Happy New Year and welcome back to Swallows Class for 2020; a great term of excitement, learning and opportunities lie ahead.

Our Big Question is ‘What is Wonderful About Where We Live?’. Already, we have thought about the different ways in which we divide up the planet – from hemispheres, to biomes, to counties – and we are thoroughly enjoying our atlas work. We will be exploring our question through history, geography, music, art and DT, as well as through a whole range of local authors, allowing the children to develop cross-curricular links. We hugely enjoyed our trip to Blenheim Palace to learn about local history and are looking forward to getting out and about, investigating our local rivers later in the term.

As usual, this term offers plenty of exciting opportunities: some children have already been to London for a tour of Parliament, Year 6 have learned about CPR as part of their IMPS (Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools) training and Year 5 are looking forward to tackling their cycling proficiency course soon.

PE days this term are Tuesdays (outdoor, weather permitting) and Fridays (indoor). Please have labelled kit in school all week, including outdoor trainers.

One piece of written homework and maths homework, in the form of Mathletics, will continue to be set every Wednesday and is due the following Monday. There is also Times Tables Rockstars for anyone looking for extra times tables practice. Spellings are given out on Monday with informal assessment on the Friday. Everyone is given the opportunity to practise the spellings each morning. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge.