Class Willow

Spring Term 2020

Happy New Year! I hope had a lovely Christmas. We have made a very positive start to the new term in class. Everyone has settled quickly back into routine and we have a new member in class. I would like to warmly welcome Mr. Hobson, who will be helping to teach the class for the next 9 weeks. If you see him, please do not hesitate to say hello.  In this letter, there are a few reminders about the routines in class as well as up and coming events. 

 

Before and after school ~ As you are aware, in Willow class we encourage the children to develop their independence and they have matured so well this year.  To help them grow further, I would ask that you arrange to meet them after school on the bottom playground rather than waiting for them on the top playground outside the classroom. I am sure that you will agree that this will help them feel a little more independent and set the correct tone for the rest of their life in Key Stage 2. 

 

PE ~ This half-term, Willow’s PE days are on Wednesday and Friday. After the mid-term holiday, we will move to Mondays and Wednesdays; the children will begin swimming lessons on the Mondays (more details will be sent out over the coming weeks). Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day, unfortunately without a kit they will not be allowed to participate. They should have one sports bag containing: a plain house-coloured t-shirt, a pair of plain shorts, a pair of plain tracksuit bottoms (preferably grey, black or green), a warm sweatshirt, a pair of indoor pumps or training shoes and a pair of outdoor trainers. It would also be beneficial to have hats and gloves in their bag in case of cold weather! Please ensure all items are named. 

Forest School ~ Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing and a change of footwear for this session. Waterproof trousers are recommended, and a waterproof jacket is compulsory to keep under layers dry and clean (even when it is not raining)

Homework

Daily: Children are expected to read at home each night. This will be monitored and there will be time available in school for the children to read independently as well as to an adult.

I will be collecting homework books in every Wednesday. 

Your child will have their homebook with a copy of their outlined homework and spelling list that are to be completed over this half term.  They have been given eight tasks and they may choose any five to complete. I will be collecting homework in every Wednesday to mark so children need to be completing one task every week.

Thursday/Friday: Spelling

We will be working on a weekly list of spellings and these will be tested on a Thursday afternoon or Friday. Each list has been outlined on the homework sheet described above.

Reading ~ I would like to continue to emphasise the importance of daily reading to encourage reading for pleasure. Children are able to change their reading books as often as they are completed and are given the opportunity to change their book every day if needed. Therefore, I would ask you to make a note of any reading completed in your child’s reading record. Children are in the routine of changing their books at the beginning of each day. 

Trips ~ We currently have at least one trip planned this term – we will be spending the day at Heysham Power Plant and we will be going on Thursday 30th September.  I will send out a letter next week outlining the details. 

Finally, if you would like to discuss any concerns about your child’s progress, please pop in at the end of the school day or alternatively make a formal appointment through the school office. If you would like to be a part of our classroom learning, we always appreciate anybody able to come and hear children read, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

With kind regards and thanks for your continued support,

Titles:
The Natural Earth

English: Mystery, Explanation Text
Poems with a Structure

Maths
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter and Area
Fractions
Mass, Capacity and Decimals

Science
1: Plants
2: Forces and Magnets

RE
1: What is Prayer?
2: Exploring Easter as Betrayal and Trust

Geography
Study of the Lake District

History
Ancient Sumer

Computing
Creating their own opinion poll
Communicating safely on the internet

PE
1: Dance / Gymnastics
2: Swimming / Dance

French
1: Core Unit 2
2: Core Unit 3

Music
Learning to play the Ukulele
Art / Design
Drawing (local environments)