Welcome to Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to the new school year. We are really excited about working with you and your child over this next school year. We fully appreciate that there have been some changes to the structure of the class, but please rest assured, we are still very much one class! We are now in our lovely refurbished area. Please feel free to come in and have a look around. We are particularly looking forward to our visit to Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre (Monday 8th October – Friday 12th October 2018). At Laches Wood your child will learn new skills and develop teamwork (which will be further developed as part of a Forest School project back at Parkside). This experience will give your child so much confidence to help them face the challenges of this year. This outdoor educational trip really will positively impact on your child - please ensure that any outstanding money, along with the consent form is in school by Friday 5th October at the very latest. You will also be required to complete a medical form for your child which will be sent out to you approximately one week before the visit.
We know that this year will present exciting opportunities to watch your child develop in a productive and caring learning environment. The teaching team and the children will constantly refer to the school motto, ‘Care to learn and learn to care.’
There is no doubt that this school year will be challenging and hard work. It is important that your child embraces the journey that will take them on to High School next September. We will be with them every step of the way to ensure that they are fully prepared for this important stage in their lives.
We are particularly excited about our Autumn Term Topic Survivors! We will have launched our topic, in true survivor fashion, by the end of the first week back at school. We will engage in a parent project part way through the term - working with you and your child – more details to follow in due course. We will cover a huge range of skills during our learning through this topic – of which a brief overview is given below.
During their time this year, every child will be expected to take on additional roles and responsibilities around the school. They will have been informed of their roles at the beginning of term. With regard to the end of KS2 Government Tests, you and your child will be invited to a meeting after Christmas when Mr Compton and ourselves will discuss these with you in more detail. Whole class revision classes will begin at some point during the Spring Term and these too will be discussed at this meeting.
For your child to be successful this year, all children will be given homework. On a Monday your child will be given their weekly spellings to practise. As we have provided all children with Spellodrome log ons, an important part of their homework routine, is to log on at home and practise these spellings on a daily basis. They will be expected to complete at least thirty minutes by the end of each school week. In addition to this, on a Thursday they will all have one piece of Literacy homework or one piece of Numeracy homework. This will need to completed and returned to school by the following Monday. All children will also be expected to read and every night. We have already talked to your child about the expected standard of presentation and it is imperative that all homework is completed at this required standard – parents, your support in this is very much appreciated.
As always, we will reward children for displaying good attitudes to learning as well as to each other. Learning works best when it is a partnership between the school, the parents and the pupils.
If you look under Curriculum Information in Autumn Term, you will be able to see the broad curriculum coverage for this first term..
Mrs Farmer and Mr Bennett
Mrs Barton and Mrs Davies