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Welcome to Swallows Class Curriculum Area. 

On this page you will find information about Swallows class, including the homework set and  gentle reminders for up and coming events in Swallows Class.

Please take a look at our Curriculum Map for 2018-19: Curriculum Map 2018-2019

Our timetable for the term: Timetable Summer 1

For an overview of what we have been doing this week in class, please see this week's Newsletter. 

Spellings - Please click on the following link for the spellings for this term. Spellings Summer Term Weeks 1-5

Here are a list of Common Exception Words (CEW's) your child should know by the end of the year:  Years 1 and 2 common exception word list

KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) - For this term's KIRFs please click the following link 

KIRFs VA Summer Term

Homework: This week the children have the chance to decorate their Race for Life name plates in preparation for their race next Thursday.  Please also complete the mathletics set online.

Spellings: Please learn week 3 spellings to be tested on Friday 24th May.

Reminders for Week 5: 

Image result for reminderSports Week: Next week is sports week, please make sure your child has their full PE kit in school every day.

Due to SATs and Robins Special Assembly, Week 2 spellings will be tested on Monday 20th May.  

Week 1: What's new this week? 

This week Swallow's Class have decided to launch a very exciting campaign called the Big Battery Hunt. In school your child will learn how important it is to recycle batteries and what happens when people don’t. Your child has been challenged to find and collect as many batteries as possible, please help them do this. They can be as creative as they like by going to work spaces, places of worship, local businesses and the wider community to enlist everyone to help make sure that no battery ends up in landfill. Your child has been supplied with a collection box, please get them to bring this into school when it is full so that we can add it to the main container and enter the competition. Happy collecting!

 

 

Week 2: What's new this week? 

This week the children have had fun making bug hotels.  There were some very impressive hotels made for homework and the children have enjoyed their outdoor learning thanks to some very beautiful weather.  

We have been reading the story of the Owl who is afraid of the dark, we are learning together how dark can be fun and exciting and we don't need to be afraid of it.  The children have really enjoyed writing their own diary from Plop's point of view.  

Swallows Class have shown some great kindness towards each other this week as well as some beautiful manners.  Well done to all of you who have taken time to care for others and who are always using kind words.  

Week 3: What's new this week? 

This week we will be entering into the KM's biggest sunflower competition.  The children already know lots about what plants need to grow so we are hoping for a winner! This will help to remind the children about the stages from seed to plant.  Good luck everyone!

 

Week 4: What's new this week? 

So we have had some tough days trying our very best to complete our SATs papers.  However, we have ordered our Partridge eggs for after half term so we definitely have something to look forward to!  Those in year 2 will remember Little Flippers and Sunshine, our ducklings that were hatched by Swallows Class last year.  Little Flippers is now a Daddy to a healthy little brood of ducklings.  Let's hope we can have the same success again this year!

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Welcome back to Term 5.

Image result for sats 2019We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and that the children had a good rest and some quality time with family and friends before we set off on our Term 5 adventure!

This term is important for Swallows Class, our Year 2 children will be showing off what they can do in their SATs, whilst our Year 1 children will be being smart with their phonics in preparation for their Phonics Screening check in June.  It will be a very busy term!     

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark - Paperback - 9781405271974 - Jill TomlinsonOur English will cover set genres including poetry and fictional writing.  This will give the children a chance to write their stories as well as getting to grips with a greater understanding of comprehension skills.  We will be looking at 'The owl who was afraid of the dark' for our first unit on extended stories.  

Image result for four rules of numberIn Maths we will be revising the four rules of number and completing lots of problem solving before moving on to looking at position and direction.  

Image result for changes in transportImage result for land use changes petham kentOur topic for this term is 'On the move' , this will include looking at different types of transport and the significant changes in history.  We will be including some local geography in this topic, looking at how food is imported from one country to another and looking at change over time of land use.                

Science will be exploring animals and humans and how we can classify living things into different groups.  We will look at how humans change and grow over time and how animals are similar.  The children will also be designing their own experiments and trying to keep their tests fair.

                                           

The children will continue to have an hour of music each week in which they will be learning the basic skills of composing, singing and keeping a rhythm.

In RE we will be looking at Judaism and learning about the Jewish traditions and beliefs.  

PE this term will be multiskills with the introduction of athletic type activities in preparation for our Sports Day and sports week in May.

In ICT the children will be learning to make their own spreadsheets as well as learning to stay safe on the internet.  We will also be looking at technology that is used outside of the classroom.

We are really looking forward to a little more outdoor learning this term as the weather begins to improve.

As always, please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns.

Mrs Metcalfe and Mrs Blake.

 Welcome back to Term 4.

Term 4 already?! Hope you all had a relaxing half term and the children have enjoyed being out and about in the sunshine.

This term is always an exciting term as we manage to get out of the classroom to do some learning in the school grounds.  Our Science topic this term is 'Animals and humans'.  We will be having great fun exploring the school grounds for signs of nature, as well as making habitats for some minibeasts.  We will be identifying amphibians, reptiles and mammals and looking closely at how our senses really help us.  Our Year 2 children will be demonstrating their understanding for SATs in their written work and through photographic evidence.

Our English begins with us looking at well know fairytales but sometimes the fairytale isn't how it seems.  Have you ever heard of 'Jack and the baked bean stalk'? Or perhaps 'Little Red'?  The children will be learning the original tales but also some alternatives to them!  We will be writing our own versions with alternative endings as well as retelling the originals.  Our focus will be on spelling and handwriting this term.

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).

Guided Reading will be an important part of daily learning.  The children will be reading short extracts and learning to answer questions relating to the text.  You can help your children with this at home by discussing the storyline of your child's reading book with them.  Can they predict the ending? Can they tell you in detail what a character is like? Can they understand why a character has said and done what they have? We will, of course, be looking at the types of questions that might come up in our formal tests in May in class too.

In Maths we will be starting by revising our Multiplication and Division skills and using our known facts to help us solve simple problems.  It is important that our Year 2 children learn their 2, 5, and 10 times tables.  We will be learning these in class but please help your child to reinforce this learning at home too. 

This term our PE with Miss T will be multiskills.  The children love this unit and will be practising their agility skills towards Sports Day.  Fingers crossed for some good weather!

The children will continue to have 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.

Homework will continue to be a small amount of work based on learning during the week in class.  We will alternate between Maths and English where possible.  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.

This term we can look forward to 

- Design our own pieces of Art work for the Turner Art Competition

- NSPCC Fundraiser - Dance-a-thon

- Odd socks day, in aid of Anti-Bullying week

- Road Safety week

-Lots, lots more!

 As always, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to come and chat to us.

 

Image result for earth hour 2019This week the children have been learning about Earth hour 2019.  For homework, they have a choice of making a recycled Polar Bear lantern or a penguin from a toilet roll.  Please bring in your fantastic creations so we can display them. 

Ask your child about Earth Hour - they know lots about it!

 This Week in Swallows 18.1.19:

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

 Dear Parents

 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 focusing 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

Reminders:

  • 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

Term 1

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:

Dear Parents

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.