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Visit to Wolverley Woods

 

We had a fabulous time over in Wolverley Woods yesterday, time to explore, challenge ourselves and have fun! A beautiful setting, and I think many of us were reminded of what a lovely place we have so close to our school.

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Welcome back and a Happy New Year to everyone. Thank you very much for all the Christmas cards, messages and gifts, they were really appreciated.

The children seem to have had a great Christmas break and have returned to school enthusiastic and ready to learn.

 

Last week we started the term with our curriculum workshops which were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff! Photos of the different workshops will be put on 'latest news' over the next few days/weeks.

 

Thank you very much for your support and hard work helping the children to create their Wizard hats just before Christmas. They are fabulous and everyone is really impressed with the creations.They are still displayed along the corridor along with the 'potions' the children created. Each member of Woodpeckers paraded their hats for the whole school to see and were 'interviewed' one at a time by Mrs. Reeves-Walters during assembly.

 

I have added the overview for the Spring Term to the website where you will see our topic at the moment is 'The Romans'. Please feel free to send in any books you may have related to the theme. The children are already asking lots of questions and wanting to find out everything they can!

 

The only change in the timetable this term is PE. It is still on a Tuesday and a Friday but the Tuesday session will be gym this half term so will be an indoor lesson. Friday will still be an outdoor lesson.

 

Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions,

Thank you,

Miss Bidnell

 

 

 

 

Cursive Handwriting: How to Write the Alphabet

Cursive handwriting is commonly taught in schools across the world. It can be difficult to master but this video shows how each letter is formed. When using cursive handwriting, each letter starts with a 'lead in' and ends with a 'flick' or lead out.

WELCOME

 

Welcome back after the summer break, I hope you have all had a lovely few weeks. It is great to see how smart, happy, cheerful and enthusiastic everyone is for the beginning of the school year. The children have settled into the routine straight away and the whole class are trying really hard in everything they do. I am sure they will continue to work hard and, above all, enjoy being part of team Woodpeckers!

Joining us in Year 3 we have Mr. McDonnell, Mrs. Wilks and Miss Ellerton, a graduate teacher who will be with us all year.

I have put the timetable on the website for you so you can see what the overview of the week looks like. There is also a copy of the overview of the term that has already been sent out as a paper copy.

In addition please see information about PE/swimming and homework.

 

Just a note about snacks and drinks. In KS2 if your child would like to bring a healthy snack (fruit, cereal bar) to school to have at morning break they are very welcome to do so. Also if they would like to bring a water bottle in they can have this accessible on the tables where they are working throughout the day.

 

We hope the children enjoy the term. Please feel free to come and see me if you have any questions or queries.

Miss Bidnell

 

PE/Swimming

This term the children will be having PE lessons on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Please note, no earrings should be worn on these days.

These will be outdoor games/sports lessons led by myself and Mr McDonnell and for this half term we will be focusing on Tag Ruby and skills involved in team sports. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit in school including appropriate footwear (trainers preferably) and warmer clothes when the weather gets colder later in the term. Please also ensure your child has a water bottle for this lesson.

 

Wednesdays

Swimming lessons will start next Wednesday, 14th September. Half the class will go swimming  while Mrs. Hall teaches half the class Spanish. After five weeks we will swap the groups over. A letter has been sent out to the children in the first swimming group.

Homework

There will be Maths homework and English homework each week (not this week!) The Maths will be sent home on a Thursday to be completed and returned by the next Monday. English will be set on a Friday to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday.

The children will be tested on spellings each week (Wednesday).

 

Maths homework will be linked to the objectives we are working towards in class. In addition to this the children will be expected to practise their times tables. The tables they need to focus on will be written in their homework books each week and the children will be tested on these each Monday.

 

English homework will focus on spellings and grammar/punctuation. The children will be given their spellings in class on a Thursday and will work on them daily until the spelling test which will be on a Wednesday. As part of the homework is to learn the spellings, evidence of them being practised would be lovely to see in their homework books and hopefully spelling test results will show success as the term goes on.

 

New reading records have been given to the children. in KS2 we ask the children to complete these daily themselves and we will also record times we have heard them read. At home if your child reads to you please record this, if they are getting to the stage where they do not read to you so much but they enjoy reading to themselves, please could you still indicate that they have read by signing their record.

 

We do stress to the children the importance of neat presentation in all areas of homework. We will be monitoring this and rewarding the children for their efforts.

 

Thank you in anticipation for all your help and support with homework, it is much appreciated.

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