Class Willow

Autumn Term 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Willow Class and back to school! 

Firstly, I want to commend all the children on how well they have settled back into school life. It has been difficult for them getting back into a routine of work, but I am proud of how every single child has risen to the challenge, been brave and picked themselves up after their own personal wobbles. Please come and speak to me or call me if your wish to discuss how your child feels, it’s important we build up their confidence again. 

I hope you have enjoyed a restful summer break and are looking forward to the exciting year ahead. As we are unable to deliver a ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening, thank you for taking the time to read through this lengthy letter.  

The over-riding goals in Willow this year are: 

  • To have fun and enjoy our year 
  • To quickly settle back comfortably into the routine of school 
  • To improve in our work – quality and quantity 
  • To improve our social skills
  • To become more independent learners
  • To develop resilience. 

School equipment ~ unfortunately, we are limiting the items that children can bring into school.  Please ensure that children bring their water bottles daily, we will send them back home in the afternoon so that they can be washed for the following day.  Also, children need to bring a coat in every day; the weather can be unpredictable at this time of year. We are not allowing other personal belongings (eg. pencil cases) in. 

Reading ~ I would like 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.  I would encourage children to read short books over several nights though as this develops their comprehension and word retention. Once a book is completed please sign their Reading Record. 

Spelling ~ Attached to the letter is the list of all the words the children need to know by the end of the year. The children will be taught strategies to learn them and they will form part of our daily routine. Daily practice of one or two words at home, alongside reading, will go a long way to developing their confidence in this area. In addition, we will be studying spelling rules daily. 

Arithmetic ~ One of our main aims in Maths is to improve your child’s rapid recall of number facts. You can help at home by practicing Times Tables. This also applies to basic addition and subtraction facts (number bonds to 20). 

PE ~ Willow’s PE will be delivered by Mrs. Harding on Friday afternoon. Mrs. Easthope has specified the arrangements in a previous letter so please look back on that for details but I am sure the children will enjoy being in their PE kits all day! 

Forest School ~ I will always send a text out on day before we plan to go to Forest School.  Please ensure that your child has a suitable 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).  Your child will then wear these over their school clothes.  Their Forest School clothes will then be sent back home, they can not be kept in school. 

Homework ~ Currently, we are developing an online approach to homework and further details will follow soon. In the meantime, homework will consist of daily reading, practise the words on the attached form and Mathletics (there login details are attached to this letter). 

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 and if you would like to be a part of our classroom learning, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

With kind regards and thanks for your continued support,

Mr. Wood and Mrs. Birkett

 

Titles: 

Autumn 

English  Book studies: 

Here I am 

The Pebble in my Pocket 

Maths Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division  

Science Rocks

Light and Astronomy

RE Expressing Christian faith through Art 

Exploring the Symbolism of Light  

Geography Volcanoes and Earthquakes  
History Roman Britain 
Computing Computer Programming (scratch) 

Detecting errors in Computer Programming 

PE Invasion Game skills  
French Core vocabulary eg, greeting, classroom language, etc 
Music  Three Little Birds

Glockenspiel Stage 1

Art / Design Sculpture