Spring Term Maths Update
This term the focus has moved to counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s and recognizing odd and even numbers. This forms part of our wider learning about multiplying and dividing. Look in the Home Learning section for lots of activities to help your child to learn their times tables in and out of order.
Welcome back to everyone in Kingfisher Class!
Thank you so much to all of those kind families who sent the teaching staff cards and presents before Christmas – you are amazingly generous and your thoughtful gifts and words rounded off a super term perfectly. We were equally thrilled with how brilliantly the children stepped up to the demands of the Nativity performance – wonderful!
There is a busy half term ahead of us, starting with the launch of our science Polar Exploration topic. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be investigating geographical features of the Arctic and Antarctic poles, exploring animal life and other organisms in these regions, finding out about science work carried out in these extremes, identifying what scientists are hoping to discover and why it is important for all of us. We have been fortunate enough to be accepted on to the Polar Exploration Programme which provides us with many interesting ideas and resources to support our learning. In Science Week (commencing 11.02 19), we shall plan our own Polar Expedition and we have a variety of visitors and visits linked to the topic too. We hope the children will find it interesting and motivating. Who knows, it may even inspire them to consider future careers as scientist?!
Home Learning Project
Part of the impetus for the polar project is the launch and research work of RRS David Attenborough. This half term’s home learning project is attached below and asks children from across the school to design and build a floating boat from recycled/recyclable materials for testing on the final Friday of this half term. A copy of the project details should also be found in your child’s home learning book.
Just a quick reminder about communication: every morning, we will be outside in the playground ready to welcome the children, so if you have any quick questions, concerns or messages for us, this is an ideal time to pass them on. You can also contact us by email:
It is helpful if all emails are sent to both teachers, please.
Contact us directly via the office if there is an urgent issue; emails are unlikely to receive an immediate response. If you need a longer conversation, we will happily arrange a mutually convenient slot to meet after school. Parent consultation evenings will be announced shortly for February.
PE lessons will continue on Monday and Friday. Please ensure children have a full PE kit in everyday. Ideally, we would like PE kits to stay in school on your child’s peg and go home for washing at the end of each half term. It is particularly important for your child's safety and comfort that they have appropriate footwear for running and jumping around. Thank you very much to all those families who ensure there is a complete PE kit in every week; we greatly appreciate your support.
Below you will find a typical weekly timetable for Spring Term . A summary of the areas of learning to be covered has also been added. Generally speaking, Mrs. Papworth will teach Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning; Mrs. Daniels will teach Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Mrs. Bates teaches computing.
Please ensure your child has a named drink bottle in school every day. It should be kept in the allocated trays in the classroom and should be separate from drinks they keep in their packed lunch box.
The children have been divided into 3 groups according to the phonics they are being taught in class. Weekly spellings for groups 1, 2 and 3 are attached below. They will be sent out on Thursday and collected in on Tuesday. Spelling tests are on Wednesday.
Maths and Number Bonds
Number Bonds will be retested at the beginning of this half term.
We will be shifting our focus away from bonds and on to counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s along side learning times tables. This is a vital element of our work on multiplication, division and fractions. Activities and further information will be added to the site in due course.
The main focus for homework in Years 1 and 2 is reading. Your child will be allocated a reading book at an appropriate level within the first few days of the new term. Please read together every night you can. Children who read well, flourish in other areas of the curriculum. Books will be changed weekly, though you are welcome to change them more often if you wish. The children will be provided with a journal in which they can record their reading; this should be kept in their book bags and taken home each day. Book bags can be purchased from the office. They will read with their class teacher every week in guided reading sessions when reading journals will be checked and signed.