Pine 2018 - 2019

Miss Speed

Welcome to Team Pine!


What a busy year we have been having so far!  We have been working so hard and as a result have been producing some phenomenal work!  Well done everyone!  I am so excited for this Summer Term; we have lots of fabulous activities planned!

1st-2nd May: We are going on our residential to Barnstondale!  Remember, there is a meeting at 3:30pm on the 17th April about this trip.

About me...

I love teaching all subjects, but my favourites are French and Maths.  During my free time, I am a Rainbows leader, where I love crafts and making a mess!  I also enjoy going to the gym and doing fitness classes such as Zumba, Clubbercise and Yoga.   I also love going to the theatre and reading!


Welcome to Team Pine!

I hope you've all had a fantastic Easter break!  


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Kingsley Journals

Please ensure these are brought into school daily as this will be the main form of contact between school and home.  In the back of your child's journal, you will find a behaviour chart showing if they have remained on green.  Please also find your child's weekly spellings and weekly guided reading homeworks in their journals.  Please do not use felt pens or biro in your journals!



Weekly homework for Team Pine is:

-Weekly spellings which are tested on Monday

-Guided Reading homework

-MyMaths tasks 

Homework can be found in your child's journal in the form of a 'Homework Menu'.  Children receive bookmark stickers for the main and pudding tasks completed, along with their weekly guided reading homework tasks.  A completed bookmark means attendance at the end of term homework celebration treat!

Optional homework:  Bug Club

Your child has the login and passwords in their journals.  I have allocated texts for your children to read.  This is not compulsory and is for children to enjoy books pitched at their reading level.


Please ensure that PE kits are kept in for the whole week.  Trainers will be needed each day for the daily mile.  PE lessons will happen on a Monday and Thursday.

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Every Monday morning, we have a half hour session of 'My Happy Mind'.  So far, we have completed the 'Meet your Brain' module.  Ask your child what these parts of the brain are responsible for!  (Pre-frontal cortex, Amygdala and Hippocampus!)  We are learning all about ourselves and how to keep ourselves calm, happy and in the right frame of mind for learning.  When we are upset, stressed, or worried, we know that happy breathing helps to calm us down so we can start to think clearly again.  You can download the app for this on your phone :-) 


Please read as often as possible with your child at home.  One of the authors we have been really excited about is Mini Grey.  Following studying one of her books, Traction Man, during the Spring Term, we have been reading other stories by her and even have our own section of the class library dedicated to her books!  We tweeted her showing her all the books we have been reading and she replied to us!  If you want to know more about her, click the link below to go to her website.

Mini Grey

We have also been reading many books by Roald Dahl.  We have already read 'The Twits' and have also been exploring 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and 'Matilda'.  We love the humour he includes in his stories! Click the link below to go to a website which showcases Roald Dahl's famous stories!

Roald Dahl

Let Miss Speed know if there are any authors you particularly enjoy reading the stories of!  Feel free to bring in a book to share with the class too!  Authors that Miss Speed enjoys reading books by are: Oliver Jeffers, Emily Gravett, Anthony Browne, Enid Blyton, Lauren Child, Colin Thompson, Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen, Allan Ahlberg, Julia Donaldson, Jon Klassen and many more!


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