Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back and a Happy New Year, hope you all had a special time with your family and loved ones. Thank you for all the kind cards and presents.
Now the Spring Term is starting and even though it is a short term it will be packed with lots of activities and learning. There will be a real push on reading, writing and maths this term, so your children will achieve their end of year targets.
For both year groups reading is a priority. If your children practice reading daily, then this will provide them with a skill that will enable them to access any other learning and aspects in their lives. Reading is a key skill. If we can read, we can learn to write and access a huge range of other activities. Reading is the basis of all learning. So, can we please ask you to read with your children on a daily basis.
It does not have to be a huge amount, but the daily practice of just one or two pages will make such a big difference. Enjoy reading with your children. Don’t make it a chore. If they are too tired just ask them to read the first sound or a tricky word, or a word each. Or you read the story and discuss the characters or setting of the book. Can they relate it to once of their own experiences? Do they like the character and why? Use the picture clues to help make sense of the words they are reading. There is also Bug Club the children can log in and read books. It’s a great resource. Their logins are at the back of their reading record books.
Reception children: They are working on sounding out each word carefully and to blend the sounds together.
Year 1: They are mainly working on their fluency and expressions and understanding. Please read a book at least twice to practice fluency and expressions. Discuss the story. Do they understand what they have read? Use the questions booklet in their book bags to help you ask questions.
This term all children are expected to do 30 mins Maths Whizz a week. We will check their usage on a Friday morning. If they have not used 30 minutes, then the children will have to miss their lunch on Friday to do their homework. Their Maths Whizz log in is at the back of their reading record book. Please come and see me if the children have not got access to the internet or a laptop/tablet. I will then make sure they will get a daily slot in school to access Maths Whizz. Thank you!
This term our topic is Frozen Kingdom. We will explore the North and South Pole and the habitat there as well as the wild life. In February we will go to the Eden Project to ‘Play on the Ice’. For more details please look on our website where you will find our medium-term planning for Spring 1.
Year 1 will also receive new spellings every Friday. They will have their spelling test on a Friday morning.
Tapestry logins will be send to you by the beginning of next week, so please check your email accounts and check your spam box. If you have any questions on how to use it, then please come and see me and I will show you. Thank you!
This term Year 1 children will be going swimming every Friday afternoon. Mr Cann, Mrs Chalmers and I will take them. Mr Cann and I will teach a group each and we will also have another two swimming teachers provided by the Bodmin Leisure Centre.
The Reception children will stay in school and be taught by Mrs Titcombe and Mrs Williams. They will access some of their topic work and will have time to complete unfinished work. They will also read to an adult to ensure they will have a new book for the weekend and then have ‘Golden Time’.
PE is still on Tuesday afternoons.
This term there will be no Show and Tell on any day. I will however start sending Terry the Toucan home again. Encourage your child to write and draw in the book to tell us what Terry was up to. Terry will come around your house for 1 day or the weekend. If you want to add photos into his diary then please feel free. If you are unable to print, then send them to us by email or bring the file in on a memory stick and I will print them for you in school.
Please make sure that you will come and speak to us with any concerns you may have. We are more than happy to make time for you and support you wherever we can.
Thank you for all your support.
Mrs Cheetham Mrs Williams Mrs Chalmers