Willow Class Spring Newsletter
We hope you all had a happy time over the Christmas Holidays. It has seemed like a long time away from school, so I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to hit the ground running!
We have all been impressed by the approach that Willow Class members have taken to their learning over the last term. The quality of writing across the class has improved significantly. Some fabulous home learning has been brought in, along with many interesting photos, medals and other objects relating to our last topic, WW1. Some excellent Art and DT pieces have been produced and can be seen on display both in class and around the school.
What are we doing next?
· In our Literacy lessons, we will continue to improve our writing by using inverted commas for speech and exploring ways to make sentences more interesting. We will also look at how to use paragraphs, and a range of punctuation. We are exploring traditional tales and will be practice retelling well known stories, before creating, telling and writing our own stories. After half term, we will look at a day in the life of a child from a different culture and will explore non-fiction texts about rivers and plants. In both cases, we will be linking our writing to our topic of Egypt.
· Maths lessons this term will be focusing on multiplication and division, before moving into fractions after half-term. It is important we are confident with our times tables before learning about fractions, so we must make sure to crack this early on in the term!
· Guided Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar will take place daily. Each day there will be a different guided reading group, a follow up activity and a range of reading comprehension activities. Spellings will be sent home weekly to learn using the ‘look, say, cover, write’ method.
· Our topic this term is Egypt – both ancient and modern. In the first half term, we will become ‘Tomb Raiders’, learning about many aspects of Ancient Egyptian life (and death), exploring artefacts, creating timelines and drawing conclusions based on evidence. In the second half of the term, we will get out or maps and compasses to explore the geography of Egypt and the River Nile in particular.
· In our IT lessons, we will learn about using the internet safely; how to use search engines, and how to use Word, Publisher and Powerpoint to present information.
· RE and PSHE will also take place weekly, focusing on setting goals and using money in our daily life (PSHE) and Worship, Pilgrimage and Sacred Places (RE).
· In French, we will be learning basic phrases about ourselves, how to count, naming colours, and talking about animals and our families.
· In Music, we will be looking a percussion instruments, learning about tempo and volume and linking to our Egyptian topic by learning about drumming.
· PE lessons will take place on Monday and Friday. Please make sure your child has their PE kit at all times. We will continue to practice invasion games, focusing on netball and basketball. We will also start gymnastics, exploring ways of jumping, rolling and different types of balance.
Home learning will be stuck in the green diaries on a Friday morning and children will have until the following Wednesday to complete any tasks. Each child will have a home learning folder in school and this will be ticked off as they bring it in and marked or praised with a sticker/team point/behaviour point etc. Home learning tasks will vary and will be linked to topics where possible. They will be carefully planned to the curriculum and will match our week where possible.
This term, we are focusing on developing good reading habits — it is essential that children spend time every day reading for pleasure and discussing what they have read. We hope you will support in us in this by listening to your child read regularly. Please continue to make a note of this in their homework diaries for our records. We will incorporate regular visits to the school library and children will be expected to read quietly during afternoon registration. All children will need to bring their reading books and homework diaries into class and keep them in trays at all times. There will be a greater focus on reading more challenging, lengthier books.
As we begin the New Year, can we remind all parents and carers to support us in dropping off and saying goodbye to their children at the door to the cloakrooms. We are expecting all children to be able to sort their belongings, hang their own items up, know what they are having for lunch, do their own dinner tickets and hand in their home learning or change their reading books independently. They can do this on their own and we would really appreciate your support encouraging this. Thank you in advance.
Thank you for your support and best wishes for the New Year,