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Chaffinch Class

It is wonderful to have all the children back with us after such a long time.  The children have been working very hard on settling into our new routines and their new classes.  We are all working together on keeping safe and appreciate as much help from yourselves as possible.  


To help the children settle in we have been enjoying looking at 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers and using this to build our learning around in other subject areas.  We've also been reading 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas so we can really help children to share and come to turns with their feelings as they return to school after such a challenging time.


In maths, we have a new scheme of work that has been recommended by the DfE which uses lots of mathematical resources to help build your children's understanding of different mathematical procedures and processes.  We have started with a deep exploration of place value and will be moving onto addition, subtraction, multiplication and then division between now and October half term.


Our topic will be Dungeons and Dragons and through this topic we will be exploring the legend and mythology of Robin Hood, George and the dragon & 'Fantastic Beasts' by J. K. Rowling.  We hope all of this will excite the children and stimulate their imaginations.  We're going to explore the mythology of dragons around world and even attempt making our own dragons and writing some dragon music using the pentatonic scale.


In science, we are exploring good hygiene and looking at how our bodies work as part of this.  This will lead into learning about healthy eating and good nutritious choices of food in DT.


Presently our PE day is Thursday morning but this may change.  So please send your child in with their PE kit which will be kept here for the half term.  We will be following risk assessment advice when carrying out PE but still hope to carry out some dance work within PE this half term.  We will also be continuing to use our all-weather running track to start building up the children's fitness and understanding of exercise.


Reading books cannot be sent home currently so we will be reading in class regularly.  If you could currently continue to hear your child read at home using books you have and your local library this would be greatly appreciated.  Free, quality ebooks which can be read on a tablet are still available Oxford Owl here: 


For homework we expect children to continue using their Purple Mash log-in and we will set 2Dos for them on a Thursday and they will stay their until the following Wednesday.  The 2Dos will usually be a reading, spelling and another activity.  Continuing to complete homework online via Purple Mash helps us greatly with keeping risk down in these difficult times; we appreciate your support with this.



Here's a great video of Sylvia's volcano


Still image for this video
We have had some wonderful work sent to us over the time of Home Learning and we decided to display some work on our 'Best of the Best' board -
Our classroom display about the 'Angry Earth' is also up -