Spring Term Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and wish you all the best for the coming year.

This letter is to inform you of the work that I shall be covering in the busy term ahead and ways in which you can help your child.

Lots of the work that I shall do this term will consolidate learning already done, identify gaps in the children’s learning and address them. I have been running some booster classes already in school and will be running some morning sessions from next week. Thursday morning 8:15 – 8:45 maths booster. This gives children the opportunity to recover any areas taught that they need more support with. Some weeks I will send a message specifically if I feel your child would benefit from the upcoming session. All children are welcome to attend.

SAT Tests: These will take place during the week beginning May 14th, it is crucial that your child is in school this week. Later this term I shall host a meeting in which I will talk you through the SAT process and answer any questions that you may have.

Literacy: During this half term I shall be looking at a variety of texts, including some narrative and performance poetry. The children will use their knowledge of the composition of these texts to write their own and apply the grammar and punctuation rules that they have been learning. The children’s finished pieces will be assessed and contribute to a writing profile which will provide their final SAT level; there is no longer a writing test. Spelling and grammar activities will be a continued focus this term. The children complete spelling activities most days, and they continue to have the challenge of learning their common exception words, these are stuck in the front of their learning journals. To keep up the practise please find attached a list of spellings, to learn each week for a test every Friday, in their learning journeys.

Frequent reading practise is still essential, reading a little everyday really does make a difference. Please continue to encourage your child to read a variety of texts; fiction and non-fiction books, newspapers, instructions in cookery books, games etc..

 Numeracy:   Please encourage your child to use the My Maths program if you have access to the internet, these levelled activities allow them to practise all areas of the maths curriculum. CGP maths homework books will continue to be used weekly and I will begin to send home basic skills maths homework. This sheet tests a range of skills and sometimes adds more challenge across the whole curriculum area. I have sent one home this evening and there will be opportunities to go over these on a Friday (they will usually be sent home Friday with their homework).

A high percentage of children are now table champions and will help others in the school with their tables. This is something they need to keep practicing as they are vital for their maths. Practising their basic skills will allow them to progress further with the work I cover in class. This term I are working on all aspects of numeracy, your child knows which areas they find tricky and need to practise, their individual targets will also inform you of this.

PE and games: Your child will need to have both outdoor and indoor kit in school every Monday and occasional Thursday. It is vital that they have appropriate footwear for this.

That’s Life 2: Our topic this term is science based and focuses on life and living things in the environment.

Other: You can help your child by ensuring that they complete their homework each week and practise their spellings and punctuation.

I am available on Monday evenings from 3.30 – 4pm should you wish to make an appointment to speak about any concerns or contact myself on Class Dojo.

I aim to provide quality education in a caring environment and your support helps us to achieve these objectives. Please contact school if you would like any further information or feel that I can help in any way.

By working together I can achieve more for your child.

Thank you for your continuing support

Mrs Rutter