It has been great to welcome you back into school and finally get to see some of you face to face! We have had a wonderful start to the term, in Willow Class. It has been lovely to see the children reconnecting with friends and sharing holiday news. They have started their learning with enthusiasm, covering rounding in Mathematics, writing a narrative based on the short film One Small Step in Writing and they have been considering our class novel The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day in Whole Class Guided Reading. In Computing, we have started our block in which they learn how to code a game and in PE they are learning playing tennis. Art, has been a particular favourite, where the children used glue guns to create harvest wax relief watercolours and in Forest they played ice-breaker games, had a tower building competition and made flour patterns.
On Friday we participated in a School Clubs Fayre: a very exciting event in which the children had the opportunity to see what clubs are being offered and decide whether they fancy becoming a Community leader at Community Links Club, a Reading Leader at ChatterBooks or perhaps joining our Eco Club.
Some logistical points for the coming year:
♦ Homework will be set on Doodle Maths. Children should complete 20 mins per week. I will check their progress on Friday mornings. If anyone wishes to complete this at school they may join Homework Club on Wednesday lunchtime, where they can access Chromebooks.
♦ The children will bring home between 3-6 personal spellings on Fridays. These will be words that they collect themselves that they have spelt incorrectly in their work. They will then be tested on these the following Friday.
♦ The children must read and record their reading at least 3 times per week at home and should bring their books and journals to school daily. These will be collected in on Thursday, ready for Celebration Assembly on Friday. I am passionate about getting children reading as the amount children read has been shown to be a great signifier of future success. It has even been proven to enhance mental wellbeing!
♦ P.E. is on Wednesday afternoons . Children will wear the correct kit (Longvernal PE t-Shirt; school sweatshirt or fleece; black shorts or sports trousers; and daps or trainers) to and from school on these days.
♦ Forest School is on a Friday afternoon. They will come to school in their Forest kit and must wear a long sleeved top and long trousers—to protect their arms and legs from insect bites and branches of trees. Sessions will take place in any weather (other than high wind or thunder and lightning storms) so please can you ensure their kit has the appropriate items of clothing (waterproofs, spare socks, wellies, gloves and a hat for colder months).
♦ Please don’t forget to check out the school website and Twitter as we will be updating both regularly!
Finally, if there are any parents/carers/grown-ups with talents or passions, it would be great for you to come in to visit the class to share them. Or, maybe you would like to come and read a story or listen to readers across the school? It has been wonderful to have you back on site and I would like to make the most of it!
I will be available on the playground every morning and when I dismiss at the end of the day so please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any worries, concerns or queries.
I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic year!