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.
Please take a look at our Curriculum Map for 2018/19/docs/Curriculum_Map_2018.docx
This Week in Swallows:
Swallows have been very busy being conservation scientists this week. We have started a new book '10 things I can do to help my world' Melanie Walsh. The class are very keen to learn about how we can help to look after the world. We looked at why different objects are made from different materials and how we could recycle them. The children have been busy designing posters to put up around the school to save energy! We looked at how paper could be recycled and then made our own.
Swallows Class top tip - Turning off the tap when you clean your teeth can save 18 glasses of water!!
In Science, we have been looking at materials, this week we designed our own experiments to work out what material would make a good coat for Paddington Bear. The children enjoyed learning about how to make their test fair and we had some very successful scientific write ups and lots of fun!
Well done Swallows, keep up the great work!
Homework: /docs/Homework_T3_Wk_3.doc due Monday 21st January
Spellings: Week 2: Test - Tuesday 22nd January
Term 3 - Happy New Year and welcome back!
Spellings for the term: /docs/Spellings_for_Term_3.docx
Welcome back! Firstly, a huge thank you for all our beautiful gifts and cards, we certainly felt very spoilt! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break, hopefully Father Christmas managed to find all the children and they are feeling happy and refreshed!
For our Year 2 children, this term focuses on collecting evidence towards their SATs. This is just a show case of what the children can do in each area of English, Maths and Science. We will, of course, be looking at the types of questions that might come up in our formal tests in May.
For our Year 1 children, this is a term where we often see the children make their most progress. They grow from learning the mechanics of writing into writers, from knowing the basics in maths to developing reasoning skills.
Year 1 will continue with their daily phonics lessons whilst Year 2 will begin to learn in more details the rules associated with spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG).
In English this term we will be following the Power of Reading scheme, our first book will be 10 things I can do to help my world by Melanie Walsh, a non-fiction book all about conservation and this fits in well with our Science topic on materials and our work with the RSPB this term.
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 Everyday Heroes. We will be learning about famous people in history and locating various countries on world maps.
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. Miss T will also be back for one session per week. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day. As the weather is colder this term, please ensure your child has an outdoor tracksuit and sweatshirt, preferably plain and in a dark colour.
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 try to 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.
If you know of anyone who would like to listen to readers on a weekly basis, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We are all looking forward to another exciting term with our lovely class.
Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns about your child.
Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake
- Please ensure that an indoor and outdoor PE kit is in school at all times.
- Mathletics homework is set fortnightly, please try to encourage your child to complete it.
- Spellings this term are available on the website and an overview will be sent home on the first day of term 3.
- It is an expectation that children read at home to an adult or independently for 10-20 minutes a day. If you are reading with your child we suggest you record this in their reading record book and question them on what they have read to ensure they are developing key comprehension skills.
- Please label all clothes and PE kits with your child’s name – this will ensure items of clothing aren’t lost.
- As a healthy school we do not allow children to have unhealthy snacks such as crisps, chocolate or sweets; we suggest a piece of fruit/vegetable or a healthy option as a snack or lunch.
Term 2 - Welcome
Welcome back after a slightly longer half term than normal! So as we enter the Christmas term, we have lots to look forward to, in particular, our Nativity, of which will be starting to rehearse in a few weeks. Please pop the dates in your diary so you don’t miss it! 11th & 12th December 2018.
Last term we were both really impressed with the children and their attitude to work. We are really hoping that they have this fantastically focused attitude again this term!
Our Year 2 will begin to collect evidence towards their SATs this term, work in books needs to be well presented and show increasing independence. Accurate spelling of Common Exception Words is important as is handwriting, punctuation and content. For Maths, the children must begin to demonstrate that they can apply the skills they have learnt to other contexts as well as explain the reasoning behind it. Much of their homework this term will be based on SATs style questions to prepare them.
The Year 1 will be developing their phonics and preparing for their Phonics Screening Check. This is where the children get to demonstrate their understanding of digraphs, tri-graphs, split digraphs and much more! Homework will include some preparation towards this.
We will begin our reading journals in Guided Reading, keeping a log of each child’s reading and recording their understanding of a text, including their ability to predict, find information and demonstrate inference and deduction skills. You can support your child at home by listening to them read on a daily basis and questioning them about the characters and events in the story.
In topic, we will be continuing our quest to find out more about dinosaurs. We will be thinking especially about how dinosaurs evolved and what evidence of them can still be found today in the form of fossils and other remains. The children will be using the knowledge that they have been gaining this year to help them make sense of some clues and to sort out dinosaurs into different groups. We will also be investigating how the earth has changed since the days of the dinosaurs.
Science this term will be investigation based. The children will learn about predictions, fair tests and how to record results in a table. What happens when you put a plant in the dark to grow? What happens to a flower when you put food dye in the water? Swallows Class will be finding out!
Music lessons will continue to be weekly and this term will focus on learning our new Christmas repertoire, in particular the songs and actions for our Nativity play. The children will also continue to have opportunities to compose their own ‘winter soundscape’ to accompany some seasonal stories using tuned and untuned percussion. We will continue to work on developing a sense of rhythm and investigating new ways to record rhythmic patterns and changes in pitch.
As always, homework will be set on a Wednesday to be completed and returned the following Monday. Please make sure that your child’s spelling book is also returned for their test on Tuesday. Homework will alternate between Maths and English and will be based around work we have completed during the week. Spellings will be based on the phonics learnt in class.
Please feel free to come and see us should you have any concerns regarding your children. We are really looking forward to another fun term, this time with lots of festivities!
Mrs Metcalfe & Mrs Blake
Monday 15th October:
Don't forget Harvest Festival tomorrow! Please bring in a small contribution of dried or tinned food for the Harvest collection.
Whilst we want the children to have a break over half term and enjoy getting out and about doing activities with the family, we would also like the children to keep their spellings and reading ticking over! The children have been given a bulb to plant, we would like them to observe, draw or write about the changes they notice. Alongside this, the children have been given a Common Exception Word (CEW) bookmark. These include the words that they need to be able to spell by the end of the year. Please help your child to learn these as often as you can, we will, of course be learning these in school too! If your child is at a loose end and has access to the internet, why not log them in to Mathletics? https://community.mathletics.com/signin/#/student some half term activities have been assigned to them.
Wishing you all a safe and happy half term!
Tuesday 2nd October:
Tomorrow, Swallows' Class will be learning how to build their confidence, express themselves and act when our visitors from Perform come in to take our children for a Drama workshop.
Monday 1st October:
The children will be making a set of Scarecrows this week to display at the Westgate Gardens on 13th October. If you have any spare uniform, straw or other useful 'scarecrow' resources, please send them in with your child and they will be gratefully received!
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!