Welcome to Dragonfly Class!
Suggested Timetables for Home Learning
Week Beginning 30th March Dragonfly Suggested Home Timetable 30.03.2020
Week Beginning 23rd March Dragonfly Class Suggested Home Timetable 23.03.20
Please use your Class Dojo student logins to submit your work and you may feature in our weekly newsletter! See below for Dragonfly’s weekly Newsletter.
Over the coming days you should receive an email inviting you to join Class Dojo. This is a fantastic website and App that will connect us all. Parents, you will be able to contact me directly via Class Dojo using the messaging service should you have any questions, queries or if you would like some extra support. I will always do my best to respond to you as soon as I can. I would encourage parents to sign up your children using their own login. I will be setting class assignments on our Class Dojo page and children can submit their work using text, drawings, videos and photographs which I can then respond to by “liking” and commenting on their work.They can also upload their Foundation Friday Projects to their portfolio to share with me which I cannot wait to see!
Helpful Links and Documents
- Please use this list to practise your spellings – Common exception words (Check Class Dojo for weekly spelling lists – you can submit your scores to me online!)
- Practise your timestables using “Hit the Button” – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
- Please see the attached list of suggested websites for children: Website Information for Parents
As we are all facing unusual circumstances, what better way to connect with our children than some Thrive based activities to help you have fun and bond! Your child does not need to be in Thrive/Nurture in school to complete these. Anyone can do them! Best of all, everyone will benefit – even Mums and Dads! You may choose to do an activity every day or pick and choose to suit you.
Throughout this term we have been making our own theatrical Greek masks. First we choose an emotion to design before getting with papier maché! We’ve had lots of fun and can’t wait to finish them.
This term we will be reading the book ‘Who let the Gods out?” by Maz Evans. In this wonderful story Elliot has some serious real-life problems and is helped and hindered by lots of Gods and constellations.
This term pupils will be focusing on multiplication and division. We will also be learning about 2D shapes and their properties. Year 4s will be focusing on angles.
Have a look at our wonderful stop motion animation film above to see what we have created on one of our Foundation Fridays.
We worked together to create an amazing Kenning Poem on the 4th October. Kennings are a sort of compound term, formed by putting a noun with a verb and giving it the ‘er’ suffix (lots of grammatical terminology sneaking in without any of the prejudice that grammar is dull!) Kennings were used heavily in Norse poetry and are such a wonderfully accessible way for children to succeed as writers of figurative language.
The class were fantastic at every stage of the process and have written a collaborative Kenning Poem which takes the reader down through the layers of the Amazon Rainforest, from the emergent layer bursting forth into the sky, right down to the dark forest floor.
(Great work Dragonflies!)
We will be using a website called ‘TT Rockstars‘ for times table homework. The children will be given individual logins which they can use to practise their times tables online. Once logged on, children should go to the ‘Garage’ section of the website. I have scheduled each child’s times tables so that they receive questions linked to the tables they are currently learning. This will be edited as their speed and the amount of correct answers they achieve, increases. If your child has lost their login, please contact the office and I will re-print it. In addition to this, there are some fantastic apps and interactive games to help the children with their times tables:
The children need to read a minimum of 4 days a week for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. They need to record evidence of their reading in their reading journals which should now be in their bags. The journals will be checked by the teachers as that will give us a chance to see any observations you have noted and to see that your child is reading and earning praise for doing so!
The children will be given spelling homework every week on a Thursday and they will have a week to practise these words for testing the following week. There will be plenty of encouragement and no ‘shaming’ – I do want the children to try to see patterns in the word families and groups, but I understand that some children will find this more tricky than others; everyone’s personal best is what we are looking for!
Please see the year 3/4 spelling list below. We encourage you to help your children with these spellings in any way you wish.