Olive - 5

Mr D’Souza – Year 5

Welcome to Olive: our class of curious and creative team players.
The other adults in this class are: Miss Forbes and Miss Beckett.

Dear Team,

I hope you are all well – with the Coronavirus pandemic resulting in school closures, this class page will be updated regularly to equip you with as many tools as possible to support the children from home. I have had to adapt my strategy slightly:

– The children will access work that I will set each day on Google Classrooms. They will need to ‘join’ the classroom via their SPS email – I can be reached at rdsouza@sps1.org.uk if they’ve forgotten this!

– In order to teach new content effectively, I will be using a ‘flipped’ classroom approach. This involves the children learning independently using the tools I’ve given, then me supporting those who need it remotely. Usually, work would be introduced by the teacher in person and scaffolded in the moment – with the ‘flipped’ classroom approach, students are given the tools to teach themselves, and then support is more targeted to those who need it.

The curriculum for this year:

Learning expectations

Set work: Each day work will be set for the children on Google Classrooms, which will provide tuition in each of the core subject areas. I will be available to coach children who are finding anything challenging, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The expectations in terms of time are directly proportionate to what we would do in school – an hour each of Maths and Literacy in addition to 30 minutes of reading, 10 minutes of spelling, and time on computer-based activities. Short breaks and physical activity are also essential, and some Topic work will also be provided.

Reading: The children are expected to read for at least 30 minutes daily by Year 5 – this makes a huge difference to everything we do at school. This is monitored, so please remember to log this in their reading logs. If you can, making time to read to the children also has a positive impact on vocabulary acquisition and comprehension.

Spellings and Nessy: The children have spellings to take home and learn each week. Tests happen on Mondays. Some of the children have access to Nessy to help with their spelling; I have set targets for these children to complete at home.

Maths: The children all have TT Rockstars accounts, which is a great way of embedding their times tables knowledge and maths reflexes. 30 minutes maximum a week on this game will keep this area of their learning strong and will positively impact their maths in class.

Any other information?

Library Hours: The school will be open on Mondays and Thursday in the morning for changing any library books, any printing, speaking to teachers, etc. I will also be able to call your home in order to speak to you or your child about their work. If you need a callback at any point, please don’t hesitate to email me at rdsouza@sps1.org.uk.

Thank You: I look forward to seeing you all again and would like to thank you in advance for all that you do – it makes a huge difference, especially now – and you are very much appreciated for it.

Take care,

Mr Richard D’Souza

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St Peter's C of E Primary School

Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

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