... after what seems like an age. It is great to see the children, full of energy and enthusiasm, and ready to learn. Our first week has been a success, with students beginning to practise their new routines and get used to the new surroundings and teachers.
The topic for this term is ‘Who Cares?’ a topic all about animals. Last term (all those weeks ago, back in July, during transition day!), Blackbirds Class voted on what they would like to the first topic to be. With quite a large majority, ‘pets (plus other animals)’ was a clear favourite. We will therefore be looking at all aspects of caring for animals (including pets, zoo animals and conservation in the wild). This will be reflected in our science curriculum – animals and humans.
Our writing genre this term is both ‘to entertain’ and ‘to inform’ meaning that the children will have a variety of purposes to write for (letters, instructions and fiction etc.). We will be studying several books, starting with the award winning ‘Lost and Found’ (by Oliver Jeffers). This is a heart-warming story of friendship and kindness (and about a penguin!).
In maths, we will be starting with place value (tens and ones) which we will be practising every day. Your child would benefit hugely if they could practise this at home. Please ask me if you need any guidance with this. There are plenty of free, online resources (such as Top Marks) if you would like to encourage them using technology.
Phonics will be taught first thing every day. It is therefore essential that your child is in school on time to ensure that they do not miss anything. In the coming weeks, children will be given homework every week which they will be expected to do and bring back. It would be brilliant if you could help them with this. It will mostly involve spelling, writing and handwriting. Children will be bringing reading book and reading journals home today. Please could you try and read every day if possible (even for just 10 minutes), as this will benefit them hugely with respect to other areas of the curriculum. Any adults/young people can write in the journals in order to maintain communication. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer reading with children in the class – we would be most grateful!
Children will experience two hours of PE per week. One hour will be in the form of an explicitly taught lesson (every Friday afternoon); the other hour will be made up of 15 minutes-a-day running (a whole school policy). Please can you make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school for Fridays (trainers, black shorts and a white T-Shirt).
We recommend that children bring in their own water bottle every day. These are kept in class where they can be refilled anytime. Children are able to drink during the school day when they want (except during teaching time).
Please see our termly curriculum - attached
In the meantime, we look forward to meeting you all in the near future.
Mrs Durman and Mrs Pitts.