Parent's Information Letter
How can you help at home?
We often get asked this question. One of the most useful and rewarding things you can do with your child at home is to read, read, read!!!
Click on the link to read a booklet with lots of ideas that can make reading at home more fun and includes top tips on how to make the reading experience you have with your child really effective!
Websites to use at home!
The free area of the PhonicsPlay website is filled with free interactive games and much more. There are many idea to support teaching phonics and advice for parents in helping their children learn to read.
Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website packed
with expert advice, top tips, eBooks and activities to help
you support your child's reading and maths at home. Also 250 free e-books when you register.
253 free educational interactive teaching resources and activities for Primary Schools. 77 free to use fun kids games/activities for kids aged 4 - 11. 165 plus links to free interactive teaching activities, educational games, image and software resources.
Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for children, with great online reading games and activities. Your children can start reading now – just click the ‘free trial’ button to get started!
ICT games has a range of phonics based games that are fun and interactive for children. They show clear objectives for each game and also have free printable materials.
Here is a useful video with how to pronounce the sounds in words if your child is struggling with sounding out words when they are reading and you are wanting to help them with sounding out the words:
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This half term's Special Mention
Week 1: Special mention goes to Harley this week for his fantastic maths work. Harley has really put 100% into his work this week. Well done, keep it up!
Week 2: We have two special mentions this week in Elm class. The first goes to Darcie, for trying so hard in maths and English this week. You have blown us away with your determination and attitude!
The second goes to William, for really trying hard to make new friends at his new school. William is always helping in class and is a lovely new addition.
Week 3: Oscar got a special mention this week for showing lots of determination while completing class challenges. Oscar has shown lots of resilience and an trust for knowledge, keep it up!
Week 4 : Melissa has received a special mention this week. She has put 100% effort into completing the challenges and trying trying her hardest.
Week 5: Special mention goes to James this week for his fantastic independent writing. James has worked hard to include finger spaces, capital letters and full stops in his work. Well done, keep it up!
Week 7: We have had two special mentions this week in Elm class. The first mention goes to Raffy, this is for he great work in maths and always looking to challenge himself. Raffy has worked hard to complete word problems and reasoning challenges. Keep it up Raffy!
Our next special mention goes to Meghan. This is for all her hard work to improve her handwriting. Meghan is always trying to make her work better and has taken time to include punctuation. Your stories are always wonderful to read, well done Meghan!
This half term's CHAS
Week 1: Chas is going home with Kayla this week for showing such a caring attitude from day one this week. Kayla is so helpful at tidy-up time and always listens at carpet time. She is so polite and kind to everyone. Well done Kayla!
Week 2: Isabella is taking Chas home today. You always want to help, always tries to make others feel good and puts a smile on everyone's face.
Week 3: Chas is going home with Alfie today. Alfie has really put in 100% into his work and helping in the classroom. He has made sure to include others and has made a great class helper today! Well done Alfie, keep it up!
Week 4: Asha-Lily will be taking home Chas this week. This is for showing kindness across the classroom in all areas. She has kept the classroom safe and tidy. She always includes everybody and has beautiful manners. Well done!
Week 5: Chas will be going home with Georgia today. This is for being a caring friend and always looking after others. She is a great role model with all the CHAS qualities and takes care of our classroom.
Week 6: Jordan is taking home Chas this weekend. You are always showing the caring, helping and sharing values of the school Jordan. You are a good friend and role model to the class. You are so polite and never forget to say please and thank you. You come in everyday with a smile on your face and always have kind words to say. Well done Jordan!
What we've been doing this week
In maths we have been learning how to use a part-whole model to add numbers. We have also started learning our number bonds to ten!
We have made sculptures of pumpkins in our art lesson, the children have been talking about all things Halloween. We used clay and water to mould the shape. We used the tools to add the details of the pumpkin skin and stalk.
In science, we completed a 'floating and sinking' experiment. The children learnt how to make a prediction and record results. We tested objects from around the classroom and placed them in the water. We had lots of questions after testing a piece of cotton wool! Why is it light but it sinks? How come it soaks up lots of water? Why does it not sink or float?
We really enjoyed our first outdoor classroom experience. We got to make magic wands to help keep our woodland safe!