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Welcome to Hazel Tree - Mrs McKinnon & Mrs Rowlands

Happy New Year!    

We hope you have had a wonderful, enjoyable Christmas and are ready for the Spring term.  Many thanks for the lovely presents and cards you gave us for Christmas, your generosity is very much appreciated.  

We are really looking forward to this term.  Read through our Welcome Letter, Topic Web and Curriculum Overview to see all the exciting things we have planned for this term.

You can also see what we are up to through our twitter feed below, if you would like to follow us on twitter, we are @hazeltreegsp

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Many Thanks

Mrs Rowlands & Mrs McKinnon

 

English

The children will use the books When The Giant Stirred and Big Blue Whale, linked to our curriculum topic and use these as a stimulus for writing across the term. 

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Learning From Home:

Google Classroom

Click on the link to take you to Hazel Tree Google Classroom

Useful Information

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Curriculum

Terrible Travels

Our curriculum topic for this term has a geography focus inspired by natural disasters.  We will travel around the world learning about what causes natural disasters and the impact these have on their surrounding environments and the people who live where they happen. 

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Key Messages

Below are some reminders of our weekly routines. We try to keep to these routines every week but will occasionally change them to suit the needs of the children and any other additional events happening in school.

Reading:

  • School planners will be checked and signed weekly. Children are expected to bring planners into school each day and take them home each day so reading and any other notes can be made in the book at school and at home. 
  • All children will complete a whole-class guided read each week and also participate in other reading activities. Wherever possible, children are also heard to read individually throughout the week.

Times Tables:

  • We will be continuing our focus on times tables.  Children should try to use TTRockstars regularly at home to help recall their times tables.  By the end of Year 4, the children are expected to know all times tables up to x12 and will complete the new Multiplication Tables Check during June.  To help with this, there is also a website ‘https://urbrainy.com/mtc’ which allows the children to practise the MTC. This is a really helpful tool, as the results of the test highlight the times tables that the child needs to work on. This will help you know which times tables you can then practise recalling with your child. 

Spellings:

  • Spellings will be sent home weekly. The children will be tested every Friday and the new spelling pattern will also be taught. 

Homework:

  • For the first half term, homework will be set on a Friday and this should be returned by the following Wednesday.  Please sign your child’s planner once it’s completed.
  • Homework will alternate between a Maths or an English activity linked to the unit of work they are covering in class so they should be able to complete the activity independently.  However, if your child feels they need some extra support to complete the activity they should ask in school.  

PE:

  • The children will have indoor PE on a Tuesday. Children should have a full kit in school throughout the week as although we do have set days for these sessions, they may occasionally change. They can be left in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term.
  • We will continue to go swimming on a Friday, leaving at 9am, until the Easter holidays.  Please make sure your child brings their swimming kit every week.
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