Welcome to Portland Bill Lighthouse Class
Our teachers are Mrs Funnell (Monday & Tuesday) and Mrs Holden (Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays)
Our teaching assistants are Mr Topping and Mrs Holtom.
We look forward to working with you and your child.
Light of the Week
In Portland Bill Class, we choose a Light of the Week every Friday. The child will be chosen for being a true example of 'Being a Light for All to See'. A 'Shining Light' could be a child who has really stood out during the week for their behaviour or their learning in a particular subject; a 'Guiding Light' could be a child who has helped the class as a whole or supported someone in need; a 'Leading Light' could be someone who has set a brilliant example in their learning or their conduct; and a 'Welcoming Light' could be someone who has made a new child or visitor feel welcome and safe in our school.
We share all our wonderful learning on Seesaw and use it as a communication tool.
Please log in to your child's account to see what we're up to. It's lovely for the children to see and read your comments.
Please see below for information about what we are learning.
Our Curriculum Maps give a breakdown of the different subjects and the skills and knowledge we are covering this term.
We would love it if your child reads to you or you read to them every night. We understand that this is not always physically possible but if you can do at least three listens per week, that would be great. Stamps and certificates will be awarded for competed bookmarks.
It is a known fact that children's vocabulary and understanding is improved by reading everyday. Please talk to your children about their reading. It should be a pleasurable experience with a mutual enjoyment of storylines and characters. Question them about their understanding and make predictions about the next chapters.
Year Group Reading Spines
In addition to reading level books, we have 50 recommended books for each year group to read and your child will be able to choose the books that interest them. There is a real mixture of picture books, graphic novels and chapter books for all year groups. On top of the 50 recommended books, we also have a great variety of books that are year group linked.
We are learning the Year 3/4 spelling patterns using the Spelling Shed website and your child has their own login to access the games relating to their weekly spelling list. The spelling lists are updated on Monday mornings and the children will have a copy in their Yellow Reading Record to practise at home. Tests are on the following Monday morning. If your child has a personalised Precision Spelling list, they will work on this separately but will still have access to the Spelling Shed website.
We will also revisit the Year 2 common exception words and will work on the Year 3 & 4 statutory word list throughout the year. Please feel free to support your child in learning these words at any point.
See below for the Year 2 Common Exception Words and the Year 3/4 Statutory Word List
Your child has a Doodlemaths account. Please encourage your child to spend a few minutes each day answering the bespoke maths questions which are tailored to their needs.
Please encourage your child to go on their TTrockstars login -they will show amazing improvement in their speed of recall which will obviously help in many areas of maths.
We will be doing PE on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please make sure you wear the appropriate school PE kit, including properly fitted trainers. Long hair must be tied up.
We are strong believers in the importance of daily exercise and the Daily Mile is a perfect opportunity to do this.
We shall work up to doing it everyday but please ensure your child has their trainers in school everyday.
The Daily Mile gets children out of the classroom for fifteen minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom. For more information, see this website: https://thedailymile.co.uk/