Caterpillars

Summer Term
 
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This term we are learning about the Roman Empire. We have started with a Geography focus, looking at the diverse countries that border the Mediterranean, in areas conquered by the Romans. In Science we are exploring Light, and have already been sending each other messages in Morse Code, using a mirror and a torch. In R.E we are currently exploring Islam, and considering the importance of prayer to Muslims. In P.E we continue to develop our Maypole dancing skills whilst also developing the fielding and batting skills that we will need to start playing cricket in a few weeks time.
 
Spring Term
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This term we are learning about Polar regions. We start in Antarctica, examining the geography and wildlife of this frozen continent. As we move towards February we will examine the history of its discovery and brave explorers who risked their lives to be the first to reach the South Pole.
 
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After Half term, we shall turn our attention to the North Pole, comparing and contrasting its ecology and the history of its heroes. As winter turns to spring we will learn about the Tundra and also consider environmental concerns facing both Poles.
 
In Science we are learning about Rocks, Fossils and Soil. The class are bringing in specimens from home as we consider how they were formed and what they are used for.
 
P.E has now moved to Tuesday afternoons. The children are enjoying Gymnastics with Ms Jackson our visiting Sports Specialist.

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Caterpillar Class 2018-19

 

Autumn Term

Welcome to Caterpillar Class with Mrs McGreal (formerly Miss Sadler) and Mrs Horsford!Image result for kew gardens palm house

 

 

Our Topic

Our class topic for this term is called "Chocolate". We are starting this exciting subject with a look at the Amazon Rainforest, its people, wildlife and climate. We shall then move on to the history of this delicious food, firstly examining its impact on European culture before delving deeper into its origins by studying the Mayans and Aztecs. The grand finale will be a two week mini project on the Nutcracker just before Christmas! Our Class trip this term is a very special one: we are journeying to the gardens at Kew to explore the famous palm house and learn more about the rainforest in tropical glasshouses.

 

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Independence and Reading

The whole class will be enjoying Roald Dahl's classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

Being an independent reader is an important part of life in Caterpillars. We make sure that your child is reading a book that is both appropriate for their level and one that they will enjoy reading independently. Your child will have the opportunity to read with an adult at least once a week. In addition to this, we will be having a weekly guided reading carousel, which will give them an opportunity to read, practise their spellings and check their comprehension of a range of texts.

Your child will also have a reading record, in which they will be able to write a comment about what they have read.

In Caterpillars Class we try very hard to help children become independent learners. Your child should be responsible for bringing their own lunch box, water bottle and book bag into the classroom and hanging their belonging on their peg, or putting them in their drawer after the bell goes.

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 Pencil Cases

A positive aspect of increasing independence in Caterpillar Class is children having their own pencil cases.

The suggested contents include:

  •          HB pencils
  •          Pencil sharpener
  •          Small ruler
  •          Pritt stick
  •          Colouring crayons
  •          A geometry set
  •          Handwriting pen (when a pen licence has been issued).

It is helpful if all the items are named. Pencil cases also need to fit into the children’s drawers, so they should not be too big.

You will notice that the list does not include a rubber. We do not want to encourage the routine rubbing out of possible errors, as the visible correction of these is a sign of learning rather than a ‘blot on the landscape.’

 Pen Licences

In Caterpillar Class we aim for high standards in the presentation of our written work. As such, pen licences are only issued when that standard has been attained and sustained throughout the curriculum. We will be doing weekly handwriting sessions in class, however you can support your child by helping them to practise their joined-up handwriting at home with a pencil. They must know how to join any letter to another and do this as a matter of course in their writing to gain a pen licence.

 Physical Education

P.E. will take place on Friday afternoons. This half term we will be begin by learning how to play Netball.

The school P.E. policy requires that children get changed into P.E. clothes and shoes for all lessons. Your child will need appropriate footwear, shorts, a t-shirt and, in the Winter months, a jumper or sweatshirt. They must also have a change of socks rather than using their school socks. Children who do not have appropriate P.E kit will not be able to do P.E.

Religious Education and Ethos

As a Church of England school we invite the children to participate in daily prayers at lunchtime (Grace) and end of the day prayers, as well as worshipping in assemblies. We have a great Christian ethos throughout the school in which we encourage the children to be polite and respectful when moving around the school, at lunchtime as well as when speaking to each other and adults.

Homework

At first, daily reading and regular use of Mathletics will be the only homework that your child is expected to do. In time, the children will be bringing home mental maths books to complete on a weekly basis but this will not be until the New Year.

Occasionally, children may be asked to do some research on a particular topic for homework, although a letter will accompany this, explaining what to do and clarifying any issues.

The expectations set out in the National Curriculum suggest that, by the end of Year 4, your child should know up to their 12 times table and the related division facts. As such, we will be using our times tables regularly. Strong times tables knowledge will be invaluable for their work across the mathematics curriculum. Please help your child to practise their times tables at home.

As always, if you have any questions or queries about your child or about life in Caterpillar Class, please come and talk to me.

Kind regards,

Mrs McGreal and the Caterpillar Team

We wrote a poem using our senses for the harvest festival. This is our harvest display. 
We have had fun using the iPads to identify trees in our school grounds. 
 

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Caterpillar Class 2017-18

 

Autumn Term

After a thoroughly enjoyable (albeit quick!) first term here at Thriplow, we return to an equally jam-packed new term with a very exciting topic… 

Our Topic

Our class topic for this term will be focusing on the Roman Empire. We will be exploring various aspects of this topic, across all of the curriculum and we’ll be taking an in-depth look at what life was like during the Roman Empire. To start, Caterpillar class will be transformed in the ‘Caterpillar’ legion. In order to do this, we will be designing our own helmets and shields and trying our hand at making the various formations that Roman soldiers would have performed in battle. As such, if you happen to hear the steady beat of marching feet, you can be sure that the Caterpillar legion are on the move. We’ll also be taking a look at the areas conquered as part of the Roman Empire, researching some key figures in Roman times, making mosaics, pottery and much, much more.

Later on this half term, there will be an opportunity for the children to do a research project on our topic over this term, but I will leave plenty of time between sending it out and when it is due back.

Independence and Reading

In Caterpillars Class we try very hard to help children become independent learners. Your child should be responsible for bringing their own lunch box, water bottle and book bag into the classroom and hanging their belonging on their peg, or putting them in their drawer after the bell goes.

Being an independent reader is an important part of life in Caterpillars. We make sure that your child is reading a book that is both appropriate for their level and one that they will enjoy reading independently. Your child will have the opportunity to read with an adult at least once a week. In addition to this, we will be having a weekly guided reading carousel, which will give them an opportunity to read, practise their spellings and check their comprehension of a range of texts.

Your child will also have a reading record, in which they will be able to write a comment about what they have read.

 Pencil Cases

A positive aspect of increasing independence in Caterpillar Class is children having their own pencil cases.

The suggested contents include:

  •          HB pencils
  •          Pencil sharpener
  •          Small ruler
  •          Pritt stick
  •          Colouring crayons
  •          A geometry set
  •          Handwriting pen (when a pen licence has been issued). The school provides a rollerball pen, but we encourage the use of a fountain pen. We have a stock of fountain pens in House colours, which may be purchased for £4.00 (via Agora or by cheque or cash to the Office).

It is helpful if all the items are named. Pencil cases also need to fit into the children’s drawers, so they should not be too big.

You will notice that the list does not include a rubber. We do not want to encourage the routine rubbing out of possible errors, as the visible correction of these is a sign of learning rather than a ‘blot on the landscape.’

 Pen Licences

In Caterpillar Class we aim for high standards in the presentation of our written work. As such, pen licences are only issued when that standard has been attained and sustained throughout the curriculum. We will be doing weekly handwriting sessions in class, however you can support your child by helping them to practise their joined-up handwriting at home with a pencil. They must know how to join any letter to another and do this as a matter of course in their writing to gain a pen licence.

 Physical Education

P.E. will take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. This half term we will be practising our ball handling skills, both on our own and as part of team.

The school P.E. policy requires that children get changed into P.E. clothes and shoes for all lessons. Your child will need appropriate footwear, shorts, a t-shirt and, in the Winter months, a jumper or sweatshirt.

Religious Education and Ethos

As a Church of England school we invite the children to participate in daily prayers at lunchtime (Grace) and end of the day prayers, as well as worshipping in assemblies. We have a great Christian ethos throughout the school in which we encourage the children to be polite and respectful when moving around the school, at lunchtime as well as when speaking to each other and adults.

Homework

This year, your child will receive weekly spellings for their homework. The spellings will be given out on a Friday and they will be a small test on the following Thursday.

Occasionally, children may be asked to do some research on a particular topic for homework, although a letter will accompany this, explaining what to do and clarifying any issues.

The expectations set out in the National Curriculum suggest that, by the end of Year 4, your child should know up to their 12 times table and the related division facts. As such, we will be using our times tables regularly. Not only will this support their transition from Year 3 to Year 4, but will also be invaluable for their work across the mathematics curriculum. Please help your child to practise their times tables at home. From January onwards, I will be sending out times tables homework each week. This will be sent out on Friday and, like spellings, there will be a small test on the following Thursday. If your child does not appear to be confident with the times tables from the previous week, they will be given the same times table to practise again.

As always, if you have any questions or queries about your child or about life in Caterpillar Class, please come and talk to me.

Kind regards,

Mr Lewis and the Caterpillar Class Team