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Swale Class                    

Swale Class is our Key Stage 2 Class  and splits into Year 3 and 4 taught by Miss Low and into Year 5 and 6 taught by Mr Howarth for morning sessions.  In the afternoons the children come back together for subjects such as Humanities and the Arts.

 

Swale Class's absolute focus is raising the attainment and achievement of all the pupils and we work hard to achieve this.

 

PE sessions with now take place on Monday and Wednesday, so please make sure you have your kit in school. PE kit must be clean and consist of a white t shirt, black shorts and school pumps. 

 

Homework 

Homework is an essential aspect of school life. It is designed to enhance the children's learning that takes place during the day and helps consolidate and secure understanding.  Please help your child as much as you can and if you get stuck please contact Mr Howarth and he will help you help your child.

 

Reading

After our discussions at parents evening I'm sure you are all aware of the importance of with you children as often as possible. We have now updated our school library, so we have a huge selection of modern and exciting books for the children to choose from (Please feel free to come and have a look with your child after school).

If any KS2 parents would like to volunteer some time during to week to hear individual readers I would really appreciate it - please come and see me if you think that this is something you would like to do. 

 

Spellings

 

Year 6 Children need to focus on SAT Grammar booklets please

 

Children will be given a spelling booklet with their weekly spellings.

 

Just a note for new parents - the spellings may seem hard at first, but we will be looking at them together in class and once broken down into sections they do become easier. My recommendation is that I would aim to be practicing spellings for about 10 minutes per evening five days a week. Learning two new spellings each day and recap the previous days words. Please come and see me or Miss Low if you need any advice on different ways to learn spellings.  

 

Times Tables

As a federation, we have created a new method of ensuring children learn their times table facts, with a focus on instant recall. From next year (2020) children in year 4 will need to take a statutory times table test, answering questions up to 12 x 12. 

We have created a booklet to support their learning at home, but I will need your continued support to ensure that children are learning the times table facts (including division facts). 

Some children, and parents, have informed me about the anxiety caused by the test on a Monday morning. To avoid this, children will now be able to choose if they are ready to take the test (I would expect approximately one test per half term). 

Their job is to learn their time table facts, so that they can 'beat the superhero'.

If you have any questions about this please do come and see me.   

 

Optional SumDog

 

 

I Have Set a Sumdog Challange Homework

This Sumdog Challenge will begin again at 4:30 on the 11.03.19, with a target of attempting 500 questions!

The challenge will finish at 5:00pm on the 24.03.19

Good Luck! 

 

Optional Homework Tasks

 

Our New topic for January - March, will be 'Under The Sea'.

 

Below are some optional homework tasks that you might like to do. These are optional, but I know that some children like to do extra homework tasks to support their learning at school.

 

- Write an under the sea alphabet. Can you think of a creature from under the sea for each letter of the alphabet?

- Create your own under the sea creature and write a description about it. You may want to take ideas from real sea creatures that you know.

- What is your favourite sea creature? How many interesting facts can you find out about your favourite creature?

- Have a go at making your own aquarium. Think carefully about what you could put in it.

- On a piece of A4 paper, create an under the sea collage that we can join together to make a class display

- Write a short story that is set in the ocean. Who might your main character be?

 

Other Online Maths Games

 

SumDog - This is a great online maths game that all of the pupils have their own login for. It not only encourages them to become better and mental maths, but also I can track their progress. It will only work on Google Chrome, however there are two apps available on I-Pads and Android. 

 

This is an interactive game we use in class to support the children's learning of times tables, but it also has games centered around doubles, halves and number bonds! It is compatible with the I-pads too! just click the link below...

Hit The Button 

 

Here is another great website, just click on your year group and the current maths topic of number and place value to see all of your targets and some great interactive games. I've shown the children this so they should know what they are looking for. 

Snappy Maths

 

 

IMPORTANT: IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO COMPLETE YOUR HOMEWORK OR NEED MORE TIME OR RESOURCES THEN MR HOWARTH IS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU ON TUESDAY LUNCHTIMES FROM 12.30 - 1PM. JUST COME ALONG TO SWALE CLASSROOM FOR A BIT OF EXTRA HELP!

 

 

 

Mr Andy HowarthMr Andy Howarth

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 3 and 4 exploring Tom Taylor's caveYear 3 and 4 exploring Tom Taylor's cave

 

 

 

This years curriculum overview

 

School Council Representatives

Our School has a proactive School Council who work hard with Mr Coates to make our school even better.  

 

School Ambassadors

Swale Class is also home to our School Ambassadors whose job it is to visit other schools and find out how they work. Our School Ambassadors for this year are Rosa Carter and Archie Coates. 

 

 

 

Our Year 6 children take part in a DARE programme (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) run by one of our governors Pc Bennion.  This  ten week programme concludes with a presentation to the parents to demonstrate their learning.

Our Year 6 children with Pc BennionOur Year 6 children with Pc Bennion.