Emperors will have PE on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. Children will need to wear their PE kit to school on this day and will remain in them all day. They will not need uniform to change into. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit so they can participate successfully.
Your child will get an opportunity to visit the school library on Thursday afternoons. Here they will have the chance to borrow a book that they are interested in: a book they will read for pleasure. These books will go home and returned by our next library slot.
Your child should be reading with an adult at home daily. Please make a note of this in their reading journal. It would also benefit your child to do some weekly practise on numbots (their log in can be found in their home learning book).
Every week each child will bring home their home learning book containing a couple of questions about what the children learnt last week and some new learning from this week. This will be handed out every Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please note, home learning should not take more than 30 minutes. If your child is struggling with this, please make a note for us in their home learning book.
Another term down and I can’t believe how fast time is flying! The children continue to impress me with their growing resilience and maturity towards each and every lesson.
In our English lessons, we have worked hard on understanding different types of sentences including statements and questions, and what punctuation is needed with them. We wrote a lovely set of instructions after reading How To Make Friends With A Ghost and the children can now explain what an imperative verb is! We then moved onto a poetry unit where we listened to, studied, wrote and performed different types of list poems. This allowed us to practise using commas in lists and enhance our use of adjectives. Thank you to the parents who were able to join us for the Wondrous Writing session – it was a joy to have so many of you there! The class also did an amazing job writing to persuade, after reading the gripping and unnerving story The Spider And The Fly. I was blown away by their adjective choices and use of rhetorical questions. As a class, we always enjoy story time and this term we laughed along to The Twits by Roald Dahl. Our Reading Ambassadors had great fun putting together a class book full of our best bits from this hilarious story. We have also read Polonius the Pit Pony, a lovely short story about resilience, The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bag Pig, a funny twist on the classic tail, and we have just completed Astronaut Girl.
In maths the children have been continuing to practise their number skills including understanding equal and unequal, greater than (>), less than (<) and understanding that the equals symbol (=) means ‘the same as’. We explored different measurements of length, mass and capacity using a range of equipment and tackled a number of mental strategies to help make calculations easier and more efficient in our heads. Next term we will be making the exciting move from Numbots to Times Tables Rock Stars so the children can practise their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. However, the children should still practise their Numbots every now and again to ensure their skills are fluent. They will be able to use the same log in for both websites at home!
The class have shown further curiosity in our science lessons as we bring our unit on animals and their habits to a close with a mini beast hunt! It may have been a tad chilly to see a large variety, but the children were not put off and we were still able to spot a good few critters! We reminded ourselves what all living things have/do (MRS NERG) so we could begin to understand the difference between living, dead and never been alive. We then studied a variety of different animals and how their have adapted to the environment they live in. We studied the different biomes we have around the world and realised that not all animals would be able to survive in each one.
The children have loved our geography topic this half term, which was biomes, as it linked so beautifully with our science topic. We started by looking at Antarctica, learning interesting facts like how it is the coldest, windiest and driest place in the world. We now know the difference between a country and a continent and that different parts of the world have different climates. We compared places like Antarctica and the Sahara Desert and how animals like penguins and camels are suited to these environments. We even wrote a letter from Antarctica to the Arctic, as a penguin to a polar bear!
Our RE unit this half term had us looking at why Christians believe God gave Jesus to the world. We have looked at how most Christians prepare for Christmas and discussed what advent means. We also looked into the belief that Jesus was sent to save the world.
Our computing lessons continue to be enjoyed by many and this half term the children have been looking at photography. We started by making sure we knew the basics on how to physically take a photo on an iPad and a digital camera, and the differences between the two devices. We also remembered the importance of asking permission before taking any photos of another person. Our photography skills really improved as we experimented with framing, choosing between landscape and portrait, and finding the perfect lighting.
Our PSHE topic this half term across the school has been ‘Celebrating Difference’ and it is always a pleasure to sit down with the children and share what makes us different and how this makes us special. We have celebrated diversity within the classroom and around the school by introducing our inspiring sports star, Kathy Williams. We have had a number of whole school events this half term including NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe and Just Talk Week. Both of these important campaigns reminded children of the importance of mental health and that if anything is making them feel sad or worried, speaking to someone can help. It was also wonderful to see the children explore possible careers in our Aspirations Day in November. Thank you to all who volunteers who shared their passion for their career with our school!
PE with me on a Wednesday has continued to be great fun! The children have been learning how to put together and perform a sequence of dance moves while in the role of an explorer. They have used their bodies to express the determination, curiosity and fear of an explorer trekking through the jungle. We even took the chance to move like different jungle animals, including panthers, cobras and parrots. With Mr Tate (new to our school this term) the class have been playing the more competitive game of tag rugby, learning the important skill of agility.
This term’s art with Mrs Campbell-Pugh has been looking at cross-stitch, as children tested their patience and resilience with the intricate but beautiful task of sewing a cross-stitch Christmas decoration. And I must say, they look stunning!
Please remember I am always on the door to answer any questions you might have. Also all helpful documents about the class are available in the class page on the school website.
I hope you all have a magical Christmas, and I look forward to seeing the class in the new year!
I can’t quite believe it has been half a term already! I can honestly say it feels like I have known Emperors Class for years and I could not be more proud of how well they have settled. It has been a busy half term, jam packed with new routines and learning, and the children have taken it all in their stride. Their resilience is growing day by day, as is their ability to take initiative in their own learning. I am excited to see just how much we can achieve this year!
It is quite clear that the children in Emperors Class love to read, which is such a wonderful passion to have, as it opens so many doors. The children have laughed along to our class book, The Twits by Roald Dahl – some even went straight to the library to take it out themselves! In our English lessons we have worked hard on our sentences, learning what a conjunction is and how to use them to extend out sentences. We have studied lovely books like Scaredy Squirrel and Zerrafa Giraffa. We also read Frog and the Stranger which tied in nicely with our teaching of kindness and respect for others, even if they are a bit different to us. We have used rainbow colours to demarcate the different sentences and show exactly where to put full stops and capital letters.
In maths the children have been showing their curiosity by exploring the value of different numbers and amounts. We have used base-10 to show ten and more, learnt how to group in 10s and 5s, and started to order larger amounts from smallest to largest. The children have shown how well they can manipulate different resources including beadstrings and tens grids to help demonstrate their understanding. We have also started reasoning in maths lessons, being able to explain why and how we know what the answer is. Some of the children show a great liking for Numbots which has aided their understanding of number greatly – this site will benefit all children and should be practised regularly at home.
The class have shown even more curiosity in our science lessons as we bring our unit on materials to an end with an investigation. We have discussed and recapped the different types of common materials and what properties they each have such has ‘waterproof’, ‘fragile’ and ‘flexible’. We studied the inventor John MacAdam and how he was the creator of a brand new material which is so commonly used today (Tarmac) and we even looked into the process of recycling and why it is so important into today’s society. We then rounded off the unit nicely with an investigation to see which material would be best suited for a shopping bag for Grandma.
The children have loved our history topic this half term which was 1960’s toys. We all enjoyed jumping back to the sixties and looking at some popular events, people and items from the time. We even enjoyed listen to a spot of the Beatles while we learnt, just to really get a feel for it! As we looked at many toys from the decade, we spotted a few that were quite familiar. Toys like Barbie, LEGO and Monopoly are still popular today. However, the children have been able to identify how some changes have occurred over time, namely the development of technology and the ability to make ‘Smart’ toys which connect to the internet or interact with the player. Then finally, to round off the unit, we all thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Hertford Museum to see some of these toys for real and even have the chance to play with some. Their behaviour was impeccable and I was very proud them.
Our RE unit this half term has been kindness, with the aim of asking the question ‘is it possible to be kind all of the time?’ As kindness is one of our learning powers and values, we have spent a lot of time looking at this and discussing when it can be difficult to be kind. However, through looking at Christian stories such as The Good Samaritan and The Paralysed Man, the class have learnt that we would always try our best to be kind to everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done. The children have approached this big questions well and are developing their reasoning skills in order to answer them deeply.
Our computing lessons have been enjoyed by many this half term and the children have managed to log in with their personal log in details. This has allowed them to access a shared document and save it to their own area. As a class we have looked at IT (Information Technology), what it means and what examples we can find in school and out in the world. The class can now identify different types of IT found in shops like ATMs, tills and chip & pin machines. They also learnt what the purpose of the barcode was and how scanners are used to read a bunch of information.
Our PSHE topic this half term across the school has been ‘Being Me in My World’ and it has been a pleasure to sit down with the children and discuss what makes them them. I have found these lessons a calming experience where the children feel comfortable to share their thoughts and ideas and know that they will be listened to by their peers. We have looked at worries and how we can help ourselves by going to our trusted five. We have also looked at rights and responsibilities and how our actions have consequences. We focused on Sir Mo Farah for Black History Month, learning about the amazing achievements he has accomplished and how he demonstrates all of our learning powers and values. We then did some lovely work on the importance of mental health and how to take care of our minds during Hello Yellow on the 10th October.
PE with me on a Wednesday has been great fun! The children have been learning how to link movements together smoothly. We have practised ‘champion’ positions, showing strength in our bodies, pointing toes and straightening arms. We have also used a range of apparatus (which the class have managed to arrange ever so safely) to allow the children to move in a range of different ways. By the end of the unit the children were linking jumps, balances and movements together fluidly. With Mr Bird the class have been playing a more competitive game of dodgeball, learning the important skill of how to successfully dodge on coming fire, while still aiming for their own opponent.
This term’s art with Mrs Campbell-Pugh has been looking at colour through painting. We described the colours of objects and made as many tones of one colour as possible using white. We looked at the story "The Day the Crayons Quit" to create a great display. We then experimented with colour on a larger scale with cherry blossom, using cotton buds to dapple the impression of flowers in a range of shades of pink. We also explored how we could make a colour darker without using black.
It was lovely to meet and properly speak to so many of you at the parent consultations. Please remember that if you ever have any questions, I am more than happy to chat on the door or make an appointment for a proper meeting. Also, all helpful documents about the class are available in the class page on the school website.
I hope you all have a wonderful half term, and I look forward to seeing the class in a week.