Welcome to Snowy Owls Class!
Snowy Owls is for the Year 4 children who are taught by Mrs Brown. Snowy Owls are also supported by Mrs Shepherd, Miss Vicary, Miss Farndell and Mrs Morin.
We believe that all children have the ability to reach their full potential through developing a 'can do' attitude and a growth mind-set through engaging in a stimulating and challenging learning environment. Our aim within this is for the children to become confident, resilient and self-assured learners who are proud of their own and each other's achievements.
The School Day:
During the school day, children will enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum which is carefully designed to build upon and extend their knowledge and skills. The children follow a rolling fortnightly timetable of core and foundation subjects. At present, the children will have a staggered start and finish. Please speak to Mrs Ellis in the office if you are unsure of when your child should be coming in and leaving.
Snowy Owls class weekly timetable will look like the example timetable below (this is a working document and may be subject to change).
On Thursday Week B, Snowy Owls will be covered by Mrs Challis, the children will also have PE with Mr Hooper.
Children will need to have their PE kits in school on the following days:
Tuesday (swimming kit)
Thursday (PE kit)
Homework for the following week will be set on a Friday and will be due for the following Friday. On this day, we will complete our spellings test and times table olympics.
This year's learning:
We teach writing through the 'Talk for Writing' approach, developed by Pie Corbett. Talk for Writing is an exciting, creative and rigorous approach based on the principles of how children learn. It enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes.
In order to develop mastery in mathematics, we use the White Rose Maths materials to support our planning and teaching.
To support other areas of the curriculum, we follow Cornerstones Imaginative Learning Projects; a skills based curriculum that supports cross curricular links.
This year our topics are:
Autumn A - Gods and Mortals
Autumn B - Tremors
Spring A - Playlist
Spring B - 1066
Summer A - Misty Mountain Sierra
Summer B - (Key Stage 2 Play)
Misty Mountain Sierra
During this half term, we’ll find out where the highest mountains are and learn how to use a compass. Inspired by the magnificent mountains of the world, we’ll complete graphs showing heights, look at webcam and satellite images and create wonderful weavings. We’ll also examine how mountains are displayed on a map, and build a water cycle to look at changing states of matter. At the end of the project, we’ll think about our personal ‘mountains’. What are our goals and how will we achieve them?
The National Curriculum
In Snowy Owls Class, all children will access the following subject areas:
This year the children will be involved in a range of enrichment opportunities to immerse and excite the children in their topic learning. Due to the Covid-19 virus, we are unable to confirm when these events will take place or what form they will take. At Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School, cultural enrichment and experiences form an essential part of children's contextual learning and wider educational experiences. Please be reassured that as soon as we are able to proceed, we will inform you of the experiences we have planned.
During the Summer Term, children will take part in weekly swimming lessons to develop their water skills.
Everyday I must bring to school the following:
· A water bottle
· Lunch box (unless I am having a school packed lunch)
· Book bag
· Home school diary
· Reading book
· PE kit
Partnership with Parents:
In the Autumn Term, parents are invited to attend the school's Curriculum Evening where we will share the new expectations, systems and routines. We will discuss these areas with you and what each will look like for your child. This will be followed by the first Parents' Evening in October which will focus on how your child has settled in, their attitude to learning and organisational skills. If you have any questions as the year progresses, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Ellis to arrange an appointment.
To ensure that you're well informed regarding your child's progress, you will receive a termly report that details your child's attainment, targets for the following term and individual achievements. In the Spring Term, there will be a mid-year Parents' Evening. During Summer Term 2, you will receive your child's end of year report. This will cover your child's progress and attainment in all areas of the curriculum. If you have any queries, there will be the opportunity to discuss these at a parents' drop-in towards the end of the Summer Term.
How can I help to support my child's learning?
Lydeard St Lawrence Community Primary School now has it's own Twitter page. You can request to follow this to see what your children have been up to in class. You can find the page by searching for the following Twitter handle: @LSLschool