We have completed our first full week after the holidays and the children have found it difficult to concentrate in the afternoons. Many have not brought water bottles this week. Could I please ask you to make sure that the children bring an extra water bottle for class to avoid the possibility of dehydration.
They have had their first PE lesson on Thursday with their new coach and good reports were sent back to me regarding their behaviour and enthusiasm. Well done! Because the hall has been booked by other classes there will be times when PE lessons will be outdoors. Please can you check that the children have outdoor PE clothing e.g. sweatshirts and longer trousers as well as waterproof footwear. There may also be times when their footwear gets rather muddy so could you please also supply a carrier bag for their footwear. That way they can bring their footwear home to be cleaned ready for the next lesson.
The children have 2 weeks to learn their new spellings.
Have a good weekend!
I hope you have all had a lovely restful holiday.
There are a few timetable items that I need to make you aware of:
PE will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure that PE kits are in school ready for the lesson on Tuesday.
Art on Monday will be printing using black ink. All children need to have an old shirt or apron in school for art. If you have not already supplied one then please do so on Monday otherwise your child may not be able to participate.
Spelling tests will remain on Thursdays - next week will be the random spelling test and they will then get their new spelling list ready for the following week. Please ensure spelling books are in school on Thursday.
Our topics for the term have changed from last year. Please consult the school website for information on the new topics and class homework.
Have a lovely weekend!
Thank you all for your support during our busy Autumn term. The children are all tired and looking forward to their holiday.
Monday and Tuesday will be lessons as normal and Wednesday is the last day and fun activities have been planned for the children. As you know, Wednesday afternoon is the class party. In past years the children have brought party clothes to change into after lunch. This year however instead of this, all children are encouraged to wear festive/winter sweaters. Thank you for all who have already signed up to provide some food for the party. If you have not already done so there are still some items required, please see the sign up sheet on the Year 3 doors.
A huge thank you to all who came and kindly supported our craft stall at the Christmas Fayre. There are still some items available. If you were unable to make the Fayre but would like to purchase your child's craft items then please come and see me.
This is the last blog of the term. All that is left for me to say is have a lovely break and I will see you all again in 2018.
December is finally here and the children are all counting down the days until Christmas. However, for the next few weeks it will be business as normal.
Next week will the children will redo the small tests they had at the beginning of the year and hopefully we will already be starting to see progress being made and identify what we need to teach next to continue our journey.
Our advent box is complete and our countdown has started. Each day a new box will be turned around. You can see all of these on the school website. Please continue to check as I am sure the children will tell you when our one appears. They enjoyed creating this box with Jessica's mum - a huge thank you to her for giving up her time.
Next week is the Christmas Fayre. Please come and support our class stall - the children will be finishing off their crafts ready to sell on the Friday. We look forward to seeing you there.
Just to put you in the Christmas spirit I have included some of the photos from our Christmas craft morning.
Have a lovely weekend, see you all next week.
A huge thank you to everyone who donated empty glass jars for our craft morning. We had more than enough to go around for all 3 classes and many left over for another day.
It was lovely to see so many adults join the children for this activity morning and everyone seemed to be having a lovely time. Thank you to all of the attending adults for giving up your time to join us today.
All of our goods will be on sale at the 'Christmas Fayre' on Friday the 8th of December. While we will endeavour to keep your child's crafts for you there is always a risk that someone else may purchase them first. Should you be unable to attend the fayre for any reason but would like to purchase your child's goods then please come and see me before the above date to see if there is any way that we can help!
The countdown is on but for the next few weeks it will be lessons as normal. Please continue to support us with reading and spelling homework.
On a more serious note, several staff members and children have been absent during the week due to illness. Please keep a close eye on your children as there is always a possibility that they could next in line.
Have a lovely weekend, hope to see you all next week.
After our successful trip to Colchester Castle last week the children have been busy writing recounts of their visit and creating a ‘Fact File’ about Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans.
We have continued multiplication in Numeracy and this week they have been working with arrays and learning about the ‘Commutative Law of multiplication’. They are now beginning to understand that they can change the order of the numbers being multiplied but the answer will remain the same.
Next Friday morning is our craft morning. Year 3 need glass jars ready for decorating. Please send any spare jars in as soon as possible next week. Thank you in advance for your support. I hope to see you then.
In our reading comprehension sessions we have started to tackle vocabulary within texts that the children don’t understand. Next week we will be covering a text that looks at the ‘Lifecycle of a frog’. In preparation for this please challenge your child to look up the definition of ‘cell’ and ‘embryo’.
In Literacy we have started a new book ‘Clottus and the Ghostly Gladiator’. We have been working with partners to read with expression. I am so proud of them for having the courage to stand up and share their performances with their class peers. Just a few photos of this session for you to enjoy!
Well done 3D!
Class 3D had a very successful trip to Colchester Castle yesterday. We had so many activities to do that the day just flew by. The children particularly enjoyed the construction activity and the story session down in the vaults. Staff at the museum were impressed by how much the children already knew and taught the children new information on the Romans and Boudicca in a fun and informative way.
We managed to take a few photos during our visit so that you can see what they have been up to.
Just a few points about our trip to Colchester Castle next week. We are still waiting on one permission slip to be returned. Please check to see if you have this at home and return this completed to school as soon as possible. If your child requires an inhaler or any other medication, please inform the class teacher as soon as possible next week and ensure that these are handed to the teacher in a named bag on Thursday morning.
A quick reminder that packed lunches should not contain any nut products but please include several small drinks that your child can have during the day. This will help to ensure that they remain hydrated and they will then enjoy the visit more.
In art lessons we now require the children to have an old shirt or T-shirt that they can use for messy activities such as painting and collage. If you have not already done so can you please send one in next week to ensure that school uniforms are protected as much as possible.
Due to the trip next week spellings will be tested on Friday instead. I know there are some very challenging words this year but please help your child where possible.
Library books can also be changed on Friday so please remind children to bring their books along at the end of the week.
In Science we have started a new topic and this week the children have been learning about light and different light sources. They have been identifying whether the light source is natural or artificial.
We have been continuing our Romans topic and the children have started to learn all about Boudicca and her rebellion against the Romans. They will continue this next week as they work to create a fact file on Boudicca.
We are still awaiting some photographic permission forms from parents to be signed and returned. However, we now have the majority and I can now begin to post pictures of some of our activities. If your child is not posted at some point over the next few weeks, it may be because another child is also in the photograph that has not yet had permission for their image to be used. Please be patient while we continue to address the issue.
Many apologies for the spellings not being sent home this week. Their new spelling books are ready to go but unfortunately I was out of class today and the replacement teacher had several things to deal with at the end of the day. Please bear with us – they will be sent home on Monday.
This week we had our second visit from the dental hygienist and the children all took home a letter with a permission slip to return before the next visit on Monday the 16th. Only a few children have returned these already. I will have spare letters available on Monday morning should anyone need one.
We also sent home a letter about our upcoming trip to Colchester castle on Thursday 9th November. We have recently received correspondence from staff at the castle museum requesting that packed lunches do not contain any nut related products. Another school is also visiting the castle museum on the same day and one of the children has a severe nut allergy. Thank you in advance for your support on this.
A huge thank you for your support and donations on our non-uniform day yesterday. I have not yet heard the total amount raised but will keep you posted on this.
We have had fun this week and the children have been practising reading their work aloud with expression. Class photographs were taken but again I cannot publish any of these in the blog as they contain images of other children and some photographic consent forms have yet to be returned. I will endeavour to speak to the parents of the children concerned next week. Hopefully we will then be able to publish class photos in our blog.
Just a quick reminder that parent consultation evenings are on Tuesday and Thursday next week. Please book an appointment through the school website if you have not already done so.
The children have enjoyed having 2 visitors this week. Mr Kightley brought in some Roman artefacts to share with the children. Unfortunately the pictures of this session cannot be uploaded as we are still awaiting some photographic permission forms. If you have not yet completed and returned your form could you please do this as soon as possible.
We also had a visit from a dental hygienist who has been talking to the children about their teeth and how to look after them properly. Over the next two weeks she will be returning to teach additional sessions. She has however set the children some homework for next Wednesday. The children need to look in the food cupboard at home and read the labels on food items to find if they contain sugar. They have been asked to record 10 items that contain sugar that surprised them.
Next Thursday is dress down day and all money received is being donated to the 'Save the children - Hurricane Irma appeal'. We will be looking at the effects of Hurricane Irma and the work of this charity in lessons next week.
As year 5 are currently on their residential trip it has been decided that spellings will now be sent home after their return so that the whole school will be receiving their new spellings on the same week.
Have a great weekend!
We are 3D!