Dear Class 2 Families,
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year.
Welcome back to the spring term, when we can all start to look forward to a bit more sunshine! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming months.
We will be starting 2015 with a topic on ‘Dungeons and Dragons’, beginning with the visit from the reptiles of Exmoor Zoo on Friday 9th. We will then be doing some creative based on the fantastic book, ‘Tell Me a Dragon’, before moving on to our historical and geographical focus on castles around the UK, culminating in a medieval melee!
Home learning, both creative and academic, will continue to be posted on the class 2 blog http://www.sthelensclass2.blogspot.co.uk/, but I will also be sending home a paper copy of the spelling, handwriting and maths each week on a Monday. Please support your child in completing these tasks as they really do reinforce the learning done in school. For some areas, there will be a written outcome, which I will collect in and monitor, but as the maths often takes the form of a game or practical activity, please feel free to add your comments on your child’s learning to the sheet.
Our PE this half term will be swimming, which will take place on Friday morning, so please ensure that your child brings their swimming kit, including a hat and goggles every Friday. Your child will also be doing art with Ms Hawkins every Tuesday until half term and it would be really helpful if they could arrive at school in their art clothes but bring their school clothes to change into at break time.
Alongside me, Ms Goldsmith-Ryan and Mr McNeil, we are extremely fortunate to have a PGCE student teacher with us this half term, Mrs Speed. She is sending her own letter of introduction, but please feel free to come in and say hello!
Please ensure that your child comes to school with everything they need, and that all clothing is named, as this makes it much easier for children to take responsibility for their possessions.
As always, this term, we would welcome any parents into school to help with our topic work, especially those with relevant backgrounds or skills. If you’d like to come in and listen to readers or help with a specific subject area, then do please speak to the office.
Finally, please keep an eye on the Class 2 Blog http://www.sthelensclass2.blogspot.co.uk/ for details of exactly what we have been up to The children are becoming increasingly keen to share their learning electronically and enjoy contributing to the blog. There is also information on our specific learning focuses in phonics/SPaG and maths. I update these sections at least weekly and there are always lots of ideas for ways in which you can support your children in their learning at home.
Mrs Northcott and Class 2