Willow Term 2 Newsletter – ‘Energising Engineers’

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Dear Parents,
I hope you have had a fantastic half term break! Our topic for term 2 is ‘Energising Engineers’ and we will be reading ‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ to help us learn about what it means to be an engineer. We are also looking forward to celebrating 100 years since the end of WW1 on the second week of term, with a whole week focused on WW1. We will be using a book called ‘Archie’s War’ to help us with writing our own diaries and creating scrap books about what it would be like to be a school child during this time. We have also book a trip for Wednesday 28th November to visit the iconic British Airways i360 in Brighton and then onto the Pavillion to visit the Brighton Museum. A letter with further information will be sent out next week.

We will also be really focusing on timestables this term. The expectation is that children should know all their tables up to 12×12 by the end of year 4. This term, we will be especially focusing on the 3x, 4x, 6x and 8x tables. Please do as much as you can at home to learn these as they make so many areas of maths so much easier.

Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

Termly Project

As our topic is based on Engineers, the children’s termly project will be to invent something to solve a problem. They could solve one of these three problems:

  • Something that makes one of your chores easier to do
  • A new way to package food to reduce plastic waste
  • A new, original piece of playground equipment
  • …or create something to solve a problem of their own! The children could make their creations or draw a design for their invention and explain how it would work. I look forward to seeing some genius inventions!

Helping To Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.

Reminders

Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Hare

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Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Why are we celebrating WW1?
  • Which famous inventors have you learnt about?
  • Who discovered gravity and how? What is friction?

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Willow Term 1 Newsletter – ‘Roald Dahl’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday! The children have settled really well into the new Willow Class and we have enjoyed getting to know each other this week. Our topic for term 1 is ‘Roald Dahl’ and we will be reading a few of his books over the tem – including ‘The Twits’, ‘The Magic Finger’ and ‘The Giraffe, Pelly and me’. Our topic work this term will be based on Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake and how to create our own stories. Our PE days are Tuesday and Friday; please ensure your child’s kit is always in school; trainers everyday are essential.

The way we are sending out homework has slightly changed for this year – please see the attached letter for further information and please don’t hesitate to come and see me if there are any questions. A copy of this will also be stuck into your child’s homework book which will be sent out on Mondays.

Termly Project

As our topic is based on Roald Dahl, the children’s task this term is to create a piece of artwork or design technology project based on their favourite character from his books! They could draw or paint or collage a picture of their favourite character, or create a 3-D model out of whatever they like. I look forward to seeing some creative designs!

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any experience or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.
Many thanks for your support,

Miss Hare

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Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • Which books did Roald Dahl write?
  • Who was his illustrator?
  • What are the states of matter?
  • Why is it important to protect our environment?
  • Which parable did you learn about this week?

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