Wolves Class Letter – Autumn Term 2020
I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all of you. It has been wonderful to have the children back in school and even lovelier to be able to teach them in the new classrooms, which are fantastic! The children are very much enjoying them. They have all settled in so incredibly well and, given the extended break from school routines that they experienced during the spring and summer, they have hit the ground running and are working very hard.
There are a few practical pieces of information that I should communicate to you in the first instance and these are detailed below:
Our PE days are Thursday and Friday so please ensure that kit is in school on these days. I send the children home in their kit on a Friday so that it can be washed and returned each week.
Homework: This is given out on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. This will take the form of a Maths activity, a reading activity and some spellings to be learnt. These will usually be on Spelling Shed but may come home on paper also. I am currently in the process of assessing which of the statutory Year 3 and 4 words each child can confidently spell and it will be necessary to operate a ‘catch up’ system at home for those that are not yet secure. In lessons we are running both the Year 3 & 4 curriculum and the Year 5 spelling curriculums simultaneously.
Reading books: This year we have introduced a 10-minute Reading Pledge to our children. As class teachers, we promise to read to our children for a minimum of 10 minutes each day (although we often read for longer as we love books!) We ask the children to commit to a minimum of 10 minutes per day of personal reading. Your child will be bringing home a reading record book in which to track their reading and we ask that you support and encourage them in reading daily and discussing what they have read with you. We have a big push on talking about our reading in school at the moment and I’m sure that your child would enjoy telling you about their daily ‘Book Talk’ sessions in class.
We have a class library from which the children can borrow books, as well as a rejuvenated school library which, in the coming weeks and months, the children will access more frequently. Upon returning books to school we ask the children to put their books in a quarantine box. All class returns remain in the box until the following week (a minimum of 72 hours) before being returned to the shelf.
I will be holding a brief class meeting to introduce myself on Wednesday 30th September at 3.45pm. This can be accessed via a link on Google Classroom (in the same way that your child accessed Google Meets in lockdown). I look forward to seeing many of you for a quick Q & A/tour of the classroom then. In the meantime, should you have any specific questions, please do email them to the school office for my attention and I will ensure that they are answered in our class meeting.