Welcome to the start of a new term in Oak Class! I would like to start by wishing you all a New Year and thanking you all for the huge number of gifts I received at the end of last term!
The children have had a good first week back and it has been a pleasure to work with them and see their enthusiasm for some of our new topics after a restful Christmas break. I hope this letter answers any questions you might have about day to day life in Oak Class but please feel free to contact me or pop in if you have any other queries at this time.
Children in Years 3 and 4 will be swimming this term, starting next Monday the 11th of January. Children will need to bring a named towel, a swimming costume (no bikinis or baggy swimming shorts) and a swimming cap in a named bag. If your child has a medical reason for wearing swimming goggles please write a letter explaining this to the swimming instructor which we will pass on to them.
Whilst Years 3 and 4 are swimming, all of the Year 5s from Oak and Willow Class will be having a French lesson with Miss Zabell followed by a creative writing lesson with Mrs Marshall.
Clothing and equipment
Any clothing that your child is likely to take off needs to be clearly labelled, this is particularly important for coats, jumpers and PE bags.
School Lunches are £2.10. Please put school lunch money in a sealed envelope, with the days required and your child’s name written on the front. These should be sent into me (or your eldest child’s teacher) each Monday morning.
I expect all children to read daily in addition to the reading that takes place in school. This doesn’t have to be for an hour each day; quality rather than quantity! At this stage your child should be reading different types of texts, for example stories, information texts, poems, appropriate newspaper articles. Having a regular conversation with your child about what he or she is reading is a good way to ensure your child understands the text. Importantly, it also allows you to discuss unknown vocabulary.
Reading at school
Outside guided reading and reading across the curriculum, your child will have the opportunity to read for pleasure. I will be encouraging the children to select a book each week to allow them to experience a wide range of different texts and improve their comprehension skills.
Children are welcome to take school books home or select a book they are reading at home already. It is important that school books taken home come back each day and if there are any issues with the book selected please feel able to come and see me.
Our topic for this term is ‘Once Upon a Time’. This topic will cover a range of different fairy tales, the children will have the opportunity to learn more about each fairy tale through History, Music, ICT etc.
- Science – Electricity
- Both DT and Art will be based around Once Upon a Time, which is the topic for this term.
- Wednesday afternoon will begin with P.E. taught by Seb and will be followed by a violins and cello lesson led by the Oxfordshire Music Service.
The PTA has kindly agreed to continue to pay for all children to have access to the Mathletics website. Live mathletics is a fantastic way to improve mental maths skills and there are also some great activities along with The Times Tables Toons singing times tables to some ‘catchy’ raps! You should have received a letter with your child’s username and password attached. Please let me know if you haven’t.
Every week the children will take part in a 10 minutes mental maths tests. There are 13 different coloured tests, covering maths skills from year 1 (e.g. adding to 10) to year 6 (e.g. division and algebra). The completed tests will be sent home so that you can see how your child is progressing. When your child achieves 100% in a test, they will be presented with a coloured badge to show their achievement. If they achieve all 13 badges during their years at Horspath School, they are then awarded a rainbow badge.
Your child will continue to learn to apply spelling patterns and spelling rules. Each Friday he or she will be given a task to be completed at home, designed to support the learning that has taken place in school. In addition to this your child will be learning to spell two or three ‘tricky words’ each week. The words come from the New Curriculum for English. This list is available on the school website for your reference.
Encouragement and praise form the basis of our classroom management. We set and expect high standards in all aspects of school life. Your child will be expected and encouraged to work to the best of their ability. All effort is praised and rewarded. Stickers are also given for daily completed reading diaries.
Please feel free to come in before or after school if you have a quick comment or question, however if you feel you need more time then please make an appointment with me.
With best wishes,
Sophie Peet – Class Teacher
Mrs Lee King – TA
Mrs Linda Cranston – TA