Firstly, I'd like to welcome you all to Birch Class and to Key Stage 2.
We have an exciting year ahead and I am looking forward to getting to know the children better.
We have a lot to cover during the year, so we will definitely be working hard but we will also have some fun along the way.
The motto of Key Stage 2 is 'High Standards and High Expectations'.
Over the course of the year the children will be expected to become increasingly independent and start to be responsible for themselves and their learning.
Each term the class timetable, overwiew of learning and details of the 100 point project can be found on this page. I will also update the page with pictures and other media so you can see what we have been up to and what we have achieved.
If anyone has any worries or concerns, please don't hesitate to speak to me or contact the office, and I will get back to you at the earliest opportunity.
I look forward to seeing you all in September.
Home Learning is set on a termly basis to continue work linked to school, providing children with the opportunity to revise certain areas of learning and to encourage them to take their learning further.
This year we are using 100 Point Projects to allow children to develop the time management skills that are so important in daily life. Each term a set of challenges will be set, linked to our topic. Each of these challenges will be worth a set amount of points. Children need to complete enough tasks to collect a minimum of 100 points. Work should not be sent in each week. Final projects should be brought in during the final week of each term for us to share as a class and also with parents on our open afternoons.
In addition to this, we will be using MyMaths to offer children the chance to revisit, revise, refresh and extend their understanding - each child should have a log in - if not, please ask and a replacement will be provided. If you do not have internet access at home, I am happy for children to have lunch in the classroom once a week and use the school equipment to access this learning platform. Please let me know if this is needed so I can plan which day.
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school, Monday to Friday.
As part of our drive to be active learners, being active is a vital step to promoting learning skills, team building and effective listening skills. It is imperative that your child has the appropriate kit in school as we may have to re-schedule an outdoor session if weather is unfavourable.