Dosbarth Birch - Mrs Brown (KS2 lead & Deputy Head) 2023 - 2024
and Mrs Fiddler ( learning support )
Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils,
A warm welcome to you all, for the new term and academic year 2023 - 2024.
Enhancing and building on the range of vocabulary children have is important. Check out the tabs at the top of our class page for a range of activities that will aid the development of vocabulary, if practised regularly.
Parents often ask "What can we do to help at home?" Encouraging the use of these short but snappy activities would be fantastic - it's a great start for enhancing children's reading, writing and oracy.
Words are set into three different categories - encouraging the development of tier 2 and 3 words helps to ensure children have full understanding of what they read.
Tier 1 – everyday, familiar words for those children who speak English as their primary language. These are often ‘caught’ rather than learned through direct instruction.
Tier 2 – high-frequency, impactful language encountered more often when reading than used when speaking. These words are useful in multiple contexts and help children express themselves clearly and with precision. These are the words that we aim to directly teach during English lessons (and beyond). These words tend to be used in written language and they are versatile/have a high utility (e.g. occurrence, tended, haunting, fortune).
Tier 3 – The words we use when talking and writing about specific subjects or a particular field of study. These words are either limited to specific domains (like science and maths vocabulary) or they are extremely rare words.
We will be studying topics that reflect the challenges and opportunities that face humanity and the world we live in
All children have a learning journal on SeeSaw. Children have a password and a link will be shared with all parents so they can register to access their child's account and travel parts of their learning journey with them.
Outdoor learning will take place to extend learning opportunities, however children will not always be required to wear old clothes. Parents and guardians will be notified in advance when children are required to come in clothing other than school uniform. Children should always bring a warm coat to school and a pair of old trainers so we are able to access the outdoors at any given time.
Homework (including spellings) - sent out on a Friday for return no later than Wednesday please
Reading - Each day at home please (In Year 5/6 children are encouraged to read at least 4 times a week)
PE day - Thursdays (Note: Each term, Y6 will have the opportunity to have their weekly session on a Monday with Mr Kelly sports coach - dates will be shared via Seesaw and Dojo)
Learning platforms remain an important part of revisiting and reinforcing learning for pupils. Log on codes are issued to all children for Read Theory, Study Ladder and SeeSaw.
For times tables practice, and practice using the four rules of number (+ - x and ÷, children can access SAFMEDS without a login at https://safmeds.gwegogledd.cymru/
Please encourage your child to access and complete activities at home on a regular basis, to encourage independent learning.
Hwyl Fawr - Stay safe and see you soon.
Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Fiddler
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