Welcome to the Badgers Class Page for the 2019/2020 academic year. I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing summer ahead of what is a big year for the children as they enter the final stage of their primary school careers.
This year, the class will be taught by Mr Bates both during the morning and afternoon sessions. The residential visit to Whitehall will be followed by a deep and hollistic curriculum where children will be encouraged to excel in their particular fields put also push the boundaries of their capabilities in others. Aside from building up towards SATs in May, it is our goal to ensure that all of the children within the team leave St Nicholas having had the best experience possible. Both working hard and playing hard are crucial facets to a successful year and, with the support of each other, families, teachers and the wider school community, we will endeavour to make this year the best one yet.
On the theme of support, please find the medium term plan for term 1 attached to this page. Here, parents and the wider school community are able to see the broad and deep curriculum put into place. Maths, literacy and book talk will be delivered on a daily basis to ensure a broad coverage of our core subjects. Foundation subjects such as art, history and geography will have at least two sessions per week dedicated to them to enable children to learn valuable skills and knowledge, understanding a range of topics and contexts. In terms 1, 3 and 5, we are fortunate to welcome Madame Honorez who will be delivering weekly French sessions on a Tuesday whilst Mrs Mackness & Miss Bullough will deliver PSHE topics.
To ensure that the children achieve as highly as they can, there are some homework expectations which the children are expected to follow:
Firstly, children are expected to read 4 times per week. This can be for around 10 minutes with an expectation to talk about what they have read to ensure they develop their understanding of the text they are reading. Reading at home will not only develop fluency but comprehension skills and a love of reading as well.
Secondly, children will be given a weekly spelling rule to ensure that they can use a wider range of correctly spelled vocabulary in their writing. These should be practised in Learning Journals four times per week. Aside from this, each week children will be given two Year 6 Curriculum Spelling words which may have fit previous rules from other years. Children will be encouraged to learn these spellings in a variety of ways to ensure sufficient understanding and application. There will be a weekly spelling recap every Friday.
Thirdly, children will be required to complete some times table practices ahead of weekly times table recap checks. These times table practices may be substituted for more four-operation work to ensure children are confident and competent using a range of mental and written calculation strategies. As the year progresses towards SATs, children will be expected to spend slightly longer on homework to ensure a good depth of understanding to to ensure key concepts are revised.
With SATs scheduled for term 5, there will be weekly booster sessions commencing as of term 2. Children are free to pick and choose which booster sessions they attend in order to support their needs. Mr Bates may encourage attendance to particular sessions depending on the necessity to consolidate understanding. It is with both hope and expectation that families support their children as best they can in the run up to the SATs week in May.
Please make sure families stay up to date with all the latest goings on within the Badgers class. The class page on ClassDojo will be regularly updated with news, information, success and learning to bridge the gap between home life and school life and also to keep families connected to the learning. If parents would like to contact me (Mr Bates), then ClassDojo will always be the best form of communication however my door will always be open and I will always welcome families to talk through their child's progress.
Thank you for your continued support of everything we do here at St Nicholas.