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Hi Chaffinches,

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year. Class organisation 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; ‘Africa’. We will be locating Africa in the world and learning about its countries and physical and human features. We will also be learning about the scarcity of water, fair trade and creating a recyclable Olympics.

Our literacy this term will link to our topic and we will be looking at persuasive writing and non-fiction writing. We will of course be continuing with our SPAG and phonics daily. In SPAG this term we will continue to learn about conjunctions to show time, place and cause. We will also continue to vary our sentence lengths by using subordinate clauses.

This term we will be holding our own Recyclable Olympics. Plastic bag footballs, bare foot races and water weight lifting might not be the usual games you will find at the Olympics but they are normal life for many children in Africa. We will be creating our own games using recyclable materials. We will share these with you at our sharing assembly on the 7th February.

In Art this term we are going to be creating some African textiles. We would welcome parent helpers, when we get going Mrs Coulson will put a time on the ‘Peak of the Week.’

In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will comparing which things are living and which things are dead. We will also look at their habitats, which will fit into Forest Schools which will be taking place on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure you have your forest schools kit in school on a Wednesday afternoon. If you are able to help with Forest Schools please see the office.

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 10 minutes 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.

This term our PE will be dance, we will learn an African dance to perform to you at our sharing assembly.

Swimming will start this term on a Friday morning. We will be leaving school at 10am and hope to return at 11.30. Children will need the following things: A swimming costume/trunks, a swimming hat, a towel, and goggles if you normally use them and a large bag to keep all your things in. From previous experience the bigger the bag, the better! For example a large shopping bag is perfect. We also need a parent helper to support us for swimming. Please let the office know if you are able to support swimming this term.

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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