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Summer Term in Rowan Class

Wow I can’t believe it is already the Summer term. How time flies. This will be a jam packed term for Rowan class where we will be fitting in lots of learning opportunities as well as heading off to Cuffley Camp for 3 days in June.

Cuffley Camp

We will be visiting Cuffley Camp from Wednesday 14th June to Friday 16th June 2017 and this is an excellent chance for the children to get stuck in to nature, to push their limits and strengthen their independence. I know that I am really excited for this trip and I am sure that the children are too. I will be holding two meetings for parents – one at 3.15pm on Friday 19th May and the other at 7pm on Monday 22nd May. This is where you will be given any information and documents you will need.

In English this term, Rowan class will be learning about different structures in Poetry such as Haikus, Tankas and Kennings. We will also be learning about the features of persuasive writing and using our new knowledge to write our own persuasive letters. Towards the end of our term, we will be writing our own adventure stories. We will continue to have stand-alone Spelling lessons three times a week and handwriting lessons twice a week.

In Maths we will be continuing our learning on fractions. We will be learning how to compare fractions, how to find equivalent fractions and how to add and subtract fractions. We will be revising the different methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before moving on to Measurement, Geometry and Statistics revision.

Our RE topic this term is all about Hinduism. We will be learning to understand the Hindu belief that there is one God with many different aspects. We will also be learning to understand the significance of the River Ganges for a Hindu and non-Hindu.

Our Science Units for this term are ‘Light and Shadows’, ‘Forces’ and ‘Plants and Pollination’.  

Our topic begins with History where we will be learning about children’s experiences in WWII. We will also be learning about Volcanoes in Geography this term.

Children will be bringing home 9 spellings to learn from either the Year 2 spelling list or the Year 3&4 spelling list. These are practised in class as well as at home. Children will test each other in order to embed the word. On average, every other week children will be given the opportunity to be tested on their spellings by Mrs Corlass – if they are not ready they can choose to keep their spellings for a while longer. At times I will complete a whole class spelling test of both sets of words to retest spellings from previous months. This is to ensure children really know those spellings – this may mean some words are repeated over the year. Sometimes your child may bring home a list of random words which are not from the Year 2 or Year 3&4 list – these are from the children’s literacy work and have been spelt incorrectly during a lesson.

We will be continuing with our Maths Passports this term, your child should know their current target in order to practise this at home as well as at school. We will be checking children’s progress against these targets once a week on a Thursday or Friday afternoon. It is quick mental fluency which aids your child in their daily maths lesson.

From now on your child will read with an adult from Rowan Class every other week, please can I ask that you are reading with your child at home and writing in their reading record. This only needs to be for 5 minutes to pick up on any issues. It’s also a chance for you to see the progress they are making in their reading. I will continue to teach daily guided reading sessions which allow me to hear children reading a slightly higher levelled book as well as check their comprehension.

Homework:

Homework will follow the same pattern as Autumn and Spring term. Every Monday your child will bring home a piece of Maths or English homework in their yellow folder. This will need to be completed and returned by the Friday of the same week.

Every other Monday your child will bring home their Learning Log which will have a project inside. This will need to be brought back in the following Friday (10days after being brought home.)

I am sure we are going to have a fun-filled and energetic Summer term (it is Rowan Class after all) I am super impressed with how engaged and enthusiastic the children are with their learning. This term will be a good chance to prepare them for their next challenges in year 4. Thank you all again for your ongoing support.

If there is ever anything you need or if you wish to have a discussion with me please make an appointment at the office to come and see me before or after school.

Miss Mileham  

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Spring Term in Rowan Tree Class

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you all had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break.

Firstly, I would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ for all your presents, cards and vouchers. I am very appreciative of your generosity. I have spent my vouchers on some lovely skin care products.

Mrs Morris, Mrs Corlass and Mrs Barrie have also asked me to thank you all for your generous gifts/ vouchers. They were also blown away by your kindness.

We have a very short (but very busy) term ahead of us. In English this half term, Rowan class will be learning about Arthurian Legends and Explanation texts. We will continue to have stand-alone Spelling lessons three times a week and handwriting lessons twice a week.

In Maths we will be learning more methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before moving on to Measurement, Geometry and Statistics.

Our RE topic this half term is all about Jesus’ miracles. We will be looking at the theme ‘healing’ and discussing what this term means to us.

Our Science Unit for the first half of spring term is ‘Food and Bodies’. We will be learning about food and nutrition as well as learning about our skeletons.

Our topic begins with History where we will be learning about ‘The Victorians.’ Our focus will be on Victorian toys before moving on to learn about the artwork of William Morris. After our History unit is complete we will be moving on to D&T where we will be learning about Control Mechanisms – levers and linkages.

Children will be bringing home 9 spellings to learn from either the Year 2 spelling list or the Year 3&4 spelling list. These are practised in class as well as at home. Children will test each other in order to embed the word. On average, every other week children will be given the opportunity to be tested on their spellings by Mrs Corlass – if they are not ready they can choose to keep their spellings for a while longer. At times I will complete a whole class spelling test of both sets of words to retest spellings from previous months. This is to ensure children really know those spellings – this may mean some words are repeated over the year. Sometimes your child may bring home a list of random words which are not from the Year 2 or Year 3&4 list – these are from the children’s literacy work and have been spelt incorrectly during a lesson.

We will be continuing with our Maths Passports this term, your child should know their current target in order to practise this at home as well as at school. We will be checking children’s progress against these targets once a week on a Thursday or Friday afternoon. It is quick mental fluency which aids your child in their daily maths lesson.

From now on your child will read with an adult from Rowan Class every other week, please can I ask that you are reading with your child at home and writing in their reading record. This only needs to be for 5 minutes to pick up on any issues. It’s also a chance for you to see the progress they are making in their reading. I will continue to teach daily guided reading sessions which allow me to hear children reading a slightly higher levelled book as well as check their comprehension.

Homework:

Homework will follow the same pattern as Autumn term. Every Monday your child will bring home a piece of Maths or English homework in their yellow folder. This will need to be completed and returned by the Friday of the same week.

Every other Monday your child will bring home their Learning Log which will have a project inside. This will need to be brought back in the following Friday (10days after being brought home.)

I absolutely love teaching Rowan class – they are so enthusiastic, funny and hard working. I’m really impressed with the attitude they place on their learning and how much progress they are making from their hard work. They genuinely love to learn and every day they give me something new to smile about.

Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support. If there’s ever anything you’re not sure on, or if you want to communicate with me, please email me on rmileham@tewincowper.herts.sch.uk or book an appointment to come and see me. 

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Science Week in Rowan Tree Class

Rowan's had such a jam packed Science Week and they were all so enthusiastic and engaged. It was lovely to see them all loving different parts of their science learning. I must say that I also learned a lot from Science Week, especially from all the children's speeches on Monday. They were so confident and knowledgable. It was wonderful.

There are some photographs in the gallery, in Rowan class' album, that show some of the activities of our week. 

 

I'm already looking forward to the next Science Week, as I know many of the children are too. 

Miss Mileham 

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Autumn B in Rowan Class

Wow can you believe we are already in November. This term is flying by.

 

This half term Rowan class will be learning all about America in their Geography topic and in RE we will be discussing the meaning of Christmas. Speaking of Christmas...we have already started learning our song words for our Christmas play with Cherry Tree and Birch Tree class. They're going to be amazing, we are all really looking forward to it. 

For Maths this half term we are continuing to look at number and place vaue, this includes improving our mental fluency. We have spent some time looking at different methods for addition and subtraction and this week we will be moving on to multiplication and division. Soon we will be exploring fractions, one of my personal favourite maths units. 

In English this half term, we will be learning how to write limericks, playscripts and instructions. Rowan have been building their vocabulary over the past couple of months and we are always looking for ways to improve our writing. 

For PE we will be spending the first 3 weeks learning how to play netball outside (please rememeber your trainers Rowans!) We will then move on to indoor Athletics. 

I am so impressed with how well the children have settled into Year 3, they've been putting in lots of effort and working very hard. I'm sure it will continue this half term. 

Miss Mileham

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Rowan Tree Class Update

Rowan Class’ first few weeks.

 

Can I just begin this by saying a huge thank you to all children and parents in Rowan Tree Class for making me feel so welcome at Tewin Cowper. It’s been such a busy few weeks (as it usually is at the beginning of term) and I’ve really loved getting to know you all. All of the children are showing me how hard working and enthusiastic they are. I’m so happy to be their teacher.

First Week

We sure have been busy here in Rowan Tree Class. We started our term off learning about the importance of E-Safety. The children made some amazing E-Safety campaign posters that were designed to be eye-catching but also to convey a message.

History

 Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning about The Romans. We wanted to answer the question, ‘What impact did the Roman Invasion have on Britain?’ We learnt about what Britain was like before the Roman Invasion, why the Romans invaded and what they changed once they arrived. We debated whether the Romans were invaders or settlers and finished our topic by making our own Roman Mosaics.

English

In English we have learnt about how to create images in poetry using adjectives and adverbs. We wrote our own poetry about animals and the wind – this was then performed to the class. We have just started our next English unit on Aesop’s Fables, by the end of this we will be writing our own fables that have a moral or a lesson.

Maths

We’ve been super busy in maths. We started the term learning about Numbers and Place Value. This then continued on to mental fluency. We learnt about different methods to add and subtract larger numbers in our heads. We are now learning about Multiplication and Division.

Science

Our Science topic for this half term is ‘Earth Rocks’. For this we are learning about the different types of rocks, soils and fossils. In our first lesson we did an experiment on different rocks to test their permeability, hardness, how well they float and whether they contain chalk. There were different testing stations set up and we recorded our findings in a table. We have also been learning about the difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. To do this we used chocolate chips to show what happens to rocks when they are heated and then cooled (which is how igneous rocks are formed from Lava). We then created our own sedimentary sandwiches. Each different food represented a different layer of the rock. We pushed our sandwiches together and cut them to see what the layers looked like. A fun science task but not great to eat.

PE

We have been spending our Thursday afternoon PE session learning about playing football against each other. We have been improving our fitness and stamina with different activities, our ball skills and concentration, our team work and positioning in games.

Spelling Folders

Each child in the class now has a spelling folder they will bring home with them every day. Please can this be brought back to school every day too as we practice our spellings throughout the week rather than on a set day. Each child will have nine words they are focussing on at a time. These will be tested in class throughout the week – for more information on how I assess spellings please read the letter emailed to you recently.

Emailing

My email address at school is rmileham@tewincowper.herts.sch.uk if you have any queries or want to get hold of me quickly you may contact me here. Please could you send me a quick email on here so I have your email address should I need it.

Miss Mileham 

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Our Location

 
  Our Address:
Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
Tewin,
Hertfordshire.
AL6 0JU
Telephone:
01438 717378
Fax:
01438 718586
Email:
admin@tewincowper.herts.sch.uk
 

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