Welcome to Swallow Class and Autumn Term 2020! We are very excited about having you all back in school after such an unusual Summer Term and we have a thorough plan of measures designed to keep you all safe and well in place. What's more, we have a great new topic to get stuck into: Ancient Egyptians! If you look below, you can see some of the things we will be learning about in this half term summarised in our Curriculum Boxes upload.
No doubt a lot of you are feeling a mixture of nervousness and excitement about the new school year with a different teacher and possibly in a different classroom. Personally, I cannot wait to meet you all at last and start getting to know you properly! We really do have a fabulous half term of learning ahead.
I will be teaching on every day except Thursday, when Mrs. Papworth will be in charge. There is a typical timetable of our week below. Please pay special attention to PE days. This term you will need to come to school wearing your PE kits, instead of bringing a PE bag to school. This term's home learning project is available in the Home Learning section of the website; paper copies will be sent home in due course too. Spellings for each week will be found in the Home Learning Section, as usual, after the first couple of weeks. Paper copies will be sent home each week as normal. Don't forget to keep reading each day! More information about reading books is available below.
Swallow and Kingfisher Class morning drop-off will be at the School Lane entrance (nearest to the Church) between 8.45 and 8.55 am. Parents should not enter the site without a prior appointment or emergency, but wait in a socially distanced manner with their children outside the gates for the class teachers to arrive. Pick up at the end of the school day will also be from School Lane, between 3.15 and 3.25 pm.
Just a quick summary of the best ways to communicate with the class teacher.
In the short term, teachers will not be at the school entrance, but waiting at the classroom ready to welcome the children. A member of the leadership team will be stationed at the two entrances. Swallow Class children should come to the School Lane entrance.
You can also contact us by email:
If the issue is urgent for that day, please email the office as emails to 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. Where possible, please try to copy in both teachers to maximise communication efficiency.
Swallow Class Structure
Below you will find a typical teaching timetable for Autumn Term. This year, Miss. Blee will be teaching Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Mrs. Papworth will be teaching on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday. A summary of the areas of learning to be covered has also been added. Spanish will take place on Wednesdays.
Please send your child to school in full, named, uniform each day, with the exception of Tuesday and Friday when children should arrive in their PE kit. See below for a reminder of what a PE kit includes. Named water bottles are essential.
Each child will need their own pencil case from home containing a glue stick, writing pencil, colouring pencils, pencil sharpener and scissors. Please avoid biros and felt tips. Any children who do not have the necessary equipment will be supplied with their own from our classroom resources. Pencil cases will not go home again until the end of each half term.
Children will be given a writing pen once they have demonstrated excellent presentation and letter formation in a joined style over a period of time in order to earn their pen licence. All children will start the term using a pencil.
PE will take place twice a week as usual. Children will come to school on their PE days dressed in their PE kit. As a reminder, PE kit should include suitable foot wear (e.g. trainers) a white T-shirt, black shorts or joggers and a sweat shirt for outdoor lessons. Typically, PE in Swallow Class will happen on Tuesday and Friday. Named water bottles are essential. No PE bags in school.
Please could you ensure that your child has a coat in EVERY DAY, regardless of the weather first thing in the morning, as we do try to go outside as often as possible. As the weather gets colder, your child may want to bring a hat and scarves/gloves too, but please ensure that all items are clearly named, particularly if you have inherited clothing from older children or families who have moved on to Secondary School.
Children are no longer provided with a free snack of fruit or vegetable each day in KS2. They can bring their own snack in from home each day to have at playtime but this must be fruit or vegetable only. If you are sending it in in a plastic tupperware please name it as they can easily get lost or look very similar to each other.
Please book lunches in advance, either by the week or the half term. You can also do this on the day, but it helps the kitchen to plan ahead and speeds up registration time if you have already booked. See Parent Information section on the website for the link. Lunches will be eaten in the classroom on cleaned tables after hands are washed.
Children will be divided into groups, based on their phonics assessment early on in the term. This assessment period will take a week or two to complete. There will be weekly spellings for each group, linked to their phonics work in class. A paper copy will be sent each Friday, but there will be a summary of the spellings for each group in the Home Learning section of the website. Spelling tests will happen each week in class at a time to be decided.
As in previous terms, each child will be expected to make a presentation to the class on an area of interest, selected from a range of ideas provided by class teachers, in the final week of each half term. This term, the ideas will be linked to our history and geography topic: Ancient Egypt. You will find a summary in the Home Learning section and we will send a paper copy home too.
All the books in school have been book banded for content and complexity to support your child to make informed and appropriate book choices according to their current age and ability. We will be assessing each child early on in the term and allocating bands to suit their assessed level. In accordance with our Risk Assessment, the library will not be in use for the first half of the term. Each class will have a selection of books limited to their bubble from which to choose. Reading books will be one of the few items that can be moved from home to school. We will encourage the children to have a home reading book and a school reading book so that the movement between settings is minimised. Returned reading books will be isolated and covers cleaned before being put back into the class's general choosing box.
Reading to and with an adult is still of vital importance in years 3 and 4 and should happen everyday for at least 15 minutes at home. Just before bed is an ideal time to share a book one-to-one. There is a list of appropriate books for children in year 3 and 4 in the Home Learning section to guide your choices. Children will be heard to read each week in a small group guided reading session and individually where practical.
At the end of Year 4, children will take a statutory tables test including all multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. It is very helpful to start learning tables regularly from day one, to improve their recall of facts. Times Tables Rock Star logins will be refreshed shortly. Some other useful websites for practicing recall of times tables are linked below.