and comprehension texts.
It is important that all children are learning their times tables up to 12 x 12. They need to be able to recall multiplication and division facts. This is very important in years 5 and 6 to support the children with their everyday Maths lessons.
Reading remains a key priority. Please remind your child to bring their homework diary and reading book to school every day. The children will be able to change their reading books every Monday and Friday morning.
We expect to see reading diaries signed at least four times each week. The children are responsible for making sure their reading records are signed every time they read.
Your child does not have to always read to you. They can read to themselves or others. However, it is important to listen to your child regularly and support their reading and comprehension at home. At the bottom of this page you will find a helpful document to how you can support reading at home. The children are also allowed to read books from home and complete reading quizzes on these too. I am happy for this to happen as long as they are still reading the school books on their level as these levels are given to the children based on an assessment. This then helps them to continue to read books at their level as well as books at home for pleasure.
Remember - No jewellery is allowed in school expect for stud earrings and watches. Girls MUST have their long hair tied up.
Please make sure your child has their own water bottle in school which is clearly labelled with their name.
Please remind double check with the office that your contact details are up-to-date. Newsletters are on the website and have lots of key information and dates for you. Please make sure you are checking these regularly.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Griffiths and Mrs Devine
We are really looking forward to seeing your work each day and responding to it - although you are having to do it from home, we are still excited to see you learn and progress! Remember to email it in each day to email@example.com so that we can mark it as we would if you were in class. It would be lovely to read about things you have done in your house/garden in the emails too - we love getting to know you and obviously this is so much harder because you can't be with us in class just yet!
For your music lesson, log into Yumu and you should see the unit of work that we will be studying this half term. The song is Happy by Pharrell Williams. You received your log in details for this before lockdown commenced in March and they remain the same this year.
You will notice that there is nothing yet on our page for PE - bear with us for this, we promise it will be uploaded as soon as possible!
Stay safe, stay positive and keep in touch - we can't wait to see you!
GOODBYE TO OUR ZEBRA BUBBLE!
We hope you have all had a great start to your time at high school! We already miss you lots!
Here are the photos from our last days as a 'bubble' before the summer. Hopefully they will help you to keep hold of the happy memories from your last few days at Tonacliffe.
Love Mrs Devine & Miss Griffiths
Home Schooling Support
Please see the videos below for support from the Lancashire Professional Development Service
We have noticed that some of you have been using Times Tables Rockstars whilst others are somewhat more reluctant. Remember this is a great way to learn multiplication and division facts and a great way to challenge your friends. Keep up the good work those of you who have been using this website!
Once you have been on Studio 10 times, only go back to it after a month. Then do it 10 times again to see if you have improved.
In the meantime, keep practising on Garage or Gig.
Don’t forget, you can also challenge other children on Rockslam.
You can now use your ttrockstars username and password to access Numbots from this website.
This will give you different addition and subtraction activities. If you have any problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org