Summer Term 2018 Kingfisher Class
Summer Term ii
Greetings to you all as we make our way to the end of this academic year (though we still have lots of exciting events before July 24th). Below is a summary of this half term's learning. We are lucky to have Mrs. Bates to teach our ICT this term, using our new Purple Mash computing package. We will be sharing more information about Purple Mash over the coming months.
Spellings are also uploaded below. Gems spellers will continue on their own spelling journey and some children have individualised spellings not shown here. Also, a gentle reminder that we will be reassessing the children's understanding of 'length' and 'time' objectives in the final couple of weeks. Refer to Home Learning Journals Summer i for details.
Home Learning Projects, by popular request, are to be on topics of your own choosing and should be ready for presentation week beginning 16 07 18. The imaginative, creative quality of many of the previous projects has been astounding. Thank you so much for supporting your child's learning in this way.
End of year reports are being written and will be sent to you via your child week commencing 10 07 18. Transition day this year is Friday 13th July, giving Kingfisher children the chance to get to know their new teachers and classroom before September.
Best wishes to you all
The Kingfisher Team
Summer Term i
A warm welcome back to all Kingfisher families!
We do hope you have had a happy and restful Easter break and that you are excited to find out what is in store for you, Summer Term 2018. A summary of the topics we have prepared is shown below and gives a taste of what we will be studying.
We thoroughly enjoyed speaking to you all during parents’ evening last half term and are so grateful for your continual support and kind words. The chicks that hatched in the final week before Easter are doing very well and will be rehomed in the next couple of weeks with the breeder, Tina Gambell, who so kindly donated the eggs and brooder as part of Science Week.
Congratulations on an amazing array of Space related presentations. Stunning!
This terms’ spellings have been uploaded so that if your child’s home skills book goes missing or the spelling sheet doesn’t make it home, you will have a record of the appropriate list each week regardless.
Spellings for most children are linked to the phonics taught in class. Some of the advanced spellers in Year 3 will have spellings that include suffixes and prefixes recommended for year 3 children, as well as the words from the statutory year 3 and 4 list.
Personalised lists for individual children are not put on the website.
Year 2 SATS and Year 3 Optional SATS
These tests will take place in the final week of this half term commencing 21 05 18. You do not have to do anything above and beyond the usual skills learning, reading and home projects to prepare for this week. The most important thing is that all children are at school for the whole week as far as is possible.
However, in response to parents’ evening feedback, we have uploaded a selection of age appropriate (Year 2) reading comprehensions for any families who would like to practise answering fact retrieval, inference and comprehension questions; there is no expectation that anyone will hand anything in. Mrs. Daniels is preparing some focussed writing tasks to support Year 3 children. These are also optional.
Maths Home Skills Work Summer Term
We are very grateful to all of you for working so diligently on Number Bonds in the Autumn Term and Multiplication Tables in the Spring Term. It has made a tremendous difference to the children’s fluency and every child in the class made progress as a result. Thank you. Hopefully, you have all seen the assessment summary for your child in their home skills book.
This term we would like to change the focus to “Measurement”, specifically time and length.
Your child’s home skills book will have a copy of the learning objectives relating to these areas of the maths curriculum, a list of key questions to help assess what your child still needs to do and a range of activities and resources to help make progress at home. All documents are also uploaded below.
We will assess the children’s’ knowledge during the second week of term and then again towards the end of term.
Telling the time and using mm, cm, m and rulers correctly are skills that benefit greatly from a “little and often”, “one-to-one” approach which is not always possible in the classroom. We will, however, be teaching these strands as you would expect, in class as well.
Home Projects: Science Ready Steady Grow!
A selection of ideas for projects relating to our science topic are included below. Do feel free to follow your own interests relating to the overall theme of growing and plants. We are amazed each half term by your creativity! Presentations should be ready and in school week commencing 21 05 18
Swimming will commence, hopefully on Thursday 19th April. Please check Parentmail for a full summary of equipment needed.
However, in case of bad weather or problems with the pH of the pool on the day, it would be very helpful to have a PE kit in school too. Ideally, we would encourage you to bring in a PE kit during the first week of half term and leave it there until the final week, when it can go home for a wash. This will ensure that as the weather improves we can make the most of opportunities for additional sessions of games or athletics with all children ready to participate.