Dear Parents and Children,
This term we have some exciting learning planned for a topic on “Castles” and our key question is ‘Would you want to be a knight?’ See here for our topic web.
The children will be learning all about what it was like to live in a castle in the past and be encouraged to ask questions, using why, when, how and where to develop learning, this will be achieved through non-fiction books, powerpoints and the internet.
Our outside role play area will be transformed into a castle and the children will have the opportunity to design and make swords, armour, shields and other related resources to support their role play. You may even see a real life Princess as she prepares for a ball, in her dressing room, later in the term!
If you have any castle related toys or books we could borrow we would really appreciate it and we promise to take very good care of them.
We will be reading many traditional stories, including Cinderella and by acting these out in the role play areas the children will become really familiar with the stories.
This term we continue to have Mr Herring for PE on a Wednesday afternoon, so please make sure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit on this day. Hopefully we will soon be able to get back into the hall again and this will allow your child to participate in dance or gymnastics lessons. This will be very exciting as Robins class have never experienced these PE lessons at school due to Covid 19 and the extension. As soon as we know when this will be we will let you know, but for now it will just be Wednesday that the children need to come to school in their PE kit.
We will have lots of other opportunities for physical exercise on the playground equipment and bikes and scooters.
Y1 spellings will continue to be given out at the beginning of each week (they are also on Google Classroom) and tested the following Monday. Please make sure you practise your spellings regularly, a few minutes every day is most beneficial.
Reception will also be bringing home tricky words to learn to read, if you are able to learn to spell them too, then that will really help you when you move up to Y1, but there is no expectation that you learn to spell them all.
Homelearning for Y1 will also be sent out at the beginning of the term and returned on the Thursday of the following week. Homework tasks are presented in a grid that last for the entire term. So just choose two or three each fortnight.
We really encourage you to read every evening if possible. We understand that there will be occasions where this will not be possible, but reading is fundamentally important to every aspect of the curriculum. It improves spelling, widens your vocabulary and promotes creativity in writing.
In class, we keep a record of how often you read at home and when you have read 25/50/75 times etc, you will receive a certificate and a reward from our special box! Please make sure an adult signs your reading record so we know you have read and place your reading book back in your bag. We aim to change the reading books at least 3 times a week, and hope to welcome back parent helpers to listen to you read this term.
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 for this.
Please continue to save your hand soap dispensers for us to use in our paint station and any different sized pots/containers/spoons we can use for sand and water play. Many thanks.
Parents, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate
We look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday.
Mrs Underwood & Mrs List-Rose