It has been wonderful to welcome the children back into school. They've adapted brilliantly to the new routines and have settled quickly into their new classes, with their new adults. The adults are all thrilled to have them in and we have our fingers crossed for a happy and healthy school year.
The focus for English has been around the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. This book is being used in classes from Reception to Year 6. It was written to the author's son as a way of emphasising the basic ideas of what makes the world such a special and unique place and how we should cherish the world around us and celebrate our differences.
We will draw on the various different ideas to write letters and poetry, create pieces of artwork and generally learn to appreciate the place we call home.
We have begun work on place number and we will be moving onto calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have covered skills such as rounding, the value of digits within numbers and negative numbers.
Calculations is always a tricky concept in that in many cases there are different methods for getting to the same answer. Please support your child in refraining from showing them different methods which may confuse them and encourage them to work through the school-taught methods. As ever, the single greatest help would be practising times tables and quick mental calculations (e.g. 23 + 16=).
Our first topic back has been Brainwave. We are learning about how the brain functions, how different parts of the brain serve different purposes, about neuromyths, the effects of adrenaline and growth mindset.
Homework is set on Fridays and should be completed and returned by Wednesday the following week. Homework will be stuck into homework books and marked as a whole class together.
If your child has found the homework tricky, please do sit and help them as there is no need for it to be independent.
Spellings will be set on Fridays and tested on the following Friday.
Your child should be aiming to read daily and practise times tables and spellings five times weekly.