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Hi Chaffinches,

Can you believe it is term 2 already? We have a very busy term in the lead up to Christmas. Class organisation for will still be as follows:

  • Mrs Thomson will be teaching you Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
  • Mrs James will be teaching you on a Wednesday afternoon.
  • Mrs Coulson will be teaching you on a Thursday and Friday.

Mrs Pottinger will continue to support Chaffinches in the mornings and two afternoons a week.

Our topic this term is; ‘The Great Fire of London.’ We will be learning all about the 17th Century and how the fire was a big event in history.

Our literacy this term will link to our topic and we will write a diary entry and a biography of Samuel Pepys. We will of course be continuing with our SPAG and phonics daily.

As part of our topic and DT this term we will be making bread. This will take place on Monday 18th November. Please could we ask for parent helpers 9.30-12.00 to support us in our bread making! Thank you to the parents that supported us last term- your help is always greatly appreciated. If any parents think they can spare some time each week for hearing children read, preferably an afternoon, please let us know.

In Science we will be looking at magnets and forces. This will include seeing which materials are magnetic and non-magnetic. We will do lots of investigations and will block this over two weeks around the Christmas play rehearsals: Weeks Commencing 2nd December/9th December.

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and then tested the following Friday. 2 merits are awarded for 10/10 and one merit is awarded for 9/10.

Homework will be set every week and will be either a Maths or English homework. Maths homework will be set on Wednesdays and be due the following Wednesday. English homework will be set on Thursdays and be due the following Thursday. This will be on an alternate week basis, so you will receive one piece of Maths or English homework per week.

You will take home a reading book every day which will be changed when you have finished. Please try and read every night and at least 3 times a week. You will have a reading record to record your reading, which we will check daily. In class we have a reading ladder and when you have read 3 times in a row, you will move up to the next stage. At certain points of the ladder there are certificates and prizes- keep reading Chaffinches! In class we will read with you during Guided Reading sessions, where we will share a variety of texts together and answer questions about what we have read. Make sure you regularly share books with adults at home; this can be a variety of texts including non-fiction. Everyone is doing really well on the reading ladder, please keep this up! Please note children are responsible for giving their book to an adult every morning to be checked and signed, if you have a problem with your book being changed please speak to us. We always encourage children to speak to us themselves if they have a problem with their reading book.

Times Table Mountain will run on Mondays every other week. You will have a timed amount of time to complete your stage and if you have your questions correct, you will move up the mountain on to the next stage. If you have one question wrong Mrs Pottinger will ask you the question and if you get it right, you will still be able to move on to the next stage. When you pass each stage, you will receive a certificate. If you wish to practice your stage at home please ask for a sheet to take home. Please note in September we all start at Stage One again.

This term our PE will be basketball with Mr Herring on a Wednesday afternoon. On a Friday afternoon we will be doing gymnastics (shape and balance). Please make sure you have the correct PE kit in on those days. As it is now colder, make sure you have warmer clothes (hoody, tracksuit bottoms) to wear for outdoor PE, including the correct footwear (trainers). Swimming will start for all Chaffinches after Christmas. Chaffinches have Forest School in Term 4 on a Wednesday afternoon.

It is the term for… CHRISTMAS!! Chaffinches will be performing the play- ‘Santa’s on Strike!’ We will be busy casting the parts in the first week back. We have already sent part of a script home before we audition, so you can practice a part to perform. You do not have to perform a part; you can opt for a non-speaking part in the play. Once we have casted all the parts, we will send home a script with the relevant lines in for you to practice at home. We will send out a costume suggestion for you and we would like costumes in school by Friday 29th November. Dates for our Christmas play will be: Dress rehearsal on Monday 2nd December, evening performance on Wednesday 4th December and afternoon on Thursday 5th December. Exact times are to follow.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back and getting started on our exciting new term.

Have a fantastic break,

Mrs Thomson, Mrs Coulson & Mrs Pottinger

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