Hello Red Class,
We’ve ‘charged’ straight into our ‘Castles’ topic, creating castles in lots of ways. During our construction work, we’ve named and described features of castles and thought about how they’ve changed over time. During the week, our cardboard box castles have changed and improved to reflect your learning. I was also very impressed with your drawings, labels and captions all about castles. Your letters are getting smaller and your letter formation is developing every day. Remember, when you’re writing at home, always use your tri-pod grip.
This term, we’re slowly preparing the children for Year 1. We’re making subtle changes to their routine. For example, this week, we listened to music from around the world during our whole class snack time. We looked for the country of origin, for each piece of music, on Google Maps. This week, we travelled to Peru, Brazil, Columbia and Cuba…what a trip!
During the summer term, we offer the children the chance to complete optional topic-based homework, just like their friends in Years 1-4. On Monday, we will send out the children’s new homework books and inside there will be a sheet about castles with lots of ideas for activities at home. We ask the children to complete one activity each week. As an incentive, two pieces of homework are chosen for ‘Homework of the Week’ and shared in our celebration assembly every Friday.
Next week, we will show the children how to change their reading books independently. They will learn to check their traffic light and swap their book. Of course, there will be teething problems as we’re only just starting this routine. If you receive the same book…great! Read it again and hopefully your child’s pace and fluency should have improved since the last reading session. Then, send the book back to school and we’ll endeavour to find a new one.
The children have made a fantastic start to their afternoon clubs. I’ve been amazed at how they’ve coped with all the changes and their ability to work alongside older children. The children in Years 1 and 2 have been very supportive to their little friends particularly as they’ve started many new clubs including sport, outdoor activities, sewing and construction.
I wish you all a happy weekend in the sunshine. Now, where are my sunglasses?
Mrs Webb, Miss Turner and Mrs Roberts xxx