As you will be aware by now, we are starting a national lockdown. We are going to be posting a document titled 'Home Learning Tasks' on our Class Page in Remote Learning star which has all the tasks that we would like your child to complete from Monday to Friday. We are hoping to see you children during the live lessons, starting on Monday. We will also post this onto the Microsoft Teams platform as well for children to access. Miss Begum and myself will be monitoring the engagement.
Remote Learning Via Microsoft Teams
Brookhouse has moved to Microsoft Teams, in order to deliver live lessons to those who are isolating due to Coronovirus where possible. We have created user names for the children - I am attaching a Parent's and Pupil Guidance on how to use Microsoft Teams.
Spring 1 - 2020
Welcome back after the Christmas break. We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children. School will start on Tuesday 5th January 2021 at 8.40 am.
We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monster's University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be given a reward at the end of the term. PSHE will also play a key role, daily sessions will take place. Homework will be given out on a Friday and we will expect the children to hand it in on a Wednesday, so it can be marked. There will also be some online homework which will be through a variety of online platforms such as My Maths, Purple Mash, SPAG, TTRS and Reading Plus. The Spring 1 topic is called 'Earthlings'.
Our main focus for English will be reading and writing Science Fiction texts, we will do this hrough the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing cross-curricular through other subject areas. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary in the text and the comprehension of the text. The school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupil's reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a daily basis. So please make sure they are using it at home, regularly. Please support your children in their reading at home for ten minutes every day. Learning their weekly spellings will continue to take place and we will encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Our Math's lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving. We will be learning about Solving Word Problems, Graphs and Statistics, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages and Geometry. There will also be opportunity for online learning via MyMaths and Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables at home. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rockstars'
This half we will be learning all about Earth and Space. The children will be learning about the solar system and how we get day and night. They will also be finding out about the moon and other planets in our solar system. Through their investigating they will increase their knoweldge about shadows from prior learning which took place in Year 3. Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser which should help them with thier weekly quiz
Our topic is called A Kingdom United - which means that children will improve their Locational Knowledge /Human and Physical Geography. Pupils will contrast two English counties (Inverness and Glamorgan), before studying the impact of the River Severn and Lough Neagh on it's surrounding area. They will further their knowledge in this area during Summer 1 when children will focus on the impact of rivers on habitation. Just like Science, there will be weekly quizzes so they need to learn the facts on their knowledge organiser.
History will be linked to the A Kingdom United topic through which the pupils will develop chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history during the Anglo-Saxon period. They will also analyse connections, trends and contrasts over the Anglo-Saxon period. Hopefully, they will be able to do some cross curricular writing through this unit.
In Year 5 P.E will take place every Monday so please make sure your children have a full kit in school - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings and a sweatshirt as we will be trying to do P.E outside weather permitting. In our P.E lessons we will focus on Dance.
Bolton Music will continue from the previous half term when the children were learning to play the recorder. Through those lessons they learnt about music notes and reading music.
Any queries feel free to talk to us in the morning or at the end of the day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Finally, I would just like to say thank you for sending your children into school during Autumn 1 - Year 5's attendance was fantastic. I hope this will continue in Autumn 2 - wishing all of you the best of health in these difficult times.
Mrs S Hussain (Class Teacher and KS2 Leader)
Ms S Begum (Apprentice Teacher)