Miss Holmes and Miss Ahmed welcome you to Jade class.
We are currently in Cycle 3 of 6. We have lots to look forward to this cycle, including a visit to see Dippy the Dinosaur on tour!
Homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday. Each week will include a set of spellings that will be tested on a Friday.
Every child in KS2 has been provided with a school diary, this should be taken home every night along with a reading book that has been chosen by your child. The diary is to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home for 15 minutes.
‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne
Writing a narrative
Developing Inference Skills
Money – Adding and subtracting money
Statistics – Collecting and representing data using graphs
Animals including Humans
Key words: food, nutrients, bones, skeleton
Striking and Fielding – Wednesday morning (Sport Coach)
Dodgeball – Monday afternoon (Miss Holmes)
PE is part of our uniform and we ask it to be a white t-shirt and black shorts, pumps or trainers. For cultural or religious reasons girls may wear white long sleeved t-shirts and black leggings.
Geography – A European Holiday
Computing – Internet Research and Communication
French – Ma Famille
Religious Education – Why do people pray?
A Taste of Europe
Character Development – Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication (LORIC Family).
We had a fun and very busy Cycle 2 where we noticed lots of progress in learning, since then we have welcomed a new Teaching Assistant – Miss Robinson – who has already developed a lovely relationship with the children. This cycle we continue to learn primarily through play, exploring our areas which include: creative, investigation, role play, small world, maths, writing, reading, outdoors and our new ‘funky fingers’ area which aims to improve our fine motor skills which are very important for improving children’s writing skills.
We will also continue our focussed learning in short lessons:
Phonics – where we work in small groups following the Read, Write, Inc. programme to develop our reading skills, learning sounds and building words using FRED talk. This is when children breakdown the sounds they see in a word and then blendthem together to read the whole word so c-a-t becomes cat, th-i-nk becomes think.
English – we will focus on two books this cycle; ‘Yucky Worms’ by Vivian French where we will be going on a worm hunt and making a wormery, and ‘A Great Big Cuddle’ by Michael Rosen. In these sessions Reception are expected to use their phonics knowledge to build on their writing skills. We have been working on writing in sentenes, where the chldren are maing lots of progress!
Maths – we continue to work in groups using a variety of resources such as number lines, ten frames during fun, practical activities to establish a secure understanding of number recognition, maths problems such as addition and subtraction, and ordering and comparing We will also be revisiting the shape, space and measure aspect of our maths curriculum.
Reception children are also continuing to enjoy time with the sport coaches every Thursday morning where they can choose to be involved in team games.
Our reading day is Wednesday – please ensure your child’s reading book is in school ready to be changed and for your child to have one-to-one reading time with the teacher.
Please also try to read at home as much as possible with your children, even a couple of pages a day is very valuable in enhancing their reading skills, please record this in their reading record to make us aware.
Snack money continues to be a voluntary contribution of 50p per week.
Parent afternoons have been a success so far and are a lovely way of spending time with your children in their school setting, as well as getting to know what we get up to here in Pearl class – our next afternoon session is Thursday 27th February.
Spare clothes are required at school for each child if possible to ensure a dry set for any accidents – we wear waterproofs outside during wet weather but spares are often still needed.
Wellies are required for each child to ensure the can still access the outdoor play area during wet weather,
We ask that all children wear full school uniform – please ensure your children’s items are labelledwith their names to avoid misplacing of items.
We are still using Dojos as a reward system, children are expected to earn 20 Dojos per week in order to be involved in a special Dojo treat on Friday afternoons.
We continue to have three focus children per week. This gives us the chance to record information on paper to be kept in the child’s file in the classroom to evidence their learning. Parents can add to this by sharing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: a trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessons. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child. During this week, your child is welcome to bring in something special from home that they would like to share with the rest of the class.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Harrison, Mrs Bagnall, Mrs Wroe and Miss Robinson.
Great work Emerald class we are nearly half way through the school year! Time flies when you’re having fun and this has definitely been the case in Cycle 2! We have gone back in time and researched Anglo Saxons and Vikings, experimented in Science with States of Matter and created our own illuminated letters in Art.
Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday.
Spelling test every Friday.
Diaries need to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).
The children will continue to take part in short focused sessions on the carpet. These sessions are: Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language. George the bear helps the children to remember the listening rules during these sessions.
The children will also continue to spend lots of time learning in the different areas of the classroom, for example the creative area, reading area and outside.
Phonics: We have now started the Read Write Inc programme and have learnt some sounds already.
In these sessions we practise ‘Fred Talk’ – sounding out the word before reading (blending) and sound-blending – putting sounds together to make a word, e.g. c–a–t cat.
We also practice forming the letters using different rhymes for each letter.
Communication and Language: During these sessions the children will be developing their listening and attention skills and enlarging their vocabulary. We will read the books ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Gruffalo’. We will be having a fun Teddy Bear’s picnic to link in with learning about bears.
Maths: During these sessions the children will learn about number and other aspects of Maths through number songs, rhymes and stories. We are continuing to practise recognising numbers up to 10.
We will be practising the one-one principle. This involves the children saying one number name for each object that is being counted. We encourage the children to line up objects and touch each one as they count, saying one number name per object.
Thank you to those parents who have been coming along. It is great to see you taking part in activities with your child. These will continue to take place every half term. We hope to see lots of you there.
I hope you are all enjoying sharing books at home with your child, talking to them about the pictures and asking simple questions.
Please remember to fill in their reading record book so that we know the children are sharing their book with you at home. Some children will start to bring home books which have words in them.
The children need to bring their books in every THURSDAY so the teacher can help them to change their book and share their new one with them.
Fine motor skills
Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. In the Early Years we provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for the children. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care.
Examples of activities that can be provided at home or school are:
Threading beads, pasta etc
Playing with playdough
Building with lego and blocks
Sorting pom poms/objects with play tweezers
Things to remember:
Items from home
Please try to discourage your child from bringing in items from home, such as toys, drinks and snacks. We have lots of resources at school for the children to play with and we wouldn’t want any toys from home to get lost or damaged at school.
We provide the children with healthy snacks – fruit, veg, toast, and milk each day and they have access to drinking water. They don not need to bring any additional food or drink to school.
Please make sure your child brings a warm coat to school plus a hat, scarf and gloves.
Spare Clothes and Jumpers
Please ensure your child has a bag of spare clothes with them in school at all times, including underwear and socks. It is very important that we are able to change your child and make them comfortable if any toileting accidents occur or if they get wet from water play. We explore the outdoors in all weathers so children need to be dressed appropriately.
All children require a pair of wellies in school with their name in them. The children will really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the outdoor sandpit.
Please ensure that your child’s name is in their jumper or cardigan so we can return it to them when they are found in the classroom.
We ask that the children bring in a voluntary contribution of 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks, such as breadsticks, crackers and toast.
Children must be in correct school uniform at all times. This includes appropriate footwear. Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
We have three focus children per class, per week. During the week we record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: a trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessons. The photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.
Your child is also welcome to bring in something from home that they would like to do a ‘show and tell’ about.
We are continuing to use the online reward system called ‘Class Dojo’. Teachers and other adults around school will be encouraging positive behaviours by giving whole class and individual points. Each child will have their own colourful and exciting character, which should encourage them to collect points on a weekly basis.
During Cycle 2, children explored some exciting topics. We are now entering Cycle 3 and look forward to the term ahead.
We have a lovely uniform at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform. In Year 5, this now consists of a blazer, jumper, white shirt, tie, black trousers or skirt and black school shoes. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform. They win a uniform dojo every day if it is correct.
Homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.
The children have all got reading books now and will be bringing them home each night to read with you. Their diary is for you to sign to show your child has read at home for 15-20 minutes per night. There will be a dojo point given for each child who has read that night.
Throughout the school there is a dojo point system. Children really enjoy earning dojo points related to any behaviour related to our school values: Learn, Respect and Succeed.
This year we are lucky enough to have sports coaches teach the children different skills in P.E.! Children will be doing P.E. on Wednesdays and Fridays so will require their full P.E. kit for these days which consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. If your child has taken their P.E. kit home to be washed, we ask that it is returned on Monday and stays in school until Friday. This is in case the sports coach is able to offer an extra session within the week.
This term we are continuing with swimming lessons. This will commence until April 2nd. Every Thursday, the children will need:
A swimming costume/ trunks
A swimming hat
An Overview of Cycle 2
English– Skellig by David Almond
Multiplication and Division
UK and London
French- L’Euro / Bon Appétit
Children are really enjoying learning French through the app ‘Duolingo’ which is free to download if they wanted to continue their practise at home.
Why is Jesus inspiring to some people? What would Jesus do?
Art- Fruit and Vegetables
Computing- Internet research & web page design
I am looking forward to a very exciting year in Year 5. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail, Mrs Weston and Mrs Richardson.
As we are now starting Cycle 3, Year 2 are working very hard in the run up to our SATs (Secret Agent Training) tests! We are excited to prove how much we have learnt over the year so far!
As it is such an important time for Year 2 with their SATs, we all know the importance of being in school on time every day to maximise our learning.
As the doors open each day at 8.50am, children are greeted with a different anthem to get them awake and ready for the day ahead. On Fridays, we can let our hair loose with our Friday Anthem, which can include anything from the conga to the limbo! As a team, we also want to win the attendance trophy! We appreciate your support to enable this to happen.
Mr. Thompson has recently sent out a letter regarding uniform. Please see this letter if you are unsure of the correct uniform attire. Children should also be practising tying shoe laces and buttoning up their own shirts.
Reading books changed by teacher
Reading books and diaries to be taken home, filled in and brought back signed every day.
Children can change their book during their break time daily if needed.
Homework to be handed in
PE – Indoor
PE – Outdoor
Homework to be given out
Homework is given out every Friday.
The homework folder will include:
Spellings – 10 words to practice each work for our spelling test every Friday.
Lined paper – to write a sentence for each spelling word
Times table practise – to be practised each week for the Times Table Challenge.
Maths homework – to be completed weekly
Please encourage your child to complete their homework carefully and neatly, ensuring that they work independently.
Homework needs to come back to school on a Wednesday in their homework folder. If homework isn’t in on time, children will attend Homework Club at lunchtime that day.
Reading is such an important skill in your child’s development and we are aiming to listen to children read every day.
Children should read to you every night to develop their confidence, fluency and expression.
All children in Year 2 has been provided with their own school diary for their reading to be logged.
After listening to your child read, you will need to sign the dairy.
The diary and reading book need to come back to school every day. We will be checking to see if the diary has been completed.
PE lessons are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We suggest that your child brings their kit in at the beginning of term and leaves it in school until the end of term to ensure that they do not forget it. Please refer back to the uniform letter to see the correct PE attire.
It is expected that by the end of Year 2 pupils know, recite and understand the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. We will cover this in class but please practise at home as well. The children know some songs to practise.
Cycle 3 Topics:
The Storm Whale
By Benji Davies
By David Lucas
Position and Direction
Programming Turtle Logo and Scratch
Introduction to Net and Wall (Sports Coach)
‘Move With’ Gymnastics – advanced
Who is Jewish and what do they believe?
Character Development – LORIC
Sun, Sea and Song
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.