Teachers – Mr Joe Baxter, Mrs Lunn & Mrs Crossley May
Autumn Term 2020
Welcome to 2020 – 2021 in Oak Class! We are delighted to welcome the children back to school after their summer break. This letter contains information regarding on going routines and procedures. If there are changes as the year progresses, we will do our best to keep you informed and up to date.
Adults in Oak Class and Basic Timetable
|Mr Baxter||Mr Baxter
(Mrs Baker every other Tuesday afternoon for ICT and RE)
|Mrs Lunn||Mr Baxter and Mrs Crossley May||Mr Baxter|
|Forest school for first half term. Half a day for each year group||PE (stay in kit all day)||Times tables practice and check||Spellings check and new words set in small books to take home for next week||Homework set online via email or Google Classroom|
Our Topic and Curriculum
This term our topic is ‘Wellbeing’. We will focus on mental and physical health and children will learn about nutrition, teeth and digestion. There will be a big focus on reading, writing and maths, both as discreet subjects and mixed into the other subjects. Our aim is firstly to ensure that children are ready to learn—building on their confidence, resilience, self-esteem and sense of play—all things that are likely to have been adversely affected by lockdown. The first weeks of school have been/will be designed to focus on these elements, whilst gently upping the level of academic expectations, to ensure children don’t feel threatened by their school experiences. This approach is what has been recommended to us by the Government and child phycologists, based on scientific evidence of children’s wellbeing and brain development, to enable children to make maximum progress in the longer term. Please see the below topic overview for a brief description of what we will be covering in each subject this term.
Help in Class
We are very lucky to have an amazing team of support in Oak class with a wealth of experience in helping children with their learning and with their wellbeing. If a child needs extra help in class, they will be given one or more of the following: differentiated support from the class teacher, extra support from TAs, specific learning resources, differentiated work, small group support in ‘Acorn Room’ and specific support plans to help with their progress or wellbeing in school.
We are trying to keep physical items going home and coming into school to a minimum this year. Therefore, homework will be:
- 5 new spellings each week to learn at home – sent home in small blue spelling books
- Times table Rock Stars, reviewed by Mrs Lunn on Wednesdays. Children’s passwords have been sent home
- ‘Quest’ Topic homework or My Maths and English, all set online (Topic and English set via email or Google Classroom)
- Reading books – most children on AR and able to swap books regularly. Chrome books will be available for quizzes – children need to ask to do this. If children are finding this difficult or choosing not to ask, please let us know and we will give them a nudge! Children will also be invited to take home a ‘book to love’ – a book from the library that is to be shared at home with the emphasis on enjoyment and discovery
Snacks and Drinks
Children are asked to bring a named water bottle into school on a Monday, keep it in school and then bring home again on Friday. Children can also bring in a fruit based snack each day.
Hopefully, this information lets you know what you and your children need to do to be ready for Oak Class.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Mr Baxter and the Oak Class Team
For an overview of the entire Year 3 and Year 4 curricula please click on the link below.