NEWSLETTER 2 NOVEMBER 2013
Welcome to Term 2. We hope that you had a restful break and the children are full of energy to face the challenges of the new term.
General classroom management
Please remember to encourage your child to sharpen their three pencils every evening so that they come into school each morning ready to start work.
We do not want children to bring pencil sharpeners into school. With three sharp pencils at the start of the day they should not need to sharpen a pencil. If they do manage to write so much they have worn all three down or if they break them we have a sharpener so the children don’t need to have one.
Please make sure that they bring their water bottle home each evening so that you can wash and refill it.
Please make sure that your child has full PE kit in school at all times. This should include shorts and jog bottoms, a PE shirt and sweatshirt or hoodie and a pair of PE socks.
We have had a bit of a shuffle round and have changed the table arrangement in the classroom. This is mainly to try to place the children so that they can all see the whiteboards from their seat and also have the tables arranged to facilitate group work.
What the children will be learning.
With this Newsletter you will receive our annual curriculum planner – we apologise for not sending it to you last term.
Please be aware that this is not set in stone; we may change the order of topics covered slightly and the pace may vary so there may be movement across the terms. This is particularly true in Mathematics as we are embedding a new curriculum package.
Highlights of this term will be:
· Captain Grammaticus - a theatre production to enrich the children’s Literacy work.
· Book Fair – our annual Book Fair will be held from Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 November. If you are able to help ‘man’ the fair after school on one or more of these afternoons please do let us know – we will be very grateful for any help.
· Sing Around Christmas – a Carol concert at All Saints Church, Maidstone. All Year 3 and Year 4 children will take part in this and you will be invited to the concert in the afternoon. Details to follow shortly.
· Key Stage 2 Carol Service at Boxley Church on Wednesday 18 December.
· Key Stage 2 disco.
· Not to mention all the excitement in the lead up to Christmas!
This is going to be a busy and exciting term. The children will be working and playing very hard. We have set them challenging targets in Maths and Literacy and we will be supporting them as they strive to meet these targets.
We are currently focusing on times tables as part of our work in Mathematics. If the children can master their times tables this is an enormous help to them in their work. We will be very grateful if you will help them learn their times tables by chanting them in the car, in the bath wherever you have the opportunity. Make sure they say them as a times table not just give the answer, this ensures they are learning the sum not just adding on each time. We have started with the 2x table and will move through 10x, 5x, 4x, 3x, 6x and 9x tables. Not all children will achieve all of these but we hope that by the end of the academic year most, if not all of them will have instant recall on 2x, 10x, 5x, 4x and 3x.
Thank you very much for your support with the Give Me Five! Reading challenge. Reading aloud to an adult is still important even to the very good readers. It teaches them to read at an appropriate pace, with expression and gives you the opportunity to check that they understand unfamiliar of difficult words. Please keep supporting your child in this way; it will be of real and lasting benefit to them.
Mrs J Rabbatts Mrs A Drury Mrs K Penfold