Welcome to Sparrow Class!
I wish you all the warmest of welcomes as the children return for the beginning of what I hope will be a memorable year at Newtown Primary School. This term in Sparrow Class, our topic is titled ‘Changes’. In this History and Science focused topic, we will explore some of the biggest and most exciting changes that have occurred in our material world and how these now effect our everyday lives. To learn more about our topic, please see the curriculum map tab. The following is a list of details relevant to your child’s learning experience throughout the year:
This year in Sparrow Class, we will emphasise the importance of reading regularly at home, both with an adult and independently. Bug Club is a fantastic resource that enables children to read an unlimited collection of appropriately-levelled books whilst practising their reading comprehension skills as they go. Bug Club also features rewards, games and additional phonics-based activities to help your Sparrow grow in confidence as a reader. For more information about what Bug Club is and what the benefits are, please see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_91DamY8Gk
Each week, Sparrows will be expected to complete spelling practice, one piece of English or Maths homework and reading practice. Worksheets and guidance will be sent out for the homework weekly on the ‘portfolios’ section of Class Dojo. The portfolio section of class dojo can only be accessed via the student side of the site. Here, work can also be returned either in the form of a document, or a picture of the work. There is also the option to return homework in the purple homework books. Please see the attachment for instructions on how to log in to the student side of class dojo at home.
This term, PE will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. On these days, please ensure your Sparrow wears their PE to school. Wearing PE kit to school saves valuable lesson time and prevents the loss of uniform. Please also provide your sparrow with an optional warm tracksuit to wear over their clothes, as our PE sessions will continue when the weather becomes colder. We kindly remind you to ensure that all PE kit remains in line with our school’s uniform policy.
School lunches can be ordered daily in class and are free to children in KS1 (Year 2 but not Year 3). I would recommend going through the lunch options with your sparrow each week to ensure they are happy with the available choices.
This year, we will continue to communicate with parents and carers via Class Dojo. Here, I will post regular updates about our learning in class, as well as other important information. You also have the option to contact me directly via the private messaging tool, but please note that I will likely only respond during school hours.
Mr McCaffley & Mrs Thorpe