Welcome to Birch Class - Year 5 and 6!
I am Mr Fowkes and I am very proud to be teaching Birch class this year.
Who teaches in Birch Class?
Birch is taught by myself and Miss Tarry. We are assisted by Mrs Aldridge and Mrs Durrant. Miss Tarry teaches Birch Class Science on Monday afternoons. On Wednesday afternoons, Mrs Durrant takes the class for PE and music.
What does my child need to bring to school with them?
By the end of Key Stage 2, we expect and promote children to be taking responsibility for organising themselves and becoming increasingly independent. We all promote the idea of keeping our school environment tidy and making Tunstead Primary School a great place to learn. Pupils are welcome to bring in their own colouring pencils from home, but these must be kept in their trays.
Birch children are required to have their PE kit in school on Wednesdays and Fridays this half term, as well as on days which they attend lunchtime or after-school sports clubs.
What does a day in Birch look like?
During the mornings, we will focus on our foundation subjects which include maths, whole class guided reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and writing.
During the afternoons, we will spend time exploring our core subjects through our topic work. Our topics will engage with history, geography, art, design and technology, science and computing.
As Year 5/6's, the children have lots of responsibilities to undertake including: lunchtime helpers; field and playground helpers; health and safety monitors and a whole host of various pupil leadership roles. The children are certainly kept very busy in Birch Class!
When is homework handed in?
Your child will be expected to complete certain homework tasks every week. This homework will be set at the beginning of each term in the form of a 'menu' which has lots of links with our termly topic. There are certain tasks which are compulsory – reading five times at home each week, learning spellings and a maths worksheet.
Certain homework tasks are optional and will be set towards the beginning of each half-term. Your child will be able to choose from a good selection of different ideas.
Homework is due each Tuesday and will be rewarded with team points for good standards of handwriting, presentation and accuracy. There is also the opportunity for your child to receive a gift voucher in an end of half-term by being entered in a draw for children who have achieved the amount of homework team points required (usually around 12-14).
How can I help my child at home?
Your support is invaluable to your child's enjoyment and success at school. We encourage children to continue to enjoy reading books at home. Please feel free to add your comments in your child’s reading record. They are greatly appreciated.
Helping your child to learn their times tables is so important to building their confidence in maths. There are some great websites and cool games to play that teach all the tables they need to know. Please see the links below for some sites to use at home.
We are incredibly proud of the work that the children do in their lessons in all areas of the curriculum. Please come along to our open mornings / parent consultations and workshops, if you are able, and see for yourself. We would love to see you there.
Mr Fowkes (Teacher Birch Class)