Welcome to Sparrow Class!
Dear Parents and Carers,
It’s a joy to welcome the children back for another term in Sparrow Class. Just as we have done previously, the children were given the opportunity to share their ideas about what they would like the overarching theme of their learning to be. On this occasion, we decided that the new topic would be titled ‘Earth’. I have planned some fantastic learning opportunities and projects for the children; the details of which you can read in the ‘curriculum overview’ on our website page, or our class dojo page. This Science-focused topic will feature new learning about plants, weather and seasonal change, as well as the usual broad and varied curriculum you have come to expect from Newtown. There will also be more home-learning projects which you can take part in with your Sparrows throughout the course of the summer term. As we continue to work through these uncertain times, I hope that the children find comfort in the warm and supportive environment that we have tried to create in Sparrow Class this year. As always, if you have any questions, I can always be contacted via class Dojo.
Just as we have done previously, this term we are emphasising 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 and to practice 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. Please support and encourage your Sparrows to read at least three times a week!
Each week, Sparrows will be expected to complete spelling practice, one piece of English or Maths homework and reading practice. I have created an overview for the term so you can see what we will be focusing on each week. The overview also includes optional topic homework tasks. Worksheets and guidance will be sent out for the homework weekly on the ‘portfolios’ section of Class Dojo. Here, work can also be returned either in the form of a document, or a picture of the work. As we are still trying to reduce the number of items brought into school from home, we ask that you do not return physical copies of the homework.
This term, PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays with an additional Forest School session with Mr Upston on Tuesdays. Please ensure your Sparrow brings the correct PE Kit so that they can join in with every session. Please see our website for information on correct uniform.
Due to the high volume of lunches ordered, it has become difficult to tweak and change specific orders unless they are necessary to meet a specific dietary requirement. Please take the time to look through the menu with your child to ensure they like the choices that are available prior to ordering.
Support in Class:
For the remainder of the school year, we are delighted to have Mr Crocker, a PGCE student from Exeter University, with us in the class. With our support, Mr Crocker will be developing his teaching skills and helping to ensure that the children have some memorable learning experiences from now until the end of the school year.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Mr McCaffley and Miss Dover