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Key information in Birch Class for the Autumn term

Birch Tree Key Information Autumn 2017

Teachers: Mrs Carnegie (Mon, Tues, Wed) Miss Abeysundera (Thurs, Fri).

Teaching Assistants: Miss Morris and Mrs Walker.

Book bag: NAMED

ü  Tewin book bags only (blue)

ü  Only one key-ring for identity

A bit about us.

Mrs Carnegie has been teaching for over 16 years mainly at schools in London before moving to Hertfordshire where she settled with her two children.  She has a ‘Masters in CPD for School Improvement’ which has given her a greater depth of knowledge into the education system. She loves playing tennis and spending time with her family and pet dog.

Miss Abeysundera was born in Sri Lanka and taught in Enfield schools for a long time and supplied for Hertfordshire County Council last year. She is a nature lover and enjoys walking. She is also a cricket enthusiast.

Drop off and pick up reminder:

Registration starts at 8:50am.

Pick up from the KS1 Garden outside Cherry Tree class. Children will be sent to you by a teacher to make sure we know who has gone home with whom.

A BIG welcome to the BIRCH TREE class!

Water bottle:

Must be:

ü  clear

ü  labelled

ü  non-spill

PE Kit:

ü  Your house colour polo shirt

ü  White polo shirt

ü  navy shorts

ü  navy tracksuit bottoms

ü  trainers

PE is taught on Mondays. Please make sure indoor and outdoor wear is in school on Mondays.

Homework:

Learning Logs will be sent home soon. Please read the information given at the front of the book and return by the half term holidays.  Spellings and times tables need to be practised at home. Letters regarding spellings will be coming home separately.

Reading books:

Reading books will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If any parent would like to offer to help change the books, Miss Morris would very grateful. Please let us know. Children will be given 1 or 2 books at a time. 10 minutes of reading a day is great. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions about the text.

Topic:

All of our foundation subjects will be taught through one topic which, until Christmas is ‘All about me’’. If you have any ‘special knowledge’ or items you would be willing to share with us for this topic (e.g. books), we would be really grateful. Please could you bring into school a photo of your child as a baby. These will be returned to you at the end of the topic.

Class rules:

ü  look after your own and school’s belongings

ü  we say kind things to each other

ü  we try our best and help each other to learn

Achievements:

The merit system is no longer in use this year. Instead there will be a ‘Star of the Week’ in each class across the school, where Mrs. Simpson will be looking at a particular area (this week – E-Safety) and House Points will be given out too.

Half-Term Value:

GENEROSITY

EVERYTHING MUST BE LABELLED

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Welcome to Willow Class

4th October 2017 

Dear Parents/Carers of children in Willow Tree Class,

A very warm welcome to the start of the new school year! We are really pleased with the way the children have settled into ‘big’ school. We feel very lucky to have such a lovely group of children who are so eager to learn!  They have been enjoying having fun with all their new friends! They are already becoming confident and independent and are keen to explore and use all the areas of the classroom such as the role play home corner, drawing and writing table, maths area, the construction and small world area, nature table, art and craft area, book corner and the lovely outside garden area too where there are lots of other activities such as the sand tray, water tray, bikes, model making area, large chalks, climbing frame and seesaws!  They also are getting really good at sitting on the carpet and joining in with our whole class Maths, Phonics, Literacy and Topic carpet sessions!

The adults in Willow Class are:

  • Mrs L Driver - Teacher: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Ms M Wije - Teacher: Thursday and Friday
  • Mrs Abeysudera - Teacher: Monday afternoon 
  • Miss Williams - Full time Teaching Assistant
  • Miss D Groves - Volunteer adult helper. 

Topics

For this half of the Autumn term our topics are All about Me, Autumn and Starting School. The children have and will  be doing a variety of learning activities in the following areas of learning as detailed in the Topic Plan below. A quick reminder of our request for you to send in three photos of your child as a baby – toddler – child (recent) to show how he/she has changed and grown each one labelled with your child’s full name and approximate age when the photo was taken. We will be using them for a special activity and to create a display and then be returning them later in the term. Thank you if you have already sent them into class!

Phonics

We hope you found the Phonics evening and the Phonics information folder helpful and informative. If you were unable to attend and have any queries about the information in the packs please do not hesitate to ask. It will really help your child’s progress in reading and writing if you can support them to reinforce what they are learning at school.  Your child will get a further set of letter/ sound cards each week. When you have used the sound cards with your child please record this in their reading record adding the date, sound cards used and comments, e.g. which sounds they could/could not yet recognise, if they were able to blend to read a word made with the sound card such as s a t – sat,  A list of suggested words that you can make with the letter sound cards will be given to you during the Parent Consultations.

Preparing your child for School

This information sheet was given to you during your home visit. It has many fun and practical ideas for you to help prepare and support your child with their learning, whilst doing everyday activities, during their time in Reception.

‘Show and Tell’

This is an opportunity for children to bring in and speak to the whole class about something that is special to them e.g. a toy, a photograph, something they have made, a certificate, something relating to a special event, trip or activity that may have taken place recently. ‘Show and Tell’ is a fantastic way to develop all of the children's speaking, questioning and listening skills. Five children each week are asked to ‘Show and Tell’. Here is the rota for the Autumn Term.

Show and Tell Rota-Every Tuesday

Autumn Term First Half

Week beg. Week beg.

09/10/17

Week 6

Lola

Kai

Sophia

Elodie

Archie

Autumn term Second Half

20/11/17

Week 4

Lola

Kai

Sophia

Elodie

Archie

16/10/17

Week 7

Conor

Hollie

Serenna

Madeleine

Tamara

27/11/17

Week 5

Conor

Hollie

Serenna

Madeleine

Tamara

Autumn term Second Half

30/10/17

Week 1

Set 5

Riley

Isabella

Ava

Emma

Lexie

04/12/17

Week 1

Set 6

Riley

Isabella

Ava

Emma

Lexie

06/11/17

Week  2

Anu

Elsie

Iestyn

Ella

Blake

11/11/17

Week  7

Anu

Elsie

Iestyn

Ella

Blake

13/11/17

Week 3

Liliana

Leo

Lenny

Sophie

Linus

18/11/17

Week 8

Liliana

Leo

Lenny

Sophie

Linus

P.E. and clothing

The children will now be having a PE lesson every Friday morning. Our aim is for the children to undress, fold their clothes up and put them in a pile, put their PE kit on and then after the lesson get dressed again independently. We will be helping and supporting them to achieve this goal! Therefore we would be grateful if you could encourage your child to dress and undress by him/herself at every opportunity including their outdoor coats. Also to learn to turn clothes that are inside out round the right way and also to fold the clothes up.  It is very important for your child to learn these skills now they are at big school.

Name labels

We are very grateful to you all for clearly labelling your child’s belongings. Just a reminder as Winter is coming that all of your child’s clothing needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s full name including shoes, plimsolls, wellington boots, vests, hats, gloves, scarves and coats to ensure it is returned back to your child if it is mislaid.  Please make sure that your child knows where the name labels are so they can check they have the right clothing.  If we find your child has an  unnamed item of clothing we hope you don’t mind if we write their name on the label.

Wellington Boots

If you haven't done so please could you send in a named pair of wellington boots for your child to be kept in school. This means your child will be able to play in  our outside area in all weathers and also to wear when we go on walks around the school grounds and the local countryside.

Reading/Book bags

Please ensure that your child has a book bag and that he/she brings it to school every day with the Phonics Cards zip wallet.  When your child is confident in blending sounds together to read words we will begin to send a simple reading book home. Please ensure that you complete the reading record with the book title, your signature and/or comments when you have shared the book with your child so that we can change the book. The books will usually be changed at least two times a week.

Water bottles

Please make sure the bottles are filled , that they have your child's full name on them and are not put in your child's book bag!

Resource List

We always need more resources for both the inside and outside curriculum. We have listed the items that we need to collect. If you can help us we would be very grateful! 

Resource List

paint brushes (decorating type)

old phone directories

white sheets or material

silver material

net curtains picnic basket

material- wool, fur, cotton, felt etc

Old cards eg. birthday

newpapers,

cardboard rolls, boxes of different sizes, e.g. cereal, chocolate, oxo.

ice-cream containers with lids if possible

yoghurt pots

Unwanted card and paper for drawing, creative activities etc.

Old diaries, calendars, notebooks, envelopes

If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us

Thank you for all your help and support!

Miss. Driver

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Welcome to Cherry Tree Class!

Cherry Tree Key Information

Teacher: Miss. Tebbutt (Mrs. Will on Friday mornings for PPA).

Teaching Assistants: Mrs. Williamson (M, T + W) and Mrs. Morris (Th + F).

A bit about me!

Tewin Cowper School holds many fond memories for me as I was here as a pupil. My family have either been a pupil, or worked at the school for 70 years continuously! I worked as a Teaching Assistant for two years in Reception and Year 3 whilst studying Psychology at University before doing my Teacher Training in ‘Butterfly class’ (Year 2/3) 2014-2015. This will be my third year teaching year 2 at Tewin.

Topic:

All of our foundation subjects will be taught through one topic which, until Christmas is ‘Arctic Adventurers’. If you have any ‘special knowledge’ or items you would be willing to share with us for this topic (e.g. books), we would be really grateful! You would be welcome to come and visit and share your knowledge too :)

Reading books:

Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays. Children will be given 3 books at a time – do not panic! We do not expect all these to be read, but we would rather you had too many than not enough. 10 minutes a night is great.

Homework:

Learning Logs will be carrying on next year. Spellings and times tables need to be practised at home. Letters regarding spellings will be coming home separately. Maths/English homework will be sent home weekly. A Homework folder will be sent home soon.

PE Kit:

-Your house colour polo shirt

-White polo shirt

-navy shorts

-navy tracksuit bottoms

-trainers

PE is taught on Wednesdays. Please make sure indoor and outdoor wear is in school on Wednesdays.

Book bag: 

-Tewin book bags only (blue)

-Only one key-ring for identity

 Drop off and pick up reminder:

Registration starts at 8:50am, any later than 8:55am will be noted as late.

Pick up from the Gazebo in the playground. Children will be sent to you by a teacher to make sure we know who has gone home with who.

Half-Term Value:

GENEROSITY

Achievements:

The merit system is no longer in use this year. Instead there will be a ‘Star of the Week’ in each class across the school, where Mrs. Simpson will be looking at a particular area (this week – E-Safety) and House Points will be given out too.

 Class rules:  

-look after your own and schools belongings 

-treat others as you would like to be treated 

-try your best and SMILE! J

 

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Autumn Term in Oak Class - Ancient Greece Theme

We are already three weeks into our learning and all the children have settled in well into our class routines.  We have a lot to cover this year but it is good to see all the children are on board and ready to learn.

Maths

Maths learning has started with recapping place value in numbers and basic understanding of what numbers are. This will lead on to column addition, subtraction, multiplication and Division. If all goes to plan we should be able to fit in some Statistics before Christmas too. Maths in Oak class is fast paced but the children learn at the level that suits them – that means choosing to do work that is challenging enough for them – not too easy! Every day the children are encouraged to choose a ‘reasoning’ task too to broaden their thinking and think outside of the box. The children have really taken well to this and already and there is a real buzz of learning in our lessons.

We have introduced something new across the school for Maths learning this year called Assertive Mentoring to help raise achievement for everyone. ‘Maths Skills’ as the children know it by, is introduced once a week as a Maths lesson. This is an opportunity for children to revise everything that is taught in a whole school year in small bites and believe it or not – the children love it! They test themselves each week with as much help from a friend or a teacher as they want, whilst building up a bank of targets that they personally need to improve on. 

Our Maths Passports are still a prominent part of our class teaching and learning. I will be sending home the children’s current targets for these. PLEASE help your child to learn these. I can’t emphasise enough how important it is that children know these quickly and confidently to help them in other areas of Maths. There is not much time in the curriculum in Year 5 and 6 to go over the learning of times tables and so if your child is still on these – they could really do with your help.

Topic – Ancient Greece

We have already begun our topic on Ancient Greece and the children seem to be enjoying the freedom of being able to find out more on their own. The topic has been introduced to the children with an important historical discovery. The children were told that a group of cavers had recently come across a body found hidden in a cave in the mountains of the Kallídhromon massif in Northern Greece. The body is believed to be that of a young boy who died about 2500 years ago! Evidence points back to the time, place and location of the Battle of Thermopylae that the children have just been learning about.  As well as the skeletal remains, the cavers also found an array of different items from ancient Greece but questions remain unanswered….. Who was this young man? Why was the battle of Thermopylae so significant to the find?  Why did the young man have these objects with him? Why was the boy hiding in the cave? What might have been his story?

Our task over the next term we will be to try and solve this mystery by finding out more about Ancient Greece at the time he died and whom this boy may have been. At the end of the term, the children will bring their ideas and research together to invent a story about the young man’s life and tragic death. 

English

The ‘Just So Stories’  are a wonderful collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling in 1902. Kipling began working on the book by telling the first three chapters as bedtime stories to his daughter Josephine. These had to be told "just so" (exactly in the words she was used to) or she would complain. The stories describe how one animal or another acquired its most distinctive features, such as how the Leopard got his spots. We will be using Kipling’s collection of stories to learn more about the writing of Classical texts, as well as understand the authors style of writing. At the end of this unit, the children will be writing their own collections of stories to turn into our very own class book. After this unit, we will move on to Non-fiction and learn how to write an explanation text and then just before Christmas we will study a poem called ‘ The highwayman’ with lots of lovely activities planned around this.

As always, children will be focusing on their individual English targets to improve their writing. We will also be having a big push on spelling this year with regular spelling lessons and time to practise. The children all now have their own personal dictionaries and are encouraged to use these and add words to them that they are still unsure of how to spell.

Reading

Guided reading takes place every week as an opportunity for me to hear your child read. This is not necessarily from the book they are reading at home – it will usually be a book that we are reading in class that I have chosen to challenge them. At the moment the year 5s are reading the Chronicles of Narnia and the Year 6s are reading Street Child. Both books are classics with some challenging words and good discussion to be had from them. PLEASE also ensure your child is reading their school books at home and that they are being given the opportunity to read aloud – preferably to an adult.

Science

Our Science topic for this half term will be on Light and how we see things. We do have an awful lot to cover this year in Science and so we will be moving quite quickly through these topics. It would be very helpful if the Year 6s could bring back their old Science books please that were not supposed to have gone home. Swiftly after our topic on light, we will look at the link between art and science in the human body. Our aim will not only be to learn more about the human body but to create an exhibition of art work to reflect the beautiful complexity of the human body that makes us human.

French

In French Mrs Barrie will be recapping basic vocabulary and going over classroom commands, verbs, and how to present themselves eg: I am .... She will also help us to label up much of our topic display in French.

Religious Education

In RE the children will be discussing the very complex question of Creation and Science – Is it conflicting or could it be seen as complementary? Nearer Christmas the children will be learning and discussing the question - ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?

PE

PE this half term and next will be Tag Rugby outdoors and Dance indoors. PLEASE make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day. I have planned our PE lessons for a Friday afternoon but some weeks we may like to fit in an extra one if the weather is looking good.

Housekeeping

The children in our class, especially the Year 6s, are seen as leaders of the school and should therefore be leading by example.  Children should be coming to school neat and tidy in the correct school uniform. We have a lot of children in trainers, coloured fleeces, coloured socks, different coloured hair bands etc and it is not setting a good example for the rest of the school. Please check your child is wearing what they should be.

Thank you

Mrs Cowler

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Tewin Cowper C of E Primary School
Cannons Meadow,
Tewin,
Hertfordshire.
AL6 0JU
Telephone:
01438 717378
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01438 718586
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