Welcome to the Class page for Duckworth's Dolphins
Class Teacher: Mrs Duckworth
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Murray
Year Groups: 4 and 5
Hello and welcome to the class page for Duckworth's Dolphins.
We hope you have all had a nice Easter break and enjoyed spending time with your families.
We look forward to seeing you all for the start of the Summer term.
We will try to keep you updated with all of the interesting things that are going on in our classroom along with any important information we think you might need.
Please visit us as often as you can!
In line with the school's risk assessment, staff will not be on the yard at the start of day, but will be welcoming pupils at the classroom fire/outside door. If parents need to contact Mrs Duckworth or Mrs Murray this can be done in the following ways:
- Leave a message at the school office to be passed onto to us
- Ask us to ring you later in the day
- Make an appointment to see us
Some useful information for the Summer Term
PE: During the first half of the Summer term our P.E. day will be Friday. This half term we welcome Accrington Stanley, who will be delivering the P.E. session each Friday morning with Dolphins. This will involve a range of multi-skills activities. As a temporary measure, pupils will come to school wearing their P.E. kit on the day of their class session. School jumpers can be worn over the white t-shirt and trainers can be worn or school shoes with pumps in the school bag to change into. As the weather gets warmer you may want to replace your black, grey or navy leggings or jogging pants with your black P.E. shorts..
Home Reading Books: Reading books will be changed once each week, to allow time for books to be placed into quarantine before being placed back on our book selves. Dolphins will change books on a FRIDAY, once your child has finished the book and their reading diary has been signed by an adult. In Duckworth's Dolphins pupils will select their own book from a variety of fiction and non-fiction books aligned to their reading age. They can select to suit their interests and reading ability. All children will be encouraged to read regularly at home and will be rewarded with a certificate for each ten books read. As reading is such an important area please ensure that your child reads at home for at least 10 minutes every day.
As books will not be changed as regularly, there will also be a variety of activities on Seesaw and Purple Mash that are related to reading that your child can select from, if they wish to, to support their reading.
Spellings: Spellings will be sent out on a Monday and will be tested the following Friday. Seesaw will be used to send spelling lists home. To limit the amount of items moving between home and school pupils will have a spelling exercise book that remains at home to practise their words and complete their sentences. Please help your child to practise and learn their spellings each week. Words should be written three times using the 'Look, Say, Write, Cover, Check' method and to demonstrate understanding of the vocabulary each word needs to be written into a sentence too. Show your English skills by demarcating your sentences with a variety of punctuation.
Once you have completed your spelling work at home please use Seesaw to take a photograph of your work and send it to your class teacher. Team points will be awarded when the class teacher receives a photograph of the spelling work.
Homework: This will be sent out on a Wednesday and needs to be completed by the next Monday. This gives the children plenty of time to complete the work set and also opportunity to ask the teacher for help if required. Homework will be set on Seesaw or Purple Mash and will always relate to the work that is being completed in class that week. When accessing work set through Seesaw you will need the CLASS SEESAW app and login. Certificates will be awarded for completing homework tasks each week for each half term.
Please note that due to the school closure because of Covid-19 the curriculum map for 2020/21 has been altered and some topics have had to be taught in a different order.
The first half of the Summer term curriculum will have a historical theme, 'GROOVY GREEKS!'. We will link lots of our learning to the Ancient Greeks.
In English we will be reading and writing Greek myths, writing poetry (Kennings and limericks) based on mythological creatures and heroes and writing a recount of the Olympic Games, started in Ancient Greek times. All activities will be linked to the history unit. In Guided Reading we will be reading stories and completing comprehension tasks from Greek mythology and finding out more about the features of these stories.
In our Maths lessons this half term we will start with a focus on decimal numbers, with up to three decimal places. We will be adding and subtracting these, comparing and ordering decimals and making totals to one. We will also be covering properties of shape, position and direction and volume this half term. At St. Mary's we follow the Lancashire Maths Scheme of Work and planning, with a mastery approach. It is really important that we can recall and recite all the times tables, and our focus will be on all times tables this half term. Practise these regularly by playing the multiplication and division games to promote quick recall of times tables at home using TT Rock Stars, and the link below.
In R.E. we will start with the term with a unit on Pentecost (serving), followed by Reconciliation (inter-relating and building bridges).
Our History topic is 'Groovy Greeks'. This will involve finding out about life in Greece thousands of years ago, how we know about the Ancient Greeks and their legacy and impact on life for future generations.
In Science the topic for the first half of the Summer term is Forces. We will learn about magnets, friction, air and water resistance in these lessons.
In DT we will find out about Greek pottery by studying vases. We will learn how archaeologists use these artefacts to find out about the past. We will research, design, make and evaluate vases in the style of the Greek ones to reflect life today.
We will be playing the Glockenspiel in our Music lessons, learning to play and follow music, improvise and create and compose.
WEBSITES TO HELP WITH YOUR LEARNING:
All pupils have their passwords and login details for these websites, which they can access at home to support their learning:
- Edshed - with access to Spelling Shed and Maths Shed.
- IDL - Reading, spelling and Maths practice.
- Purple Mash - activities for all curriculum areas.
- TTRock Stars - Times tables practice..