WEEKLY NEWSLETTER – 13th March 2020
Wednesday 18th March – “The Wider Community” Spring Garden Party by invitation only) – postponed
- Monday 16th March – Year 3/4 swimming
- Thursday 19th March – Athletics vs Hambrook School
- Friday 20th March – FOSS Mother’s Day Sale (art room) Reception Swimming
- Monday 23rd March – Year 5/6 swimming
- Tuesday 24th March – Year 6 Life Skills Centre / Year 1 Phonics filming
- Wednesday 25th March – KS2 Music Assembly (1.30 pm) / Year 5/6 Football house matches
- Friday 27th March – Year 1/2 swimming End of school term
PLEASE MAY WE CONTINUE TO REMIND YOU OF OUR NO MOBILE PHONE POLICY? WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED CO-OPERATION. PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUR MOBILE PHONE ON THE SCHOOL SITE.
- Please may we also remind you that we are a nut-free site.
- We are still observing some drivers not adhering to the 5mph speed limit. The site speed limit is set for the safety of your children and your cooperation with this is much appreciated.
- When parking your car please help others by parking courteously.
- Please make sure you are familiar with the one way system.
- During the school holidays, it is equally as important to maintain the security of the site. Please can you make sure you close the main gates after gaining entry at these times?
This week Reception have been introduced the tale of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They are enjoying using their phonic knowledge to write simple captions or describing sentences. The Phonic sounds we have learnt this week are ‘ea’ and ‘oi’. In Maths we have been looking at numbers to 20 in simple addition and subtraction. We have been working with 1p, 2p and 5p coins to buy items ‘from the shop’ and reinforcing the value that each coins holds. In PE we have been moving in different ways and speeds around the tennis court and practising rolling a hoop. There were many excited faces to see that they could keep it going across the ground.
Year 1 have been learning how to use question marks this week and noticing the difference between a question and a statement. We have also done some work on sentence dictation and guided reading using ‘The king’s maid’. Sound of the week is ‘ai’ please help your child find some words. In Maths we have concentrated on fractions- looking at 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of shapes. Fractions of amounts was also introduced.
For topic, the children thoroughly enjoyed following instructions to make a catapult- and
using marshmallows as ammunition!. They then evaluated the design and decided how
they could make it better.
Our trip to Cardiff Castle was a thoroughly enjoyable day. The children learnt lots about the history of the castle and also enjoyed looking at weapons and trying on chainmail armour. Please return the permission form for your child to take part in the phonics filming lesson if you haven’t already and you are happy for them to do so.
This week Year Two have been sharing their “Book Recommendation” with each other. We plan to hang them up in the classroom library so the children can use them to help them decide what they would like to read. Sharing our reading is a great way to celebrate books and the class are all excited about using these.
This week we have also been learning about Queen Victoria and the historic changes that happened in Britain during her reign. The children all decided they were very grateful to Queen Victoria…. The thought of working in a factory from the age of three does not appeal! In Art this week we have continued to explore making different shades of a colour by adding white or black. The children have all managed to make quite a few different shades.
This week the children have been writing a recount of World Book Day, ensuring they have used the correct type of language including time connectives, different types of sentences, speech punctuation, paragraphs and words chosen for effect. They have also completed a reading comprehension which they have worked hard on so there’s no written homework this weekend. Instead, I’d like the children to really apply themselves to their spelling words and hope for full marks all round next week! The children will have their first Computing lesson in the I.C.T. suite on Friday morning and they cannot wait!
Apologies news from Year 4 will follow next week.
Year 5 English
In writing, Year 5 are basing their writing tasks on Morpurgo’s ‘I believe in Unicorns’ and we are learning how to develop meaningful dialogue within a story, revising correct punctuation. They were able to act out sections of the story in their drama lesson this week – this has helped them to think about the emotions of the characters and transfer these skills into their writing in English. We are also spending time closely analysing comprehension texts, using our ‘Thinking Hats’ to develop our answers with evidence from the text.
Year 5 Maths
Year 5 have been counting in Fractions. They have also been comparing decimal numbers and looking at greater than and less than with decimal numbers.
Year 6 English
We have started our new topic (non-fiction report writing) and the children have been analysing texts for structure, language and grammar. They will be analysing articles on conservation and recent reports from the Guardian and Independent newspapers – plenty of challenging vocabulary for their word log books. We are also formally assessing the children’s reading and the children will sit past papers in comprehension this week.
Year 6 Maths
Year 6 continue to revise the KS2 curriculum in Maths. Most of the children have completed
their KS2 study guides, please support your child
by regularly asking them questions based on the blue study guide.