Swan Class 2020 - 2021!
Welcome back to summer term in Swans Class!
This term we have a very exciting learning programme planned for Swans class this term. Please see the attached curriculum overview for further detail of each area.
Our topic over summer term will be Deadly 60 and The Jungle. This topic will focus on animals and their habitat, with a focus on deadly animals, rainforest animals and life in our oceans. We will also spend time investigating some of the many dangers our animals and their natural habitats are currently facing as we explore global warming the impact of human activity.
This term we are also very excited to welcome artists from Paintbox, who will be working with us in collaboration with the Delight in the Watts Gallery, into Swans class. The Paintbox artists will be working with us across the term to help us create space themed art work and produce our very own art exhibition. This project will run across the first summer term and result in pupils creating their own space art exhibition which will be displayed in school to showcase their hard work. The project will introduce pupils to a range of different methods and skill-sets which will be incorporated into creative and expressive space themed art works. During the project, pupils will also learn about famous artists, their lives and work, and learn to ‘unpick’ art to gain a deeper sense of the meaning skills within each piece.
One piece of homework will be given to the children on a Friday and expected to be handed in the following Thursday. If homework is not handed in, children will miss their playtime to complete it. Over the Half Term, I will give the children an extended project to complete to help them with our learning.
I would like to reiterate how important it is that children read every day. Within our school day we take time to read each day, however pupils will benefit greatly from daily reading independently, and with an adult, at home.
Another key area of focus will be developing pupils understanding and fluency in their time tables. By the end of the term it is hoped pupils will have a good grasp and easy recall of the 2 – 12 times tables. Such knowledge supports a wide range of maths themes covered in the curriculum, and is invaluable for pupil’s progression. We will focus on developing these skills in class both with math games and our weekly 100 Club challenge, however to support pupils in this regular practice at home will be greatly beneficial.
Important dates for your diary:
- Monday 19th April - School reopens
- Tuesday 27th April - Class Photographs
- Monday 31st May - Half Term
- Monday 7th June - INSET Day
- Tuesday 8th June - INSET Day
- Wednesday 9th June - INSET Day
- Thursday 10th June - School reopens
- Wednesday 21st July - Last day of term, early finish
Useful websites for additional learning
I have listed some websites below which you made find useful to continue your learning at home. Whilst there are many sites here, this list is by no means complete! If you find another useful website that you might like to share with your classmates, then please do email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it to our growing list!
Mrs Speirs Top Recommendations...
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ - this website is full of free eBooks! Make sure you use the filter to find books suitable for your age.
http://www.pobble365.com/ - this website has lots of imaginative inference and writing activities all around a different picture of each day.
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/ - this website is a go-to for most teachers on a weekly basis, so it will definitely help you immensely at home.
https://wonderopolis.org/ - this is a wonderful website to inspire curiosity with an interesting question of the day. Great for developing reading skills!
https://www.tynker.com/ - great for any mindcraft lovers, this website allows you to practise your computing coding skil
Other useful sites...
We will continue to look at our four key values:
Through Class Worship, assemblies and cross-curricular lessons, our values will be embedded into all aspects of our day-to-day learning, helping us to become the best that we can be.
Our Golden Rules
We take care
We take pride
We have respect
Any questions or comments please come and find us!
Class Teacher: Mrs Speirs and Miss Wittingham
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Donaldson