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Strong Foundations: Bright Futures

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Tunstead Primary School

Strong Foundations: Bright Futures

Birch Class

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  but I am assisted by Mrs Aldridge (Class TA) and Mrs Durrant (PE).  On Tuesday 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. During the current Covid restirictions, pupils are not able too bring in their own colouring pencils from home.  We will proide them with everything that they need!

Birch children will take part in PE lessons on Tuesday afternoons and will need to come to school in their PE kit on this day.
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. For an overview of the lessons taught this term, click on the links below.

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 week and can be accessed through the Google Classroom. Homework will consist of:

Weekly spellings

Reading comments

A short maths task / TTRS

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 to keep track of your child's reading at home.  All of the children will be able to take a Library book home with them.  Books can be returned every Thursday and exchanged for a new one.  We would encourage you to read every night with your child.  You could spend time focusing on one page, one word or just discussing the setting and characters.

Helping your child to learn their times tables is so important to building their confidence in maths. TTRS is a fantastic resource which all of the children have access to both in school and at home. Please see the links below for some extra 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 and hope to share it with your in the future at an open mornings / parent consultations or workshops.


Mr Fowkes (Teacher Birch Class)