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Autumn Term – Seahorses Parent Newsletter
‘Growing and learning together with God’
It has been lovely to welcome a new class of Seahorses back to school this term. We have certainly been impressed with their behaviour and attitude to learning so far. There are many new exciting things happening at school and it has been a very busy couple of days.
We all hope that everything continues to run smoothly this year but would stress that, if you do have any problems or concerns, you share these with one of us as soon as possible. Mornings are always busy but if it is urgent, we will of course find time to deal with the issues. Otherwise, please contact the office, via email, who will forward on your messages, or use the home learning email, so that we can either respond by email, telephone, or arrange a meeting to discuss your concern in more detail. Keep an eye on the school newsletters to find out important information. We will also be updating the Seahorses’ Class page on the website a couple of times each term with news and photos of our learning journey.
Spellings, Times Tables and Maths Key Skills
All children have Spelling/Maths Shed and Times Table Rock Stars log-ins which they should be using regularly to keep practising key skills.
- On Mondays, we will be completing some spelling activities and these will be set as assignments on Spelling Shed and as individual word lists that they will bring home. To learn the spellings, the children could use magnetic letters, try writing the words out or pop them into sentences.
- On Fridays, we will check that the children have read at least three times per week.
- We intend to start times tables tests, with the Year 3 children initially, during the next few weeks. All children will start with 2x table and then progress through. We test multiplying, dividing and mixed to ensure fluency of each times table. Times tables are crucial in many aspects of mathematical learning and the more fluent they are, the better it is for their understanding. You can use the TTRS songs to help them learn or by other methods to aid the recalling.
There will be positive recognition for children that have completed their learning at home.
Reading – Children should be encouraged to read nightly and where possible to an adult, even if they are a fluent reader. This could include your child just talking to you about what they’ve read, what they are enjoying etc. Children are asked to show in their reading record that they have read at least 3 x each week. They will be rewarded in school when they have shown this in their diary. The children should bring their books and reading records to school daily, as they are given regular opportunities to read independently and where appropriate, to an adult.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to send your child in with a named water bottle (not squash) which they can keep in the classroom. This can be re-filled during the day. If children are bringing in snack for break time, please remember this should be healthy food like a piece of fruit or fresh vegetables.
Our main topic ‘Rock and Roll is a History/Science based topic that will send the children on a journey through time, exploring rocks and learning about the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. Most of our English work will be based on books with a ‘Stone Age theme’ and these will be the inspiration for our writing. In Art we will be looking at the artist Paul Klee and using his artwork to help us develop our sketching and painting skills. We are also discovering what cave paintings looked like and recreating our own. DT this term focuses on investigating levers in order to design a mechanism that can lift stones to build Stonehenge. The children will also be developing their Computing skills using our Purple Mash resource, with a project on Coding and Internet Safety to begin with.
In RE we will be using the story of creation to help us think about how Christians believe the world was formed. We will also be leading the Harvest Service in Church at the beginning of October. Later in the term, our focus in RE will shift to Christmas and the Good News that Jesus brought to the Christian faith Our SCARF PHSE will focus on Me and My Relationships and Rights and Responsibilities which is part of our Relationships and Sex Education. The RSE policy can be found on the website and a copy of the correct terminology that we encourage children to use can be found on our class page. We are lucky to be having the LifeBus visiting in September and we will cover other important mental health and well-being topics with the children over the course of the term. We will also have weekly Circle Time sessions to support the children in developing positive self-esteem and interactions. In French this term we will be learning the names of les fruits. Our scheme allows the children to access games etc from home so please do have a look.
PE days this term will usually be on Tuesday and Fridays. Your child’s kit needs to be brought into school every Monday and taken home every Friday to be washed. Please make sure that they have navy blue shorts, t-shirt, trainers and appropriate clothing for going outside (navy tracksuit bottoms, sweatshirt etc.). Please remember to label all PE kit, school tops, jumpers and trainers/shoes. This is also important for all uniform and coats.
Rewards and certificates
We have really high expectations for our pupils and their hard work and excellent behaviour is rewarded weekly. Children are given family group points for good work, effort and behaviour and a range of certificates depending on how many they’ve achieved in total. They have also already earned some marbles in our ‘class reward’ jar.
Good attendance is vital for success, so please bear in mind that if your child is well enough to potter about at home then they are probably well enough to be in school. As long as they always work hard and join in with enthusiasm, then they will have personal success.
We are looking forward to the new term with its many opportunities to learn together.
Caroline Allen – Class Teacher
Claire Radley and Elladie Bubb – Seahorses’ TAs