SPRING TERM 2018
Welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas. I think we must have all blinked and discovered it was all over. Thank you for all your generous gifts. Miss Sandy, Chris and I were very touched by your kindness.
I have attached the topic web for this term so that you can have a look at our topics. We will be focusing on light and keeping warm for science and our geography topic will be the Polar Regions. Our RE topic will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This will help support those children attending the First Holy Communion programme. They will be taking this Sacrament just before Ash Wednesday.
A number of children are late on a regular basis. It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner. The school day starts at 8.45pm. Please make every effort to be on time and have your child ready in the line at 8.45am. This way your child is settled for their learning and does not miss out on our start of the day.
Please encourage your child to read every day. Your child will benefit greatly from discussing and the text having an adult listen to them read. Please ensure that your child brings their book and reading journal to school every day. If they have finished the text they can also enjoy reading their own books or books from the library. I also like to see that children are writing their own comments about the texts they read.
Children will continue to receive homework each week. This comprises of an activity in their blue homework book, MyMaths weekly tasks, spellings for the week and handwriting practice. Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary. I will collect all homework on Thursday morning and reset for Friday.
We will have outdoor games on a Wednesday and indoor PE on Thursday. It is important that the children have a complete PE kit for our lessons; these include a plain white T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls. All items must be clearly labelled together with the rest of their uniform.
I am still collecting old shirts for the children to use for art activities. If you do have any that are heading for the charity shop we would be grateful to add to our stock instead.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss with me after school.
AUTUMN TERM 2017
I hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday. The children are settling into the class routines and working hard. I would like to provide you with some information that will help the children in their learning.
It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner. The school day starts at 8.45pm with the children lining up in the playground (please remember that children and their siblings should not be playing on the timber trail before and at the end of the school day). Please make every effort to be on time so your child is settled for their learning.
I cannot stress how important it is to read every day with your child. They do not need to complete the reading book but a few pages then encourage them by asking questions about the text to improve their comprehension. It is very helpful if you comment in the reading journal, such as, noting words or sounds they found challenging, their comprehension or pace and fluency. You can also encourage your child to write their own comments. Please ensure that your child brings their book and reading journal to school every day. Don’t forget they can also enjoy books and other reading material from home.
Each week (Friday) your child will have homework set. Children will have tasks to complete in their blue homework book relating to the topic, spellings, literacy and Maths. Handwriting (we follow the Cambridge scheme) on a Thursday and the children will have a spelling test each Friday. I will check that the children have completed their homework and mark it. It is important that you encourage your child to work at home and return his/her homework on time. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
The children will have PE on Wednesdays and Friday mornings. It is important that the children have a complete PE kit for our lessons; these include; a plain white T-shirt, black joggers, black shorts and plimsolls (please check that shoes still fit your children comfortably). All items must be clearly labelled – This also includes your son or daughters school uniform.
Please ensure that your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that all items are clearly labelled with their name. Children should be in school shoes – not trainers and should not be wearing jewellery (only stud ear rings) or nail varnish to school.
Please see the following link for the topic web for this term. You will be able to see what the children will be focusing on:
The RE topic: The Christian Family
“The Church is the family of God, the people that God gathers in the whole world.”
Religious Education Curriculum Directory
The children will develop their understanding that the Church is the family of God and know that we join this family when we receive the Sacrament of Baptism. They will learn what happens at Baptism and learn about the signs used and why they are used. They will learn about the promises made by parents and godparents at Baptism and develop their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.
The children will have a chance to:
- reflect on what it means to be part of a family
- reflect on what it means to be part of the Christian family
You could help your children by:
The children will be asked to share photographs or symbols of their Baptism. Please help your child to select a picture that they can share and that I can use on a classroom display.
I look forward to meeting you all and please feel free to discuss with me any issues or concerns you have. It will be difficult to discuss matters in the morning but I will usually be available to meet after school. I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year and see them progress.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to speak to me in the playground at the end of the day.