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Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to a new school year in Juniper Class!  I hope that you all had a super summer holiday and that the children return to school refreshed and ready for a year full of exciting and engaging learning.  I’m sure you are all aware that I have joined the school as Juniper class teacher.  We also have a new TA, Miss Julie Cobbold, who will be working alongside me supporting the class. 

Our first topic is Stone Age to Iron Age.  This will be incorporated into many areas of our learning and will include; learning about the history and way of life in these times; creating some artwork based on cave paintings; making our own Stone Age roundhouses and researching the locations of Stone Age and Iron Age settlements.  

Maths will continue to be taught using the White Rose maths mastery schemes of learning. (Visit www.whiterosemaths.com for further information.)  Topics this half term will include roman numerals, place value and addition and subtraction.

In literacy we will be focusing on texts relevant to our topic including work based on “Stone Age Boy” which will include writing our own stories. We will be looking also at persuasive writing techniques and how to write accurate instructions.

RE topics will cover Christianity and Buddhism and in science we will be looking at rocks and fossils.  (If you have any fossils we can borrow, please let me know!)

PE will be taught on a Friday morning. 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 water bottle. 

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.  Homework will put on a slip inside planners.  There will be high frequency words to learn each week for a (very informal) spelling test on a Friday.  I will also be setting times tables work each week, which will be done using “Times Tables Rockstar’s.”  More information to follow on this!

Due to the lack of space in our classroom, could I ask that children do not bring anything other than their planners and reading books into class. Both of which they need every day. Pencil cases are not necessary, as we have all equipment available that the children will need.

Finally, do not hesitate to catch me in the mornings, or book an appointment for a meeting, if you have any questions or concerns.  I am very much looking forward to the year ahead and to forging positive relationships with both you and your children.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Molly Ball
m.ball@wvpschools.org 

 

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