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Woodpeckers,

Welcome back, we hope you had time in the half term to rest and recharge your batteries ready for this term!

We continue our learning on Mountains, Rivers and Coasts this term continuing with rivers and moving onto coasts.  

In English, we are looking at poetry first which will allow us to continue to develop our writing skills and really work hard to paint a picture in the reader’s mind. We will also be learning new skills to help us do some persuasive letter writing later in the term.  

Homework will continue in a similar fashion. Spelling, Literacy and Maths Homework being due in on a Thursday. As before, the whole terms spelling and literacy homework will be handed out at the beginning of the term with maths being given out weekly. Please ensure you look after your homework folders and keep your sheets in the correct order. Homework Club continues on a Monday afternoon until 4pm. There are still spaces available for this group if you want to join.

In Design and Technology this term we will design and build a boat which is capable of carrying the most cargo possible!

Read-opoly will continue this term with some new rewards added to the game! There is a new raffle prize and the introduction of a prize box too! In order to move around the board you need to read to an adult 4 times a week. Extra bonus rewards are given for those who read more than this.

This term PE will focus on practising our Gymrun skills to ensure we improve our overall fitness along with dance. This will be on a Tuesday afternoon, however, as always it is a good idea to have your kit in school every day.

Times Table Championship will continue allowing you to develop your speed of recall for all multiplication facts up to the 12 times table. To support this, part of your homework is to practice your times tables weekly using a variety of different websites and games. Time Table Rock Stars is a fabulous way to improve you times table skills. You can earn coins to buy items from the shop to dress and improve your avatar but best of all, you can challenge a friend (or ever Mrs Adams!) to a battle. There are always copies of the Championship sheets in the classroom if you would like to take some home to practice or even better, challenge an adult!

We cannot wait to see you all again on Monday the 6th of January.

Mrs Adams, Mrs James and Miss Dyke.

 

Term Plan

 

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Woodpeckers,

We hope you and your families had a relaxing Christmas break and we wish you all the best for 2020.

We will begin our new topic in January, Rivers, Mountains and Coasts with a particular focus on Spain. This topic will continue into next term also due to the vast amount of learning to cover!

In English, we will have a big focus on consistently applying correct punctuation in all aspects of our writing along with learning new skills to help us write a non-fiction report about Spain and a Science report. You all made great progress in your last piece of assessed writing so we are keen to see you maintain this and develop your skills as authors.

Homework will continue in a similar fashion. Spelling, Literacy and Maths Homework being due in on a Thursday. As before, the whole terms spelling and literacy homework will be handed out at the beginning of the term with maths being given out weekly. Please ensure you look after your homework folders and keep your sheets in the correct order.

In Design and Technology this term we will research and build a mountain range exploring the best ways to reinforce this complex structure.

Read-opoly will continue this term with some new rewards added to the game! In order to move around the board you need to read to an adult 4 times a week. Extra bonus rewards are given for those who read more than this. Our class reader this term is Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, this will make for an interesting comparison to our last book, Michelle Paver’s Wolf Brother. We are also very much looking forward to pictures of you reading in unusual places over the holidays!

This term PE will be with Mr Herring who will be focussing on Tennis skills. This will take place on a Wednesday afternoon so please ensure you have your kit with you on these days however, it is useful for it to be in school every day.

Times Table Championship will continue allowing you to develop your speed of recall for all multiplication facts up to the 12 times table. To support this, part of your homework is to practice your times tables weekly using a variety of different websites and games. There are always copies of the Championship sheets in the classroom if you would like to take some home to practice or even better, challenge an adult!

We cannot wait to see you all again on Monday the 6th of January.

Mrs Adams and Mrs James

 

Term Plan

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It was Mexican Day in Chaffinches this week! The children fully immersed themselves in Mexican tradition to celebrate all the learning that has taken place during their Mexico topic this term.

The children came dressed in Mexican attire, including ponchos, sombreros, Day of the Dead costumes and even a cactus outfit! In the morning the children prepared a Mexican feast, including chilli, guacamole and cheesy nachos, all made from scratch by their own fair hands! Once the food was ready they sat down to enjoy their meal together as a class. They even did all of the washing-up!

In the afternoon they learnt a tradition Mexican dance; The Mexican Hat Dance. They then performed this to the rest of the school before settling down to watch the Day of the Dead inspired film Coco.

Thank you to the parents / carers who provided such excellent outfits.

 

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Chaffinches have been having a great time at Forest School – despite the weather! It has been wonderful to be surrounded by the bluebells as we have been learning. Over the last few weeks we have been developing our team work and problem solving skills. We have been inspired by our study of scientists and inventors so we have been building our own structures and creating our own games!