Welcome to Pine Class!
Welcome to the Pine Class webpage. Here you will find details of our topics and links to useful resources.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly, I would like to introduce myself as your new teacher. I am happy to have joined Ford Primary School after recently relocating from Essex and I am very much looking forward to working in this caring and progressively-thinking school.
Our topic for the Autumn term is called ‘Time Travellers’. This theme will allow us to travel through the eras to learn about and compare societies and cultures. Our main focus will be Ancient Egypt which will offer interesting and thought-provoking glimpses of how past civilisations lived. Please find a curriculum overview for this term on the back of this sheet which will give you a more in-depth idea of the areas we will be studying this term.
In addition to the work and studies the children undertake at school, there will be a few areas of their learning for which we greatly appreciate your support in reinforcing at home:
It is very important that the children spend approximately 20 minutes each evening reading a range of texts and discussing them with a grown-up. In addition to this, we will continue to provide children with quality reading time in class and they will be encouraged to complete a reading quiz upon completion of their book to further embed the comprehension of what they have read.
Accurate spelling is a vitally important skill for all children to be able to fully unlock their creative writing potential and therefore we will be setting weekly lists of spellings to be learnt and assessed each Friday. The spelling sheet will include a variety of engaging and effective methods which you can do with your child to help secure their understanding of spelling rules and conventions.
All areas of mathematics will be covered throughout this year, and in order for your child to be able to effectively access more advanced concepts and methods, it is essential that they have a firm understanding of times-tables and swift recall of all tables to 12x12. We recommend that your child regularly accesses the ‘Times-Tables Rock Stars’ online resource to learn their tables in a fun and effective manner.
Our main PE day will be on a Thursday and we request that you send your child to school wearing their PE kit on this day. Please be mindful of the weather and be sure to provide either black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a white t-shirt, trainers and an appropriate sweatshirt. We will also aim to do some indoor PE on a Monday afternoon, but as this will be quite fluid, please do not send your child in their full kit - trainers will suffice.
Your child will be provided with a planner which they will carry between school and home to give a daily overview of reading and homework and also an enhanced method of communication. We would really appreciate your support in checking and signing these regularly at home.
If you have any questions at all, please let me know.