We hope you have had a enjoyable summer holiday and are looking forward to coming back into school! It has been such a long time since we have seen you in the classroom and we are very excited to welcome you back on Wednesday the 3rd of September. Our arrival time is 8.55am via the garden room. Please arrive promptly to allow a safe entrance for all pupils and their families. Our finish time is 3.10pm.
School will probably feel a bit different to how you remember it and it will take us a little while to get into a new routine that ensures we are all safe. Things may change from one day to the next as we work together to make our classroom work best for us and we are looking forward to your help to get this just right.
Woodpeckers will be their own 'bubble' and as such we will avoid mixing with other 'bubbles' in the school. This means that we will have our own break time of 10.40 - 10.50. We will have our lunchtime play from 12 - 12.30. We will then head back into the class to eat our lunch before beginning our afternoon learning at 1pm. As normal, we will wash our hands throughly before and after eating. We will also wash our hands regularly throughout the day.
We are trying to limit the number of items coming in and out of school so please ensure you only bring one bag to keep your things in. This should not be too large to ensure there is room on the pegs in the cloakroom. Please bring a pencil case with you on the first day. You do not need to bring in stationary as this will be provided. This will stay in school and not go home each evening. One less thing to remember to bring each day!
PE kits do not need to be kept in school, this term you will wear them to school on the day you have PE. This term Woodpeckers will do PE on Thursday. Remember to bring a jumper as we will be doing PE outside.
Our first topic in Woodpeckers this year will be Raiders or Traders? Here we will look in more detail at the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. Have a look at our topic web to see what we will be learning about. We have lots of fun learning to get through this year. Take a look at an example timetable to see what a typical week will look like. To ensure we can really get to grips with some of our subjects, we will look at them in blocks.
Homework will be different from last year as we get used to the new normal and allow time for items from home to be marked safely. Spellings will be sent home for the term at the beginning of the year. These will be accompanied by a supporting SPaG activity to practice skills taught in class. This little and often approach to grammar and punctuation is really beneficial and allows skills to become embedded. Spelling tests will be done on a Friday.
Reading is extremely important and opens up all areas of the curriculum. It is also vital that it is FUN! We encourage you to read as often as you can with your child, ideally everyday! We play Read-opoly in the class which allows the children to move around our Read-opoly board in order to earn prizes. These are thought up by the children and are always highly sought after.
We are very much looking forward to having you all back in the classroom. We know that it will be a strange feeling as we come back to the 'new normal' but we will do our very best to make it fun!
See you on Wednesday!
Mrs Adams, Mrs James and Mrs Pottinger.