Our classes are named after inspirational people from around the world and from throughout history. Our class is named after the famous American jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald. She was known as 'The First Lady of Song', having inspired many modern singers with her unique tone and introducing the twentieth century to scat. The children already know and will continue to learn more about Fitzgerald and why she is such an inspirational role model.
The class teacher this year is Miss Hook and the brilliant Miss Bland will be the teaching assistant this year.
This year's topics are:
- Autumn - The Victorians
- Spring - The Golden Age of Islam
- Summer- South America
Mr De Vos will teach the children P.E. on Wednesday and as usual the children will need to come to school in their P.E. kits. Please can they remember to have their hair tied up and remove any jewellery.
Weekly homework will include spellings to learn, a Times Tables Travels sheet and topic homework. Spellings will be sent home on Friday and Times Tables Travels sheets will be sent home on Thursday. It would be great if children could practise their spellings and times tables travels at home throughout the week. If you can ask your children to spell words or recall tables – that would help! Spelling and Times Tables Travels tests are on Friday. Children will also have a library book to read at home. Please could you encourage your children to read and listen to them read regularly, as well as completing their reading diary.
Children should bring in their reading records every day and are encouraged to read everynight at home. Please do encourage your child to read at home, it'll make a tremendous difference to their confidence and attainment in class! The reading book you receive will be in line with your child's reading ability. The children are assessed regularly and book levels are set accordingly. Please try and complete their reading record by signing it to acknowledge they have read at home and we can check these in school and gets books quizzed and changed.
We appreciate your support and cooperation.
We are focussing on the book The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad! This historical fiction follows thirteen year old Jabir and the journey he goes on to protect his family. It gives a mesmerising insight into Islamic civilisation and the historical culture of the Middle East prior to AD 900.
As most of you know already, we have an open-door policy at Knowle and are keen to develop good relationships with all our parents. If you have any concerns or questions, we are always happy to talk to you at the beginning or at the end of the school day, so please do come and speak to us if needed.
I am very excited to have a spectacular year with Fitzgerald Class!