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 lovely summer break and enjoyed spending time with your families.
We look forward to seeing you all for the start of the Autumn 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!
At the start of day, we 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 Autumn Term
PE: During the first half of the Autumn term our P.E. day will be Friday. Pupils will come to school wearing their P.E. kit on the day of their class session. School P.E. kit is a plain white t-shirt and black shorts, or black, grey or navy leggings or jogging pants. 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.
Home Reading Books: 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.
Books will be changed daily, meaning that as soon as a pupil returns their completed book and their reading record has been signed by an adult, they will be able to select a new book.
Spellings: Spellings will be sent out on a Monday and will be tested the following Friday. Pupils will have a yellow exercise book with their weekly spellings glued in and they will complete their spelling homework in this each week. Please help your child to practise and learn their spellings at home. 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 and always join your handwriting.
Once you have completed your spelling work at home please return the yellow exercise book every Friday to school. This will ensure work can be marked, team points awarded and new spelling lists are glued in.
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.
The first half of the Autumn term curriculum will have a historical theme, 'BLITZED BRITAIN!'. We will link lots of our learning to the First World War, Accrington Pals and the Second World War.
In English we will be reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. All writing activities will be linked to this exciting book.
In our Maths lessons this half term we will be focusing on Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. It is also really important that we can recall and recite all the times tables, and our focus will be on quick recall of all times tables which will be practised often throughout each week. Practise these regularly at home by playing the multiplication and division games to promote quick recall of times tables using TT Rock Stars, and the link below.
In R.E. we will start with the term with a unit on Domestic Church with a focus on family, followed by Baptism and Confirmation.
Our History topic is 'World War One'. This will involve finding out about life in the trenches and there will be a local history unit when pupils learn about the Accrington Pals Battalion and their role in the war.
In Science the topic for the first half of the Autumn term is Sound. We will learn about vibrations, pitch, volume, sound-proofing and how the ear works to enable sounds to be heard.
In DT we will find out about Care Boxes sent to soldiers during the wars. We will learn what items these would contain and how important they were for soldiers. We will research, design, make and evaluate our own care box.
We will be playing the keyboard in our Music lessons, learning to play and follow music, improvise and create and compose. These sessions will be lead by Lancashire Music Service each week.
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..