Hello and a very warm welcome to Chestnut Class. It’s lovely to be finally back were we all belong! Mrs Rowe is your class teacher and Miss Wilson is your teaching assistant. On Tuesdays Mrs Pilkington is the class teacher.
Despite the problems of the last few months, we’ve settled in beautifully and are already progressing well with our work. The children really are trying hard and managing remarkably well with the new routines and restrictions. Clearly, we are finding some gaps in learning, but these are being addressed straight away. The classroom is a happy, supportive environment and we keep reinforcing to the children about not worrying or becoming anxious about learning that they find challenging. We’ll get there in the end!
Reading books are now being sent home on a Monday and Friday and wherever possible we will send more than one. More books are being purchased and so it will become easier to send home multiple copies shortly. Extra reading opportunities can be found at Oxford Owl. There are lots of levelled books to use as reading books. Please feel free to write them into their reading record.
We will shortly be sending spellings home. They are sent on a Friday and are tested the following Friday. The spellings always link to learning in the classroom. Initially, we are revising different spellings for the same sounds before moving onto suffixes, compound words etc. In school, we use a system were the children look at the word, say it spell it out, cover it, attempt spelling and then check. The sheet also contains useful information about what we will be learning in maths the following week.
Currently, it is difficult for you to catch me for a chat. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch about any worries you may have. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. And, be assured that even though I don’t see you all each day, if I think we need a chat I’ll get in touch.
This half term our topic is ‘An Island home’. All areas of learning link to the stories involving Katie Morag. In Literacy we will be retelling a Katie Morag story, writing our own version of another Katie Adventure, writing postcards, following and writing instructions and writing party invitations. In Maths we are focusing on place value, sequencing, odd and even and rounding numbers to 100 and beyond. In Science we are looking at materials. Geography is all about physical and manmade features, transport and using maps. For Art we are looking at Scottish artists and in particular Richie Collins. and Andy Peutherer. In French we are reinforcing colours and learning the story of ‘ Le Petit Poisson Blanc’ and in DT we are designing fish from the story of ‘ The Rainbow Fish’.
On a Tuesday, Mrs Pilkington will be teaching Music, PE (weather permitting), Computing, PSHE and RE.
There are some super websites with interviews with Mairi Hedderwick the author. Maybe click below to find one.