Welcome to Hawks Class!
We have 6 boys, 3 girls and 3 members of staff in the Hawks team. The class teacher is Sami-Leigh and the 2 TA's are Jody and Alicia.
Our children range between Year 4 and Year 5. 
Our topic this term is 'The Magic of Being Human'. 
As part of our online learning, I have uploaded and suggested some activities, resources and website links below for you to try with your child at home. Please do not feel obliged as these are not compulsory but rather fun learning opportunities. All activities / learning the children have done in school so your child will be familiar with the content.
As part of our topic 'The Magic of Being Human' we have been looking at our facial features and how we are all uniquely different in Hawk's class. One famous Artist we have been learning about is Andy Warhol. We have been looking at how he uses POP art to create his famous portraits like below... 
In class, we become miniature Artist's to create our own version's of POP art making choices on what colours to use and why we chosen them colours? Here are some examples of our work...
Below are some activities for you to try at home to reinforce those colour mixing, artistic skills...
In addition to our POP ART we will be using this opportunity to look at our Primary and Secondary colours. This week we will be making colour wheels and exploring mixing colours to make new colours. Below are some templates for you to try some colour mixing at home with the children.
The children at the start of this term have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with different musical instruments. We have played interactive musical instruments and have been exploring the different sounds. The famous 'I Am The Music Man' youtube clip has been a great hit with the children - they love doing the actions! 
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As part of our PHSE learning our topic is: What is recycling?
We have just started to look at the different materials that we can recycle in our homes. It would be great if the children could start to recycle at home. I would love to see any pictures of your child recycling - please send them to me via email.
Below I have attached our interactive story that support's our learning - maybe you could read it with your child at home?
In addition i have uploaded a blank template where you can use colours or recallable materials such as (sweet / chocolate wrappers) to cut and stick to design your very own recycle logo. 
In PHSE we have been learning about the different emotions we feel and how they change our body. For example: when we are happy, our faces smile / when we are sad we might start to cry. It is such a big part of our curriculum to support our children with their emotional understanding and regulation. It is important to us as a school and the child that they can understand the emotions they may feel and they are able to communicate and regulate them. 
Please use the Powerpoint below to talk through the different emotions with your child. 
We have been learning about the maths concepts; number, shape, size & capacity. 
  • Number exploration in sensory bins
  • Number hunt - Can you recognise numbers in the environment? Local shops / in the home! 
  • How many ways can your child represent a number?
  • Playing number based games: Snakes & Ladders 
  • Number formation - use resources such as paint, bingo markers, felt tips, play-dough to write numbers.
  • Can your child help counting things around the house? For example: counting the shoes.
  • Collect pebbles whilst our on a walk and make number pebbles / stones to use as a maths resource. 
  • Can the children sequence these number pebbles? 0-10   10-20   or even backwards 10-0
  • Use a glove and rice / flour to create a sensory hand to represent numbers. 
  • Understand and use the terms lots and one.
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
  • Cut out scrap pieces of paper into different shapes (children can help depending on ability). Let the children make a replica of their home, a rocket or any other designs the children would like to make.
  •  Build different shapes with collected stones.
  •  Chalk different shapes on the pavement. 
  •  Dried pasta / cocktail sticks and play-dough to create different 3D shapes.
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
  • Can you find small & big objects around your home. One of our children used their PJ Masks characters to show this concept at home - What a great idea :) 
  •  Build big lego towers & small lego towers
  •  Line the shoes in small too big size order or big too small.
  •  On an Autumn walk find small leaves and bigger leaves.
  • Cut straws into big and small and trace around to investigate which is the biggest? smallest? 
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
In Maths we have been using some key vocabulary when measuring different liquids (displayed on the word mat below) Try these different ideas at home whilst trying to encourage your child to understand and use the correct vocabulary. 
  •  Fill different bottles (used fruit shoots) up with different coloured fluid liquid and allow children to fill other bottles up.
  •  Use lego / porridge oats / flour and other materials or resources as a replacement for water to fill different containers to different capacity levels. 
  •  Use colouring / whiteboard pens to represent full / empty / half full on hand drawn glasses. 
  • Capacity bingo
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
In this section there are lots of ideas to support your child with their phonics and literacy at home. 
Reading with your child:
Enjoy some of your children's favourite books with them. Here are some suggestions and questions you can use whilst reading to your child...
  • Encourage children to turn the pages independently
  • Ask children to point to the different characters / pictures in the story
  • Ask children to recall the story.
  • What might happen next? 
  • Who is your favourite character? Why?
  • What do you think will happen in the end?

Open a book and you will find, 
People and places of every kind.
Open a book and you can be, 
Anything that you want to be.
Open a book and you can share,
Wonderful worlds you find in there.
Open a book and I will too, 
You read to me and I'll read to you.