Last term, we had a number of children coming to school without their PE Kit which means it is unsafe for them to take part (clothes need to be able to stretch as you move). With this in mind, please ensure PE Kits remain in school. May I suggest that (unless your child attends other clubs regularly) you leave your child's PE Kit in school for the duration of the term and take it home to wash during school holidays.
Thank you for your cooperation.
This term, our topic is 'Castle, Kings and Queens.' We will learn about the British Monarchy and make links to famous castles. In storytelling sessions, we are learning the tale of 'Rumpelstiltskin.' We will explore the feelings that the characters experience and use this to help us write our own versions. In Science, we will be learning about suitable materials and use this knowledge to design and make a suitable crown.
Look out for photographs of our learning coming soon. Please ensure that all permission slips have been returned to the school office so that we can share our learning with you.
The children were truly inspired by our reading challenge last term. Mrs. Cavanagh and I were really impressed by the the amount of reading we saw happen at home last term, so a big well done to our parents for helping to make this happen. Here is a reminder of the prizes;
REGULAR READER PRIZE - 1 raffle ticket with every read, children place the raffle ticket in the envelope for the book they hope to win. The MORE you read, the BIGGER your chance of winning.
READ 3/4 TIMES- receive a certificate.
READ 5 TIMES - receive a certificate and choose a prize.
DON'T FORGET the children will bring home their home reading books every day and YOU MUST SIGN THE BOOK to show that that your child has read. Please encourage your child to read to you for five or ten minutes every night. Regular reading can make a tremendous difference to their confidence and attainment in class.
The children will bring home spellings to learn each week. The spellings are linked to our phonics work and Year 1 Common Exception Words set by the National Curriculum. Spellings will go home on a Friday and the spelling test will take place on a Friday morning. Please ensure you practice daily and ask your children to spell the word without telling them the sounds (they need to practice decoding the words you say independently). If you want to make it more exciting, why not try practicing spellings in a variety ways. Here are some examples;
Chalks on the garden path.
Chant the letters/sounds in the words.
Write the words in the sand/mud.
Magnetic letters on the fridge.
Our Star of the week is...
Sandy has made an excellent start to the new year, continuing his excellent attitude towards his learning. Also, Sandy works hard in all lessons, maintaining focus and smashing though our maths challenges. Well done!
This term, your child will bring home a new set of 'Fantastic Facts' homework. This will be based on improving the children's fluency in Maths when answering arithmetic questions. Your child will bring home the same set of calculations each week and the idea is that they get quicker each week. With this in mind, we ask that you time your child and record the time taken each week. Homework will go out on a Friday and come back the following Wednesday. Please ensure you record the time your child has taken to complete the calculations.