Welcome back to a sunny Spring ii half term to all children and families from the Kingfisher team. We are excited to be starting out on new areas of learning and we are looking forward to lots more fun and discovery.
Our main theme this half term is By the Sea. We are linking lots of our learning to this. In English we will be looking at sea poetry and using what we learn from a Pie Corbett poem, 'My World', to write our own seaside sense poems. We will then move on to Katie Morag stories based on the Hebridean Isle of Coll. Our trip to Kettles Yard will launch our collage Art topic which includes the coastal paintings of Alfred Wallis and will then look at Paul Klee's fish. You will find a summary of our curriculum and a typical weekly timetable below. Our new Home Learning Project has lots of curriculum area options - these will be presented in the final week of the half term. You will find details in a document in the home learning area of our class page and we will also send home a paper copy.
Every morning teachers and teaching assistants will be outside in the playground ready to welcome the children. If you have any quick questions, concerns or messages for us, this is an ideal time to pass them on.
If you need a longer conversation, we will happily arrange a mutually convenient slot before or after school.
You can also contact us by email.
Please contact us directly via the office if there is an urgent issue as emails to the teachers are unlikely to receive an immediate response.
Kingfisher Class Structure
Below you will find a typical weekly timetable for the Spring Term. Ms Daniels will teach Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Ms Robinson will teach the class on Thursdays. We are also fortunate to have Mrs.Ballance, Mr.Thompson Mrs.Nicklin and Mrs. Guest working to support us in the classroom.
This term we will be using homework books to send home paper copies as well as uploading information on to the webpage.
Homework will continue to be set and taken in on Fridays.
Reading well is an essential skill for life. As a child grows up, being able to read well not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities. Reading for pleasure and sharing books with your child at home is essential. Please read together as often as you can, preferably every day. Just before bed is an ideal time to share a book one to one, and ask questions to see what your child has understood. Books at an appropriate level will be given to your child to bring home and read aloud with you. These will be changed on the day that your child has their guided reading session - we will write this in their reading log. Children are also able to select a book of their own choice from our library to enjoy at home.
Please ensure that books and reading logs are in school every day as we try to hear children read one-to-one as often as possible and are lucky to have volunteers who come in often for this purpose.
Spellings will be issued weekly and tested the next Friday. We will send home paper copies of the spellings in homework books so that they can be practised using the Look, Cover, Write, Check method. They will usually be based on the phonics or spelling pattern that we are learning that week. Sometimes they may be key vocabulary we are using in our topic areas or high frequency words. It is useful if you can check on understanding of the words and as a challenge you could have the children think of or write sentences containing the words.
You will find further spelling information in the Home Learning section.
When the homework sheet is sent home on a Friday will let you know what we have covered during the week in class so that you can reinforce this at home in practical ways. For example you could : count, add and subtract physical objects at home e.g. at dinner time; look out for numbers in the environment; count steps; ask what is the number before 5, after 5 etc. You will find more suggestions in the home learning area. We will providing more sheets that you can try at home this term.
You will find details of this in a document in the home learning area of our class page and we will also send home a paper copy.