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Welcome to Rowan Class!

Welcome to Rowan Class, Year 5!

We have 14 pupils in our class, 7 females and 7 males. Miss Whitehead will be teaching Rowan class every morning and our teaching assistants are Mrs Sirett and Mrs Anderson. In the afternoons, we join bubbles with Yew class and work alongside the year 6 pupils. Mrs Wright and Ms Catchpole teach us in the afternoons. We also work with a specialist PE coach Mr Herd, who will teach PE on Tuesday afternoon with Miss Whitehead.

Summer 2021

This term we will be learning about The Maya Civilization of Central America and linking this to our art and DT work. In science, we will learn about light and about changes in living things. Our RE work will focus on 'The Journey of Life' from both the Christian and Hindu perspective and we will go on to learn about other aspects of Hinduism. In Spanish, we will practise using vocabulary associated with towns, festivals and holidays. Please see our curriculum information sheet for more details.

Uplifting positivity ideas from Rowan Class

Rowan Class were discussing how to think positively and why it is important. We loved this idea and altered some of it to make it our own.

UP lifting ways to go about your day
Wake UP and decide to have a great day.
Cheer UP and think how great it is to be you.
Look UP at the sky and be grateful for this day.
Show UP to places with a positive attitude.
Listen up to the voices inside of you.
Team UP with others to make things better.
Build UP your brain by learning hard things
Life UP others with kind words and smiles.
Reach UP for new dreams and goals.
Blow UP with positive thoughts.
Sit Up stand UP give the world a hug.
Talk UP when you have something to say.
Cuddle UP at night with your thought of your day.
Rowan class NEVER EVER give up.

We also discussed thinking positively about what we already have in our world. We wrote down the alphabet and thought of something positive for every letter. This was different for everyone as we are all unique.

What do you need for school?

You will need:

- Your PE Kit (team coloured T-shirt, shorts and trainers, plus track suit type trousers and top during the winter months). This term children will wear their PE kits to school on PE days. This will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

To know if you are having school dinner or a packed lunch and what your after-school arrangements are (going home on the bus, going to Puffins, going to a club, being picked up or walking home on your own).

Your reading book, reading record and any completed homework.

A drinking bottle of fresh WATER.

A fresh fruit snack for break time.

A coat or waterproof jacket - we work and play outside in all weathers!

Outdoor shoes and a change of clothes for the school field in winter.

A warm hat and gloves in cold weather.

A sun hat during in hot weather.

All stationery is provided so you do not need a pencil case.

Feedback to improve our learning

In Rowan Class, We all have been involved in a dialogue about the high expectations we have of all pupils. Effective feedback involves a dialogue between to identify what has been done well and the next steps to learning. Pupils are regularly given verbal feedback about their work and areas to work on. Where appropriate, we use pink highlighting to identify where we are 'Tickled Pink' that the Success Criteria (expectations set out at the start of the lesson) have been achieved. Green highlighting identifies a next step (Green for Growth). Children are also encouraged to self-edit and correct or improve something using their purple polish pen. For more information, please do ask your child, read our policy or speak to us directly.

List of Non-Negotiables

In Rowan Class we are particularly focusing on:

ALL marking responded to
No 'OK' as a response
Sensible faces (as part of pupil self-assessment)
Success criteria written
Correct letter formation and joined handwriting
Start writing at the margin
Write on the line
Spellings copied correctly
Capital letters
Full stops, Exclamation marks, Question marks
Their, there, they're used correctly
To and too used correctly
No doodling or scribbling
No rubbing out

DUM TUMS (Date, underline, miss a line, title, underline, miss a line, success criteria)