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Mrs Gordon – Kingfishers Class Teacher

Mrs Gordon would like to welcome you all to Kingfishers class.

Dear Parents and Carers

I am really pleased to welcome the children back to the new school year and to Kingfisher Class. It is really exciting for me to be returning to this class and it will be a wonderful new start for all of us.

Topic

We have some interesting, challenging and fun work to do and our whole school theme is:

‘Earth’s mysteries and wonders’

Our focus as part of this topic is going to be Space! We are going to be learning about our solar system and looking at the history of space travel and Neil Armstrong. We will also look at space stories both real and fantasy. As part of Geography we will be mapping, looking at the Earth from space and zooming in to our local area and creating maps. In Science we are going to be learning about materials and magnets, this links in really well with Space.

Physical Education

This term our PE sessions will be on a Tuesday and we ask, as per Mrs Goddard’s letter, that your child comes into school in their PE kit on Tuesday they will remain in their kit all day.

Religious Education

This term our enquiry is How do Christians belong to their faith family?

Reading

As before, the children will have their own reading book and reading comment book in their book bags, this gives them the opportunity to share their reading with you at home. There is the opportunity to change books every day if needed if they have completed the book at home or in school.

The difference for those children new to Kingfisher Class is that they will change their books themselves and book bags will be kept in personal trays. Please bear with us while the children adjust to this new routine!

The book bags will not necessarily be looked at by an adult every day so if you have any important messages please email myself or the office. We do not use the large green home school books that the children have had previously and reading is recorded in an A5 green Reading Record book.

I cannot over emphasise the importance of reading and discussing texts at home, as this regular practice significantly improves children’s progress and understanding. We aim to set all children up with a Reading Record and a reading book, appropriate for their reading level, before the end of this week.

In addition to reading at home, once we have settled into routine, the children will be heard by me once a week in Guided Reading. These sessions, where children read individually and as part of a small group, provide me with the opportunity to assess their reading and to identify the steps needed for progression. The notes for these sessions do not appear in the children’s reading record.

I, or another adult in class will also aim to hear the children individually once or twice a week.

I am looking forward to teaching all the children and beginning our learning journey together. If you have anything you would like to discuss please email me at fgordon@pulham.norfolk.sch.uk

Yours sincerely

Mrs F Gordon

Kingfisher Class Teacher