It is fantastic to see the children after such a long time away from school. I think some of the children have been standing in a grow bag for the last few months!
This year will, sadly, be the last year as part of the Maple Tree family. The children know this year is a tough year and that they have a lot of work to do. We have already begun building on the Growth Mindset needed to achieve our goals for this year.
We are lucky to have Mrs. Woods this year to support our learning and help us achieve our targets. We are also extremely lucky to have Miss Milne, (our new P.E. teacher) who will take Cherry every Thursday for an exciting P.E. curriculum.
Our focus for the first part of the Autumn term is to cover essential aspects of the Year 5 curriculum that were lost due to the school closure during the pandemic. To this end, we will be doing a separate science unit all about materials and changing states as well as filling in gaps in English and Maths. Once we are up to scratch, we will start delivering the Year 6 curriculum. It is going to be a very full year!
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate in calling the school office. They are very good at pointing people in the right direction or taking messages to allow us to get back to you.
P.E.: Cherry class will have P.E. every Thursday afternoon with Miss. Milne. The children should come to school dressed in their P.E. kit. Ensure appropriate clothing for the weather as we will be outside as often as possible. Long hair should be tied up and all jewellery removed. If, for some reason, earrings cannot be removed you should provide microporous tape to cover them.
Homework: The children get a piece of homework each week on a two-week rotation. Homework will be Maths one week and the following week will be English based. This is handed out to them on a Thursday morning and it is expected to be handed in completed on the Tuesday morning, at the latest. Children will receive 3 house points for handing their homework in early and 1 house point for handing it in on time. Each week we will work towards a whole class reward for everybody handing in their homework.
Spellings: The children receive their individual spelling list each week. They will be tested and given their new set of spellings on Monday mornings and will be assessed the following Monday. Spellings are based on different word families, topics and the statutory spelling list. Children will be rewarded with 2 house points for full marks on their spelling test.
Reading: The children are expected to read their school reading book at home every day, ideally for at least 15 minutes. This will need to be recorded in their homework diary. When your child has completed their book, it is their responsibility to tell their class teacher, who will then allow them to change their reading book. It is also your child’s responsibility to take AR quizzes in order for them to reach their targets each term. Children will be rewarded each time their AR target is achieved. Each half term the children will work towards a whole class reward based on their AR achievements.