Welcome back to Term 3.
I always think this is the hardest term because the weather is often miserable and the days short and dark; but I also think this is the term when children have settled into friendships and are familiar with class routines meaning they often really start to make visible progress. You may notice this at home, particularly with their reading and writing.
I do think we also need to remember that 2020 was an unusual year and 2021 isn’t improving yet! Consequently, both home and school life may have changed (sometimes in a positive way, sometimes not). Children may be missing out on socialising outside of school, and they may also be affected by how the adults around them are feeling and picking up on what is happening in the news. We will be doing lots of talking about our emotions, how they might make us feel and how we can learn to deal with them. Our Learn to Learn focus of Respect and our Christian Value of Friendship will also support us with this.
This term is one of my favourites, and is usually popular with the children - The Great Fire of London. You will be receiving a knowledge organiser for your child, and an overview for yourself to let you know what we hope to cover in Term 3. Going through the Knowledge organiser with your child will help them to retain the learning, further their understanding and develop their interest to find out more.
This will take place in the hall on Monday afternoon, but we are continuing to hold off with full PE kits for the moment. Weather permitting, we may get outside, so a change of footwear is still necessary if school shoes aren’t appropriate.
Deliveries will continue, and milk if you have ordered it. Children may bring in their own snack if they prefer, but we do try to encourage fresh fruit rather than anything else. If you do send in something from home please be aware that most children would rather spend their playtime running around with their friends, so try not to send in too much as it doesn’t usually get eaten!
These will continue to be changed on Monday and Thursday. This system is working well but it is important that books are returned to school otherwise we do run short. 30 children each taking 3 books does mean that 90 books are going home each time, and if they don’t return to school our reading scheme will become very depleted very quickly.
Spellings will continue to be sent our on Friday for a test the following Friday, but children will also be getting their passwords and information for the Times Table Rockstars website soon.
Children have already been sent their spelling challenge words for this term, and you can also find them on the website.
Together we will RISE to the challenge.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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