Welcome back to school for a brand new year. We always love
this time of year as everything is so fresh and new. There is nothing better
than writing in your neatest handwriting on the first page of your new book.
We have been busy planning for our new topic this term. It
is a geography topic focussing on our local area. We have called it: Where am
We will be learning about the human and physical features of
our school and the surrounding area. We are hoping to arrange a trip to the
canal. But we will be making the most of our beautiful school grounds and
village by going on lots of walks. Details of which will be provided in due
course. Our Science will support this by looking at habitats and animals in our
wonderful local area.
We will be using the story ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as
inspiration for our written work this term. Please see our topic table for a
more detailed look at what we will be up to in the classroom.
Our PE days this term are Wednesday (outside) and Friday
(inside.) I hope you have all had a good check that all of your PE kit still
fits and that you have everything you need for any Great British weather we are
Spellings will be handed out on a Monday and tested on the
following Monday. Please make sure you practise your spellings regularly. We
have attached some suggestions of how you can make spelling practice fun and
Homework will be sent out on a Monday and will be due in on
the Thursday of the following week. Homework tasks are presented in a grid that
lasts for the entire term. So just pick a couple each fortnight, we will then
check in and give you some feedback and send it out again the following Monday.
We really encourage you to read every evening if possible.
We understand that there will be occasions where this will not be possible, but
it is fundamentally important to every aspect of the curriculum. Reading
improves spelling, widens your vocabulary and promotes creativity in writing.
We have also attached some guidance on how to make the most of reading at home
with your family and how to develop your comprehension skills as well as basic
decoding. In class, we have created a ‘Reading Rainbow’ which comprises of
hundreds of wonderful books we recommend you read in years 2 and 3. You will be
able to move along the rainbow throughout the course of the year and earn
rewards. But you must read at least 3 x per week for Mrs Pottinger to sign you
off and move your name along the rainbow. At certain stages of the ‘Reading
Rainbow’, you will be able to receive rewards; For example extra playtime or
merits. In addition to reading to an adult, it is really important that you
listen to someone else read to you. Bedtime stories are a wonderful opportunity
We understand that it can be a little daunting moving into a
new class, which is the case for many of you, but please don’t worry. There
will be plenty of time to settle in, ask questions and learn the rules and
routines of Chaffinches.
Parents, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate
to email Mrs Reynolds (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) or Mrs Coulson (Thursday,
This is the most effective way of communicating with us in the first instance.
We look forward to welcoming you all to (or back to)
Mrs Reynolds, Mrs Coulson and Mrs Pottinger