Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! We hope that you had a great break.
Our topics for this term are Farming and You Are What You Eat which will give lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning including History, Art, Science and Design & Technology. During the term, our Farming topic will be supported by a trip to Belmont Farm. The children will also be taking part in cooking lessons.
In English we will be focusing on writing opportunities from story and non-fiction texts. There will be lots of focus on speaking and listening to help develop reading and writing. The children have daily reading activities and read to us during Guided Reading sessions. There are also spelling lessons which help the children to develop spelling and reading strategies. We will continue to focus on developing handwriting.
In Maths, we will build on key maths skills and strategies with a strong emphasis on daily mental maths. Learning will be developed through the use of concrete equipment and picture representations as well as abstract numbers.
Science topics this term are ‘Animals’ and ‘Plants’. Within their learning, the children will have opportunities to investigate scientific ideas.
PE and swimming this term will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Children will need appropriate PE and swimming kits and footwear on this day.
Reading: The children now independently change their reading books. Thank you for your continued support with encouraging regular reading. Children who read daily make the most progress! It is important for the children to either read to you OR talk with you about their books. Each child has a Reading Record book for their comments.
Spelling: Children will continue to complete their written sentence spelling practise handed in fortnightly. Thank you for your support. The children can also use Spellodrome to practise spellings.
Maths: We appreciate your continued support in encouraging the children to complete their Mathletics homework. The children should be doing at least 30 minutes per week. If you have difficulties accessing Mathletics please ask for our help. If you do not have computer access at home, there will be opportunities for children to complete homework in school.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school is open from 8.50 and lessons start at 9 o’clock. Thank you for your support in ensuring school uniform is worn consistently. Jewellery, with the exception of stud earrings and a watch, is not allowed. Also, as a healthy school, packed lunches should promote healthy eating habits and not include sweets or fizzy drinks.
May we say a HUGE thank you for your continued support.
Anna Middleton, Aaron Roberts and Lauren Russell.