After our Christmas break, Swallows Class were all geared up with enthusiasm to hit the ground running with our new topic and during the one day that we were in, it was a delight to embark on our new big question, ‘Do Rainforests need protecting?’

Since diving back into our online curriculum, the children have made presentations and artwork about rainforest animals, learned about different habitats and the layers of trees, and even explored Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. We are now looking at the life cycles of different animals – including mammals, birds and insects – which links into our PSHE topic, ‘How are babies made?’ To support this, the children are creating a whole variety of written work, encompassing a rich range of genres, and are also enjoying our class novel, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I am endlessly proud of and impressed by their attitude to home-learning and their technical skills and abilities. This has been most evident in our computing topics, as we move onto vector drawing and using Google Drawings.

PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. PE kits should be worn to school on these days. Please can children keep a pair of outdoor trainers in school at all times.

Homework is given on a Wednesday and returned to Miss McBride on a Monday. Maths will be set on Mathletics and English will be given through Google Classroom. In addition, all children should be reading 5 times per week and filling in their Reading Records accordingly. Rewards are still available for avid readers. New spellings are set on a Monday (find them on Class Dojo) and, whilst the children will have the opportunity to practise them at school, it would be great if this was also supported at home.

I look forward to welcoming Swallows Class back into the classroom and wish you all a happy and healthy term.


Miss McBride