Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Hello, Spring Term!

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you’ve all had a lovely, relaxing Christmas break and are now fully rested. The children have already got off to a fantastic, energetic start!

Our topic this first half term is ‘From the Darkest Peru’ which will link some of the work we will be covering this term. In our Science lessons, the children will be looking at different animals, classifying them and finding similarities and differences. The children will be thinking about how animals are suited to the environment they live in. In DT the children will be using clay to build and create animals from the Amazon Rainforest, as well as using different textures and materials to weave in a traditional Peruvian style. In Geography, we will be looking at the country of Peru, and how it is different from our own locality. We will be thinking about what people do there, and how their lifestyles are different (and similar) to our own. In our RE lessons, we will be finding out about special stories and what makes them special. The children are always encouraged to bring in relevant items of interest, books or information they have found to support the topic. Please ensure that any items brought in are named.

This term we are looking in detail at the story of Paddington Bear. We spend time getting to know the characters and the plot, before we create our own story for Paddington. In addition to this, the children will be reading and learning a poem ready for the Northleach Poetry Competition. Phonics and handwriting will be taking place each day.

Please continue to read daily with your child and comment on their reading in their communication books. Regular practice ensures that the children make good progress. The children will be given the opportunity to change their reading book every day. However, if they have not had an opportunity to read it or if you would like them to have it for more than one night, then please keep it.

The children will bring home a half-termly spelling list to be tested on at the beginning and end of each term. It would be really beneficial to their learning if they could practise these at home. In addition they will also bring home a weekly spelling pattern on a Friday to support the sounds we are learning in class. These words will be tested the following Friday.

The children will be working on many areas of maths during the term including measuring and compare lengths and weights as well as beginning to look at multiplication. At home, it would really give them an advantage if you could practise counting forwards and backwards up to 50, as well as reinforcing 1 more and 1 less to 50. 

Our focus in P.E this term will be on Yoga - the children will learn how to maintain balances and co-ordinate their bodies to change into different poses. Although our P.E. days are Mondays and Wednesday, it would be useful if the children could have their PE kits in school every day. You may wish to provide your child with a pair of tracksuit bottoms to wear when the weather gets a little chillier and it would be useful for girls who wear tights to have a pair of socks in their kit too. Please can you ensure that all items of PE kit are labelled with your child’s name. Thank you. 

Show and Tell:
Show and tell will continue to take place on Wednesday afternoons. As far as possible please can this be related to our Topic.

Thank you for your support,

Miss Lilly Baker 

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