Rowan Class

Termly Newsletter

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Rowan Class. Firstly, let me introduce the staff working with your children. Mrs Humphreys is our fulltime teaching assistant and we also have Miss Tench on a Monday afternoon and all day on a Tuesday. There is also myself, Mrs Atherton, the class teacher and I am in class every day except Tuesday.

Our small cohort allows us to cater to each child’s individual needs, planning and adapting the day around them. This allows our children to feel safe and supported in both their learning and the social demands of school life. Our aim is to equip the children with skills and understanding, which allows them to be integrated back into their class over time. Each day the children take part in nurture and therapy based activities, teaching the children vital skills to succeed and to grow.

This term’s topic is called ‘Marvellous Mountains and Raging Rivers’. It is a geography topic shared with Willow class and will be looking at human and physical features of our local landscape and landscapes further afield. Through the artist and author Jeannie Willis the children will learn about: geographical features, map reading; environmental change and they will begin using compasses and grid references.

Our Geography based trip this term will be a river trip, where children will have first hand experience of these key physical features of the environment.  From this we will also complete a recount of our trip to link in with our English.

The English planning this term will follow as closely as possible to Willow class. They will look at the same books and aim to achieve the same outcomes, but with a more flexible working environment. Children will use exciting vocabulary to write a senses poem, learn about the features of a journey story and write their own and compose their own instructional text.

As children are now in KS2 it is important more than ever that they continue reading outside of school in order to progress in their reading skills, especially in understanding what they are reading about. You will be expected to read with your child at home bringing the book back to school each day for it to be changed.

In Maths we will be focusing on Place Value to begin with for children to deepen their understanding of numbers up to 1000. Each day children will also recap previous learning through key skills sessions.

PE will be on Tuesday and Friday every week, please ensure your child has their P.E kit in school and correctly labelled.

We are also swimming in the autumn term on a Thursday afternoon so can you please make sure your child has a towel, swimming costume and goggles if needed, in a labelled bag.

Every day checklist:

  • Book bag
  • Reading book and record
  • Water bottle
  • Home, school communication book
  • And most importantly a smile!

We hope that this information is helpful. And we look forward to a fantastic year! Please do not hesitate to come and speak to us if you need any more information or have any questions.

Many thanks,

Mrs Atherton, Mrs Humphreys and Miss Tench.