Sound and District Primary School Welcome to Meet the Teachers! Topaz Class
Meet The Teachers • Class Teachers Mrs Allen – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday am Mrs Wagg – Wednesday pm, Thursday, Friday • Teaching Assistant Mrs Kyle
Daily Timetable • 8:45 Bell for registration. • 8.45 -9:15 Early Morning Work • 9.15 – 10:15 Mathematics • 10:15 - 10.45 Grammar • 10:45 – 11:00 Play time • 11:00 – 12:00 English • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch • 1:00 Monday Swimming Y5 Y4 ICT /PE Tuesday Anglo Saxons & French Wednesday Science Thursday RE / Taekwondo Friday Art/ Music / D&T carousel 3:00 Class Story • 3:15 Hometime Whole school assemblies on Monday and Friday 2:40 – 3:00 , KS2 singing assembly Wednesday 2:40 – 3:00
Homework Year 4 and 5 • Wednesday Homework will be sent home every Wednesday to be returned to school by Tuesday. Generally English and Maths, occasionally Topic or Science Times tables will be sent where applicable Thursday Spellings and timestables will be sent home to be tested the following Thursday. Retests will be done on Friday break time for scores below 7 /10. Try to read EVERY night – 10 minutes
Homework • Set a time limit 30 minutes maximum for each piece • Practise spellings and times tables five minutes a day • Homework should be neatly presented. The children know the expectations for work at school and this should be the same for their homework. • Please leave a note in book if your child struggled to complete the tasks. • Homework will generally be a recap of work covered that week in class.
Ideas to help with homework • BBC schools Age 4 – 11 • Good for topic work and games linked to subjects – Spellings – Spell it. Good for revision of Science, Literacy and Maths- Bitesize KS2 • www.woodlands-junior – great for all curriculum areas • ictgames /topmarks – lots of maths games with specific learning objective and year group • https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
All Y4 children will have their multiplication skills formally tested in the summer term of Year 4 from 2020. ... The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) was officially announced by the Department for Education (DfE) in September 2017. It will be administered for children in Year 4, starting in the 2019-20 academic year. Until now, there had been no formal measure to judge whether children in England had learnt their times tables or not – with a formal judgement only somewhat made from a child’s Year 6 Maths SATs performance. So, the idea is for the Multiplication Tables Check to be taken towards the end of Year 4 to make sure children are meeting the benchmark of memorising their times tables up to 12 x 12 before moving up to Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and Year 6).
What can you do to help your child in practising their times tables? • Even though many schools have chosen to streamline their homework policies, times tables (along with home reading) are seen as an area for parents to support their children in their learning. • We would recommend a number of strategies to support your child in the run-up to and aftermath of the times tables test including: • Times tables chanting: “6, 12, 18, 24…”; • Times tables chanting in reverse order: “108, 99, 90, 81…”; • Using times tables songs, like Schoolhouse Rock’s ‘3 is A Magic Number’; • Using apps, like the one by ks2timestables.co.uk, Times Tables Rock Stars or Hit the Button • Using free online games, like those on Maths Frame; • Asking your child multiplication calculations out of order, like: “What is 4 x 7? What is 9 x 5? What is 6 x 11?”;
How will the Year 4 times tables test scores be reported? Each child’s result will be passed on to their school, and the DfE will create a report on overall results across all schools in England to measure whether national times tables results improve over the coming years. It is understood that most schools will not tell children their results or that parents will be informed either (but the DfE have yet to issue any advice to date). One thing is for sure though – a school’s results will not be published in any public way, nor will they be used in informing any type of league or performance table.
KIRFs Key Instant Recall Facts Maths Facts Send home half termly – stuck in homework book. Please practise at home.
Year 4 – Autumn 1 I know number bonds to 100. Top Tips The secret to success is practising little and often. Use time wisely. Can you practise these KIRFs while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact of the day. If you would like more ideas, please speak to your child’s teacher. Buy one get three free - If your child knows one fact (e.g. 8 + 5 = 13), can they tell you the other three facts in the same fact family? Use number bonds to 10 - How can number bonds to 10 help you work out number bonds to 100? Play games – There are missing number questions at www.conkermaths.com . See how many questions you can answer in just 90 seconds. There is also a number bond pair game to play. Key Vocabulary What do I add to 65 to make 100? What is 100 take away 6? What is 13 less than 100? How many more than 98 is 100? What is the difference between 89 and 100? This list includes some examples of facts that children should know. They should be able to answer questions including missing number questions e.g. 49 + ⃝ = 100 or 100 – ⃝ = 72.
Year 5 – Autumn 1 I know decimal number bonds to 1 and 10. Top Tips The secret to success is practising little and often. Use time wisely. Can you practise these KIRFs while walking to school or during a car journey? You don’t need to practise them all at once: perhaps you could have a fact of the day. If you would like more ideas, please speak to your child’s teacher. Buy one get three free - If your child knows one fact (e.g. 8 + 5 = 13), can they tell you the other three facts in the same fact family? Use number bonds to 10 - How can number bonds to 10 help you work out number bonds to 100? Play games – There are missing number questions at www.conkermaths.com . See how many questions you can answer in just 90 seconds. There is also a number bond pair game to play. Key Vocabulary What do I add to 0.8 to make 1? What is 1 take away 0.06? What is 1.3 less than 10? How many more than 9.8 is 10? What is the difference between 0.92 and 10? This list includes some examples of facts that children should know. They should be able to answer questions including missing number questions e.g. 0.49 + ⃝ = 10 or 7.2 + ⃝ = 10.
National Literacy Trust's Children and Young People's Reading in 2016 evidence Children who enjoy reading very much are three times as likely to read above the level expected for their age as children who do not enjoy reading at all. Children who read outside class daily are five times as likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with children who never read outside school.
Accelerated Reader • Super success last year. • Everyone made at least one year’s reading age progress. • Engaged the children (almost everyone!) • Each time they finish a book they quiz to test comprehension – target 8/10 • Reward based. • If every child in the class fully participates they will be at least at the expected level for their age group at the end of the year. • Aim to complete one book a week if Orange/Green/Blue Band, brown + one book a fornight
P.E Please remove all jewellery before coming to school on these days. • P.E Kit • Black shorts • white T Shirt • Pumps • Dark Tracksuit (woolly hats are useful in the winter months!) • Trainers • Please put your child’s name in every item!
Positive Discipline • Lots of praise for good work and behaviour. • Team Points • Luxury cushions for best table • Star of the week Sanctions displayed clearly for when necessary. Made and agreed by the class/school.
YOUNG VOICES 2020 Whole school this year January – date to be confirmed FOREST SCHOOL – Autumn 2 Performance – July 2020
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Our aims for your child: Securing the foundations for our children on their journey through lifeOpportunities to work together with parents and the wider communityUtilising the rural outdoor learning environmentNurturing our children, inspiring them to be confident, respectful and resilientDeveloping life skills, values, teamwork and a love for learning. Our Sound Superstars …. • Be Resilient • Be Curious • Be Independent • Be Caring • Be a Team Player
Our doors are always open. • Come and see us or use the planners to write and tell us about anything you are concerned about. Planners will be checked every Monday. • Tell us before it becomes a bigger issue. • Tell us the good things as well! • Together we can support your child on their exciting journey. Thank you for coming – do you have any questions?