Willow Class Information

2019 – 2020 

Willow
Item Day Information
 

Library Sessions

Tuesday after school

 

 

The library is open every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 4pm for children to borrow a book for 14 days after which it needs to be returned to the library and changed or renewed. Each book has a unique library barcode. Every child has their own code as well so books are scanned in and out of the library. Please do not return library books to the classroom. 

If you have any queries regarding the library please see Mrs Noad or Mrs Sheppard. 

 

 

PE Sessions

 

Thursday afternoons from 1.15pm to 3.15pm

 

Please ensure your child has their full named PE kit in school. PE bags are sent home every holiday giving parents an opportunity to wash items and check that their kit still fits. PE clothing that is too small restricts the children and is uncomfortable.
PE kits should be in school every day as on occasions PE sessions may be rearranged.

 

 

Homework

  Children need to be practising their reading and maths skills 5 times a week, with an adult MINIMUM. See reading below.

Reading can consist of activities such as Page 99, Tricky Work Window, Dictionary work or answer questions about a section of the text.

times tables are a focus for home learning. The expectation is that by the end of the year they will know 2,5,10,3,4 and 8 times table, up to 12x. A little and often approach can be taken – some suggestions include:

  • Chanting times tables- Whether it’s marching up and down the stairs or over breakfast. The basic skill of going up and down in their times tables in very important.
  • Quick fire questioning – Fire times table questions and get your child to answers back quickly. This is one step further than just chanting in order.
  • Learning times tables with a broom! – This technique breaks the times tables down into smaller chunks and teaches them the relationship between them. E.g. 10x something is double 5x something. The clip below shows how it is done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXdHGBfoqfw

  • Times table songs – Below is a list of song which can be found on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTAwXjId4_E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWJ-aCxQ_gw

Alternatively just search the times table on YouTube and there are hundreds!

9x table trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVbcra3rCqc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70UVUlobZyM

  • Online Games – Just by searching “times table games” you will find hundreds of sites which can help develop you child’s number fact knowledge. Here are just a few:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy-multiplication.html

  • Maths Apps – ‘Doodle Maths’ has been recommended to us by previous parents.
  • Work books – Some parents like children to work through a work book. Any high street shop/supermarket make their own and any are good!
  • Rock Star Maths – This is going to have a massive boost from school over the coming year and is a great way for children to practise their quick fire times table knowledge.
    Online Worksheets
 

Spellings

 

Handed out – Tuesday Tested the following Monday. 5 whole class words and 5 personal keywords from the ½ or ¾ curriculum list.
Times table test on a Friday.
 

Reading

 

 Checked Friday Book changes can be when the children want to but they should be reading the book more than once before changing. In Willow Class a reading train is used to track the children’s home reading and they will have a reward at the end of the term if they make it to the end.

Reading record books are checked weekly ( day will vary so books need to be in school every day). Child will move up the reading train if read 5x.

Children can practice answering VIPERs questions. Click here – vipers questions for parents

 

Swimming sessions

 

Wednesday afternoon

School Year 2019 – 2020

This year only pupils in Year 3 and 6 will go swimming for 10 weeks during terms 1 and 2.

In Terms 3 and 4 those children who have not obtained their 25 metre badge will have a further block of 10 lessons. 

Please ensure your child brings their swimming kit to school every Wednesday morning to ensure they can take full advantage of their swimming lessons. See the diary of events or the website calendar for the dates swimming takes place.

 

Assessment Week

 

Monday to Friday

Term 1 – Week commencing 14th October 2019

Term 3 -Week commencing 3rd February 2020

Term 5 -Week commencing 18th May 2020

Please ensure your child has a good nights sleep every night and a good breakfast. This will help with their concentration and ensure they do the best they can.