Welcome to Swifts Class. We are Year 6!
Our teacher is Mr Swain and our teaching assistants are Mrs Johnson and Mrs Elliott (one morning per week). Mrs. Elliott will also cover for one day a week.
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Gadgets and Gizmos Topic
During the next term our topic is, Gadgets and Gizmos!
We will be learning about famous inventions which have had an impact on the world in which we live today, with a focus particularly on the Victorian era, which is a time when many great inventions were born.
As part of our learning, we will take part in a robotics coding workshop. We will also visit the National Coal Mining Museum to learn about changes in mining over the Victorian period and how it affected the people of Thornhill.
We will be reading Cogheart by Peter Bunzl and The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and will design our own robots; writing in response to the books.
Our second half term will be spent using our scientific and design technology knowledge to become inventors ourselves. We will design, plan, make and evaluate an invention and will display it at the Great Overthorpe Exhibition from 1:30 - 2.30pm on December 17th 2020. We would love it if you could come to see our work on Zoom!
Ask your child about their class dojos. These are points awarded for good behaviour. Sign up for our parent app with a code from your class teacher, so that you can track your child’s dojo online.
We have PE on Thursday afternoons. Your child will need navy shorts, a white t-shirt and pumps or trainers. No jewellery, including earrings, is permitted for PE. Children need to remove these or cover them with tape. We also require that long hair is tied up for these lessons.
You are more than welcome to send a PE kit into school at the start of each half term and leave it on your child’s peg until the end of the half term if you wish.
It is vitally important that your child reads at home. We believe that this is essential for your child to understand and access all other subjects.
See your child's class teacher for their login details to Rising Stars Reading Planet which will track your child's reading at home.
See your child's class teacher for their login details to our home learning portal on Google Classrooms. Here you will find all of your homework for the week which can be completed online.
We would encourage your child to bring a labelled water bottle to school, so that they can keep hydrated throughout the day.
Your child is welcome to bring a pencil case to school to use in class. However, they must ensure that their property is easily identifiable and named. They should also understand that they are responsible for this equipment and school cannot be held responsible for personal items being misplaced. They should not share any of their equipment in school.
Mobile phones are not permitted in school. However, if your child is in Year 6 and needs a phone in school for a valid reason. Please write a letter seeking permission for this from Mr Birkett. If this is authorised by Mr Birkett, the phone can be locked in the school office each day and must not be used until your child is off school premises.
Clothing and Outdoor learning
We are very lucky as a school to have some amazing outdoor spaces to explore and we will be looking to take advantage of this as much as possible. Therefore, please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor activities i.e. coats and hats when it’s cold and sun cream in the summer months.
Please ensure that all clothing (including school jumpers and cardigans) are named. That way we can return them to you should they get lost.