Happy New Year and welcome back to Swallows Class for 2022! A great term of excitement, learning and opportunities lie ahead and the class have come back from Christmas refreshed and highly engaged with our new topic.

Our Big Question is ‘What is Wonderful About Where We Live?’. We have hit the ground running and are straight into reading The Call of the Wild, with children learning about the Gold Rush, exploring the geography and history of another part of the world. Here in Combe, we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and with so many amazing things on our doorstep. We will be studying local rivers, plants and wildlife, as well as a range of local, Oxford authors and opportunities for orienteering later in the term. Already, Swallows have set a fantastic example, during our trip to Blenheim Place, and made plenty of discoveries about local heroes and history. As well as all of this, we continue to enjoy our daily music minute, as well as our clarinet lessons on a Wednesday afternoon.

PE days this term are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As both of these sessions are outdoors, please have outdoor shoes in school all week, separate from school shoes, which will be needed for the classroom.

One piece of written homework on Classroom and maths homework on Mathletics, will continue to be set every Wednesday and is due the following Wednesday. There is also Times Tables Rockstars for anyone looking for extra times tables practice. Spellings are set on Thursdays through Readiwriter, with informal assessment on the following Wednesday. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge. Reading Records must be filled in and are collected on a Wednesday.

Mr Ball, Mrs Bustin, Mrs Timms and I all look forward to a happy and healthy term and hope that everyone continues to thrive as the spring arrives.