8th June 2017
Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you have enjoyed a lovely half term holiday with your children. They seemed to have grown not only physically but also in confidence and in readiness to learn and rise to learning challenges. I certainly have had a fabulous week back with them. We have had long and busy days together. It was lovely to have Jack’s mum come and read to the children at the end of the day. If any of you would like to come and share a book you enjoy with your child, please do let us know when you are free to do so.
This term we will have the pleasure of welcoming our new Reception children into class just like we did with yours a whole year ago now. Where did that time go? I’m sure your children will make them welcome. They will be joining us for the next 3 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The following Tuesday, which will be the first Tuesday in July, we will be walking around the wells dressings in Hayfield. If any of you want to join us, you would be very welcome.
We will be having two trips out this term. The first will be a picnic at 20 Trees. Mrs Thornley in the school kitchen will provide a packed lunch for us so there will be no cost to you. The second will be our end of term treat where the children will be able to buy an ice lolly or ice cream from the newsagents – I call it the ‘blue shop’ – eat it on the benches at the cricket club, walk on to the park for a play and then walk up to the campsite to have a picnic lunch before returning to school. We will have a lot of fun, exercise and talk about the village, its surrounding areas and much, much more. The only cost to you will be for the ice cream/lolly which will be around 80p. Bargain for all that enjoyment. As yet we haven’t decided on specific dates, we will let you know once we have done so.
This final term we will be focusing on 4 books in Literacy – The Giant Jumperee, a new book by Julia Donaldson & Helen Oxenbury, Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis, Stanley’s Stick by John Hegley and Billy’s Bucket by Kes Gray. These will cover lots of topics to allow your children use their imaginations and follow their own interests. Lots of fun for all of us. We will be revising in phonics and learning to spell tricky words and some high frequency words which will enable to your children to be more confident and capable writers. In Maths the children will be working with numbers up to 20 and beyond, using them for addition, subtraction, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and much more. In Science with Mrs Insley, the children will be investigating bugs and a variety of animals. They are already having fun as I type this to you, making up songs and dances about bugs, making models of bugs with junk modelling and lego, shame I am not in there! We will have PE on a Friday afternoon. Again if your child goes to Little Learners, please send their PE kits back into class on Thursday morning so we can have more PE lessons when time and space are available.
The main area I would like to thank you for and ask you to continue with is hearing your child read. When someone hears them each school night it really does have a huge impact on their progress. Thank you SO much.
Again, I can’t believe it is my last term with your children. What treasures they are. Each day is full of delight and learning with some frustrations which are to be expected. If you have any concerns, do come and see me.
Before I finish, wasn’t the Reception Sports Day fabulous? Our Year 6 children did an amazing job and your children were marvellous athletes. Also thanks to those of you who called in for our Open Sessions on the last day of term. I am glad so many of you came and know now that I do want to improve as much as possible to make your children’s learning and their days at school as rich and meaningful as possible.
Take care. Kind regards ~ Beryl Horne