Dear Parents and Carers,
The Christmas holidays seem like such a long time ago, but we do hope that you had a lovely time with your family and friends.
The children are now settled back into the pace of Year 3 learning and seem to be thoroughly enjoying our topic: London vs Paris. Thank you for your support with their Paris landmarks homework; many of these were superb.
On Thursday the children were introduced to a new website called Times Tables Rockstars. They all have their own login details and this should be a fun and exciting way to practise their times tables.
This week in Maths we have been learning about buying items and calculating the change. Many children no longer understand the process of spending money and receiving change. Therefore, it would be marvellous if you would take your child to the shops so that they can practise spending money and receiving change.
Our PE lessons this term are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be outdoors for our netball lessons and indoors for our dance lessons where we are learning the Haka. Children need full indoor and outdoor PE kits please.
Wishing you a happy weekend.
The Year 3 Team
We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break whether it was restful or full of adventure.
This term, our project is Frozen Kingdoms which is a Geography led project about the Polar regions. We have already been looking at the Earth’s biomes and comparing conditions around the world. The children were surprised to find that Antarctica is in fact a desert which has reached temperatures of -89 degrees! We have also been researching Polar explorers with particular focus on Shackleton whose Endurance mission didn’t quite go to plan. Why not ask your child what happened when he and his crew tried to get to Antarctica. We’ll be sharing some of the children’s work with you over the next few weeks.
SATs Information Evening
We touched on SATs during our curriculum evening in September but will be holding an information evening with a sole focus on SATs including information about dates, times, what the exams entail, how they are marked and practical advice about supporting your child to prepare for these. Please feel free to join the year 6 team in the main hall on Tuesday 23rd at 6.30pm. We can discuss your child’s personal attainment and progress at Parents’ Evening (booking opens on Monday).
Year 5 are settling back into the routines and making a good start to the new year. Mrs Arrol and Mrs Stone have enjoyed getting to know Year 5.
We have already started to immerse ourselves in our Glorious Greeks topics and are developing an understanding of how lots of aspects of Ancient Greece can still be seen in our society today.
Across this half term we are focusing on E-safety, as well as having an E-safety Day on Monday. The children have lots to share in relation to this. It is really important to talk to your child about what they are learning in school about E-safety and reinforce this message at home.
As mentioned in your whole school newsletter, our homework policy has been reviewed. In light of this, Year 5 now have an English/SPaG homework set on a Wednesday and due in on the following Wednesday. This is in addition to the usual maths homework, which will remain on a Friday. Each homework task should take the children around 20 minutes to complete. My Maths will continue to be set fortnightly and the children who complete this will receive an additional achievement point for their effort.
Year 5 team
We look forward to seeing the children back tomorrow and hearing all about their holiday. The children do need PE kits this week. Please ensure they have suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor PE. Thank you.
Year 2 Team
Happy New Year from the Year 4 team. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
This is going to be a really busy half term for Year 4, with swimming and Planet Education coming in to help us develop our gymnastics. Therefore it is essential that all children bring in their PE kits on a Thursday and their swimming kits every Monday and some Wednesdays. The Wednesdays sessions are on the 17th Jan, 24th Jan and 7th Feb.
PE kits must include t-shirts, shorts (not trousers please due to health and safety on apparatus), hairbands for long hair and tape to cover earrings, along with trainers for Golden Mile. PE kits will need to be in from tomorrow as Planet Education starts for 4C and 4G tomorrow afternoon, and Friday afternoon for 4T.
Swimming kits should include swimsuit, one piece swimsuit for girls and fitted trunks for boys, not baggy swimming shorts style. They will also need a towel and goggles or swimming hats if they have them. Please remember no deodorant, sprays or talcum powder. Children are welcome to come into school with their swimming costume under their clothes on the day of lessons, however please remember to pack their underwear in their swimming bag.
Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and hearing all about your holidays.
From the Year 4 team.
Wow, what a busy few weeks it has been in Year 1! The children sung beautifully in their Christmas play, ‘Behind the Stable Door’. Thank you all for coming along to support them. We have enjoyed learning about The Nativity Story and creating our own Nativity scene using paper collage. During the last week, the children have learnt about the story, The Snowman. They have retold the story and created some lovely artwork based on snowmen. In their maths learning, they have helped the Snowman count snowflakes and design patterns for baubles on his Christmas tree.
The Year 1 team would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We hope you all have a restful time with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.
The staff have been so incredibly proud of the children performing in the Carol Concerts over the last 2 weeks. They have sung their hearts out and represented the school beautifully, recreating the true meaning of Christmas.
Mrs Poole would like to thank all the children for their hard work this term – she has thoroughly enjoyed working with them all, she will miss them terribly but is also looking forward to her new adventures to come. We welcome Mrs Stone and Mrs Arrol to 5P in the New Year.
All the children and staff from Year 5 would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to our final Christmas Carol Concert tonight.
Children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom to be registered.
Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.
For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms at 7:40pm.
Year 5 and 6 team
We were so proud of all the children last week in their nativity play ‘Behind the Stable Door’. We hope you too enjoyed the show as much as the teachers and the children.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.
Mrs Boyle, Mrs Rosso and Miss Burgess
Dear Parents and Carers,
Many thanks for helping the children learn the lyrics to the carols they will be performing over the coming days.
For those who wish to watch the performance tomorrow at 2pm (Thursday, 14th December) there are still plenty of tickets available.
On Monday, 18th December, children are requested to arrive at school at 6:30pm to be ready for the 7pm performance. They should be dressed in school uniform and make their way to their classroom. Choir members should meet in the Music and Drama room.
For parents who are not attending the performance, children will need to be collected from their classrooms’ corridor entrance at 7:45pm please.
The final carol concert will take place on Tuesday, 19th December at 2pm and there are also plenty of tickets available should you wish to come along.
We are very much hoping the children will all get to enjoy the evening performance. However, if it is not possible for your child/children to attend, would you please let their class teacher know?
With many thanks,
The Year 3 Team