Class Holly

Spring Term 2019

Happy New Year! We hope you and the children have had a lovely Christmas break and are ready for the busy term ahead.

Our topic in the first half term is ‘Antarctica’ and the second half term’s topic is ‘How we used to live’.  The areas we will be covering in our topics are:

‘Antarctica’ ‘How we used to live’
Geography Oceans and continents

Map skills

History Changes in national life
Music In the Groove

Following Charanga Scheme

Geography UK countries and capital cities
Art Sculpture Music Round and round

(Charanga)

 DT Structures DT Structures

 

All other areas of the curriculum will be taught separately:

PE: Games- Rolling/ Catching and bouncing              Gymnastics-Large Apparatus

RE: 1.8: Joseph / 1.5: Easter

Science: Animals / Materials

ICT/Computing: Word processing and graphics/ basic research

Forest School

This term we will be continuing to visit Forest School.  Our first visit will be Tuesday 15th January. We will be visiting forest school every other week so watch out for the forest school sign in the classroom window and a text from school! We will visit no matter what the weather so the children will need to bring wellies and waterproof trousers and coats – please make sure they are named!

Reading

All books will be changed on Tuesday and Friday each week by Mrs Blundell.  Books can only be changed if an adult has signed to say they are finished and the child can read and understand their book confidently. All children practice their reading skills on a daily basis and participate in at least one guided reading session with a teacher each week.

If there are any parents or grandparents who are able to spend some time listening to children read in school it would be very much appreciated – the children really enjoy reading to other people. Please let us know if you are able to help.

Home reading

The children should not struggle too much with their reading at home; they should be practising the reading skills they learn in school and enjoying the stories. We ask that the children read with an adult at home ideally every day for 10 minutes. Reading at home little and often will really support your child’s fluency and confidence in their reading. Asking lots of questions about the book can also support your child’s understanding e.g. It would be great if after reading you could ask your child questions about characters, key events and facts from the text as well as asking them about vocabulary and what more difficult words mean.

Water Bottles

Please can you make sure that your child brings a named water bottle to school on Monday, to leave in school until Friday when they can be taken home and washed. The water bottles will be refilled with fresh water every day. Bottles should only contain water – juice will be replaced if brought into school.

PE

PE lessons will be on Tuesday and Thursday. Please can you ensure the children have a PE kit in school at all times and that all earrings are taken out prior to the school day.

Homework

Homework will consist of a half termly challenge sheet where the children can choose an activity to complete each week. The activities will be linked to our current learning in class and will give the children the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills they are developing in school. Homework will be collected in on Wednesday each week. The first piece of homework is due in on Wednesday 16th January.

As always our door is always open before and after school.  If you have anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to pop in and see us.                           

Thank you for your support.

Miss Walsh and Mrs Blundell.