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Dear Families,


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.


Mr Bates 

Term 4

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Welcome to Term 4!


Welcome to Term 4; we're now over half-way through our final year here at St Nicholas! Crazy!


We have a number of exciting things going on this term, including: trips to The Warning Zone & Burghley House, sports matches, the Staff vs Year 6 Super Series and of course some fantastic units of learning to be covered. On top of this, we will be kicking off our booster sessions, starting with maths on a Monday after school followed by literacy on a morning to be confirmed.


As it is the term before SATs, the children will be coming home with more questions, challenges and practice papers in order to sufficiently prepare ourselves for May. the children also have their SATs revision guides which will serve to basis for some more focussed reading and revision each week.


We will continue to work hard in the Badgers team but also play equally hard and, as is evident in the term overview, we have some fabulous fun and engaging units of learning to look forward to.


Please keep an eye out for updates and snap-shots of what we get up to on Class Dojo...


Thank you once again for your continued support of everything we do here in the Badgers team. 

Term 3

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Welcome to Term 3!


I hope everyone is feeling refreshed, ready and raring to go after what I hope was a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


This term, we have several exciting events taking place which we're all looking forward to; Warning Zone and Young Voices to name a couple.


Aside from this, we have a fantastic terms worth of learning taking place as well. We have an in-depth design and technology unit where we will be looking at and making different mechanisms; some computing where we will focus on e-safety; and further opportunities to develop our Maths and GPaS understanding in more practical and creative ways.


As the term progresses, I plan on kicking off some booster sessions focusing on different elements of our learning to give extra opportunities to consolidate our understanding. Our push towards May begins this term, so please look out for more SATS-style questions as part of our homework.


Once again, I'd like to thank you all for your continued support of everything we do here at St Nicholas and in particular the Badgers team.

Term 2

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Welcome to Term 2!


After a fantastic Term 1, I'm very much looking forward to getting back into the swing of things for Term 2. On this page, you will find the overview of our term along with an updated weekly timetable. 


This term, we're introducing some extra elements of the curriculum such as Design & Technology. Ahead of some of these sessions, the children may come home with a very brief list of ingredients for the occasions that we're cooking.


As mentioned at our meetings last term, we will begin to add some elements of SATs-based preparation such as some past questions/papers which may also come home as alternatives for homework. As of week 3, I will begin to run after-school booster sessions which will last until 4.15pm on a day to be decided.


There will continue to be plenty of extra-curricular opportunities for the children as well, both sporting and non-sporting.


I've been so impressed with the way everyone has really thrown themselves into this year and I'm so proud of the starts they have made to life in Year 6.


Thank you for your continued support of everything we do here at St Nicholas.


Mr Bates

Term 1

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