Welcome Back - only 8 Saturdays until 🎄
Firstly, can we say a big thank you for all the fantastic recycled art projects that we had in at the end of last term. There were incredibly creative ones, enormous ones and ones that wowed with their ingenuity. We hope you enjoy the photos above and thank you for all your support with this project.
This half term our topic is an art, music and drama one based around the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. The children have already begun to make their own predictions about the poem and have enjoyed listening to it and watching a you tube clip of the poem (see below.). This week the children will be focusing on producing a class performance of the poem, with musical accompaniments, and will be sharing this in singing assembly on Friday. We will also be recording it so that later in the term we can combine the soundtrack with the pencil drawings that we are also going to be making this term. Hopefully, by Christmas we should have a short film that we will be able to air on the website - fingers crossed.
Our English work will also be based around the poem and we will teach specific grammar skills as we write persuasive letters, diary entries and newspaper reports of the events in the poem. In guided reading, we will have some fun comparing this classic poem to the story of the Highway Rat written by Julia Donaldson and looking at other types of poetry too.
Spellings will continue to be tested on a Friday. Remember there are the mind expanding tasks and the spelling bee activities if your child needs more of a challenge with his/her spellings.
Book reviews will continue for this term and we have enjoyed listening to the children's presentations on a Friday. As mentioned at parent's evening, we do still expect the children to read at least 4 times a week and remember variety is the spice of life.
Our Maths focus will include, statistics (bar charts, line graphs and timetables) and multiplication and division. Times table rock stars has really helped some children get quicker at their tables. If your child still needs to practise their tables, we would really appreciate your support in encouraging them to use Times Table Rock Stars or Sum Dog every day.
Swimming has started on a Wednesday afternoon and PE will continue for GAladriel on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning and for Thorin on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. Please can we ask that the correct PE kit is bought in on a Monday as the timetable can sometimes change. As the weather is getting colder, it would be good if your child could have a pair of black leggings/tracksuit bottoms and a spare pair of socks is also useful.
Other exciting things to look forward to this term are Spellbinder ( Friday 17th November), Elf Day (Friday 8th December), Christmas Jumper Day (Friday 15th December) and our Christmas Service in the Baptist Church on Thursday 7th December.
If you ever need to speak to us, please do not hesitate to catch us before or after school outside our classrooms, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment
We look forward to an exciting run up to Christmas.
Katie Whittle, Naomi Stevens and Emma Sibley