What a great first week back! The sun has been shining but what has really brought a smile to our faces is the children in Y3HM! They all came back looking so smart with new hair cuts and big smiles.
During the holidays, a running track was constructed on the field so that each class has the opportunity to run/walk the Daily Mile. We all got a bit hot, red and maybe sweaty but it just showed that we are working hard. There has been a lot of research into being physically active and the positive impact it has on our bodies and also our minds. The Daily Mile will benefit the children's health, well-being and learning. 10 laps of the track is a mile. I will be bringing my trainers into school this week to help feel the benefit too.
We have started a new topic on Rainforest this half-term. This is one of my all time favourite topics. We will be learning about the animals who live there, the positive effects the rainforests have on the world and deforestation... there might be an exciting treat coming too!
Hope you all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend. Here's to another fantastic week :)
As previously mentioned, homework at Oldfield brow comes in the form of 'Chatterdays'. Several parents have asked about Maths homework. Although formal homework is not handed out, we will put on a brief overview of what we have covered in class each week if you wish to continue the learning at home. TopMarks offers a range of games and SnappyMaths have lots of useful worksheets,
Don't forget to log onto TTRS as well!
As you will be aware, homework at Oldfield Brow changed last year. We now use 'Chatterdays' to giv children and families more choice about what they do. The idea is for work at home to be fun and meaningful for you! Besides spellings which are done online, there is no obligation to submit anything you do, but any work or creations that come in get displayed in the classroom and children get rewards and recognition for it from their teachers and in assemblies.
Some parents wanted clarification on how to use the Chatterdays that were given out recently, so we hope to be able to clear up any uncertainty.
The yellow and blue boxes are essential things to practice at home. Children should read everyday and as often as possible with a grown-up. Make sure you write in your child's reading record and support them with their comprehension. Spellings are tested weekly so children should be practicing htese daily. Timestables should also be practiced regularly - Hit The Button is a fantastic and free online timestables game if your child wants a change from TimesTables Rockstars.
The green section gives you choice on how to engage with our curriculum at home. You can pick one of the three activities and find out what your child has been up to alongside their core learning.
Children will bring home another Chatterday sheet this week in case you have lost the first one.
We are now using an online spelling program called Spelling Shed. Chldren are given a spelling rule and a list of spellings each Friday and have a week to practice these at home. This involves using your login to log into the site and play some games/activities.and learn spellings off by heart. The following Friday children will be tested, and their scores recorded.
Below is a Parents' guide to using the Spelling Shed
We love when our parents get involved! Our Chatterday activities provide a range of carefully selected ideas and activities to stimulate discussions, research, independent study and fun at home. Importantly, there are some essentials for home learning: Our children are actively encouraged to read every night at home and practise spellings and times tables on a regular basis throughout the week. Spellings are given on a Monday and are expected to be practised during the week, with a spelling test each Friday. We look forward to welcoming parents into the classroom for topic-related activities, class assemblies, music/drama performances and for parents'/open/curriculum evenings too. Keep an eye on the calendar and letters home for updates on all of these and our exciting range of trips and visits too!