Welcome to Class One
This term our topic is Meerkats Moving House and we will be reading the story Meerkat Mail which is about a meerkat called Sunny. Sunny decides to go on a journey to find the perfect place to live and he has just arrived in our classroom!
We will be asking Sunny lots of questions about what it is like to live in the Kalahari Desert as well as helping Sunny learn what is it is like to live in our country.
In maths we will be learning to recognise 2D and 3D shapes. We will be learning how to share and investigate how to split objects into halves and quarters. We will be continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
As geographers we will be investigating what it is like to live in a hot place. We will be using world maps to locate hot and cold places and making comparisons between the desert and the arctic.
As artists we will be creating desert pictures and creating collages of Sunny and his family.
As designers we will be designing and making a t-shirt for Sunny.
As musicians we will be learning songs about animals and learn how to keep the pulse and rhythm.
Reading Books and Homework
Every morning we will begin the day with individual reading time. It is very important that your child brings their reading bag to school every day with their reading book and reading
record inside. Reading books will only be sent home inside a reading bag.
Your child will read individually as well as in a guided reading group once a week. Two books will be sent home each week for your child to read at home. Please use the reading record to make comments on your child's progress when listening to them read at home. Word ladders will be checked during the week and new ladders will be sent home when your child is ready.
A spelling sheet will be sent home each Monday inside your child’s homework book. Spellings will be stamped each day. A new homework task sheet will be sent home each half term inside this book. We recommend that your child completes one task each week of their choice to ensure all tasks are completed by the end of the half term. Please keep homework books inside reading bags.
At The Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework.
Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child’s age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.)
The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework in not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child’s established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.
Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.
Children will be working hard learning how to write in a cursive style. Please encourage your child to write in this style at home and use the letter guide attached to help.
PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term. Please ensure that a full kit is returned on the first day back after each holiday.
Please don’t hesitate to talk to any of the Class One team if you have any questions or would like any further information. We look forward to meeting you all.
Many thanks for your support.
Supporting your child at home
The following links will take you to Espresso and Purple Mash. Both contain numerous resources for supporting your child in all areas of the school curriculum. Individual log-in details can be found in children's reading records. For further information about the curriculum please go to the Curriculum section of the school website.