Welcome to all of Swallows Class and their families. After such a long break, it has been wonderful to see the children so excited to be back at school. They are thoroughly embracing the ‘new normal’ and settling quickly into their new roles at the top of the school with excitement. They have made an excellent start to the new academic year.

Our big question this half term is ‘Who owns a country?’ and we have started with an exploration of the Vikings and their invasion of Britain in 793AD. The children have created their own accounts of the raid of Lindisfarne, drawn some fabulous longboats and learnt some extraordinary facts about the Vikings belief systems. After the half term break, our big question will be ‘Should we look after our bodies?’ Our journey into science will be supported by our class novel, Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman which the children have begun with great enthusiasm and plenty of class discussion.

PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays. PE kits should be worn to school on these days. In addition to this, we aim to provide our children with plenty of opportunities for exercise and so we are continuing our daily run on non-PE days. Therefore, 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. Any maths will be set on Mathletics and English will be given through Google Classroom. Every child in Year 5 and 6 should be reading 5 times per week and filling in their Reading Records accordingly. Please begin a new page in their reading diaries each week. After the great success of reading rewards, and the enormously positive impact more reading has had, these will be continuing 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.

Thank you so much for all of your ongoing support and I wish you all a happy and safe term.


Miss McBride