Starfish class newsletter Spring 3

Spring 3 Newsletter                                                                 Starfish Class

Mrs Edwards, Mrs Hill and Mrs Goodlad.

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! 

Last term the children really enjoyed our ‘Light and Ignite’ topic and this term we will be learning about fairy tales in our topic ‘Once Upon a Time’. Some of the exciting activities that we have planned include making shadow puppets for role play, planting beans to grow our own beanstalks and mapping Goldilocks journey through the woods.

In literacy, the books that we will be using include Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Elves and the Shoemaker.  We will also be looking at these stories from other characters points of view, making ‘wanted’ posters and writing adventure stories. As ever, we will be concentrating on making our sentences more interesting by adding describing words and joining words, as well as our on-going skills of full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks and finger spaces. For your children to achieve to the best of their potential, it is essential that they include all of these in each piece of writing that they do.  If they do any writing at home please help them to remember these things.  Every fortnight, we do a ‘Big Write’ and the children always set themselves a target to work on for next time and they take real pride in the fact that they have completed their writing independently. Whenever they have completed this we put the work on our writing wall in the classroom so please feel free to look at your child’s work with them to see how they are improving each time.

In numeracy we will be looking at counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 both forwards and backwards, place value, mass, geometry, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division.

Reading at home.

Well done to the children who read at home three times each week.  If your child has read at school this is not included in their three times at home. Also we understand that children may not want to read their reading book all of the time, but any reading that they do will count towards their three times at home. If they look at one of their own books, a magazine, a poster, a recipe or any kind of writing, include this in their reading record and it will go towards their three times at home. Thank you for supporting the children with reading, spellings and homework.  The best education a child can have is achieved through a solid partnership from home and school. It really does make a positive difference.

Homework and Spellings.

We would like to thank parents for taking the time to complete homework with your child. We will continue to be keeping a record of who has returned their homework and at the end of the term they will receive a treat if they return it every week. Homework will continue to be sent home on a Friday and expected to be returned by the following Friday. If you wish to keep the spellings at home until the Friday morning so that your child can keep practising them, we have found that this works well.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Goodlad’s morning work children.

If your child works with Mrs Goodlad in a morning, please ensure that they arrive promptly to get the most from their session.  Please feel free to leave your child with their group, as this helps them to achieve the independence that is required for Year 2 work.  An additional morning target group will now run outside the classroom on a Monday during library time.  If your child is in this group, they will get an opportunity to visit the library with a member of staff sometime during Monday or Tuesday.

Dates for your Diary.

Parents evening 

Tues 3rd and Wed 4th February.