Welcome from Miss Nicholls
Date: 12th January 2018.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful and happy Christmas holiday. It was lovely to hear about all the exciting things the children have been up to. They have amazed me with how sensible they have been whilst returning to the classroom and continuing with our learning.
Our topic this term will be ‘Dinosaur planet’ and the projects that have already been brought in look amazing! I am grateful for all the hard work and energy that has gone into these projects. They are all displayed on our topic display and look great! There is plenty of opportunity for the children to get involved in all the dino-tastic and gigantasaurus topic projects during this terms learning. There has already been a dinosaur egg hunt and fossil investigation which the children have participated in. Other learning opportunities include: making dinosaur skeletons, investigating frozen dinosaur eggs, making their own dinosaur fossils, making their own prehistoric landscapes and much more!
Throughout the term we will continue to focus on the basic skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing these skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. A clear focus for this term will be to develop the children’s handwriting and spelling. In English this half term, we will be learning about how to write our own fact file about the different dinosaurs and our own narrative writing about the age of the dinosaurs. We use all of the information books and fiction books in our lovely topic corner to help us with this. Reading will see children build on the phonics skills they worked so hard on last term, as well as developing the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in our guided reading sessions. All texts will be based on our topic learning (dinosaurs) which will encourage the children to develop their understanding about the dinosaurs continuously.
PE has changed to a Monday afternoon with Mr Goddard and RE with Miss Yates. This will continue to alternate each week. Additionally, PE with myself will continue on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that PE kits are in on a Monday morning until the Wednesday when they can be returned home for the week. Home learning will continue to be sent out on a Friday afternoon and will be expected to be brought back in on a Thursday morning. Please can you bring back the completed work using the home learning school bags? The home learning will change slightly this term. There will be a cover sheet which will be split into 3 sections: reading, spelling and phonics. There will be a section on this sheet for you to complete any comments regarding the homework. Additionally, there is a section for teachers to complete. This consists of 3 stars: 1 star if the homework is completed slightly, 2 stars if the homework is completed, 3 stars if the homework is above and beyond our expectations. All stars will count as they will be added up for the chance to win a super prize at the end of term! Reading will follow the same pattern: If your child has read at least 3 times during the week it will be rewarded with 3 stars! As spelling is a new focus this term, it would be beneficial for the children to practise these at home until the spelling test dated on the homework sheet. This will happen every Friday.
Thank you for all your support so far. We look forward to working with your child during this exciting half term with the dinosaurs!
Miss Nicholls and Mrs Jones.
Please take a moment to look at the Dino trailer below created by Seth
(with a little bit of help from the rest of his family)
as part of his Spring 1 Topic Challenge for Dinosaur Planet.