5th January 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and my Best wishes for 2018.
This half term is only 5 weeks long and will be as busy as ever. Mr Howard Ellis, from the University of Cumbria will be working alongside me in Class 4 as part of his Teacher training programme.
There will be a geography and science focus to our learning – improving our locational knowledge and studying the physical and human features of Europe. As well as taking on the role of material scientists as they sort and classify materials through a variety of investigations. The children will of course continue to collect their weather data and examine their bulbs; looking for the first signs of spring! We will also send in data from the Big School’s Bird watch – don’t forget to send in your information about the birds in your own garden.
The children all have a subscription to Sumdog which includes; mathematics, spelling and reading. As well as the educational games and competitions which the children love playing I will be setting regular challenges which will be marked online.
I will be placing a greater emphasis on spelling in lessons. The maths homework will focus on arithmetic type questions and in addition I will be setting activities to support the understanding of text and improve comprehension.
Mr Chick from the Rotary Club has promised to support our Rotakids in the pursuit of a ‘peace pole’ for our school grounds. We also hope to help the Lune Rivers Trust in caring for the environment surrounding our local river.
Mrs Campbell will continue to teach music until Mrs Williams returns next term.
As ever if you require further information or need to share information with me, just find me at the beginning or end of the day.
Welcome to Class 4
Class 4 are a group of 17 children in years 5 and 6. They are taught by Mr Bonwick and Mrs Cunliffe.
The children in class 4 study Maths and English every morning and practise their times tables, handwriting and spellings as part of these lessons.
The Children in Class 4 are taught by Mr Bonwick and Mrs Cunliffe.
The children moving into Class 4 – (Year 5) will have an important role in making sure our school runs smoothly. In fact, without their help the opportunities available to the children would be less comprehensive. The increased responsibility does mean the Teachers expect a very high standard of behaviour. Some children may be a little apprehensive at first, but the older children in the class will act as mentors and help them to settle very quickly, and to become role models for the younger children and ambassadors for our school.
School begins at 09:00 if you are dropping children off by car please make sure you use the Village Hall car park. A member of staff will be on duty in the playground from 08:50. Please close the gate.
If your child arrives after 09:00 please use the front door and report to the office.
If your child is absent through illness please contact the school before 9:00, and confirm the reason for absence in writing when your child returns to school.
Medicines should only be sent into school if essential and a medical form completed. This can be downloaded from the school website. If possible only send the required dosage for that day into school in the original container and labelled with: the child’s name, and the time it is required to be administered.
School closes at 15:30; children will be registered and taken to the buses or will wait in school until parents arrive in the playground. Children in Class 4 will leave by the porch door next to Class 4.
If your child is attending the after school club then arrangements can be made with Ms Dawn Caunce via the School Office.
If your child is being collected during school hours please sign them out in the register in the entrance hall and sign them back on their return.
If your child is being picked up by someone different or is travelling home in a different way to usual please write a note in their reading record and ask your child to show the Teacher during registration.
The blue Reading /Homework folder will be required daily and it should contain a reading book, reading record book and relevant completed homework. A photocopy of the multiplication card should be available as a record of progress.
It is essential that all children can confidently recall their times tables up to x12 to enable children to access the new mathematics curriculum.
The Reading record should contain the title and author of each new book and a regular update of progress. There is also a recording sheet of different genres at the back of the book which should be updated. Please encourage a book review to be written at least every half term. My confident readers should start to compare the writing style of different authors recording their likes and dislikes.
In preparation for the transition to secondary school children will have homework timetabled each day. Where possible they will be given 7 days to complete the task. I would encourage early completion however the children will be reminded the day before it is due for marking.
Rotakids meetings are half termly during lesson time.
Library van every 3 weeks, please return library ticket to school.
Music lessons taught by Mrs Williams
French lesson taught by Madame Luckham
Games lesson: trainers, football / rugby shirt, shorts and socks should be brought into school and taken home after school.
Music tuition: individual lessons with Mr Warriner during the school day.
School Band: when your child reaches the required standard for the School Band you will be informed. Sessions take place during lunchtime 12:00 to 12:30pm in Class 4; musical instruments and musical notation will be required.
PE: It would be very helpful if children have black pumps, navy / black shorts and the school PE shirts left in a bag on their coat peg and available for the dance / gymnastic sessions on Friday. This not only saves time when changing but on the occasions when the children perform in public it ensures their appearance matches the quality of their work. These items can be taken home every half term for washing.
No jewellery – studs in ears must be removed for PE or covered with a plaster.
Please make sure all items of clothes are named with named tapes and not marker pen. Trainers and pumps should also be named as this will provide us with a reasonable chance of returning lost items to their owners.