Sparrows

Welcome to Sparrow Class!

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Happy New Year! I’m delighted to welcome the children back for another term in Sparrow Class. Our new topic started dramatically, when a mysterious letter arrived in school inviting us to search a location in the school for a hidden treasure map! After discovering the map, it was clear that we would need to develop our geographical and historical enquiry skills in order to unlock the hidden secrets of the mysterious settlers that left the artefact behind. I hope you will enjoy following this learning journey on class dojo over the next few months, and join me in trying to make this topic one to remember. 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:

 

Reading:

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

 

Home learning:

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.

 

PE:

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:

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.

 

Communication:

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.

 

Best wishes,

Mr McCaffley & Mrs Thorpe