Welcome to Seals Class
Welcome back to a brand new school year! I hope you have all had a wonderful summer break and a chance to relax.
I am very much looking forward to getting to know the children coming up from Otters Class and am excited for our learning journey ahead.
Mrs. Dearne will continue to support the leaning in our class every morning from 9:00-12:00. I will be in school and contactable every day, however I will be away from the classroom on Wednesday afternoons because of my PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time. The children will have PSHE with Miss Hannigan and P.E. with a Sports Coach in the afternoon during this time slot.
Your child will be in a different classroom from last year – Where the Seals were last year. At the end of each school day, I will bring the children out onto the playground just in front of the main gate. Please could you let me know when you have collected your child and bear with me as I familiarise myself with new faces!
Over the next term we will be launching straight into our topic, Around the World in 80 Days. We will be immersing ourselves in the world of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout as they travel around the world and go on adventures, exploring different countries. Our learning will be closely linked to the Jules Verne text and the film adaptation of this, which we shall be screening on the first day of term.
P.E will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. This can vary, however, so please ensure that your child has all their named P.E kit (including trainers) in school at all times. Please note that children are expected to change back into their school uniform after these sessions to ensure that kit stays at school and does not go missing. Children should take their P.E kits home at the end of each term to be washed.
Children should have indoor and outdoor shoes. Please can you ensure that these are clearly named, to avoid morning mayhem in the cloakroom!
Children should bring a named water bottle into school every day. This should be taken home at the end of the day so that it can be refilled with fresh water. Please fill these with water only.
This year we will be continuing the ‘Challenge wall’. The class will be set ‘mini challenges’ to complete throughout the term that will usually (but not always) coincide with current affairs or themes linked with our topic. These tasks are not compulsory, however children who do complete these challenges will be invited to share their findings with the class if they wish, and will receive a ‘challenge’ certificate and earn table points for their teams.
A Year 4/5 starter pack will be issued to all parents at the start of the school year. This is to help share the expectations of what is required of your child over the coming year and will contain documents linked with this. An electronic copy of the pack will also be available on the Seal Class web page, however please do contact me directly if your child has not received a pack by the end of the first week of school.
Homework and Spelling
Homework is an opportunity for you to see what we have been learning in class. This year, homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned to school the following Wednesday. Please note that if your child’s homework is late, it will be marked the following week.
Homework will include the following:
Please note that times tables tests will be carried out every Friday afternoon in class. Children are therefore expected to practice their times tables at home as well as in class in order to prepare them for these tests.
I am very much looking forward to seeing what the new school year brings for Seal Class!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or queries.
Miss C. Starkey and the Seal Class Team.
Seals Class work