With Miss Mcgahan
Morpurgo Class have had an amazing start back to school after such a long time away. While there have been a lot of changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the children have adapted well and have returned with great attitudes to their learning. I am very proud of them all.
We have spent the first few weeks getting used to the new rules surrounding social distancing and hygiene. A lot of our focus has been on the current situation and how we have coped during lockdown- physically, educationally and, most importantly, emotionally.
Teachers have taken this time to assess the children’s knowledge to ensure that we are able to close any gaps in their learning over the upcoming term. Though I must say that, from what I have seen so far, I am very impressed!
Autumn Term 1
This half term our class topic is “Who were the greatest builders”. This is a humanities topic and we will be learning about builders from the Stone age, Iron age and the Ancient Egyptians.
Our science topic is ‘Forces’ and we will be asking and answering the question “What is a force?’ as well as learning about friction, bouyancy and gravity. We will also be learning about magnets.
PE lessons will take place on a Monday and Thursday
The school have put in place a variety of ways children are able to access learning at home as we can no longer use home Learning Logs. Log in details for all websites have been sent home and I recommend keeping them in a safe place. If you have any difficulties, please feel free to let me know and I will try to help or solve any issues.
By completing their work on time for MyMaths and Spellingframe, the children will earn Dojo Points which contribute to them earning a reward for every 50 points gained.
MyMaths: Each child has their own MyMaths account where work is set each Monday. Work is expected to be completed by the following Sunday evening. By completing their work on time, the children will earn 5 Dojo Points. Please be aware that set tasks do not get deleted if not completed. Therefore, keeping on top of it each week is important so as to not allow it to build up, which can be extremely daunting for the children.
Spellingframe: Every Monday the children will have a ‘Blind’ Spelling test. This is introducing them to the spelling focus for the week. The purpose of the ‘Blind’ test is to assess the words that they already know and so that they can see their own progress when we have the ‘real’ test on a Friday. While we do learn the spellings through various activities during the week within school, the Spellingframe website offers the children a chance to practice their spellings using fun, interactive games. By completing the online Test they will receive 5 Dojo Points.
Towards the end of year 4, pupils will be required to complete a National times tables test. Although it was cancelled in 2020, we predict this will be going ahead in 2021. Therefore, times-tables are a big focus in Lower Key Stage 2. By using the timestables.co.uk website children are able to practice by playing fun games, earning certificates and taking speed tests. There will be no set work for this website but children should be encouraged to practice regularly. We will have written times-tables test in class every Thursday to earn Times-tables Tiger badges.
A science website which will be used to support our in class science learning. Homework will be set but children will be directed as to when to access this. Feel free to take a look, though, for some independent learning!
Language Angels: The Modern Foreign Language that we focus on at St. George’s is Spanish. Children can access interactive games to support the in class learning on the Language Angels website- click Pupil games.
We also start our day by speaking a different language each week by saying hello/good morning while completing the register. If there is a particular language that you or your child speaks/is familiar with, please encourage them to tell me so that we can incorporate it into our daily routine.
OxfordOwl: Free access to reading e-books by stages and levels.
Access our class account by clicking My Class Login and entering the details below:
My class password: stgeorges
What have we been learning?
On Monday 28th September we took part in the 2020 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon to raise money for Cancer Research.
If you would like to donate/sponsor your child the click the link to our St George’s Fundraising Page.
On the 11th November we honoured Remembrance day by creating pictures of a sunset over the poppy fields using soft or oil pastels. We made our poppies out of tissue paper.
We have been creating candles to decorate the school in preparation for Christmas.
In RE, we have been learning about the importance of advent and what the candles on an advent wreath symbolise. We made our own advent wreath hats. Each candle represents: Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.