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.
Here you will find information on our class curriculum and our knowledge organisers.
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 Spring Term
PE: During the first half of the Spring 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.
SPELLING CHALLENGE - Each week you will have an extra challenge to think about when writing your sentences. Extra team points will be awarded for all pupils who complete the challenge.
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. If you have any difficulties accessing this online homework, please speak to the class teacher and paper copies will be provided.
In the first half of the Spring term our curriculum will continue to have a science fiction theme, 'OFF TO SPACE!'. We will link lots of our learning to space.
In English we will be reading, analysing and writing plays, based on the short Disney/Pixar film La Luna and we will be inventing and describing our own planets too!
In our Maths lessons this half term we will be focusing on written methods for multiplication and division, area and fractions. 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 the half term by completing a unit on Local Community. This will involve looking at the role of the church and how it serves the community.
Our Geography topic is 'Marvellous Maps'. This will involve using an atlas and compass directions to locate countries and cities throughout the world.
In Science the topic for the first half of the Spring term is Earth and Space. We will learn about the sun, earth and moon and find out lots of amazing facts about the solar system.
In DT we will find out about moon buggies We will research, design, make and evaluate our own buggy to collect rock samples from the moon, which will have a mechanism with a moving part.
We will be learning to speak French and Spanish too. Mrs Bentley will teach a unit on 'clothes' on French and Miss Dykes from Mount Carmel will be introducing us Spanish.
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..
What do you like about being in Duckworth's Dolphins?
Here are some of the responses that the pupils gave when asked this question: