Welcome to Swallows' Class Curriculum Area.
On this page you will find information about Swallows class, including what we have been doing each week and gentle reminders for up and coming events in Swallows Class.
Monday 17th September:
We hope you had a lovely weekend.
Homework is due in today, spellings will be tested tomorrow, Tuesday. Please also see the link below for the KIRFs for each year group. These are the Key Instant Recall Facts that the children need to know. We will be working on them each week in class but we would appreciate your child learning them at home too. There are some good games to support the learning of KIRFs which you can find at conkermaths.org or alternatively try out some of the Mathletics challenges - keep it simple, keep it fun! /docs/KIRFs_VA.docx
Tuesday 18th September:
We have assigned some number tasks on Mathletics which fit in with our current learning in maths. Please encourage your child to have a go at them. There is lots to explore on Mathletics, have you tried the beat your score game? How many gold bars can you earn? Try quick fire maths against other members of the class! As with all internet use, please ensure your children are following the e-safety rules.
Friday 7th September:
What an exciting first day back in Swallows Class! Well done to all the children, they have been so well behaved and worked their little socks off! This afternoon our dance teacher Mrs Tomlinson came in and we all had lots of fun learning some new dance moves, we can't wait until she comes back next week!
Friday 7th September 2018
Today Swallows Class enjoyed learning about plants in their Science lesson. We went outside and planted our very own chrysanthemums. We looked at the plants and identified the roots, stem, leaves and flowers. We are hoping they will brighten up our outside area!
Homework: Your child will receive their homework wallet on Wednesday. Homework, including spellings, times tables (yr 2) and number bonds (yr 1) will be due in every Monday.
Spellings: Spellings will be set on a Wednesday and tested in school the following Tuesday. Your child's spelling book will be sent home in their homework wallet and must be returned with the homework every Monday.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL NOT BE ANY HOMEWORK SET IN WEEK 1.
Message from Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake:
Welcome back! We hope you all had a fantastic Summer holiday. Hopefully all the children are now feeling refreshed and raring to go. For our younger Swallows, this year will be their first year of ‘formal’ schooling, for our older Swallows this year will be a year of extensive learning to prepare them for their important KS1 SATs. We will be continuing daily phonics lessons and a mixture of teacher directed activities and child based learning. In English this term we will be learning to develop our sentence writing skills and beginning to use adjectives to make our writing more exciting. Our year 2 children will be learning higher level punctuation skills. In Maths we will be revising our place value skills and learning the four rules of number and how to apply this to other areas of maths. We will also be focussing on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) as well as number bonds and times tables. Our topic this term is Dinosaurs which will include a trip to The Natural History Museum on Tuesday 25th September. The children will be learning about the different dinosaurs that existed and they will get a go at being detectives and trying to identify some familiar footprints! The children will be having a weekly music lesson during which they will all be encouraged to join in with singing action songs as well as using percussion instruments to create a range of effects. The children will take part in Physical Education lessons twice a week. This term the children will be practising their skills for ball games, with a focus on teamwork and spatial awareness. We will also be having a dance teacher for one session per week to teach our dance curriculum. Homework will be based around the learning that has taken place in class during the week. This shouldn’t be a chore but it should be a demonstration of what your child can do independently. We will alternate between Maths and English each week. Homework is set on a Wednesday to be completed by the following Monday. Spelling tests will take place every Tuesday in class. If you have any concerns about homework, please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it. On top of the weekly homework, we will expect the children to be reading daily at home. Where possible, we will endeavour to hear your child daily, this will be through a range of activities such as Guided reading or 1:1. We are all looking forward to an exciting year with a really lovely class of children! Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns about your child.
Wednesday 11th July - Testing our Three Little Pig houses in Science.
Monday 9th July 2018
Well done to all our children! SATs results are here as are our Phonics Screening Check results. We are all really proud of the endless hard work our children have produced to achieve their targets for the year! You should by now have had your child's end of year report, please feel free to come to our Open Afternoon, Tuesday 10th July, should you need to discuss it.
As we approach our final few weeks of the term, we will be continuing with our Olga Da Polga text in English and Position and Direction in our Maths. This week, the children will be learning how to be independent in using Mathletics, ready for the Summer holiday. We will also be testing our Little Pig houses in Science, which one will be the strongest?
Please ensure homework books are returned by Wednesday this week.
Here is Mrs Baker enjoying her morning cuddle with 'Little Flippers', our fastest duckling!
Look how much our little hatchlings have grown! This is them this morning having a lovely fresh drink. Some of the ducklings are becoming quite mischievous!!
A Message from the Class Teachers, Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake
Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing half term after a very busy Term 5! Hopefully the children are ready to enjoy their learning in their final term of the year.
Our topic is still ‘Toys’ – a subject which is of great interest to all children! We will particularly be finding out about which toys children would have played with in the past and how toys have evolved over time. We will be linking this subject with our Art and DT sessions and the children will have opportunities to design and create their own toys.
In music we are going to learn some songs about toys from long ago and continue to explore how we can use instruments to create different musical effects. The Year 2 children will continue to learn the recorder this term which will be an opportunity for them to have a gentle introduction to reading music, as well as to perform some beautiful tunes together!
For our Year 1 children, this is an important few weeks as they gather together all their learning of phonics and participate in the Phonics Screening Check. This will be a 1:1 activity, in the second week of term.
We will be continuing with our daily phonics lessons as we move to Phase 5b and 6. We will focus on the spelling of common exception words (CEWs) and our Year 2 children will begin to learn some more adventurous vocabulary.
In English this term we will be reading the story of Fantastic Mr Fox. We'll find out what happens to Bunce, Boggis and Bean throughout the first two weeks of the term before we move on to Olga La Polga - the story of a guinea pig without a tail!
In Maths we will continue our 5 a day maths and will focus on our Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) on a daily basis. This week you will receive a new set of Kirfs for your child to learn at home, these will be revised every week in school. We will be testing rapid recall of basic number facts in our Big Maths sessions every Friday. Remember this isn’t a competition, it’s a chance for your child to beat their score from the previous week. This term will cover a range of Mathematics from measurement to estimation.
Please make sure that your child has their PE in school every day. We will send it home to be washed if necessary. Last term we noticed that several children did not have footwear in their PE kits, if this is the case, unfortunately the children will not be able to go outside for PE.
Homework will be based around the learning that has taken place in class during the week. This shouldn’t be a chore but it should be a demonstration of what your child can do independently. We will alternate between Maths and English each week. If you have any concerns about homework, please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it. On top of the weekly homework, we will expect the children to be reading daily. Where possible, we will endeavour to hear your child regularly, this might be through a Guided Reading activity.
We are all looking forward to our final exciting term. Please feel free to come and see any of us should you have any concerns about your child.
Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake
Buster's Book Club!
Don't forget to time how many minutes your child reads for every Wednesday night. We submit all 'reading minutes' on a Thursday to the KM Charity. Don't forget your target:
Year 1 - 10 minutes
Year 2 - 15 minutes
There are prizes to be won for anyone beating their target - all you need to do is record it on your bookmark and sign it!