Term 2 Update

I cannot believe it is nearly Christmas and the end of Term 2 for Cherry Class! Again, we have had another busy term, with each week flying by due to all the fantastic, hard work the children complete each day.

They have really enjoyed their tennis PE lessons with Ben from the local tennis club, learning the different serves and all the silly games he plays, like fish, chips, and mushy peas! Furthermore, the introduction of The Daily Mile, Cherry Class have really embraced, loving those 10-15 minutes of exercise they complete, throughout the week, to keep their brains active and focused when in lessons.

Our English focus turned to a newspaper article based on plastic pollution and the impact this has on sea-creatures, although the children found this challenging, they all had a really good go at writing in the correct person and the right tense, using inverted commas to include eye-witness statements – I was really impressed! Our Maths focus was on addition and subtraction, and we have looked at several ways we can answers questions, using both abstract and pictorial methods, supported by specific resources to help their understanding. In our Guided Reading lessons, the children have thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and have worked on ways to improve on their comprehension skills, such as inference, retrieval, predicting and developing their vocabulary knowledge.

We have continued to learn about The Romans and the children are very confident in this topic now. I am in the process of rearranging the Roman Bath class trip and will let you know the arrangements in the new year. Our Science topic looked at sound, the children enjoyed investigating how sound travels and how we can change pitch and volume. We celebrated differences in our PSHE lessons, focusing on assumptions and what influences us, all of which we will continue in Term 3.

Just a gentle reminder to encourage your children to read at least three times a week, writing this into their Reading Records and to complete Doodle Maths for at least 20 minutes, and to practise the times tables they are not confident on as much as they can. All children should have their login details in their Reading Records but please drop me an email if they have been misplaced.

I hope that you all have a lovely Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in 2022! 


Cherry’s News October 2021

What a cherrific start to the year it has been for Cherry Class! The children have settled back into school well and are all trying their absolute best in lessons. It has been a pleasure getting to know each one of them and watching them enjoying school life again! 

The children have really liked writing our narrative based on the short film ‘Feast,’ even though I kept the ending from them right up until the last week of term! It has encouraged the children to really think about the type of vocabulary they are using when they are writing each sentence and they are a lot more confident in developing each of the sentences they write. Our focus in Maths has been on place value, and although at times, some of the children have found this difficult, the children have really pushed themselves to achieve. I have seen some excellent examples of children having a positive mindset and using all the available resources as well as their peers to help them succeed. The Romans! I am sure you have heard everything about them… our History focus has taught us how the Romans changed Britain, all about their emperors and society along with how the Roman Empire began. 

Did you know…Cherry Class are now all electricians?! They have shown great enthusiasm in our Science lessons where they have been able to investigate and explain how simple circuits work and can even draw them using the appropriate scientific symbols! They particularly enjoyed becoming the components themselves, working together to become lightbulbs, batteries, wires, and electrons to demonstrate their understanding. I have been so impressed with how they have digested all the information and can now even spot mistakes within a circuit and make the corrections independently. 

PE is a highlight for a lot of the children this term, as we have been incredibly lucky to have the Football Coach every Friday for our PE lessons – I can see some professionals in the making! They have focused on their dribbling and passing skills as well as working together as a team. The children also had lots of fun during our cricket sessions towards the end of this half term, Cherry Class can be extremely competitive and have loved trying to catch the opposing team out during games. 

Wishing you all a restful half term and looking forward to seeing everyone back for Term 2! 

Welcome from Cherry Class!

We have had a very busy couple of weeks, in Cherry Class, since starting back after the summer holidays and it has been great seeing all the children back together again, sharing their news and playing with their friends! All the children seem very eager to learn and we have started our learning in Maths with place value and have begun our new writing scheme, which is focused on the short film ‘Feast’ and in our Whole Class Guided Reading our focus turns to ‘Max Kowalski, I didn’t mean it’. OIn history this term we are learning about The Romans, and we have started our topic of electricity in science, along with enjoying PE with the football coach and of course, Forest school (and luckily, so far, the weather has been kind to us!) 

Below is important information about the coming year: 

Forest School: This will be on a Wednesday. Your child must come to school in their forest clothing along with wellies, wellies can then be left in school in readiness for future lessons. A gentle reminder that your child should wear long sleeves and have trousers on and bring with them waterproofs/raincoats (weather dependent). 

PE: Our PE lessons are taughton a Friday. Children will wear the correct kit (Longvernal PE t-shirt; school sweatshirt or fleece; black shorts or sports trousers; and trainers) to and from school. If possible, please provide your child with a water bottle. 

Homework: A week will run from Thursday to Thursday, and I will check the children’s progress on a Friday morning. Your child needs to complete their homework using Doodle Maths, Spelling Shed (Ed Shed) and TTRS, no longer than 20 minutes per week. All your child’s their logins should be found in their Reading Records but if they have been misplaced, please let me know. 

Spelling: A mixture of spellings chosen by your child and our Year 4 scheme will be sent home each Friday, please make sure your child practices these as they will be tested on them the following Friday. 

Reading: The expectation is your child reads and records their reading at least 3x a week at home and should bring their Reading Record and book with them to school every day. I will collect these in on a Thursday in readiness for Celebration Assembly. It is important that your child reads each week to enhance their language understanding, along with building upon their fluency and comprehensive skills. 

It has been great getting to know all the children in Cherry Class and meeting many of you at drop offs and pick-ups. I will be on the playground each morning and at my door after school if there are any questions, worries or concerns. 

Many thanks,

Jess Collins