Welcome to the Spring Term in Class One with
Mrs Lowry, Mrs Whitehead Price & Mrs Wootton
I would like to offer a warm welcome back after the Christmas holidays and take this chance to wish you all a very happy New Year! This term we will be learning all about wild animals with our topic, “Why do Zebras have stripes?” The children have already started thinking about questions they want to find the answers to, as well as learning how we can use non-fiction books and the internet to find these answers. Ask them for facts about animals found on safari!
The children have come back from Christmas ready to learn, keen to please and they are a pleasure to teach. The support you give both the children and school are greatly appreciated and essential for your child to succeed. It is with this support that children really excel and achieve their full potential.
Over the next few weeks the children will be learning all about non-fiction books, as well as the following stories: The Ugly Five, Giraffes can’t dance, Mama Panya’s pancakes and the Tiger who came to tea. In addition we will also learn about traditions celebrated throughout this time of year: Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day and Easter. They will be making models, drawing pictures, tasting Chinese food, writing stories and much more.
Next half term, the children will start to bring home a small amount of maths homework every week, this will be something you can do together to improve the children’s basic counting skills. The children are still expected to read at home four times a week. The gradual build up of homework is intended to make a smoother transition into year one next year.
Just a few reminders:
Children will always have a new reading book to read every week (these are in their book bags). It is so important that this is carried out at home, as reading is fundamental to all we do in school and in further life. The pace of education is so fast and children really do need lots of practise (little and often!) in order to maintain this pace. Thank you to all of you who have been learning the tricky words with your children and reading with them, it really has made a big difference to their progress.
Please ensure all children have a change of indoor and outdoor shoes - the weather has become much wetter and they really need a pair of indoor shoes, especially as we access the outdoor area every day. Thank you to those of you who have done this and labelled all their shoes.
PE is usually on a Friday, although it is best to have kits in school Monday to Friday if possible to accommodate last minute changes.
Once again, thank you to all of you for helping your children settle so well last term, and for supporting us and them in their learning.