Willow Class

2016-17

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I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas break and are well rested for the New Year. There are no great staffing changes in Willow this term, with the class still being taught by Mr Shield and being supported full time by Mrs Farmer and Mrs Walker. In addition to this, specialist teachers will continue to support the group in their own subject areas.

Our topic for the term will be the book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. This should allow many cross curricular links with through writing and river studies!

Maths

In Term 3 our maths lessons will move away from number and place value and begin to focus on some other key areas. We will be spending a lot of time learning more about fractions, decimals, area and time. I would also like to remind parents and students that all children have access to a Mathletics account which is continually updated and monitored to help support their learning in class.

Image result for wind in the willows castLiteracy

This term, our literacy work will include a variety of different writing styles. This will include stories, letters and newspaper articles. Much of the work that we will do will be linked to The Wind in the Willows. However, there will still be a strong emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar within writing.

RE

In RE this term we will be learning about Christianity, trying to answer some big questions, such as: Why is it important for people to have faith?

Science

Our science topic for this term is ‘States of Matter’. Mrs Atkinson, our specialist science teacher, will be delivering science this term.

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For PE please ensure your child has a full fitting PE kit in school at all times. This is to include a plain PE t-shirt (white or house coloured), shorts (blue/black) and black or white trainers. Also, if your child wears tights to school, please could you provide a pair of socks in their kit bag too. Please could you also ensure that long hair is tied back on PE days and no jewellery is to be worn at all. For this term, Willow Class will have PE on Mondays and Tuesdays and the sporting focus will be on gymnastics and handball.

Creative Curriculum

Our topic for the term will be the book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame. This should allow many cross curricular links with through writing and river studies!

French will be taught every Tuesday by Madame West.and Mr Jaggard will continue to teach Music to the class. This will happen on Wednesday mornings.

Homework

Times table tests will be given weekly.

Spellings will go home on Thursdays and tests will be held the following Thursday. Children will also learn a variety of methods to help them practice spellings during spelling lessons in school.

For Maths, we will continue to use Mathletics.  The tool is easy to use and allows your child to log on as many times as they want to try and earn rewards and beat high scores in activities.

For English and the wider curriculum, we will be using a homework grid with a point incentive which your child is expected to complete during terms 3 and 4, and hand in. It should be handed in weekly on Fridays  (beginning 13th Jan) to be checked and the final date for it to be completed is Tuesday 21st March.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your child to learn and achieve highly in these areas.

And finally…

Reading records will still be sent home and checked regularly in school. We would be grateful if you could encourage your child to fill it in whenever they spend time reading at home  You can also fill it in after reading with your child.

Please ensure your child has a full water bottle in school everyday and comes  in  wearing  the correct and labelled uniform.

It is important to us that all children and staff take pride in the way that they dress and represent our school.

Please can you ensure that bags and general belongings are kept to a minimum as we have even less cloakroom space than before!