Newsletter Issue 21
Friday 14th February 2014
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Monday 17th March at 9 a.m.- 10 a.m. The agendas for discussion will be:
Spring 2 assemblies
A few weeks ago I informed you of the assembly timetable for next half term. Here is a reminder and please note the change to the Year 3/ 4 assembly which will now be incorporated into the Easter Service at Lofthouse Church and NOT at school on 7th March as previously stated. The assemblies for Spring 2 will run as follows:
Friday 28th February- Key Stage 1, Friday 14th March- Training day, Friday 21st March- Year 5/ 6, Friday 28th March- Reception, Weds 2nd and Friday 4th April- Nursery, Friday 4th April (10 am)- Year 3/4 (Easter Service- Lofthouse).
Next half term when the children come back to school our classroom will have been transformed into a magical land, a land where fairy tales were made. If you haven’t already guessed our topic for next half term will be traditional tales. In literacy we will be reading the story Little Red Riding Hood and we will be acting it out during our literacy sessions. In topic we will be making Little Red Riding Hood a large scale house with pretty flowers outside like in the story. We will also be feeling pretty sorry for poor old Grandma so we have decided that to make her feel better we will bake her some scrumptious biscuits and make her a beautiful clay basket full of yummy fruit. In numeracy we will be focusing on the concept of sharing using the “one for me one for you” strategy. First we will share between 2 people, then 3 people and then 4 people. In phonics next half term we will be moving on to Phase 4. During phase 4 we will be reviewing all the sounds we have learnt do far but the emphasis will be on writing the sounds within words. So the sounds the children will need to be able to write are; ai, ee, igh and oa and the words the children will need to be able to read are; don’t, old, I’m, time, by and house. Unfortunately Miss Pyatt’s Jury Service may be up to 4 weeks long now so it is unlikely that she will be back in school during the first week back.
Have a fantastic half term!
Our printing workshop:
We hope that everyone enjoyed our first ever printing workshop and that you were blown away by all of your child’s fantastic and diverse learning around printing techniques. As always it was wonderful to see such support from you all around our in school activities and was really something special to see the children teaching you how to make beautiful prints in various ways. The whole process has seen some incredible and totally active learning being enjoyed by all children. All of the taught techniques were new to the children (and to us as teachers!) and seeing the delight when a print was revealed was wonderful. We hope that the portfolios take pride of place in your home and can enjoyed for years to come!
This week we would like the children to practice their sentence structure when using a variety of conjunctions, to extend their ideas, in their writing. As well as the children reading daily and practicing their weekly spellings, we would also like everyone to be learning their Times Tables. The times table we will be testing next week is the 8 Times Table. We are really impressed with the children’s continued effort with learning their times tables and all the children who are getting 12 out of 12 are celebrated on our phase blog, on a weekly basis.
Next half term our topic is ‘Our Mysterious World’. We will be uncovering the secrets of the world’s greatest mysteries including Bigfoot, The Loch Ness Monster, Stonehenge, UFO’S and many more unsolved phenomena.
Group 1: which, but, with, where, who, then, once, because, than, that.
Group 2: pretty, prettiness, lazy, laziness, forgive, forgivable, enjoy, enjoyable, value, valuable.
Have a wonderful weekend!
This breakdown will hopefully enable pupils and parents to prioritise which papers to complete ahead of next term’s Splat the SATs sessions.
SPELLINGS: The next set of spellings are: abstract, absent, abnormal, absolute, abdicate, postnatal, postboy, postgraduate, postpone, postscript. Your child has received a copy of these spellings and will be tested on Friday 28th February.
In topic this week the children have completed their Ancient Greek outcomes. There have been a variety of outstanding ICT, art and written outcomes. Small teams have come together to present their outcomes in creative, visual and imaginative presentations. Congratulations to all, it has been fantastic to see you take control of your own learning!