Welcome to Spring 2!
I hope you have all had a safe and relaxing break!
Firstly, I would like to say thank u=you for your ongoing support and engagement during the difficult this difficult time. The work uploaded has been fantastic and ensured that i can track your child's progress.
This half term we will be learning all about 'New Arrivals'. This exciting theme will enable us to look at the many similarities and differences between humans, animals, birds and aquatic life. We will embed the importance of caring for living things and observing growth with a surprise arrival in January.
We will discover that new life arrives in different ways and that it is not just birds that hatch from eggs. We will identify that changes in ourselves and animals happens at a different rate and gain a deeper understanding of the habitats of the living things around us.
We will be continuing with Dance on Tuesdays and will begin PE on Fridays. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school for their lesson.
Please continue to access our online Learning Journey, Tapestry, for daily updates on your child's achievements and progress. Also please upload any achievements or exciting moments your child would like to share with their friends.
If you do not have access to Tapestry as yet, please contact the office so that we can set up your login. Tapestry will sometimes have homework on it so it is important that we all access it.
Please let me assure you that your child's happiness and security is my priority and their health and safety are paramount to all the staff at Parochial. Our school receives regular updates and guidance regarding Covid-19, which we continue to follow.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact school or myself on Tapestry and we will do our upmost to resolve any questions or concerns.
Stay safe and i look forward to seeing you all for what will be an exciting return to our fantastic school.
Tapestry is used daily to record observations of your child's progress and development. We link it to the Early Years outcomes and once it has been posted you can see your own child's learning journey.
We can activate Tapestry by inputting your email address and then sending you an activation code. Once you have received this and clicked on the link you will then be able to view all the fantastic learning your child is completing daily.
Just like you, Tapestry enables me to observe your child's learning and progress. Please upload any learning or special moments your child carries out at home. I can use any observations uploaded by yourselves to link learning objectives and characteristics of effective learning that your child meets. Observations are how we assess your children daily in class to ensure they are making progress.
Read Write Inc
We will continue our daily Phonics lessons, developing our letter formation on lined paper and using our phonetic knowledge to write words and simple sentences.
Your child will be bringing home a RWI levelled reading book and a book bag book on a Monday. Please spend the week listening to your child read the books using 'Fred talk, read the word' strategies daily and then return the books on a Friday to be quarantined over the weekend.
Talk For Writing
We will begin ‘Talk for Writing’. This approach enables children to read and write independently. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’. The approach teacher uses shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
The first story we will be using for 'Talk for Write' will be 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. Please ask your child the actions for the story.
We will be using Numberblocks as well as the White Rose Maths scheme to develop your child's math skills in both number work and shape, space and measure, this will be done within the learning environment or as guided activities.
This half term there will be some focus on mass and capacity. We will be using mathematical vocabulary such as: Heavy; Heavier; Lighter; Same as; Equal; Full; Empty; Half full; Nearly full; Nearly empty
In addition we complete our numberline daily. We count from 0 - 20 (and occasionally back from 10 - 0), sometimes stopping at a number and seeing if we know what one more or one less than that number is.
Please encourage your child to access 'Sumdog'. It is a fantastic online Math resource that will support and encourage your child's math understanding and progress.
Your child has their own login, which has been distributed, however, if you cannot locate it please contact school and we will re-send it to you.
OXFORD READING BUDDY
Reading is fun!
Oxford Reading Buddy is an online reading website where your child can read stories with you, answer questions about what they've read and see themselves progress as they move up levels.
Each child will be issued with their own personal login which can then be used at home. I will be able to see your child's progress and move them up a level when they are ready.
Please take part in this reading scheme as soon as you get your login details, it will benefit your children enormously!