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Dear Juniper Class and Parents,                                          

A big welcome back to school after the long summer holidays.  I hope that you all had a very enjoyable break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the term ahead. Juniper class has some new members joining us this term, so I would like to begin by using this as an opportunity to say a big welcome from everyone at Mendham Primary.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome as I begin my position as Juniper’s class teacher. I feel very excited and lucky to be able to join such a wonderful class and look forward to all the exciting learning opportunities and activities we have planned for the children.

This letter will hopefully provide you with all the information you need to ensure that each day at school runs as smoothly as possible.

Firstly, planners will be given to your child which are a way of maintaining communication between the staff at school and home. The planners are used for recording your child’s homework and any other important information. Please ensure you check your child’s planner each evening and use them to write any messages to the school and record when you listen to your child read. Please sign the planner yourself after each week to let us know that you have seen any messages or information regarding your child. Myself or Mrs Thompson will aim to check through the planners daily, however, if you have written a message for me, please ensure your child is aware and informs me first thing in the morning.

We expect Planners, Water Bottles, PE Kits, Reading Books to be in School every day please.  Water bottles are essential, filled only with water!

The children will be learning by following our exciting curriculum that we have planned for them.

In Literacy, we will begin to use IPEELL writing project, as this has proven to have been very successful within the school. We will begin to use this format of planning and principals in our writing this year. Our focus for this term will look at fantasy tales and creative writing and links to our Creative Curriculum. In Numeracy, we will be learning about Place Value.

‘The Wild West’ will be our new topic for the term, which will also be taught as part of our creative curriculum.

On a Tuesday afternoon Juniper class will have their afternoon split into a Music and French lesson. Mrs Koralambe will be teaching Music and Mrs Gladwin will teach French.

On a Thursday morning, the children will be taught by Mrs A. Tilley who will take the class for PE and RE/PSHE lessons.

Homework will be regularly set in Juniper class so please check planners daily.

We will be holding Pupil Progress Meetings very soon which will give me the opportunity to review the children’s learning targets and set them some new ones. We will put the new targets in their diary so that you can work on them at home and refer to them when completing homework.

I am very excited and looking forward to a fantastic term ahead in Juniper class! Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you need any further information. You are also welcome to email me at anytime if you have any issues you need to inform me about or any messages for me. My email address is  s.norfolk@wvpschools.org

Yours sincerely

Mr S. Norfolk