Welcome to Snowy Owls!
9th January 2017
Dear Parents and carers,
Welcome to the new term in Snowy Owls. I hope everyone had a really enjoyable Christmas and New Year break. Below I have outlined the curriculum areas and corresponding topics which we will be covering over the next couple of terms to Easter.
Numeracy: Shape, Measures, including time and money, Data Handling, Factors, Using & Applying knowledge of number and calculations in a variety of contexts, alongside developing problem solving and reasoning.
Literacy: Non-Chronological Report, Persuasive Writing, ‘Beowulf’ (Story telling: Imitation, Innovation, Invention), Poetry
Class Book: ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes
Science: States of Matter, Electricity, Sound
Computing: Programming / Bug fixing
History: The Anglo-Saxons
Geography: The UK- land use, physical & human characteristics
Art: Cross-curricular projects linked to History topic
D&T: Cross-curricular projects linked to History topic
RE: Judaism - Passover / Christianity - Easter
French: In the Classroom / My Calendar and My Favourites
PE: Gymnastics / Dance
P.E lessons are on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. All PE kits must be left at school between Monday and Friday. Please ensure that children have a pair of trainers and that all their belongings are labelled. For safety reasons earrings must not be worn during the lesson and long hair must be tied back. If for any reason your child is unable to do P.E., please provide a written note to that effect, otherwise they will be expected to participate.
PHSE: Dreams & Goals / Healthy Me
Water / Healthy Snack: The children are encouraged to drink and eat during the short indoor break mid morning. Accordingly, they should bring a labelled bottle of water into school, together with a small `healthy snack’, such as fruit.
Homework: Written homework will continue to be handed out on a weekly basis, this will be on Friday and should be completed and returned by the following Wednesday, so it can be marked in time for the next task. The children will always be clear as to what is expected of them. Parental support is necessary and I thank you in advance for this assistance.
Finally, it is extremely important that your child reads daily for ten to fifteen minutes. Reading should be recorded in their Reading Diaries and signed off by an adult. Reading Diaries must be kept in their school book bags, so that they can be reviewed. By reading on a regular basis, the children will be exposed to a range of authors and genres, and this will help them to perform better in their own creative writing tasks. This is a certain way of helping to improve writing ability in conjunction with other techniques. If you are able to chat to your child about their reading and discuss its content, this will be of tremendous value in furthering their developing comprehension skills. Children will also regularly be heard read in school during our Guided Reading sessions.
If you have any questions about these issues or any other matter, please feel free to speak to me. Thank you for your co-operation.