Summer Term 2022 part i begins on Tuesday 19th April at 8:50 am. The start-of-the-day bell will sound at 8:55 am on the playground, indicating that all children will line up in their class groups. We look forward to seeing you all then! The first PE session will be Thursday as we need to set up growing experiments in Science for the rest of the half term during the first afternoon back. School Uniform as normal on Tuesday 19th.
Our new topic this half term is The Romans. We will be writing our own Roman myths, charting the development of the Roman Empire and finding out how the ingenuity and creativity of the Romans impacts our own lives today. It is worth noting that we are hoping to have a Roman dress-up day as part of a workshop in early May - details to follow by ParentMail.
Below is a timetable of a typical week of learning as well as a summary table of main objectives for each subject to be covered. You will notice an increase in the amount of maths being taught this half term, particularly for Year 4s who are preparing for their Government Tables Check in June. More information will be shared about this during a brief, dedicated evening session shortly. PE days will continue to be Tuesday and Thursday this half term. We hope to begin swimming sessions once the pool is up and running safely.
Recent assessments suggest that, whilst the children are making excellent progress across a range of topics, the linear nature of the maths curriculum means they have not had as much opportunity to consolidate their fluency in basic four-operation arithmetic. As a result, we have timetabled in additional sessions and interventions to ensure that all the children have regular opportunities to revise place value and apply it to a range of efficient methods of adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We have found that last term's reading focus has resulted in tremendous progress in reading fluency and comprehension and we hope that these changes will herald a similar outcome in maths.
In the meantime, a reminder that Year 3 children need to know 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 times table and be able to recall or derive them quickly, including associated division facts. Year 4 children need to know all up to 12 x 12. We participate in Times Tables Rockstars to support the children with this, as well as the brilliant 99 Club. More information will be found in the Home Learning section of the website at the appropriate time. Each child has their own TTRS log-in and their tables work within this programme has been set by their teachers. Year 4 children will take part in a National Tables Check in the Summer Term and will need to be able to recall all tables up to 12 x 12 within a 6 second time frame. We will continue to prepare the children for this event regularly in school, including using a practice test programme, but are very grateful for any additional practice you can do at home.
Home Learning Projects
The variety and quality of presentation in the Spring Term was fantastic! Many of the projects were detailed, showed evidence of independent research, writing skills, maths work, imagination and a love of learning . The best projects tend to be those that are started in good time. To this end, on the first day back we will be drawing the children's attention to the location of the projects on the website, and talking through the options so that they are all aware of possibilities and expectations. This half term's presentation suggestions can be found in the home learning section, as usual. Below is a reminder of why we do them and what we are hoping they will achieve:
1. Ideally, your child should choose a topic related to one of their areas of learning for that half term. We provide a summary of possible ideas relating to each subject each half term which you can find in the Home Learning section. These ideas are there for inspiration only - so long as the presentation is related to one of our fields of study, please be as creative as you wish. We envisage each presentation taking about 3 hours to prepare i.e. half an hour or so a week over the half term. Aim for a presentation of between 5 and 10 minutes. Every child in class is expected to prepare a presentation; they enjoy watching each other's work and are a perceptive audience!
2. Whilst it is fantastic that the preparation for the presentations is a shared activity, it is important that the presenter "owns" the project and is involved/takes responsibility for as much of it as possible within reason.
3. Try to incorporate research, reading, writing and (if possible) maths into the presentation, avoiding copying and pasting chunks of text if at all possible; the value of summarising the child's own understanding in their own words is great, even if this means an adult needs to scribe or type it for them.
4. There is no expectation with regards to how you and your child wish to record their learning. In the past, children have used the visualiser to show pictures, tables and graphs, created their own PowerPoints, made booklets, posters, photograph montages, built models and explained the steps they took to make them, created interactive quizzes and so on. We would, however, prefer the presentation to be "live" rather than prerecorded so that they have the chance to practice public speaking in front of an audience.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you are worried about any aspect of the presentations. We expect to start watching them in the last 7 or 8 days of the half term - 2 or 3 each day.
Please bring your children to the school playground at 8.50 am where teaching staff will be there to greet them. If you need to pass on quick messages or letters, this is a good time to do so. See below for more information about communication. At 8.55 am the school bell will ring and all children will line up with their classes before processing into the school building for registration. Children will be expected to organise their own belongings on to pegs and into drawers.
Breaks and Lunchtimes
As normal, all children have a morning break each day. Each child should bring a healthy, nut free snack to school to eat at this time in a named container. Children who do not have snacks at break time often struggle to focus after break, when their energy begins to fall and their hunger rises. Afternoon breaks are at the discretion of the teaching staff. Lunches will be eaten together in the hall, staring at 12.15 pm.
Please pre-book lunches on the Dolce Live Kitchen site (https://www.live-kitchen.co.uk/see title page of website) or provide a packed lunch that will be stored on a central trolley. Children will not have access to their packed lunch boxes after registration, so please make sure that named snacks are stored separately in their school bags.
End of the Day Routines
Children in Swallow Class will be walked through the school at 3.25 pm to be collected from the playground by an adult family member. If you have arranged for your child to go home with someone other than the usual person, please let the office know by email or the teachers know in person that morning. They will be asked to stay with the class group until a family member (or nominated other) is identified. Where pick up is late for any reason, children will be taken back into the school to wait and family members should go to the reception area instead.
Spelling routines will continue as per usual with each year group having 10 spellings each week, all of which are linked to a particular spelling pattern. The words will be shown in red and black. Any child who learns all 10 spellings and manages 9 or more correct answers in their Thursday spelling test will gain 1 house point for their house team. Children who learn the 5 red spellings and spell all 5 correctly will win one house point. We will let each child know how many spellings they are expected to learn. Any child who has been asked to learn only the 5 red spellings, but pushes themselves to learn all 10 and manages 9 or more correct spellings in the test will earn 2 house points. Spellings can be found in the Home Learning section of the website including an overview of the whole list of spellings for this half term.
PE: Tuesdays and Thursdays this half term. Swimming will commence shortly.
We are hoping to begin swimming on our second session of each week in the very near future. Until you hear otherwise, please continue to send your child in in normal "land based" PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays as described below:
A plain, white tee shirt with black shorts.
On colder days, plain jogging bottoms and a plain (or school) sweat shirt should be included.
Your child will also need a named water bottle as well as trainers or plimsoles.
When swimming sessions begin, the children will need a named (one piece) swimming costume, named flip flops or similar foot wear, a named towel, named goggles (optional), a named waterproof swimming bag, a named towelling robe/fleecy sweat shirt or similar (optional) for warmth, a snack (naming probably not necessary!).
Essential Equipment for Everyday
Pencil cases are optional. Last year, we found that the children enjoyed having their own equipment in their own pencil case and it certainly helped us achieve more timely starts to each lesson. Ideally, pencil cases should stay in school for the whole half term in their drawer. We have spare resources such as pencils and glue, should they run out. Key contents for each pencil case includes: writing pencil, sharpener, ruler, glue stick, coloured pencils (no felt tips, please), scissors. Please do not include writing pens or rubbers. See below for more information about pens.
In Swallow Class, children are encouraged to work towards gaining their "Pen Licence". This is awarded to children once they have demonstrated that they can write consistently and at length using a neat, joined handwriting style. By the end of Year 4, most children achieve this objective and are presented with their new pen in Celebration Assembly on Fridays.
If you have a quick, non-urgent message to relay or question to ask the teaching team regarding the day ahead, please have a quick word in the playground in the morning before the line up bell. It is helpful if the message is summarised on a post-it or similar.
Urgent messages should come through the office, either by telephone (01223 262474) or by email (Office@barton.cambs.sch.uk) as these will be dealt with immediately. Generally speaking, teaching staff cannot access their emails during the school day.
If you would like to contact the teaching staff, particularly if you would like to make an appointment for a longer discussion, please email and cc both teachers in to your communication. Which ever teacher is "on duty" that day will respond as quickly as they can, normally on the same day.
Below is a typical timetable for this half term. There is also a summary of the curriculum areas we shall be covering.