Year Group Weekly Updates - 11th September 2020

Each week, the teachers in each year group write a small update newsletter to keep parents up to date and informed on life in their child's class. These are glued in the children's Home School Link, alongside other personalised communications for all to enjoy.  If you have any questions about life in your child's class, please do speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to help.

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Year One - Penguins, Puffins and Parrots:

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous start to the new school year it has been! We hope your children have enjoyed being back at school. We hope they are ready for a fun and exciting year of enjoying, achieving and learning!

This week, we have all been settling back into our school routines, remembering our Golden Rules and showing our value of positivity. In phonics we have been recapping the ‘ai’, ‘ee’ and ‘igh’ phonemes. The children have already impressed us with their super literacy skills when writing all about themselves! The children have been practising writing their names and numbers to 10. In Maths, we have also been learning to organise groups of objects and count up to 10 objects. We have used our artistic abilities to create a puffin, penguin or parrot and a self-portrait.

Next week, we will begin PE, so please ensure your children come to school dressed in their PE kits on a Monday and Thursday. We do hope your child enjoys their reading book over the weekend – we look forward to reading with them next week. Please note we expect the children to read at home daily and this should be noted in the HSL. Please do have a look at the Rainbow lunch menu and talk about the choices with your child/ren.

We hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Best wishes!

Mrs Hargreaves, Miss George, Mrs Calver & Mrs Rust

Year Two Team - Bluebirds, Blackbirds and Buzzards:

It has been a delight to welcome the children back to school this week and what a wonderful week it has been! We are so impressed with how the children have settled back into school routines.

We began our new topic ‘Land Ahoy!’. In Literacy we looked at different boat paintings and used our senses to describe what it would like to be a sailor. We then planned and wrote our own boat story. We also had a go at making some boats and completed a science investigation on floating and sinking.

In Maths we have been learning to partition numbers into one/units, tens and even hundreds as a challenge! Can your child show you how to partition the number 43?

It has been lovely hearing the children read this week. We really appreciate your efforts in keeping up with regular reading at home, particularly during the lockdown. We shall be assessing each child’s reading shortly. 

The children in Bluebirds and Blackbirds will have PE lessons on a Monday and Friday and Buzzards class will be on a Wednesday and Thursday. Children are asked to come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please make sure they are prepared for the weather as we will be having PE outside as much as we can!

Please can your child bring in an empty, clean margarine tub by Wednesday next week. We will using this to help us with our topic learning.

We look forward to enjoying our second week of learning with our delightful Year 2 children!

We wish you a restful weekend.

Mrs Townsend, Miss Hubbert & Mrs Padbury

Year Three Team - Owls, Ospreys and Ostriches:

After such a long period away from school, we have had a wonderful first week back in our classrooms enjoying, achieving and learning together.  We have been so impressed with the children’s positive attitude to school and how quickly they have settled into  classroom routines since their return.

During our PSHE lessons we have looked at rules, why they exist and created our own class contracts to ease us back into our existing and ‘new normal’ routines. We have also considered on a helping hand who our trusted adults are.  We can talk to these adults if we are worried about something. 

In literacy, we have practised the key skills of inference in reading, as well as using dictionaries to help us investigate the meaning of words we have read. 

Maths has focused on consolidating our basic counting skills by counting in various steps both forwards and backwards and finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number.

Most excitingly, we have started our new topic ‘Rocks, Relics and Rumbles’. We have learnt about different rock types and their properties; discovered how fossils are formed and found out about Mary Anning.  What a busy first week back!

We wish you a restful weekend.

Mrs Adams, Mrs Billington, Mrs Eddy and Mrs Marshall

Year Four Team - Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers:

Dear Parents,

What a brilliant start to the new school year it has been! We are delighted to be back at school, enjoying, achieving and learning together. We hope your child has enjoyed settling into Kites, Kestrels and Kingfishers and are ready for a wonderful year ahead!

This week, the children have already impressed us with their amazing summer holiday writing; using exciting language and a range of punctuation! The children have also been showing absorption in their maths learning, whilst looking at place value.

We have started our creative curriculum by exploring potions, whilst investigating the three states of matter! Some incredible art work has also been produced this week, including practising our sketching techniques and creating a class values flag! Please ensure your child arrives in their PE kit on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.

We do hope your child enjoys their reading book over the weekend – we look forward to reading with them more next week. Please note we expect the children to read at home a minimum of 3 times a week and this should be noted in the HSL. Please note in Key Stage 2 the children are no longer given a piece of fruit at break time but they may bring in a healthy snack of their own!

We hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Best wishes!

Mrs Taylor, Miss Barker and Miss Galvin

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