Welcome to Swallows Class.

The children have settled into their new roles at the top of the school with enthusiasm and excitement and have made an excellent start to the new year.

Our big question this term is ‘What lies above our heads and beneath our feet?’ and we have started by researching space. The children have created their own extremophile, learnt some extraordinary facts about our solar system, and even toured the ISS on Google Earth. To celebrate Black History Month in October, we are learning about the women who worked at NASA, and about Mae Jemison. In Guided Reading, our class novel is Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights and we’re also enjoying The Little PrinceThere are lots of exciting trips in the diary too, including our visit to the National Space Centre. Our topic will also lead us to explore forces and sustainable, natural resources.

PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, and the children go running on the other days. Please keep kits in school all week – outdoor trainers are essential!

Homework is given on a Wednesday and returned to Miss McBride on a Monday. There is usually a piece of written work as well as maths which is set through Mathletics. Every child in Year 5 and 6 should be reading 5 times per week and filling in their Reading Records accordingly. There are new rewards for children who read a wide range of genres and for avid readers. New spellings are set on a Monday (find them on Class Dojo) and the children have the opportunity to practise them every morning in school.

I hope you all enjoy our first term.