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Dear Parents/Carers


Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.   Firstly, thank you for my Christmas gifts and cards, it really is very kind of you and much appreciated.


Miss Cobbold has been seconded to Pine Class for this half term, but I’m pleased to tell you that Mrs Thompson has agreed to come back to support Juniper class in the mornings with our literacy and maths lessons.


Our topic this term is World War Two.  This will be incorporated into many areas of our learning and will include; finding out about how the war started and the history behind it; studying a local area of interest, which played a significant role in the war; making gas masks and boxes and preparing ourselves for a potential air raid.  If you have any photographs of relatives who took part in World War Two that I can copy for our display, or any other memorabilia that you are willing to let us share, please send them in with the children.


Maths will continue to be taught using the White Rose maths mastery schemes of learning. (Visit www.whiterosemaths.com for further information.)  Topics this term include multiplication and division, measurement, fractions, mass and capacity and decimals.


In literacy we will be focusing on subjects relevant to our topic including information reports about how the war started, diary entries and letters from evacuees, writing instructions about how to build an Anderson Shelter and rationed recipe writing.


In Science we look first at sound and then move on to building simple circuits and finding out about electricity.


PE will now be taught, by Mrs Tilley, on a Friday afternoon, however, it is helpful for children to have their full PE kit in school all week, and don’t forget that they also need a named water bottle.  Forest schools will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Davies, who has incorporated our topic into her planning.  Children will need to bring in warm and waterproof clothing to enable them to take part in these sessions.


We will continue to check planners daily.  Please record when and what the children have been reading at home and write any other messages for us in these.  Spellings will be put on a slip inside planners and we will note which times tables the children need to practise for the week ahead.  I will also set ”Times Tables Rockstars” to the appropriate table. Both spellings and times tables will be tested on a Friday.


Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or catch me in the mornings.


I look forward to another exciting term ahead!


Yours sincerely


Mrs Molly Ball





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