Summer 5 Newsletter. Starfish Class.
Mrs Edwards, Mrs Hill and Mrs Goodlad.
Welcome back! We hope that you all enjoyed the Easter break.
The children really enjoyed our ‘Superheroes’ topic and produced some fantastic work! This term our topic is ‘Medieval Mayhem’! Some of the exciting activities that we have planned include designing and making a Motte and Bailey castle model, using trebuchets to test the best material for a castle door, creating clay crockery and the highlight being our visit on 30th April to Bolsover Castle!
In literacy, the children will be looking at the features of information texts, answering questions about what they have read, writing a recount of our visit to the castle, producing a castle information booklet and writing instructions for making a block print which they will be using when designing their own coat of arms. As ever, we will be concentrating on making our sentences more interesting by adding adjectives and joining words, as well as our on-going skills of full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question and speech 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. Whenever they have completed their Big Write, we will 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 re-visiting number and place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, money, position and direction and reading temperature. Some of the ways that you can support your child with this is by helping them to count up in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s, reminding them how hundreds, tens and ones work (place value), letting them handle coins and understanding their value and equivalence (1 x 50p coin is equal to 50 x 1p coins, 5 x 10p coins or 10 x 5p coins for example). Please come and see us if you would like more information.
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 they may not want to read their reading book all of the time, but any reading that they do can count towards their three times at home. If they look at one of their own books, a comic, a recipe or any kind of writing, include this in their record and it will go towards their home reading. Thank you very much for supporting the children with reading, spellings and homework. It really does make a huge amount of difference to their learning
Unfortunately, Mrs Goodlad has broken her ankle and will be away from school recovering for the next couple of weeks. We are pleased that Mrs Allen has agreed to support the class in the interim period as she has experience of Y2 and SATs and the children are familiar with her. Target groups will continue as usual.
We are extremely proud of the children and what they achieved in the SATs practise weeks. Thank you for supporting them and us and encouraging them to do their best by ensuring plenty of rest. Please reassure them that while we want them to do their best, we will be working together to ensure that this experience is as relaxing as possible for them. SATs will take place during week commencing
11th May. The children will not be receiving homework to be handed in that week.
Dates for your Diary.
15th April – visit from children’s librarian to talk about reading for pleasure and the resources and activities available at the library.
23rd April – Mad Science Day. More details to follow.
28th April – Children’s librarian to work with the class.
30th April – Visit to Bolsover Castle.
4th May – May Day Bank Holiday. School Closed.
W/C 11th May SATs week.
15th May – Spring Fayre.