Welcome to SWIFTS & SKYLARKS
Welcome to Swift and Skylarks Class
Swifts and Skylarks class are taught by
Mrs Boyle (Teacher) & Mrs Leaver (Teacher).
Mrs Heaps (Teaching Assistant) supports the class.
Swifts and Skylarks class is a Key Stage 1 class, where children from year 1 and 2 learn together and support each other. We aim to make our classroom an inviting place to be, combining formal learning at our tables with independently driven educational activities. In Swifts & Skylarks class the year 1 children build upon the foundations made in the Reception class and continue to develop their independence. Year 2 children are super role models to our younger class members.
We value the learning that takes place at home as well as here in school and it is important that we work together in partnership to provide the best opportunities for all our children. We love to hear about your child’s achievements at home e.g. awards in sporting activities, clubs etc. so that we can share their successes with their class and celebrate their achievements in our weekly celebration assembly.
At school we plan a range of learning opportunities throughout each term and encourage you to take a look at our curriculum map, so that you can talk to your child about their learning and support it further at home.
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum in exciting and different ways. Please see our usual weekly timetable but please be aware that this may change for special events such as World Book Day, special celebrations or to suit the needs of our curriculum e.g creative day.
Children in Swifts and Skylarks learn and regularly practise a cursive handwriting style to improve the presentation of our work, and to help with our spellings. We use Talking Partners to promote discussion and help and support each other in our learning. Phonics continue to be very important, and we teach phonics regularly using an interactive approach and resources such as “Bug Club” and Big Cat (for Year 1) to promote confidence in reading and spelling.
Our weekly Learning Logs are an opportunity for children to share and discuss the learning they have done at school with family at home. We encourage the children to complete the work themselves with their own pictures, writing and sometimes photographs. Our Learning Log activity is set on a Friday and needs to be returned to school by the following Wednesday. Please do come and speak to Mrs Boyle or Mrs Leaver if you have any questions regarding the Learning Log activity.
Children read regularly at school in Literacy lessons, Reading & Comprehension lessons, and reading on both an individual and group basis to an adult. Children are encouraged to read at home as regularly as possible. Children have the opportunity to change their book at school on daily basis.
Our usual PE lessons are on a Tuesday and Friday. However please ensure labelled PE kits are in school every day, as we do sometimes swap things round to enable an outside PE lesson to take place despite the British weather!
We thank you for the support you give to your child and our school. Please do speak to Mrs Boyle or Mrs Leaver in person if you have any queries or questions.
Please see below for information regarding the class timetable, curriculum information, meet the teacher PPT, common exception words to practise reading and spelling and latest news.
Our visit to Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth - May 2019