A warm welcome to all Swallow Class families old and new! We hope you have enjoyed a refreshing summer break and that you are looking forward to the start of our new school year together. Thank you very much for all the kind wishes, lovely cards and fabulous presents you sent our way at the end of last year – your generosity is amazing and very touching. Thank you.
This half term, we have a fantastic array of topics to explore and you will find a summary of our curriculum, and a typical weekly timetable below. We are particularly excited that our history topic is World War II; the Home Learning Project is also history based and you will find details in a document below.
Just a quick reminder about communication: every morning, teachers and teaching assistants will be outside in the playground ready to welcome the children, so if you have any quick questions, concerns or messages for us, this is an ideal time to pass them on.
You can also contact us by email:
It is helpful if all emails are sent to both teachers, please.
Contact us directly via the office if there is an urgent issue; emails to the teachers are unlikely to receive an immediate response. If you need a longer conversation, we will happily arrange a mutually convenient slot to meet after school.
Swallows Class Structure
Below you will find a typical weekly timetable for Autumn Term. A summary of the areas of learning to be covered has also been added. Generally speaking, Mrs. Papworth will teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning; Miss. Cameron will teach Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Miss Allinson teaches Spanish on Wednesday and Mrs. Bates will be supporting groups every morning.
The children have been divided into 5 groups according to the phonics they are being taught in class. Weekly spellings for each groups can be found in the Home Learning Section. A paper copy will also be sent out each Thursday. Spelling tests will generally be on Wednesdays.
Home Projects for this half term have a History focus. You will find a summary in the Home Learning Section of the website. A paper copy will be sent home too. Pupil's individual presentations to the rest of the class will take place in the final half term.
Reading to and with an adult is still vital in Year 3 and 4.
Please read together every day/evening you can; just before bed is an ideal time to share a book one to one. Children who read well, flourish in other areas of the curriculum. Don't forget to ask some questions to check on your child's understanding. They should also be encouraged to enjoy books on their own. Book bags should be placed in the book change box so that we can support children to replace them; you are welcome to change them as often as you wish. Children will continue to read with their class teacher every week in guided reading sessions. Individuals will also be heard whenever possible.
Your child will be assessed early on in the year for their ability to recall times tables in order and random order, as well as the corresponding division facts. Then, pupils will build on their current competence with weekly "Tables Challenges" - more information will follow shortly.
It is very important that all children have a named water bottle in class (not just in packed lunches) so that they can have a drink whenever they need one without disrupting their learning. Many thanks to all of you who already send your child to school with a water bottle.
Just a reminder that you can book a whole half term of lunches in advance. It is very helpful to our school caterer if you are able to do this and saves time in class in the morning during registration. See parent information section on the website for the link.