Welcome to Swifts’ Class!
Our aim is to make the year that children spend in Swifts, one in which they make progress in their learning, become more independent, build up their confidence in the 5 Rs (Respect, Responsibility, Reflectivness, Resilience and Resourcefulness) and, of course, really enjoy themselves and have fun!
Mrs Martin teaches every day except for Tuesday, when Miss Long is in class. Mrs Drew is our Teaching Assistant.
The whole school rules of Be Safe, Be Ready, Be Respectful are very important ones to learn and to follow. We work hard on helping children to use the 4 Bs in their work: Brain, Buddy, Board, Bit & Bobs. This is about really learning to think first or use what is available around us to become more independent and resourceful learners.
Reading homework is 5 Reads at home, with these recorded in the yellow Reading Record book. Books are taken in on Mondays and children who have 5 Reads in their book become reading champions. Each week an e-reading book is assigned on the Oxford Owl website for which all children have a log-in and reading from this book counts for the 5 Reads.
Phonics/spelling homework is to work regularly on the Common Exception words. Each child has a sheet indicating which words they need to work on in reading and writing.
Maths homework is to work on number bonds to 10 then 20 using the Numbots website.
We will mainly use Class Dojo to communicate with parents and carers but if you need to speak to a teacher, we are always happy to make an appointment or, if it’s a quick message, catch us in the playground. Our termly newsletters also let you know what we are planning for the term ahead.
This term (Term 3) our topic title is Footsteps in the Snow with the cold theme reflected in our book choices for English: Raven Child and the Snow Witch and Leaf. In Week 2 we visited the Pitt Rivers in Oxford for a workshop on the Inuits and are following this up with written fact files using our experience at the museum. It really brought the topic to life.
Below are some pictures of our activities so far this year.
Mrs Martin and Miss Long
If you would like to know more about our curriculum, please click on the link below, which will take you to the curriculum webpage.