How can it be that we suddenly find ourselves in the final term of the year? How time has flown! I hope you all had a lovely Spring holiday and Easter and Bank Holiday weekends and are prepared for what will hopefully be a fun, if action-packed summer term!
We have had a slightly unusual start to the term, beginning not with our topic, but with all things Easter related. Our topic for the term will be Africa and we have lots of exciting activities planned, as well as some outdoor learning, weather permitting! In addition, we have the usual summer term fun planned - Sports’ Day, (Tuesday 4th June 2pm), Cumberland Show, Celebration Assembly and so on.
Our class assembly this term will take place on Thursday 13th June at 9.15am in the school hall.
Most of our routines remain the same this term, and are now well established. I hope that this newsletter will provide you with additional information about the term ahead which you will find useful.
Homework continues as before. I have had quite a few questions / assumptions from the Year 3 children about homework projects. You may, (or may not?!), be relieved to learn that we have decided not to give the children an extended homework project this year but will continue with English homework as before.
Spellings – please continue to practise spellings regularly through the week, (not just on a Thursday night!) and for children in Year 3 also practise putting words into sentences and writing definitions as these will also be tested.
Reading – could I ask that you continue to support your children’s progress in reading by hearing them read regularly through the week? Even if your child is now a fluent reader, it is very important that they continue to share books with you, and even more important that you talk about the book with them asking questions which check their understanding, help develop their inference skills and widen their vocabulary. Children who read regularly with an adult at home make more progress than those who do not.
Year 2 – As explained at the information session last term, the children in Year 2 will have to sit a range of tests. As you know these tests are controversial and quite challenging! Hopefully, the revision booklets that most of you purchased last term have been helpful. Please continue with helping your children work through these – such extra practice is invaluable, even for the most able children. REMINDER – The SPAG test in Year 2 is optional and as a school we opt NOT to do it!
Year 3 – The children in Year 3 do not have national tests to sit but I will still be carrying out routine half termly assessments which will also take place during the last week of this half term, and again towards the end of the second half term.
Going for Gold
At the end of the spring term, I assessed all the children on their Going for Gold targets. If your child still has their bronze and / or silver target on the new sheet, it means that they have not yet achieved those targets. If this is the case, please help your child practise the necessary skills in order to complement what we are doing in school. Particularly with English targets, which are mainly spelling related, it is a case of practice makes perfect! If your child has yet to achieve a Bronze or Silver English target, they brought home lists of words still to learn before the holidays. I will re-test these shortly.
The Creative Curriculum - Africa
In Class 2 our focus for each subject area will be as follows:
- Art: drawings of African animals, Modroc animal sculptures;
- Computing: creating Excel spreadsheets & charts based on weights of African animals;
- D & T: weaving and tie-dyeing;
- Geography: world map, continents and oceans, maps of Africa – physical features; map of African countries; making keys, comparing weather in the UK with an African country, pairwork research – a detailed study of one African country chosen by the children, making a class information book about some of the countries in Africa;
- History: the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela;
- Music: African drumming, comparing pitch, singing songs with changes in pitch, learning and performing a well-known song;
- PSHE: keeping safe at home and outdoors, online safety, including learning how to avoid the dangers of talking to strangers online and how to be a responsible internet user;
- PE: football with Rowan on Fridays, rounders, running, discus, javelin, long jump;
- RE: a study of Islam, how Muslims pray at home and at the mosque, the story of Mohammed, the Qu’ran, Ramadan – how and why Muslims fast, pilgrimage to Mecca;
- Science: identifying living and non-living things, learning about the offspring of different animals, life cycles and habitats.
English and Maths units of work to be covered this term are as follows:
I hope that this newsletter will be useful to you. As ever I am available for a chat at the beginning and end of the school day, so please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or concerns.
I am looking forward to another exciting term with the children and I hope they are too!