Summer 1 welcome from Mr Longley
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. It is really interesting hearing about all the fun experiences the children have enjoyed over the holidays. The children have certainly come back with a spring in their steps and have really hit the ground running this term. Once again I would like to thank you for helping to produce some of the stunning home learning challenges. The children are already showing a wealth of knowledge about the topics.
It was brilliant to start the topic with our bug hunt. Miss Hurst from the DMBC energy team helped the children to discover micro-habitats of the different bugs around school and also to help us design our own in class. The children were so excited to get dirty as they searched and carefully found the different micro-habitats. We have also adopted two stick insects. The brilliant illusionists have already become part of the family in year two and the children are eagerly looking for them in the mornings.
This term we are learning about the topic ‘Wriggle and crawl in the scented garden’. This topic has a strong focus on science. It is personally one of my favourites as we get to be very hands on in many exciting activities. We will be searching for mini-beasts, growing plants, learning about life cycles, discussing how bees help the planet survive and using Van Gogh’s Sunflowers as the basis for our art activities. These are just a small flavour of the experiences we have planned for the children.
This half term will also see the children begin their ‘Special Agent Training’. The children will be completing tasks in Spag, Reading and Maths as part of their special training. This will occur across May. We will be working on some of the required skills across this half term. During this period we will be discussing the importance of a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated and having a healthy breakfast as part of their Special Agents Training. Mr Goddard will also be helping to incorporate some of the training into PE lessons.
In English we are looking at the book ‘We’re All Wonders’. This is a picture book version of the amazing book ‘Wonder’. We will be looking at how to write a story containing a message and encouraging the children to ‘choose kind’.
As a school, the expectation (2 stars) is for children to read 3 times a week at home with an adult. This should be recorded on the home learning sheets each week. As a class we will once again be running a reading challenge this half term. Every time your child reads at least three times a week they will move across the clouds. Children who read three times a week across 4 weeks of the half term will earn house points for their house, as well as having the chance to enter the reward raffle.
Children are encouraged to change their own books as required from the class library.
Please could I ask that PE kits are sent into school on a MONDAY and remain in school all week. It is really important that children have both indoor and outdoor kits in school. With the cold weather, please could you ensure that children have a warm jumper or zip top. However this cannot have a hood attached. Unfortunately children without PE kits will be unable to complete the PE sessions.
Homework - Issued on a Friday. Should be returned on Thursday in the clear homework bag. It is a gentle
reminder that all children are expected to complete the homework, either at home or during the school day.
PE - PE kits should be in school from Monday. Normal PE days are Wednesday (weekly) and Fridays (fortnightly)
We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support.
Mr Longley and the KS1 team.