Happy New Year! Welcome back Ducks Class! I hope you all had a lovely festive break.
This Spring term our project is Journeys Around the World and we will be focusing on books written by Julia Donaldson. We will be starting with the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ exploring the journey they embark on and linking this to various subjects. This topic is rich with so many opportunities to explore, amongst which we will explore different art forms, printing and music, as well as investigating animals and their habitats as part of our science curriculum.
Reading – Children should continue to read regularly at home and we will endeavor to ensure that all children are heard by an adult at school, at least once a week. As I always say, whatever your child’s ability, regular practice has been proven to significantly improve your child’s progress in reading and understanding the world around them. Sharing a book regularly with your child and discussing it as you do is also invaluable, especially for those reluctant readers.
Maths – We will be furthering our understanding of addition and subtraction looking at numbers up to 20 as well learning about place value up to 50, learning our multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s and measurement. Please encourage your child to use Maths Shed at least once a week to develop their mental Maths Skills. Their login details are located in the front of their home books. If you cannot find it, please let me know.
Spellings- This term we will be starting a weekly spelling test every Wednesday. The children will have 4 spellings to practice each week. We recommend using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check strategy. Look at the word, say it out aloud, cover it and try to write it, then check the spelling. The words can be written in their spelling books which have been given out today. Every Wednesday we will staple the following weeks words into their spelling book for them to practise at home. Just for this week the children will have their spelling test next Friday to give them a full week to practise. The words for this week are:
RE – Mrs Grant will be exploring the theme of God this half term exploring why Christians believe in God.
Physical Education – Our PE sessions will be on Thursdays with Mrs Grant. Please ensure PE kits are in school Monday to Friday as we may need them on other days than just our scheduled PE slots. On PE days, all shoulder length and longer hair is to be tied back and earrings are to be removed or taped over.
Forest Schools– This will continue to be held on a Wednesday morning so please can your child come to school dressed appropriately.
If you have anything you wish to inform me of or discuss anything, please do not hesitate to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note Mrs Grant continues to teach Ducks on Thursdays so, I will pass on anything she needs to know.
Ducks Class Teacher