Spring 1 2019

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.

Firstly, Miss Sandy, Jess and I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts, cards and well wishes that we received. We really were overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness, thank you!

We made a great start with our learning in the Autumn term and hope to continue this into the new Spring term. Our topics this term include The Polar Regions and Humans and Animals. Please see the curriculum map for further details of all of our planned learning for the first half term.

Punctuality

It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner. The school day starts at 8.45am. Please make every effort to be on time so your child is settled for their learning. 

 Reading

Please continue to read with your child regularly and ask them questions while reading to help them better understand the text. To support you, here are questions that may be helpful to ignite discussion:

Questions to ask while reading with your child

Before reading the book:

What do you think the book will be about?

Talk about the different parts of the book- front cover, blurb, illustrations, author.

During reading the book:

What has happened so far?

What do you think might happen next? Why do you think this?

What sort of character is…?

 At the end of the book:

Talk about what happened in this story.

Who were the characters in this story?

What was the problem in this story? How was it solved?

Did any of the characters go through a change from beginning to end? How did the character change?

Why do you think the character acted that way?

How do you think the character was feeling?

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.

Homework

Children will continue to receive homework each week Thursday, to be returned on Tuesday. This comprises of an activity in their homework book, spellings for the week and handwriting practice. We are really focussing on presentation this term so please encourage your child to keep practicing their handwriting. We are also working on the 3 and 4 times tables so please support your child with these.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

Fruit

Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime. This does not include breakfast fruit bars.

RE

Our unit this term is Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will discuss What it means to make the wrong choices and reflect on how wrong choices affect us and other people. We will learn about  Sacrament of Reconciliation and what it means.

PE

We will have gymnastics on Thursdays and outdoor games on Wednesdays.  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. As the weather is getting colder, please support your child by including warm black joggers for outdoor games. All items must be clearly labelled.

If you have any further questions please feel free to discuss them with me after school.

Kind regards,

Miss Weston

Dates for your diary:

6th February – Trip to the Maritime Museum

18th February- Half term

Useful websites:

maths

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

http://www.math-exercises-for-kids.com/math-4.htm

Spelling and grammar:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p

Welcome to 3W

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As a newly qualified teacher, joining the St Winifred’s Primary team, I am very excited to build positive relationships with you and the children. I look forward to ensuring that they all reach their highest potential. Class 3W have made a great start to the new term. They are getting to know their new teacher and are settling into the new routines in Year 3.

Here are some ways in which you can help and support your child in their learning:

Punctuality

Children should be in school on time in order to start the day calmly and promptly. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time so they are settled and ready for learning. Children should be ready to enter class as the bell rings at 8.45am.

Homework

Your child will be given a reading book and Reading Record Book to take home. It is important that your child reads for at least 10 minutes every day with you. Please encourage them to discuss the plot, characters, themes and unfamiliar words by asking questions. It is also very helpful to comment in their Reading Record Book. Please note any words your child found difficult, as well as comments on their fluency and understanding.

Your child will be given spellings to learn and handwriting homework each week. New spellings and handwriting books will be handed out on Thursdays. The children are expected to hand in their homework by the following Tuesday. We will also be focussing on times tables and there will be extra work sent home for practice on some days.

Occasionally your child will be given homework in a work book to complete. This may be either a Literacy or Numeracy piece and it will reflect the learning taking place in class.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.

Physical Education

It is important that your child has a complete P.E. kit for Gymnastic and P.E. lessons. We have indoor P.E. on Tuesdays and outdoor PE on Wednesdays. The children are welcome to leave their P.E. bags in class for the half term. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.

 Curriculum

Our topic for the first half term is Ancient Egypt. Please see the topic web for further details on this and what else we will be covering in all other subjects.

 Religious Education

Our R.E. topic this term is – The Christian Family

The children will develop their understanding that the church is the family of God and know that we join this family when we receive 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 God parents at Baptism and develop their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

I am looking forward to working with you and your children this year. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss with me after school.

Miss Weston

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 9th October – Horniman Museum