Term 5 & 6 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you have had a restful holiday and haven’t eaten too much chocolate!  Let’s hope the sun continues to shine and that we can get out and about in the school grounds to make the most of it.  This term’s topic of predators and prey proves to be an exciting mix of science and art and our turn for Forest School will help to reinforce the learning we are doing in the classroom.

In Maths our focus for the first three weeks will be measurement, starting with mass, moving onto capacity and finally looking at temperature.  There should be lots of practical activities to help the children learn.  After this our focus will return to number work, involving place value and the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).  On Mondays, Mrs Clarke will be focusing on shape to help increase the children’s understanding of 2D and 3D shapes.

In Literacy we shall be studying the book “There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes” by Michelle Robinson and Jim Field and then “Zoo” by Anthony Browne.  As usual, I request that you don’t pre-read these with your child as we will be making predictions about the story as we read it.  We will be focusing on persuasive writing while Mrs Clarke will be working on some non-fiction reading and writing with the aim of writing a non-chronological report.  

With our topic being Predators and Prey, we will be spending much of our topic time learning about the science of animals; classifying animals into their groups, eg birds, reptiles, mammals etc, deciding which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores; looking at basic food chains.  We may also spend some time thinking about habitats that different animals live in and why.

In P.E. we welcome Luke Thomsett, working for Mark Potter, who will be teaching the children to play cricket. The children will also have a session with Mrs Sullivan on a Thursday afternoon (when not doing Forest School) where we will be working on athletics skills in preparation for Sports Day later in term 6.  Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit for these lessons.  They will no longer require a tracksuit and are expected to wear a school jumper should they feel cold.  If your child takes part in an after school club, please ensure that they return their PE Kit to school the following day.

We have an exciting Science Week planned across the federation, with many exciting activities and visitors to school.  This will take place during the week beginning 15th May.  More details to follow.

As always, if there are any problems or concerns with your child, please come in and discuss it with me. 

Mrs Sullivan, Mrs Clarke and Mr Toms

Homework

I hope you all enjoyed finding out about your child’s favourite predator over the Easter holidays.  You will find a new homework menu in their Home Learning book for this term.  As always, please encourage your child to choose one activity per week to complete and hand in on a Monday.

Mathletics – We are currently the top class in the school for Mathletics certificates and usage.  I would be thrilled if we could stay there! Please try to continue using Mathletics regularly.

Spellings – As a Federation, we are introducing a new spelling initiative that encourages children to learn their spellings in a creative way. Research shows that the children are learning spellings purely to complete the test. We want our children to apply their spelling knowledge to where it really counts, their writing. Each week, your child will bring home a list of words that they can apply to a ‘Spice up Spellings’ activity menu. We expect the children to complete one activity per week and for it to be signed and dated by an adult. This will be due back in on Monday. The tasks can be completed in their Home Learning books. For more information on this please check the school website.

Please don’t forget to keep hearing your child read.  Although we listen to each child once a week, for them to make real progress with reading they need to be doing it every day.  Mrs Clarke is always hoping to fill in a reading certificate for your child when they have finished their reading record.

Forest School

Group A Group B
Dylan Wood
Isaac Cottingham
Seth Goulson
Eloise Garton
Lowenna Godfrey
Evie Doherty
Kate Eldrett
Ruby Nicholas
Coco Coles
Robbie McLean
Mischa Floyd
Fyfe Dunbar
George Saunders
Callum Willcox
Jude Cottingham
Miles Redman
Ellie Wevill
Faye Ward
Emilia Gill
Heidi Saunders
Rebecca Sullivan
Kailah Hill
Nancy Cottingham
Ella Brodie
Harvey Wright
Emilia Butler
Astrid Willcox
Dates:

Thursday 20th April
Thursday 04th May
Thursday 18th May
Thursday 08th June
Thursday 22nd June
Thursday 06th July

Dates:

Thursday 27th April
Thursday 11th May
Thursday 25th May
Thursday 15th June
Thursday 29th June
Thursday 13th July

Please ensure your child has all of their named forest school gear for their sessions.
Important dates for this term
Friday 9th June
Wear the colours of the food rainbow to school & Year 1 Cafe
w/b 12th June
Year 1 Phonics Screening
Friday 16th June
Year 2 Cafe
Saturday 17th June
Summer Fair
Wednesday 28th June Sports Day 
Wednesday 12th July Whole School Performance 2pm & 6pm 
Thursday 13th July
Whole School Performance 6pm 
Friday 14th July
Mrs King's Tea Party 
Friday 21st July INSET