Hello, my name is Mr Gallagher and I am the class teacher in 5G.
Firstly, welcome to our class page and I hope you are as ready as I am for an extremely exciting and busy year! In our classroom, we are very fortunate to be supported by Mrs Hanslip and Mrs Knightly.
At Padiham Primary School, we take an exciting and engaging topic-based learning approach which changes on a termly or half-termly basis. Please see the curriculum cloud for more information as I am sure children would love to get a head start reading around the topic!
Children, prepare yourselves for lots of hard work and to learn new things every day. I look forward to seeing you bright and early every morning.
"A child who reads for 20 minutes a day will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year and is likely to score better than 90% of their peers on standardised tests.”
Reading books will be taken home every day and the reading record is to be signed by an adult with accompanying comments. Please encourage your child to read with you at home.
The key is to hear them read aloud to build fluency and confidence whilst keeping them engaged with the text through questioning and discussion. Please come and see me if you would like any help or advice with how you can read with your child at home.
For more advice on this, there is a guide and some ideas here: https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/how-to-read-with-your-child.html
PE will take place on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure your child has a full PE kit each week, including: pumps, a white t-shirt and black shorts which are all clearly labelled with their name. PE is a mandatory and important part of the curriculum and all children will be expected to take part in the exciting lessons.
Home-learning Opportunities (scroll down for further information)
Homework will be given out on Friday and is to be handed in by Thursday the following week. It will often include spellings, times tables and grammar practice.
Additionally, the children can access the following websites or apps at home in which teachers can set and monitor work:
Times Table Rock Stars: Times tables and division fact games https://ttrockstars.com/
Numbots: Basic number facts and mental maths games play.numbots.com
Doodle: (Maths/Spell/English/Tables) (downloadable app or web-version below)
Readtheory: Reading comprehension https://readtheory.org/
Purple Mash: Computing skills https://www.purplemash.com/login/
Education City: A variety of activities and games https://www.educationcity.com/
Espresso: A variety of activities and games https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/
MyMiniMaths: Free maths resources by topic including arithmetic https://myminimaths.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize: Videos & information on all subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
NRICH: Maths challenges, games, activities https://nrich.maths.org/
Schoolrun: Guides to technical terms and research https://www.theschoolrun.com/
CBBC Newsround: Child-friendly news updates https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
GoNoodle: Activities, music, relaxation, games https://www.gonoodle.com/
Literacy Shed: Writing inspiration and ideas https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html
BBC Supermovers: active learning for all subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
IN THE EVENT OF PROLONGED ABSENCE (self-isolation/school closure), there are a variety of websites offering temporary free access which include guidance and resources. Please make sure you sign up and log on to Class Dojo daily for updates and activities. Listed below are some of the resources that we subscribe to as a school and the children are familiar with:
White Rose Maths - Maths home learning packages, daily free sessions including video tutorials and premium resources access that includes worksheets including answers
Classroom Secrets - free interactive games, learning clips, worksheets and home learning packages. Free access to child version of the site.Covers - English/Maths/SPAG/Reading.
Twinkl – worksheets, Powerpoints, interactive games and a Parent Hub using the code CVDTWINKLHELPS - covers English/Maths/SPAG/Reading/All Topics
ISeeMaths- daily lessons on exciting challenges and Maths problems including some worksheets
Emile Education - exciting games for maths, phonics, spelling, grammar. Build a character and watch them grow as you complete tasks
Tasks will be set daily on Doodle English, Doodle Maths, Doodle Spell and Emile Education for the children to complete at home. TTRockstars battles will be set and any additional challenges will be sent to parents via Class Dojo. White Rose Maths are running daily sessions which follows on from our Maths learning in class (we are at the start of our fraction topic).
Diagnostic Questions - quizzes for every year group based on Maths topic
Third Space Learning - Maths resources from different sources collated on one page
Extensive home learning guidance including links and resources (Maths focus)
Class Dojo - PLEASE USE
The children will be sent home with information in order to create their own avatar and connect you to their Class Dojo account. Once you have linked to their account, you can monitor progress on a daily basis as well as receive updates, photographs and videos on our Class Story.
Please visit https://www.classdojo.com/ for more information.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Our new class email address is
Please use this email address if you need Class Dojo details.