Newsletter Issue 29
Friday 2nd May 2014
Friday 4th July- Training day Friday 11th July- Year 6 leavers assembly
Thank you all for your fabulous props, pictures and wonderful artwork that you have produced for our Pirate display. Mrs Chin is in the process of pulling it altogether and including some of the fabulous paintings that we have showed off in our assemblies.
The children have continued to enjoy being pirates and we have been very impressed with their enthusiasm and fantastic outfits. We have taken advantage of the lovely weather to do some ‘swashbuckling’ outside and the children have engaged in some super pirate role-play. We have shared the story of ‘I want to be a Pirate’ and the children have used their super language skills to retell it together focusing on the time connectives such as first, next, and finally. In numeracy we will be hunting for numbers in the sand and working together to order the numbers from 0 to 10.
Nursery will be CLOSED on Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Our crew of pirates have had another exciting week aboard their ship and have been scrubbing the decks and keeping a watch out for other pirate crews. In literacy we have been concentrating on adjectives and the children have been using them to describe the pirates and the story settings, for example a petrifying pirate, sparkling diamonds and wavy seas. Once they had thought about the adjectives the children wrote their very own pirate stories which were amazing! In topic the children carried out an investigation to decide which material they would make their pirate ship out of. We predicted which materials would float and which would sink and then tested them. Let’s just say I think they will all stay very dry on their pirate ships. In numeracy we have been learning about addition and subtraction and the children are becoming more confident with the counting on and counting back method! Well done you are superstars. In phonics the children have learnt the alternative long a sounds; Mr End ay (play) and the split digraph a_e (make) and they have learnt to read the words; about, your, day, make, came and made.
Our next class assembly will be next Friday the 9th of May at 2.30pm in the hall. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Key Stage 1
Our mental maths foci have slightly differed from class to class this week: Year 1 have been looking at division problems that divide by 2, 5 and 10, year 1-2 have looked at adding three numbers together (alongside number bonds to 10, 20 and 100) and year 2 have focused on 3 and 4 times tables to solve division problems. Please support your child with these skills, either mentally or using counters to demonstrate the strategy and keep up counting in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s and 10s.
Bug Club is still a fabulous way to engage your child in reading and we love seeing in their reading records everything that you do together.
We have seen a marked improvement in the spelling tests also, thank you for your support with them! Some children are writing sentences that contain their spellings (especially if they’re a bit harder) to really understand how to use the words and also practise their writing skills – please feel free to do this! Stickers will be dished out!
Again, linked to summer: we will be using the field for our outdoor PE lessons and during lunch time break, so if your child has a hay fever allergy, please make sure they take any medication before school. We are unable to administer medicine in school.
SPELLINGS: This week, the spellings are: enough, strength, variety, familiar, substantially, released, believe, station, technology, laziness.