Welcome to the Woodpecker Class!
We hope you and your child will have an enjoyable year. We feel the home-school partnership is extremely important and hope that we can work together for the benefit of your child. Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule we will be unable to see parents prior to the school day unless in an emergency, or by appointment, however if you wish to see us in person then please contact the school office.
As we have several new members to the Woodpecker class this year, we would like to keep you informed of our class routines.
Water- children need to have a water bottle to be kept in the classroom, so they have access to drinking water throughout the day. This bottle is for water only and not juice. Please send your child with a bottle of fresh water each day and then your child will bring the bottle home for washing and refilling. Please ensure the bottle is clearly named. Water bottles are available to buy from the school office.
Home School Book- this book should be brought to and from school each day. It will be used to record reading books, there is also space for writing comments/ messages. Please ensure your child has this book with them either at school or at home and support them with using it appropriately.
Homework- homework will be given out on a Friday and must be returned to school on the following Wednesday for marking. Homework will be kept in an A4 book. Maths and Spelling homework will be given out weekly to help support learning. Talk Homework will be given out fortnightly, this is in preparation for Big Write. Talk Homework is purely talking and no written work is necessary. Also on occasions, homework will be given out to support the current topic being studied. Year 5 children will receive puzzle club homework. While we appreciate you may want to help your child with their homework, please allow them to have a go themselves first and then support as necessary. Any comments regarding homework can be written in the Home School Diary, in the comment / message section.
Reading- each week children will read in a group guided by an adult, or they may be heard individually. Reading books can be changed on any day. We will encourage your child to be independent in changing and choosing their books however, this will only be allowed if their Home School Diary has been signed to confirm that the book has been read at home. Home School Diaries, will be signed every Friday.
PE- PE lessons will be on a Tuesday and Thursday, although on occasions this may alter due to specialised sports coaches coming into school to teach the children. It’s very important that children wear the correct PE kit, which should be kept at school and returned home for washing at the end of each half term. If your child wears earrings, please remove on PE days or provide tape to cover them. Your child should also come to school on these days with their hair tied back in preparation for their lesson.
We hope you find this information useful.
We are looking forward to working with your child and we have lots of fun, exciting things already planned.
Mrs. Leader, Mrs. Bennett
Water, water, everywhere!
Hopefully, your child has been excited to come home from school and talk about the story we are reading in English. The book is called ‘Floodland’, by Marcus Sedgwick. Our previous Big Write, was also based on this story.
Next week, in Big Write, the children will be writing a description based around the setting from Floodland. The book is set in a time when the polar ice caps have begun to melt and the earth is slowly flooding.
Please help your child by discussing what places would look like if the land was flooded. What parts of the country would still be visible? How would people live and survive?
Please discuss this with your child before next Friday (28.09.18). Big Write is completely independent, therefore it is hugely beneficial for the children to discuss their ideas prior to the session, giving them a head start with their writing.