Welcome to St David’s class page.
Class name: St David’s
Teacher: Miss McDowell
Teaching assistant: Mrs Gwatkin
At All Saints, we teach a creative curriculum which is taught through termly themes. In UKS2, English and all foundation subjects (history, geography, art and DT) are taught through our themes. Every new theme begins with a super starter day and ends with a fantastic finisher. These could be several activities and so far have included: learning to line dance, eating American food and creating an exhibition for parents to come and view work! The children enjoy learning in this creative way and love to research extra information at home which they share with the class. Maths, RE, PE, Computing and French are taught discretely. In Maths we follow the scheme ‘Maths No Problem!’ which focuses on the Shanghai method of mastering mathematics techniques.
St David’s class are expected to consistently follow the School’s Golden rules.
These Golden Rules include:
Do be kind and helpful
Do be honest
Do work hard
Do be gentle
Do look after property
Children are encouraged and praised for being ‘green to go’. However, if after three warnings a child continues break a rule, their name will be moved on our class traffic lights. Each colour (yellow, orange and red) has a number of possible consequences which correspond with the severity of their behaviour. These consequences range from writing an apology to an extended loss of play time.
If a child has to move their name, they are provided with the opportunity to earn their way back to green by following to the golden rules and showing “green to go” behaviour. If the class have followed the golden rules all day and all of the children in the class are “green to go” they earn an emoji. Each term, the children choose a treat and work towards earning twenty emoji’s. Children are rewarded individually with stickers and raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are given out to children who are following instructions, provide amazing answers and even to children who bring in their extra practise from home. These tickets placed into the class box and a draw is done at the end of the day on Friday. Winners are able to take a prize from the class treasure chest!
Children are expected to read and practise spellings and times tables every day. Ensure that children can recall these facts, but also that they can recall their times tables out of consecutive order. When children have read, please scribble a signature and/or comment in their contact book so that they move up the class reading ladder. Children are set three piece of homework on a Friday. This includes: literacy skills, maths and reading comprehension. The children have until the next Friday to hand these in. Spellings are also handed out and tested on a Friday. Each piece of homework should take the children no longer than 40 minutes. If the homework takes longer than this, please just sign where the child reached in their work. If the child does not hand in their homework by the following Friday they will be invited to Homework club with a class teacher on Monday lunchtime. The child will be provided with this time to complete the homework they should have done at home.
The children in St David’s are always up for a challenge! They know that when they finish a task there will always be a challenge to improve their understanding and increase their mastery of a topic. Children are given challenges during every lesson and on the end of every piece of homework. Homework challenges are optional but we encourage children to complete them. Every Friday the children enter the weekly chocolate challenge to win a small bar of chocolate. The question reflects learning in mathematics, with the winner being chosen from the basket at random. They are also given the chance to enter the termly curriculum challenge for the chance to win a reward. Some members of the class have been invited to be a part of the maths masters homework club which is sent out each week in addition to the usual homework. A winner is chosen each week and given a rosette and a trophy to have on their desk until the following week.
St David’s PE takes place on a Tuesday. Please ensure your child has a full PE in school on this day. The location of the PE lesson varies. Sometimes we will be in the hall and sometimes we will be outside so please ensure your children have suitable clothing. Children will need jogging bottoms if we are outside. Children must be able to take out their ear rings before the lesson and are responsible for looking after these. If your child is unable to remove their ear rings, they must come to school with tape on their ears or you can show your child how to apply the tape themselves before the lesson. If for any reason your child is unable to take part in PE they must have a letter signed from an adult. It is a statutory requirement to take part in PE lessons and therefore if a child misses more than two PE lessons a letter will be sent home to reiterate the need for participation in the subject.
One of our core priorities as a school this year is promoting writing in all areas of the curriculum. Children will be given at least one designated writing session each week in order to develop this skill and their ability to write for long periods of time. The children will also have increased opportunities to write in all lessons, with activities designed to provide children the opportunity to write explanations. This can be helped at home by encouraging your child to write as often as they can. This could be stories, poems, songs… anything that interests them and encourages them to pick up a pencil.
Challenge is another core priority at our school this year. Children are encouraged to complete homework challenges and to complete termly curriculum challenges.
Supporting learning at home
Where possible, we encourage children to learn at home through everyday experiences. Linking family days out to our theme is a brilliant way to do this and children love coming into school and telling the class what they’ve learnt.
Thank you for all of your continued support at home. Please make sure that you still listen to your child read. Continue to ask questions about the text, the author’s choice of language and how this is important. Ensure that you have exposed your child to all different types of genres and provide them with opportunities to widen their vocabulary.