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Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
Harlow
Essex
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

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What are we learning?+

 

Growth Mind-set

As a school we believe in each child developing a growth mindset. We believe that an individual’s most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.

 

Experience

In the Autumn term our experience will be Castles. To introduce the children to the experience we have talked to them about what they would like to learn, therefore this experience is very child led and will be lots of fun.

 

Science

In Science, the children will be comparing and using materials. The knowledge the children acquire will help them when choosing the correct materials to make a castle.

 

PE

In PE, the children will have the opportunity to participate in swimming and gymnastics.

 

History

In History the children will be discussing changes in living memory and the lives of significant historical figures. The children will also be looking at the lives and roles of knights and kings/queens.

 

Music

In Music the children will be listening to a range of medieval music and making up their own using untuned instruments.

 

Geography

In Geography the children will be naming and locating the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom using atlases and globes.

 

Design and Technology

In DT the children will be designing, making and evaluating their own moving mechanisms. They will be challenged to make their own castles with a moving part.

 

Computing

In computing the children we will be learning many new skills, this will include using the internet to research. There will also be lots of work on e-safety. The children will also be learning about computer programming.

 

English

In English there will continue to be a big focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar. The children will be carrying out weekly writing tasks.

Mathis

In Mathematics we will be carrying out work on number, place value, calculations and mental maths strategies. The children will be continuing to develop their knowledge of the 2, 5, and 10 times tables.

 

Reminder

PE will sometimes be taught outside and therefore it is imperative that the children have warm clothing in school to be able to do this. Although PE will be taking place on a set afternoon, please ensure that the children have both kits on their pegs in school all week in case the session has to be changed. It is very helpful if your child’s clothing is named!! Please see the class notice boards for confirmation on when each class will be doing PE.

 

Children will be swimming each week over two terms so please ensure that they have the correct swimming kit, including a swimming hat and also £1.50 to cover the cost of running the sessions. Please see the class notice boards for confirmation on when each class will be doing swimming.

 

House Groups

We are re launching our house groups this year, to keep the house point system interesting and exciting for the children. Aswell as looking at ways the house points are given out in classrooms, to make the system fair to all across the school, we will be issuing a maximum of 5 house points at a time, this was suggested by the school council to make the point awarding consistent.  we have also renamed our 4 house colour groups to:

Daffodil – Yellow

Bluebell – Blue

Clover – Green

Poppy- Red

 

Children will stay in the same house colour as before, just with the new name. Look out for some house team events, or opportunities to wear the house colours later in the year, we will be working with our school council for ideas.

 

New Vision

This year we have made the decision not to continue with our  TERRRIFC values and adopt new values and skills  We have worked together with staff and pupils to create these.  Our new vision for the school is ‘ At Pear Tree Mead we help all the children to grow so that they can reach the branches to their future.’  To become a fully grown citizen children need to reach the branches of the Pear Tree.

Each life skill is introduced to the children with a forest animal which sits on a branch.  You should be able to see the tree, animals and skills in classrooms and around the school.

 

PSHE

PSHE lessons, assemblies and class times are planned around the branches so that children are taught and reminded of these on a regular basis.  There is a focus on reaching one of the branches each half term.  This half term we will be working on being Respectful with the help of Respectful Mouse.  After half term we will be working with the children on growing in self belief with the help of Self-belief Squirrel.   Please talk to your child about these skills and help them to achieve and work towards them.

 

Thank You!

We would also like to thank parents for their co-operation in developing the children’s independence and coming in to class on their own. We would like to ask for parents to leave their children at the classroom door and not to enter the classroom as the classrooms will become too congested and may cause a Health and Safety issue. We will also need to ensure that every child has a password allocated to them, in case a different person is collecting your child. Please see your child’s teacher to confirm this.

 

Homework

Please click here  to download the homework assignment. 

During the Autumn term homework will be set half termly and we will be using the homework web system. Your child will be given all of their half terms homework at the beginning of each half term. They will then choose a piece of homework to complete every week from the homework web. Each piece of homework will have different point values depending on the challenge of the homework which will be added up each week. At the end of each half term a homework winner will be awarded a certificate and a prize.  This will hopefully give your child a sense of challenge and enjoyment. Remember we do have a homework club which you can sign up for. Homework will be collected in and marked on a Wednesday, with books being returned to each child on a Friday.

 

Children will also be allocated a set of spelling each weeks and be tested on these once a week. We also test whether the children understand the words they are expected to spell and encourage them to use these words in sentences.

We would like to encourage the children to be reading frequently at home, it is very important that your child can not only read fluently but also understand what they have read. Please ensure that your child is not rushing through their books and fully understand them before changing them in the library. You can change your children’s books any day after school in the library. Please note that we will notify you when your child should move up to the next colour band.

Please remember to bring your children’s reading books in every day as reading diaries will be checked regularly.

 

Events

In addition to our planned curriculum there will be additional special days and events taking place, notification of this will be sent to you in separate letters.

 

How can you help?+

There are lots of exciting ways that you can help your child at home with their key skills.  This page contains some useful ideas and website links.

READING

So that your child maintains good progress in reading, we strongly encourage regular reading activities take place at home. Children enjoy being read to and with, so please make time in your busy schedules to help your child.

* Listen to your child read as often as possible. Support them, praise great reading and help them further by asking questions about what they have read.

*  You reading to your child would be another valuable opportunity. By sharing a variety of texts and demonstrating your love of reading it will interest your child. You could also play audio stories for them to listen to or show story videos. The internet contains a selection of these e.g. Julia Donaldson Stories  and  Story Line Online . Explore youtube for more!

Please record in their reading diaries whenever reading at home takes place. It is important that children have their reading diaries and books at school every day.

Click on the link below on receiving extra support and advice on how to improve your child’s reading:

Springboard: A Parent’s Little Guide to Helping Children Read

SPELLINGS

This document has a fantastic selection of activity ideas which you can use to help engage your child with their weekly spellings. Frequent practise of the high frequency words which you recieved in the parent pack would also benefit from using these activities:

Fun spelling activity ideas!

PHONICS

This video shows how to pronounce all the sounds your child will need to know for phonics:

Sounds Video

These phonics mats show some of the sounds your child has been learning, lots of word games linked to these sounds would benefit their learning:

Phase 2 Phonics Sound Chart

Phase 3 Phonics Sound Chart

Phase 5 Phonics Sound Chart

Check out some of these phonics game websites by clicking on the links:


  

Youtube provides lots of additional phonics songs and videos to support the learning of different sounds and reading and writing of words for each sound.

LITERACY GAME WEBSITES

MATHS GAME WEBSITES

   

TIMESTABLES

Knowing and undertstanding how to count in 2s,5s and 10s is an important skill, therefore lots of practise and reciting of counting up in multiples would benefit your child. The 2s 5s and 10s timestables are the next hugely important skills for your child to learn.

Here are a variety of video links to support timestable development:

2 times tables videos     5 times tables videos       10 times tables videos

Plus click here for lots of fun timestable games:

        Times table games       More times table games 

Once they are confident try testing your child timestables out of order.

 

Also check out the following links for other learning websites:

Please use the login details below to get accesss to the Busy Things website:

Username: home5826

Password: peartree

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