Just a two day start to the new Spring Term but we have started well. The current unit is computing. We are looking at simple programming. It would be so useful if you could take a few minutes to discuss the knowledge organiser that your child took home Thursday. It has lots of vocabulary on it. Some of the words seem quite tricky but they're not too complicated once you start to discuss examples. We have next week on computing too.
Mr Young sent home a termly newsletter today which includes lots of reminders, including the panto in school next Wednesday. He also mentioned the use of TT Rockstars to aid the development of Times Tables. I am still noticing how a lack of Times Table knowledge is holding back some children in their maths. It is so vital that they know their tables. Please encourage them to access the program at home. If this is an issue please let me know as we might be able to arrange access during a few of their break times in school. I can't express the importance enough. When we use it in school they are very engaged so please back this up at home as part of their routine of homework.
There is no Spelling Attack homework this weekend because we do not start groups until Monday. If you can get back into good reading habits that would be brilliant. We talked about authors in class yesterday. How many different authors can your child name? Please encourage them to use their reading journal to record their responses to the books they are reading. Look in the back of their journals and you will see what we did yesterday. I have asked the children to consider choosing a wider range of books to broaden the material they are exposed to. Goosebumps series is very popular so I have suggested that maybe with their weekly library book change they experiment with a new author occasionally. We are putting up a new class display to promote 'Reading for Pleasure'. Pop in and take a look.
In maths we will be working on Multiplication and Division. In English we start a new block on writing adventure stories.
We received a letter from Jeb, an ex-pupil. I read it out to the class. It was lovely to hear from Jeb who moved away from the area. We hope to write back at some point this term. If your child would like to write their own letter to Jeb we could post them together. I am sure he would be delighted to keep in touch plus it is a good writing skill to develop with the children and has a real purpose.
Have a lovely weekend. See you all on Monday. The secret word is 'debugging' which means finding and fixing errors in the context of our computing unit.
Miss Studley and Miss T.