Welcome to The Explorers Class!
The Explorers Team:
PE this term will be on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, when we will use the Real PE scheme to focus on personal, social, cognitive and creative skills. We will also be taking part in as much outdoor PE as possible focusing on games, and sticking to the rules of games such as rounders. Children need to attend school in an appropriate PE on Tuesday and Wednesday (please check our information pages if you needa reminder about the kit). Children should wear trainers outside and pumps inside, they may also wear long jogging bottoms for outdoor PE, please no bright colours.
Spellings are practiced and tested within the class - we will be recapping some of the year 2/3 spelling rules to fill in any gaps. We will then focus on the year 3/4 spelling rules and common exception words. Spellings may occasionally link to the topic or literacy we are learning where appropriate. Termly creative homework will be set after October half term this will be on google classroom, each week, the children must complete one piece of homework and hand this in via google classroom. Friday. It would also be very beneficial for children to practice their times-tables, which they can do by logging on to 'Times Table Rockstars', and to practice their handwriting when they have the opportunity.
Our topic theme this term is 'We are Eureka' exploring ourselves and what makes us special. We will be focusing on our lives and the changes we have gone through this year and researching what makes Swadlincote unique and what key worker jobs are available in Swadlincote. We want the children to be able to celebrate themselves and their families - understanding what makes them, their family ands where they come from unique.
Our art sessions will be looking at colour and painting techniques - the children will be creating stain glass windows and will need to explore different paints and painting tools to create this.
Eureka is having a large focus on vocabulary this year and we are constantly encouraging our children to learn and explore new vocabulary and use this in their work, we hope you will support us and encourage this at home - any vocabulary that is age appropriate will be useful for your child to learn.
At the end of each week we will celebrate the children's learning by choosing our 'WOW' work of the week, this is a piece of work that has been completed to a high standard, meeting the learning objective and meeting all the expected criteria for the lesson, this will be displayed in the classroom for one week. We also have a special helper system, where two children are chosen at random each day to help out around the classroom, each child will receive a turn.
Explorers will enjoy forest school every Friday afternoon for 3 weeks after October half term, the class will be split into two groups the first group will go out with the forest school team and Mrs Edwards for the first hour, the second group will go out with Miss Baker and the forest school team for the last hour of the day. Forest school is a great opportunity for all children to explore and learn outside they learn valuable skills doing something fun and exciting.
Please let one of the Explorers team know if we can be of any help with your child's learning or answer any questions you may have.