Welcome to Class 1B –
Mrs Blundell’s Class
Autumn Term 2017
Hello and welcome back to school, I hope you have had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for the busy term ahead!
This term we will be launching a new theme which will look at ‘Toys’. We will be exploring History and how toys have changed. We plan on having a special day where we bring in our favourite toy from home and compare and discuss with our peers, how old it is and who gave it to us etc…We will also look at Science and in particular, materials, which will link very well with our new Toy theme. Here we will look at what toys are made from today compared to the materials used in the past.
As part of our Literacy we will be reading a wonderful story called ‘Brown Paper Bear, which begins with a young girl staying over at her Grandfathers home. She discovers an old toy chest and is taken on a magical journey where she meets characters and toys from a long time ago! We will also include an Art focus which will explore Lowry.
In our second half term, we will be continuing with our ‘Toy’ theme. We will be exploring Design and Technology and continuing with Science and materials.
Another story we will be exploring is, ‘The Naughty Bus’. This book is all about a London Bus that isn’t the best behaved toy! The bus gets into all sorts of trouble but luckily a little boy manages to rescue the bus, but where will the adventure end?
Maths will continue to be a focus throughout the term. We will focus much of our teaching on place value and number activities.
Within this term, you will have the opportunity for a parents meeting where we can discuss how your child has settled into their new year. There will also be the Christmas Performance and dates for this will follow.
Please ensure your child brings a water bottle into school. They are available for the children to access throughout the day. Please note we only encourage water and not juice.
Homework will start after October half term. We alternate between an English and Maths task. The homework will consolidate what we have been learning in class. Any questions with this please ask.
Children will be encouraged to change their own reading book when they have confidently finished it. Your child is required to read from the school reading scheme regularly and is encouraged to read as much as possible as this is vital in improving both their reading and writing skills. Please make sure you record when your child has read in your child’s planner. These records can also include any other books your child is reading at home (both fiction and non-fiction), as this allows me to keep track of how much and what they are reading. We also are encouraging children to read at least three times a week at home. If they do this they will receive a raffle ticket and may be lucky enough to win a small prize for doing so!
PE is planned for Wednesday and Friday and will be taken by an external PE coach and myself. However, there may be other opportunities for P.E throughout the week. Therefore, it is important that children have their kit with them each day. They will be sent home half termly or if they get particularly muddy!
This year, our class have a big responsibility in looking after ‘Spotty’, each night a child will be selected to take ‘Spotty’ home and complete a short diary to tell the class what he has got up to. You may wish to help your child write this diary and include any pictures or drawings to show what he has done whilst with your child.
We are always on the lookout for parent helpers so if you would like to get involved please contact a member of staff. Any help big or small is greatly appreciated.
Finally, I hope you find this information useful, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Many thanks for your continued support.