Welcome to Sycamore Class.
Hello we are Mrs Beale and Mr Young and we are the teachers in Sycamore class.
I have been working at CPS for 3 years and love the school because it is a great team to be a part of and a great place to work. I love finding out about all the exciting things you know, helping you to learn new things and working alongside you as you make progress. I have two children of my own, Spencer and Ed, who have been absolute super stars during lockdown (as have all of you). They keep me very busy at home as well as my two dogs, Flash - who likes to chase bikes, and Pickle - who likes to roll in fox poo! I'm really looking forward to being your teacher this year, and working with Mr Young.
I have been working at CPS for almost 6 years now and I love the school because it is always looking at how to do things better. I don't have children but do have a mischievous and adventurous bear to look after - we have travelled the world and had all sorts of adventures! I enjoy cycling and I am out and about as often as I can be - it helps to burn off the Pot Noodles!
Learning in Sycamore is a two way relationship - we expect you to take part and share your ideas and thoughts with the rest of the class as this helps to broaden your own thoughts, opinions and develop long term knowledge. We are also keen to develop you as a whole person - learning how to become resilient, flexible, empathetic and respectful - skills to take through our whole lives!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
What to wear and bring to school
All students should come to school in school uniform and with a school bag. Students should pack a water bottle, hat and any pencil case/stationery that they may want to use. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. On PE days, we are asking children to come into school in PE kits rather than school uniform.
Termly timetable and homework
Your child will receive a timetable at the start of each term. This will also be sent out and put on the class web page. Homework will be primarily set via Google classroom each term – where possible submission should also be on Google classroom (unless something more tactile like a model/cooking etc). As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. If at any point you would like extra support work for your child please contact us and we can provide appropriate support.
End of the day
The school day ends at 3.10pm – if your child walks home a letter needs to filled in and sent in to school to let the school know that is okay for your child to walk home. Please note that permission for independent walking ends at the end of the academic year and new permission will be needed for the following year.
If you have any queries about the daily routine or what your child is learning then do not hesitate to get in touch. Please refer to our email addresses on the first page. We will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible, occasionally this may take longer than we would like but we will always aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the school week.
Whilst the start of the new school year is always busy, we hope you and your child are looking forward to the beginning of what we’re sure will be a very exciting year ahead.
Mrs Erika Beale and Mr Ashley Young
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 also be aware of the value of reading the right text - whilst I understand that certain texts by certain authors are a nice 'Sunday afternoon' read, there is such a wealth of knowledge to be gained by varying the author, text type and genre of book we read - new vocabulary, punctuation use, grammar development and inference all come from a range of text rather than simply reading the 'cartoon' type books.