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Swale and Wharfe Classes                    

Swale and Wharfe Classes are our Key Stage 2 Classes, which are split into Year 3 and 4 (taught by Miss Morgan) and Year 5 and 6 (taught by Mr Howarth) for morning sessions. 

 

In the afternoons, the children come back together for subjects such a Humanities and the Arts. Below is our Curriculum Plan for our Vikings and Saxons Topic.

Year 3 and 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 5 and 6

PE 

Sessions take place on Friday afternoons, 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/trainers. 

 

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

Following our discussions at parents evening, I'm sure you are all aware of the importance of reading with your children as often as possible. We have recently updated our school library and now 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 the 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

Children will be given a spelling booklet with their weekly spellings. This year we have obtained new spelling books, designed to support and engage spelling practice at home. Spelling tests will be on Wednesday mornings. 

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 Morgan 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).    CLICK HERE FOR BOOKLET

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.   

 

SumDog

This Sumdog Challenge will now be on a rolling cycle starting on Wednesdays at 4:30pm and finishing on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. I have set the questions to be only times table facts (appropriate to age range). This will be monitored weekly and progress shared with the class. 

 

Optional Homework Tasks

Our New topic for September - December will be 'The Vikings and Anglo Saxons.

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.

 

 

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!