Summer 1 welcome from Miss Appleyard.
Welcome back to school for the start of the Summer term. I hope you have all had a fantastic Easter break! Thank you to all of you that completed another topic challenge project for ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ over the holidays. Some of the children have wowed us with their mountain facts since returning to school, it is clear they have been doing their research. The children have made a great start to the topic this first week back and have already made a brilliant clay mountain range.
It was great to see so many of you at our ’Potions’ express event last half term. We loved showing you all the amazing work we had produced in the Spring term and I thank you for your continuous support at these events. The children did brilliantly once again.
As we move into the Summer term, we will be continuing to encourage the children to developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. Our topic is ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’, with the main focus being on geography. In English this half term the children will be writing an explanation text on how the water cycle works, linked to our topic and an information text about the Adi tribe. In maths the focus will be on fractions, decimals and money. Reading will see children continue to build on their current skills, as well as developing the ability to predict, infer, retrieve and discuss in guided reading. Our new class text is ‘The Hobbit’.
Thursday afternoons will continue to alternate between 2 hours of RE one week, to 2 hours of PE with Mr Goddard the next. A slight change from this half term will be that the children will still have a weekly PE session, this will take place with Mrs Potts on a Friday afternoon. We will also continue to complete the daily mile each afternoon. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday for the full week where possible.
Maths, English and Reading home learning will go home every Thursday as usual and is to be returned by the following Thursday. The children will still have a week to learn their spellings for our spelling test each Thursday morning. Please can I ask that everyone ensures that homework and reading is completed as asked, each week. The reading record sheet is attached to the homework each week, for you to note down when your child is reading at home. Can I also ask that if your child completes their homework and return it at the start of the week, that they note down their spellings to ensure that they can continue to practise these at home, as well as in school.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading the children can still choose their own main reading book. Reading just 10 minutes a day has a real impact on children’s learning. As previously mentioned, our class text for this half term is still The Hobbit. Children should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week. This should be recorded on their reading home learning sheet returned to school by the Thursday homework deadline. The children will also still complete ‘Right to Read’ time every morning in class.
Thank you once again for your on going support
Miss Appleyard and Mrs Wilkinson.