Welcome to Hanson's Hedgehogs Class Page
Class Teacher: Miss Hanson
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Pinder
PPA Cover and Interventions: Mrs Bentley
Year Groups: 5 and 6
Hello and welcome to the class page for Hanson's Hedgehogs. We are very excited to see you all in September and feel so lucky to have you all as part of Team Saint Mary's. I'm really looking forward to having you all in my class this year and I hope that you're all feeling really excited to begin your learning journey in Hanson's Hedgehogs!
I just know that we are going to have a great year together!
PE: Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit. This is a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. All items of their PE kit should be clearly labelled with your child's name. During the Autumn term, Hedgehog's PE day is Wednesday. To minimise the disruption in class, we are asking pupils to continue coming to school wearing their PE kit on this day. Your child can wear their school jumper over their white t-shirt and when the colder weather arrives, dark coloured jogging bottoms (navy, black or grey) will be acceptable. Children may either wear their school shoes and bring their pumps with them or wear trainers.
Weekly Spellings: Spellings will be sent home every Monday and children will be tested at the end of the week, on the Friday. For now, Seesaw will be used to send spellings home. This is to reduce the amount of items that are moving between home and school. Children will bring home their usual, yellow spelling book and this is to remain at home. Please encourage your child to learn their spellings each week and practise including each of them in a sentence. Words should be written three times using the 'Look, Say, Write, Cover, Check' method. Children are encouraged to include a variety of sentence openers with a range of appropriate punctuation. Your child should share their work with me by taking a photograph of it and then uploading to their Seesaw learning journal.
Homework: Homework is also going to be set either through Seesaw or Purple Mash. Again, this it to reduce the movement of items between home and school. Children will be shown where to find their homework each week. Homework will be set on a Wednesday and must be completed by the following Monday. This allows the child time to do their homework and also gives them the opportunity to ask for help if they find it difficult. Homework will always relate to work that has been taught in class. When accessing homework on Seesaw you will need the CLASS SEESAW App and login. When accessing homework set on Purple Mash, children will find this in their 'Alert' tab at the top of their homepage. They will use their OWN, PERSONAL log in details to access this.
Home Readers: For this half term, we are going to trial giving the children the responsibilty and freedom to change their 'home reader' as and when they wish to do so. All that we ask of the children is that this is done on a regular basis and this will be monitored by staff in class. Please sign your child's Home Reading Record when your child has finished reading their book. We will then know that you are happy for them to change their book. Children will be allowed to choose their own reading books, suited to their interests and reading ability. There will be a wide range of genres for children to choose from so there really is something to suit everyone! Children will be awarded a certificate for every 10 books read. Reading is a very important skill for children to develop and has many benefits so please try to encourage your child to read for around 15 minutes each day, or as much as possible. I am aware that some children may wish to change their book more than once a week. When this is the case, children will be guided to Seesaw, Purple Mash or Oxford Owls. Using these platforms, children can further their reading and reading will be supplemented by a variety of supporting activities.
Our Autumn Learning Overview:
To begin our new school year together, much of our learning will be based upon Ancient Egypt. In English we will be reading Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll. All of our writing opportunities will be linked to this very exciting book and you will get the chance to write your own short story with an Egyptian theme.
In Maths, we will be concentrating on number with a specific focus on Place Value, addition and subtraction skills and statistics.
You will develop your scientific skills in your Science lessons by carrying out your own investigations and setting up your own experiments. Our focus for the first half of the Autumn term is 'Living things and their habitats.' We will look at plants and the different ways that they reproduce and we will also explore the life cycles of animals and insects. We will take our learning one step further by using our knowledge to develop our classification skills.
In RE lessons, we will focus on the Domestic Church - understanding that we are made in the image and likeness of God before moving on to exploring the concept of belonging through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage.
Computing lessons will see you recording and retrieving information from various databases before gathering information and recording this on your very own database!
In topic, we will first focus on History by exploring all things related to Ancient Egypt. Some of our lessons here will have an Art/DT element. It's all very exciting and you will be given the opportunity to design, make and evaluate your very own canopic jars (you'll soon know what these are if you don't already)...
In Music we will be beginning our Famous Musician study in which we will gather information and make a portfolio. We will listen and appraise different genres of music using correct terminology, create fact files, illustrate what different songs mean to us and also learn and perform selected pieces of music ready for a performance to another class.
In PE we will be developing our skills with striking and fielding games such as cricket.
PSHE will be heavily focused upon well-being and mental health whilst exploring what constitutes a healthy lifestyle (including habits).
In our French lessons our first unit of work is called 'Getting to know you.' Have fun as you learn new French vocabulary and improve your pronunciation as you go!
I hope you are as excited as I am to begin all of our learning!
Home -learning information for pupils and parents:
- School will continue to send work for children who have to remain at home.
- School will use the online platform SeeSaw to send work and communicate with pupils and families. Children need to use their class code AND home learning code. Please contact school if you need either of these sending again. Please make sure you have downloaded the Class SeeSaw app and the Home SeeSaw app.
- School will try to keep home learning as close to work that is happening in class as we can. School may send links to Oak Academy lessons which will include video lessons. They may also use Purple Mash.
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.
If a pupil does not have access to a device please contact school and we will arrange paper copies for work to be sent out.
The work to be covered across all curriculum areas can be found on our class page using the curriculum map tab.
I hope that these links are of some use to you all. Thank you for your continued support. If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact me either on SeeSaw or by ringing the school office.