Gedney Drove End Primary School

Finland

Welcome to Finland Class!

Our Class Teacher is Ms Flaherty.  Our teaching assistants are Mrs Powley (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and Mrs O’Reilly (Mondays and Fridays).

P.E.

P.E. is on a Wednesday and a Friday.  Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit, which is suitable for outdoors (including appropriate footwear). Your child must also wear their blue federation hoodie. Children with long hair need to have this tied up for these lessons and any jewellery, including earrings, need to be removed. Please also send a coat for playtime.

Reading

The children are heard read as much as possible in school; this may be individual reading, group reading or during our phonics lessons. Reading books will be sent home each week (for some this may be a daily A4 ‘ditty’ that the children will have read during their phonics lesson).  Please ensure your child’s reading record is signed when they have read at home, whether it is reading the ditty or a reading book. The children will also bring a book home that is slightly more challenging (initialled ‘c’) for you to share with them.  If your child reads at least three times a week, they will receive a reward of extra playtime on a Wednesday (for the previous week).  For each day your child reads at home, their name will also be entered into a draw to win a book which will take place at the end of each half term.

Phonics

We use the RWI phonics scheme. Please follow the link to see more information and some key terminology.

https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/

Homework

Reading: please see above.

Maths is set on a Friday.  This will link to what we are covering in class or will be ‘Jungle maths’, where the children may well bring the same sheet home for a number of weeks.  This is to build up the children’s fluency and recall of number, and each child progresses at their own pace. The children move on to the next stage when they have been able to complete the sheet within a given time and with no more than two mistakes, on two occasions.

Topic and Learning Focus

Each term we will be having a topic week. This term our Topic is Fire! Fire! – based on The Great Fire of London.

https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/museum/learning-with-our-museum-curators/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/24874366

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarSSAwiimU

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z7d7gwx/articles/zhgxcqt

As part of our Science work the children will be learning about Uses of Everyday Materials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErmhTr0A9pw

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z2bdjxs

The children will come home with Knowledge organisers for our topic and science to share with you.

R.E.

Our themes this term are God and Creation.

Tapestry

The children’s profiles are on tapestry and you can load observations from home to complement our classroom observations. It is great to see the children succeeding in both environments.