Welcome to Owl class and Autumn Term 2020! I hope you have all had a lovely Summer and a restful break. I am really looking forward to seeing you all and I am excited to see the brilliant work that you will produce this year. I know some of you may be nervous about returning to school after such a long break but I can assure you that there is nothing to worry about. Our main topic is going to be history based looking at Anglo Saxons, Scots and Vikings.
We are a very hard-working class of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. We enjoy having fun and learning lots of exciting new things! Being the eldest members of the school, we hold many roles of responsibility and we really love having the opportunity to mentor and support the younger pupils.
Please see the below for our typical class weekly timetable and in the home learning section for more information on spellings and home learning projects. All other information should also be below.
This term, children will be not be greeted at the school gates by the class teacher, so communication in the school playground will not be possible. There will be a member of the leadership team at each entrance to supervise the beginning of the day. Any messages from parents will be relayed to teachers when all children are safely in school. Parents and carers should not come on to the school premises without an appointment to do so.
You can also contact me by email:
Contact me 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.
Owl 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, Mr Farrant will teach all week apart from Wednesday after break, when Mrs Thorpe will be teaching for an hour and a half. Ms Hategan will teach Spanish on Wednesday afternoon for an hour.
Please send your child to school in full, named, uniform each day, with the exception of Monday 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.
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 Owl Class will happen on Monday 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.
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.
Weekly spellings for children will be sent home on a Friday and will then be tested in class the following Friday. The list of spellings will be on the website, under the home learning section, by Friday. If you require a paper copy of the spellings please let me know via email.
Homework: Home Projects
Home Projects for this half term have a History focus. You will find a summary in the Home Learning Section of the website. If you require a paper copy please let me know via email. Pupils' individual presentations to the rest of the class will take place in the last week before half term.
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 vital in Years 5 and 6. 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. Please don't forget to ask some questions to check on your child's understanding. Please see the home learning section of the website for ideas of questions to ask and optional activities for the children to complete. They should also be encouraged to enjoy books on their own. Children will continue to read with their class teacher every week in guided reading sessions. Individuals will also be heard whenever possible.
Please continue to use Timetables Rockstars and Doodle Maths to keep their mental maths skills up to date.
As the year progresses, we will be sending home arithmetic and SPAG practice sheets. We will hold a SATs information session for parents later on in the year.