Welcome to Silver Birch Class

All you need to know about Silver Birch Class

Classroom organisation:

Staff: Mrs Jones and Mrs Taylor are the class teachers for Years Four and Five in Silver Birch Class. Mrs Jones teaches from Monday to Wednesday and Mrs Taylor teaches on Thursday and Friday. Mrs Buckton is the Learning Support Assistant and Mrs Baguley provides 1:1 support for some children within the class.

Level of Work: The children will be following the National Curriculum objectives for their appropriate year group (Year 4 or Year 5) and this will be differentiated to ensure that all children find their learning stimulating, challenging and supportive at their own individual level.

Seating arrangements: The children will spend short periods on the carpet for whole class teaching, using their whiteboards to ensure active learning, and will sit in different table groups depending on the task set. There will be opportunities for the children to work in mixed ability groups during the afternoon sessions.

Rewards: Daily – Well Done awards are given for following the class rules, good behaviour, excellent effort and high standards of work. Children receive bronze, silver and then gold star badges for receiving 10, 20 or 30 Well Done awards. Stickers and team points are also given for making a good effort. There is also Mrs Girton’s Sparkly Book for outstanding work. Weekly - One child will receive the Head Teacher's award which will be received at each half termly celebratory assembly. 

Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour.  The children agree their own class rules and have helper roles around the classroom.  They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and to accept the consequences of these actions.  There is a traffic light system in class which follows a clear structure:

  1. All children’s names are placed on the green traffic light at the start of each day. Children can be moved up to silver for good behaviour and work. They can be moved up again to gold; children will receive a Well Done award at the end of the day if they remain at gold for the rest of the day.
  2. If a child receives a verbal warning, their name moves down to the amber traffic light.
  3. If the inappropriate behaviour continues, the child’s name is moved down to red. The child loses their break or lunch time.
  4. If the behaviour continues children will be sent to Mrs Girton and will be asked to explain why they have been sent.

Water bottles:  These are kept in a tray in the classroom.  Please only fill these with water.  These can be used during class time but the children are encouraged to use them during breaks.

P.E. Days: Tuesday morning - usually outdoor with the sports coach. Thursday afternoon - indoor led by Mrs Taylor.

Correct kit: children can wear a jumper outside but not a coat. Please label all kit. Children will not be allowed to borrow kit from other children. Children without sports kit may be asked to wear any spare and available school kit or may be asked to sit out of the lesson.

Jewellery: No jewellery including bracelets, earrings or charity bands. Stud earrings only. No earrings on PE days please.

Homework: Spellings will be recorded each week in the children’s spelling log book, which they will take home to practise, but they must bring the book back into school for their spelling lessons from Wednesday to Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings in different ways, eg putting the word into a sentence and playing spelling games. As well as a spelling test the children will also be dictated a sentence using the previous week’s spellings, as this will give them an opportunity to apply their spellings and consolidate them. Children will receive maths homework every Wednesday  linked to their class work for that week and occasionally a reading comprehension exercise to complete. They are expected to practise their times tables at home to support their maths work. There will also be the home learning task which is explained in the curriculum newsletter.

Reading books and reading record: Please sign your child’s reading record and mark how many times they have read to you. We can then ensure that your child receives their sticker and certificate!  Please try to hear your child read daily and help them to develop their comprehension skills by asking them about the text they are reading. This will give them the opportunity to recall and describe events, discuss characters and develop their inference skills. They should bring in their reading book every day.

Attendance: We have a really full time table so please try to ensure your child is at school every day full of energy to learn. It is very difficult for us to catch up missed learning and this is a disadvantage to your child's achievement.

Picking Up: Please can you let Mrs Jones or Mrs Taylor know if your child will be picked up by another adult and whether this is regular or a one - off. This will help when dismissing the children.

Availability:  Please make an appointment with Mrs Allison or Mrs Larcombe in the office and come and see either of us after school.   If you need a longer chat please avoid Tuesdays as we have a staff meeting.   You are always welcome to come to the class if you would like to see a class display or your child wants to share some of their work with you.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Angela Jones and Mrs Helen Taylor