classes - thringstone
classes - thringstone

Classes

Wolves      Pandas      Tigers      Cheetahs      Snow Leopards      Dolphins

Wolves

The teachers  in Foundation Stage are Mrs Kay and Miss Taylor.  The children are also support by some of our Learning Support Assistants.

In the Foundation Stage  we focus on making the children feel ‘at home’ by providing familiar games and activities with their friends. 

We experience the festivals of Diwali, Chinese New Year, Bonfire Night and Christmas, through making and tasting traditional foods, dressing up and role play. The children also develop their creative skills using a range of media producing: cards; lanterns; dragon masks; and paintings to music.

We enjoy exploring the local area and we have visited the church, post- box and woods to support our learning.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record
• Appropriate clothing for the weather  (as we play outside every day whatever the weather!)

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

Throughout our first topic, “Let’s Explore” the children in Wolves have explored their new environment and become familiar with their new routines. They have used their senses to see what they could see, smell, taste and touch. They loved looking for mini beats in our Forest School Area and smelling the vegetables growing in our vegetable garden. Wolves have been learning about what essential items you would need to go on a school trip and then followed instructions to make their own jam sandwich to take on a picnic. In Maths the children have been learning how to count and represent numbers 1, 2 and 3 and have been comparing shapes and sizes. Wolves are excited to learn all about the Alphabetic Code and have been enjoying listening for sounds in words and learning how to recognise and write the letters in their names. They had great fun constructing and building together in our topic “Build It Up”.

In our new topic “Marvellous Machines” the children are learning about the technology that is part of their daily lives and how machines help us.  

 

Pandas

Pandas

The teachers in Year 1 & 2 – Pandas are Mrs Augustin and Miss Bowers.  The children are also supported by some of our Learning Support Assistants. 

At Thringstone we follow a topic and creative based curriculum, using year group objectives from the National Curriculum. Throughout the year topics are varied to meet the objectives and maximise children’s interest and learning.

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome in school, and this helps forge close links with home.

We expect all children to read regularly at home each week and learn their number bonds and times tables. We also encourage children to carry out weekly homework where they apply their learning, understanding and skills.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record and books
• Appropriate clothing for the weather

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

The Year 1 Pandas have had lots of fun in Science this term. We have been learning about ‘Animals, Including Humans.’ We learnt about the different groups of animals, and the similarities and differences between the animals in each group. We also learnt about our five senses. We went on a senses walk around the school which we all greatly enjoyed. Additionally, we learnt all about the human body.
The Year 2 Pandas have been learning about ‘Animals and their Habitats’ in Science. We have explored our local woodland habitat and found many mini-beast microhabitats. We have also looked at food chains and how animals get their energy.
In Maths we have been looking at number, place value, addition and subtraction. In RE, we have been learning about Islam and how the beliefs of Muslims impact their daily life. Looking at the artefacts and dressing up in the clothes of Muslim children was lots of fun.
We have enjoyed reading a plethora of books in our wonderful reading garden. We understand that reading is a crucial part of our daily learning and a gateway to the wider curriculum.
As the weeks have gone on, we have become more and more confident in our new phonics programme. We love learning different pieces of the alphabetic code and are increasing our independence character muscle when completing our daily high-quality paper-based activities.   

 

Tigers

The teacher  in Year 3 – Tigers is Mrs Kemp and children are also supported by some of our Learning Support Assistants.

At Thringstone we follow a topic and creative based curriculum, using year group objectives from the National Curriculum.  Throughout the year topics are varied to meet the objectives and maximise children’s interest and learning.

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome in school, and this helps forge close links with home.

We expect all children to read regularly at home each week and learn their number bonds and times tables. We also encourage children to carry out weekly homework where they apply their learning, understanding and skills.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record and books
• Appropriate clothing for the weather

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

During the first half term we went back in time for our history based ‘Gods and Mortals’ topic. Children enjoyed learning about the powerful gods such as Zeus and Apollo, ran through the Labyrinth to find the beastly Minotaur and flew over the Aegean Sea from Crete to Sicily with Icarus and Daedalus. We learnt about the myth of Pandora’s box and even made our own boxes! In Science we studied ‘Animals and Humans’ and looked at different types of skeletons and nutrition. During Maths lessons, we focused on place value and began basic addition and subtraction calculations.

In English, we wrote character profiles and letters to the King of Greece. During Year 3 we will study many different genres of writing including journalistic, persuasive, explanation, poetry as well as non-fiction writing.

During our PE lessons we have teamed up with Year 4 to develop our skills in Basketball, Netball and Hockey. We also go swimming every week which helps us to build our confidence in the water and learn new skills.

In Computing, we have been focusing on our presentation skills and created PowerPoint’s about our summer holidays.

We are looking forward to our other topics that we will cover this year including Heroes and Villains, Mighty Metals and Tribal Tales.   

 

Cheetahs

The teacher in Year 4 – Cheetahs is Mrs Hallam and the children are also supported by some of our Learning Support Assistants

At Thringstone we follow a topic and creative based curriculum, using year group objectives from the National Curriculum.  Throughout the year topics are varied to meet the objectives and maximise children’s interest and learning.

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome in school, and this helps forge close links with home.

We expect all children to read regularly at home each week and learn their number bonds and times tables. We also encourage children to carry out weekly homework where they apply their learning, understanding and skills.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• Change of shoes for inside school – eg plimsolls
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record and books
• Appropriate clothing for the weather

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

Cheetahs have been having so much fun,
From our topic on the Olympics, to playing basketball in the sun.
We’re striking the right chord in our ukulele lessons,
And have been lucky to work with a karate coach in a PE session.
As part of the Ashby Arts Festival, our Poppy Artwork is proudly displayed,
Whilst in our writing we were challenged by the shrinking sentences that we made.
Our Venn Diagrams that we created in our Olympics topic showed that we were on the right track.
Whilst our Science circuit sessions developed our confidence so much that we didn’t want to give the equipment back! 

Snow Leopards

The teacher in Year 5 – Snow Leopards is Mrs Baugh and the children are supported by some of our Learning Support Assistants.

At Thringstone we follow a topic and creative based curriculum, using year group objectives from the National Curriculum.  Throughout the year topics are varied to meet the objectives and maximise children’s interest and learning.

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome in school, and this helps forge close links with home.

We expect all children to read regularly at home each week and learn their number bonds and times tables. We also encourage children to carry out weekly homework where they apply their learning, understanding and skills.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• Change of shoes for inside school – eg plimsolls
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record and books
• Appropriate clothing for the weather

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

Snow Leopards have some exciting topics to cover in Year 5. Looking at how vegetables grow and harvesting our own form the school garden, is amazing, in the topic ‘Sow Grow Farm.’ Cooking each week allows us to use these to create fabulous foods from recipes.

In our PE lessons we work with Year 6 and have lots of opportunities to learn new skills and play new games too. We can take part in competitions outside of school. We go swimming every week and enjoy learning all sorts of strokes and water skills.

During our Music lessons we have the opportunity to learn to play the Djembe drums. This means we can perform to others too.

Forest School lessons are exciting, using our school grounds to create and nurture. We go out in all weathers and enjoy working outside.

Early next year we have the opportunity to go on a residential visit to Boreatton Park, we get to really test out and develop our character muscles.

Other Topics we cover include Space, Pharaohs, Greeks and we look at the wonderful history and geography of the area that we live in. 

Dolphins

The teacher in Year 6– Dolphins is Mrs Hammersley.  The children are also supported by Miss Jones.

At Thringstone we follow a topic and creative based curriculum, using year group objectives from the National Curriculum.  Throughout the year topics are varied to meet the objectives and maximise children’s interest and learning.

We have an open door policy where parents are welcome in school, and this helps forge close links with home.

We expect all children to read regularly at home each week and learn their number bonds and times tables. We also encourage children to carry out weekly homework where they apply their learning, understanding and skills.

Important things your child should have in school:
• A drinks bottle
• Change of shoes for inside school – eg plimsolls
• A PE bag consisting of any plain T-shirt, a pair of shorts, plimsolls
• A bag to carry a reading record and books
• Appropriate clothing for the weather

Please ensure all your child’s things are named as a lot of school clothing is the same.

In the Autumn term, our Topic is Frozen Kingdoms. Within this topic we look at the differences between The Arctic and Antarctic polar regions. We compare what it was like onboard The Titanic for the different classes, and use research and debate to understand how the tragedy could have been avoided. The second part of the topic focuses upon polar exploration and we become one of Ernest Shackleton’s crew members onboard The Endurance.

Also during this term, in Forest Schools, we have explored the different habitats within the school grounds, built shelters, cleared and prepared large areas ready for a new outdoor building.

Music plays a huge part of our learning in Dolphins, with weekly djembe lessons, and our focus this term in class lessons is upon pulse and the voice – building up to our Year 5 and 6 Christmas production – Scrooge.