Welcome to Silver Birch Class
Home Learning-A Guide
How much should I be doing?
You should be aiming to work for at least 3 hours a day. 1 hour of maths, 1 hour of English/Guided Reading and 1 hour of Topic/RE. Don’t forget to break up your learning. Take time to exercise and have a healthy snack and drink. It doesn’t matter about the order that you complete the lessons in, but it’s is advisable to do the Maths and English learning first. A good routine really helps, and it is important that you do have weekends off to reset ready for the next week’s exciting learning.
How my weekly work will be set?
Each week, a new folder will be set up. It will be labelled with the appropriate week number and the dates for the week e.g. Week 2 – 11/01/21 – 15/01/21. The work will be live on Sunday night at 7pm. In this folder, you will find:
Maths lessons (5 days) – Labelled by the day. Each maths lesson will contain the lesson video, work sheet and answers. Extra Optional Maths – Some extra maths tasks for those of you wanting a challenge. You will need to select the appropriate tasks for the learning objective that day.
English Lessons (3 days)– Labelled by the day. Each literacy lesson will contain a video link and transcript of the video.
Guided Reading Lessons (2 days) – Labelled by the day. Each Guided Reading lesson will contain a Powerpoint and a Text.
Topic Lessons (advised to complete 3 activities a week) – The same PDF of the topic sheet will be uploaded weekly. You may like to print this off and cross off the activities as you do them.
RE Lessons (1 activity a week) – You should aim to complete the activities on the Powerpoint over 2 weeks. We will re-upload the correct Powerpoint and resources each week.
Times Tables – Please do not forgot to continue to play on Times Table Rock Stars. We wonder how many of you will have achieved ‘Rock Star’ status.
Reading – Please continue to read at home daily. You could choose to read aloud to another person in your household, over Zoom to your relations (ask an adults permission) or to your teddies or even yourself in the mirror! Don’t forgot to talk about what you have read with someone.
Spellings – Weekly spelling link will be given.
How will I record my learning?
1. Write and record in Google document. Don’t forgot to ‘Turn-in’ your work.
2. Write and record in your home learning booklet. Please send a comment to say you are working in your home learning journals, so we know you are accessing the work. You may like to take a photo of your work and upload it.
You should aim to ‘Turn-in’ your subject learning daily against the subject task.
How will my teacher respond?
1. We will be checking Google Classrooms as often as possible. We will only comment on work when necessary. If you have any problems/questions, please let us know and we will do our best to answer them. We are still in class full-time looking after the key worker children, so we may not reply straight away.
2. Twice a week, we will be scheduling a ‘Zoom’ meeting for the class. These will take place on a Tuesday and Friday at 10.00am for roughly 30 minutes. This is an opportunity to see your classmates, have a general chat about how you are getting on and for us to answer any questions about the learning.
Therefore, please make sure you prepared.
A link will be posted on the news feed of your Google classroom. You will need to click on the link (or put in the meeting code into Zoom) and there will be a password. Once entered into the call, you will be held in a waiting room until it is time to start the meeting. You must have permission from a parent to join the Zoom call.
All About Silver Birch
Staff: Mrs Warry is the main class teacher. Mrs Berry and Miss Leydon are the teaching assistants.
The children will be taught in year groups for Maths and RE: Mrs Warry will teach Year 5 Maths and Year 4 RE, Miss Squire will teach Year 4 Maths and Mrs Menzies-Lodge will teach Year 5 RE.
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.
Behaviour: Children receive class and whole school rewards for behaviour, effort and
achievement. The children have an individual tally card on which they record tally points received for effort and achievement. These earn them bronze star badges (250 points), silver badges (500 points), gold badges (750 points) and triple gold badges (1,250 points). They also receive house points for behaviour, manners and acting responsibly in ways which embody the school values. Each week, a child is awarded a Head Teacher Award for outstanding work or behaviour linked to the school values.
Behaviour: There are high expectations for achievement and behaviour. The children
have written their own class rules and have been given helper roles around the
classroom. They will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and to
accept the consequences of these actions following our Restorative Justice approach.
Water bottles: Please provide your child with a water bottle (clearly named), these will be kept in a tray in the classroom. Please fill these with water only.
Snack: In KS2, children are required to bring in their own snack. The snack should be
healthy for example fruit or a plain biscuit (no oranges please). If you wish to pay for
your child to have milk, please speak to Mrs Allison in the office for more details.
P.E. Days: Mondays and Tuesday are PE days. Please ensure your child comes to school
in PE kit on these days. They will remain in their PE kit for the day. They can wear a
tracksuit over their PE kit as it is becoming rather chilly!
Correct kit: All children should wear blue shorts, red t-shirts, white socks, daps or
trainers for PE. Please label all kit.
Jewellery: No jewellery including bracelets, earrings or charity bands. Stud earrings only. No earrings on PE days please.
Homework: To help ease the children back into learning, homework until October half term will focus on readings, times tables and the take home task.
Times Tables –Children will be given a times table to learn along with the
associated division facts. They must be able to recall these facts accurately at
speed and will be tested weekly. To help them with this, they will be given a
Times Tables Rock Star log in or we will suggest other ways in class to practise
Reading – 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 reading 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.
Take home task – topic-related and explained in the curriculum newsletter.
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 Warry 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
Availability: Please make an appointment with Mrs Allison in the office if you need
to see me (for a socially distanced meeting outside) after school.
Topics: Please see the long term curriculum map for more detail.
Autumn 1 - Is water everywhere?
Autumn 2 - How can I let my light shine?
Spring 1 - What was the importance of the Silk Road?
Spring 2 - How could I survive on a desert island?
Summer 1 - Why are flowers different around the world?
Summer 2 - Who were the first Native Americans?
Thank you for your support.