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Simmonds

Eleanor (Ellie) Simmonds OBE is a four-time Paralympic Champion with ten world records to her name. She won her first Paralympic medal when only thirteen. Ellie became the youngest winner of the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 and then the youngest recipient of an MBE at the age of fourteen.

Welcome to Simmonds Class

We hope you will enjoy looking at our page, and finding out about all the exciting things we get up to at school!

Simmonds Class team this year are:

  • Mrs Willoughby
  • Mrs Teteris
  • Ms Woodward
  • Mr Koncz

Sylvia TeterisJacqueline WilloughbyDeborah WoodwardGabor Koncz

If you would like more details of what we are doing, or you have any questions about your child’s work, please make an appointment to see me after school.

Simmonds Parent Topic Sheet

English

In Zorn class this term in English we will be retelling a range of stories, including our featured author Roald Dahl in particular looking at particular themes such as ‘good and evil’. The pupils will also have opportunities to write their own short stories. This unit also provides opportunity to learn about speech marks and punctuation. 

We will also look at non-fiction texts, where pupils will become familiar with the features of an explanation text such as the present tense and use of connectives. They will research texts based on their own interests and present this to their peers, sharing what they have learnt. In poetry, pupils will engage imaginatively with classic poetry, such as Lewis Carroll. They will use comprehension skills to explore nonsense poetry and write their own version of poems. There will also be opportunities for pupils to give a performance to an audience.  

 Maths

In Maths pupils will be focussing on sequencing. In this area pupils will have to their mathematical skills in problem solving, to understand the value of numbers from 0 – 100. They will have to recognize patterns of numbers in 2, 5, and 10 number lines. We will develop their clock reading skills for analogue and digital clocks. To support your child with maths at home please have a look at this website that gives advice and activities to families. http://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/

 Topic

Our topic this term will be ‘People everywhere’ which looks at different countries cultures, language, food, geography and history. Children will be recognising the different countries of origin in their class and local community, and using a map to plot where different countries can be found. They will be creating ‘An Aliens Guide to…’ different countries around the world which will serve as a rough guide for an alien visitor to earth. Looking at the all the aspects that make countries unique and different from earth other.

 Science

In Science we will be exploring the human body and healthy living. Children will learn the names and functions of the different bones and organs found in the human body. We will be looking at how different foods can affect our bodies and what we can do to have a healthy body. You can support your child by encouraging them to exercise and eat healthy foods at home. These websites are also great for revising the material we will cover.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zcyycdm/resources/1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z9339j6/resources/1 http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx

 PE

PE will take place on Thursday and Friday, please ensure that children have a full kit at school, this includes indoor and outdoor attire and must include a pair of trainers (not plimsolls). The activities will be based around over the net games. In this unit children focus on developing the skills they need for net games and on how to use these skills to make the game difficult for their opponent. They learn to direct the ball towards the target area and away from their opponent. In all games activities, children have to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. 

PSHE

In PSHE children will be developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities, recognising their worth as individuals by identifying positive things about themselves and their achievements, seeing their mistakes, making amends and setting personal goals. They will be to thinking about the lives of people living in other places and times, and people with different values and customs, and that differences and similarities between people arise from a number of factors, including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability.

 ICT

In ICT Students will be learning about e safety and how to stay safe online. This is something that you as parents can help support with. This website can be used to support you in understanding the dangers facing today’s youth. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of the facilities available in your local library – for books, but also use of computers and the internet.

Homework

Homework will be set regularly and we also encourage you to read as much as possible with your child at home.

We will use your child’s school planner to give you information from time to time, please do the same if you wish to communicate with us e.g. comments about things your child has enjoyed or done well at home.