Happy New Year and we hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break! We are very much looking forward to the term ahead and the learning journey we will undertake together. Our topic for the first half term is ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’ We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and improve our PE skills by playing attacking and defending games.
Reading and Library books
As reading is such an important skill across the whole curriculum, I should be very grateful if you could ensure that your child reads for at least 10 minutes per day at home. Please continue to record this in their reading records.
We are continuing our ‘Strive for 5’ reading challenge and children can earn awards for the number of times they read at home. To support reading at home, we have a subscription to Bug Club which is an online reading programme where children can access e-books to read. Your child’s log-in details can be found in their Reading Record. We also visit the school library on a Tuesday so children can borrow books to take home.
Physical Education (PE) lessons
PE will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. We would appreciate it if PE kits (shorts/tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt and a pair of trainers/plimsolls) could be brought into school at the beginning of the week and left on your child’s peg until the end of the week. Please ensure that your child’s clothing items are named to avoid items going missing. If your child has their ears pierced and they cannot remove the earrings themselves, please ensure they are removed before coming into school Monday and Thursday mornings.
Each Friday your child will receive their home learning tasks for the week. These are to be completed and handed in the following Thursday for marking. Your child will have a spelling and maths task to complete each week.
All children have access to Times Table Rockstars. This is an online child friendly site that encourages children to recall times tables with fluency.
Finally, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me should you wish to discuss anything. You can make an appointment to meet before 8.15am or after 3.10pm or alternatively you can email the school office and ask for the email to be forwarded.
Many thanks for your continued support.