Welcome to Silver Birch Class

Classroom organisation:

Staff:  Miss Knott is the class teacher for Silver Birch Class. Mrs Browne is the Teaching Assistant.

The children will be taught in year groups for Maths and RE: Miss Squire will teach Year 4 Maths and RE, Miss Knott will teach Year 5 Maths and 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.

Rewards: 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 Gospel values. Each week, a child is awarded a Head Teacher Award for outstanding work or behaviour linked to the school Gospel 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.  There is a behaviour chart in class to reward good behaviour and learning attitude, for which the children move up the chart. If they reach the top, they receive 2 tally points but if they move down and, after 2 verbal warnings, reach the bottom, they will miss part of their break time.

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 with Miss Darch, the sports coach, and Monday afternoon with Mrs Jones.

Correct kit: all children should have blue shorts, red t-shirts, white socks, daps or trainers. Please label all kit! In cold weather, children may wear a jumper outside but not a coat. 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. Please ensure that your children have their PE kit in school from Monday.

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


Spellings – children will receive spellings each week, which they need to practise at home and write in sentences to ensure comprehension. They will then be given a dictation at the end of the week in class, as this will give them an opportunity to apply their spellings and consolidate them.

Maths - children will be assigned maths activities related to their weekly learning to complete on Purple Mash. If they do not have access to the internet or a computer, they will have opportunities to complete this at school during break times.

  • the children are also expected to practise their times tables, using TT Rock Stars or any other activity.
  • ReadingPlease 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.
  • The children will be expected to complete a reading comprehension task every two weeks. This is an online activity using Read Theory, for which they will be given a password.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 Miss Knott 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 to come and see either of us after school.   If you need a longer chat please avoid Wednesdays 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. 
  • Take home tasktopic-related and explained in the curriculum newsletter.