General Phase information
Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, lunchbox and water bottle are clearly labelled. Named water
bottles should be in school daily.
Once all our new and existing books are barcoded, all children will be given a scheme reading book and a library book. The Rising Stars scheme reading book should be brought into school every day as this will be used in class. Once finished and the online quiz completed, the child can place it in the book changing box. However, those reading shorter books may benefit from reading the text multiple times first to increase their fluency. Please complete the reading record each time your child reads at home and ensure they quiz at home using the online system before they ask to change this.
PE will be on these days:
Monday and Thursday
Tuesday and Thursday*
Year 4 children in this class have swimming – please wear school uniform with swimwear underneath. See previously emailed letter for more information.
Tuesday PE kits and Thursday is swimming – please wear school uniform with swimwear underneath. See previously emailed letter for more information
Children are to come into school in their full PE kit on these days only. Please make sure that they have on suitable PE kit for the weather (following the school PE kit policy) as we will usually be outside. Please also ensure that long hair is tied up and earrings are either removed or covered up on P.E. days.
Home Learning for Lower Key Stage 2 will be set on a Friday and due the following Friday. This will be a sheet where they detail their weekly activities e.g. Spelling Frame, Reading, TT Rockstars / Numbots, Hit the Button etc. Please ensure your child has quizzed on their book, and the reading record filled in with the pages read, before they ask for it to be changed.
Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this.
Autumn Term 2021
Our topics include: Ancient Egypt, Living things and their habitats, Europe (in particular the Mediterranean), States of Matter, British Values and a focus on Christianity and Islam in RE.
We have invested in a new approach called The Spelling Book by Jane Considine. This does not advocate sending home word lists to memorise. However, children practicing on will be very beneficial. We will list details of which rules are most useful on the homework sheet each week.
By the end of Year 3, children should know their 2, 5, 10, 4, 8 and 3 times tables and the related division facts.
By the end of Year 4, children should know all their times tables up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts. Having a secure knowledge of times tables will help your child in many different areas of maths. We do not yet know whether this year’s Year 4 children will be expected to sit the Statutory Times Table Check which was planned for last year.
1 – Choose the next times table/division fact your child found difficult and focus on that one. Always learn the divisions facts alongside the times table so they see the link, rather than all the times table first then moving onto division facts.
2 – Little and often practise is the key. 10-15 minute bursts over as many days of the week as you can fit it in (4+ is recommended). Two great websites are: (choose the free website, not the paid for app) and using ‘Jamming’ on (so you can select your focus times table). If your child also finds instantly recalling other maths facts a challenge, such as number bonds to 10 and 20, then is very useful and fun. This online Maths game can be accessed using the same login details as TT Rockstars.
It can be helpful to have the list of facts alongside them written down (say on small post-it notes), then they remove/cover them up once they find they are no longer looking.
3 – Find other ways to practise at home – children can count the stairs in multiples, count passing cars when travelling in multiples and generally practice times table recall at every opportunity!
Reading really is the backbone of learning both in an academic sense, in all curriculumareas but it also in a wider sense in relation to a child’s independence, mental health and just for sheer enjoyment so it is enormously important that we give it such a high focus.
Please continue to read with your child and/or talk to them about what they are reading at least three times a week at home. Some of the key reading skills we focus on in school are vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequence/summary (VIPERS).
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate contact us.
Mrs Miller, Mrs Baker-Robinson, Mrs Maxfield and Mrs Goddard
Autumn Term 2021
Did your child smell a bit fishy on in October?
Apologies but yes, we mummified fish! Yes, real, raw fish (eyes and everything)! This is part of our topic on Ancient Egypt. This lesson involved lots of teamwork, following of instructions (without teacher input meaning they had to work together to follow each step) and for many – a lot of bravery in handling the fish! This event was only possible due to the generosity of Hooked Fresh and Frozen Fish and Seafood in Castleford Market. They sourced and prepared the fish for next to nothing and their customer service was second to none, putting the fish on ice for transportation and vacuum packing so Mrs Goddard did not have a smelly fridge and car!
The children will now be completing instructional writing on this exciting event and a few chosen pieces will be published on our Phase Pages on the website, which will be updated shortly.
Addition in action
Year 3 were learning a new method of ‘expanded column addition’. This is an important method before they learn the ‘trick’ of short column addition so they fully understand what is happening with the numbers. This practical approach really worked for them.
Lower Key Stage 2 – ‘Better when ‘we’re’ dancin…’
Hattie from Elite Kids Coaching has been doing an amazing job teaching Class 3-4 and Class 4 a great dance routine (with Mrs Miller then doing her very best to repeat these lessons for Class 3). See Facebook for a whole phase demonstration of this where the rain didn’t stop us from getting together to perform.
World Mental Health Day
In Lower Key Stage 2, We really enjoyed wearing colourful rainbow clothing to celebrate World Mental Health Day on Friday. In PHSE, we explored different emotions, breathing techniques and self-regulation. We also enjoyed a ‘Run for Fun’ around the playground in the sunshine to further promote our mental health.
In maths, Year 3 discussed why subtraction is not commutative. They used place value grids, Base 10 and counters to practically see why. Year 4 also had lots of fun ordering numbers to 1000 and made a ‘human’ number line to work out the correct order in the sunshine (whilst it lasts). Great job everyone!
Andy Warhol eat your heart out…
Lower Key Stage 2 enjoyed creating their Andy Warhol Pop Art. They had previously sketched a self-portrait and these have been scanned in and duplicated four to a page. The children then coloured them with bold p
Lower Key Stage 2 had the pleasure of a day’s visit from Mr Egypt. What he does not know about Ancient Egypt is not worth knowing! The children have explored artefacts, written and read in hieroglyphics, joined in with Egyptian dancing and listened to some fascinating stories. The tales were a wonderful mix of stories about the past and of Mr Egypt’s adventures around Egypt. The highlight of the day was definitely the ‘Mummy Wrapping’ – much hilarity – especially when the children were asked to burst out and scare their classmates! All the children represented Rothwell Primary School brilliantly – all parents and carers should be very proud.
Spring Term 2021
Easter egg design competition winners
Lower Key Stage 2 wrote and presented some brilliant adverts promoting a Baltic Cruise to various capital cities from this region.
Year 3 worked well with arrays to show how this represents multiplication.
Year 4 spent time using lolly sticks to create Roman numerals. An engaging way to make this lesson memorable.
Lower KS2 had a fabulous time describing hidden objects in ‘feely bags’ to prove that light is needed to see and that darkness is the absence of light.
Lower Key Stage 2 loved this science lesson where they created ear gongs using string and coat-hangers to explore how for a sound to occur, something will have vibrated.
Lower Key stage two have loved learning more about our world. They now understand about the equator, the hemispheres and how this effects climate.
Science fun in Lower Key Stage 2. We explored changing states with ‘ice hands’ and learnt about the functions of the skeleton.
Maths fun. Exploring addition with practical resources to check we fully understand what is happening in a calculation so our written methods are not just ‘tricks’.
There are also a number of teaching websites that are now free to use for all parents and children. They contain many ideas and activities for learning across the curriculum.
MESSAGE from STARS team (autism specialist support service)
We know that changes to routine, the sensory challenges of increased handwashing and the general anxiety of the situation can have a big impact for Autistic children and young people. Below are some links to information/resources that may help. Please share these with your colleagues and the parents/guardians of the children you support. Some of these may also be useful for other children and young people in your settings.
There are some resources/information to support children and young people with Autism available on the STARS website http://www.starsteam.org.uk/coronavirus-resources I have also attached some generic symbols that may be useful for parents/carers whilst children are at home. In addition to this the National Autistic society has some useful information and links: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus.asp The NAS helpline remains open and could be a useful source of support for parents during the current unprecedented circumstances: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/main.aspx Tel: 0808 800 4104 Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am-4pm and Friday 9am-3pm. The Leeds Community healthcare trust has some useful resources/information/links in its toolkit: https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/speech-and-language-therapy2/service-downloads/. There is some useful information and video clips to support with Intensive Interaction @ https://www.intensiveinteraction.org/