Cherry Term 3 Newsletter – ‘Who’s in the Book?’

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Dear Parents/carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas! This term we are beginning an exciting new topic-
Who’s in the Book? We will be using Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book’ as a hook for our learning this term. We
will explore a range of characters including Pirates and dragons and different story genres. We will also be
investigating different materials in our Science topic.

The learning map attached to this newsletter outlines the areas we will be looking at and some of the work
we will be doing in teacher focused activities and group work. We are also placing an emphasis on improving
the presentation of our work and writing quality sentences in all areas of the curriculum.

Here are some of the texts that we will be looking at this term:

Mini Home Project – Who is your favourite book character?

Thank you all for your effort with home learning tasks last term, including reading with your children. To link
with this term’s story focus, we would love the children to create a piece of work dedicated to a character
from a story. This could be their favourite story or a character from another book they like. We are focussing
on writing this term including handwriting and presentation. It would be great if they could do some writing as
part of their project. For example, they could describe a dragon from a story or choose a fairy tale character
like Goldilocks to write about. They could bring this in when complete by Friday 8th February.

Reading Please read with your child at least three times a week, even if it is just for 5 minutes.
When reading with your child please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read
by signing and dating in the reading record book.

During reading sessions, please discuss the story with your child and ask them questions
about what they are reading. Attached to this letter are some examples that you could
use. These questions will help to develop their understanding of what they are reading as
comprehension and discussion are key reading skills in Year 1 and 2.

Books are changed three times a week. Additionally, you are also welcome to come into
school at the end of the day to change books with your child.

Spellings & Homework Thank you for your continued support with homework. This really is a great way for you
to consolidate learning in class and a chance for you to share in your child’s learning.
Spellings will be given out once a week in the homework sheet. Please practise these words

with your child at home in their homework book. These will then be tested on a Tuesday
in school. Additionally, Year 2 children will receive a comprehension to help them preparefor the reading SATS.

Maths

Please can children continue to learn their times tables at home. Year 1 children should be learning 10x, 2x and 5x tables. Year 2 chlldren should be moving onto 3x and 4x tables.

BBC Bitesize website has links to times tables songs that children can learn.

MyMaths can be used at home for the children to explore and practise skills from class
work whenever they choose.

Useful Websites

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • Who is your favourite character and why?
  • What is your favourite book and why?
  • Can you tell me the story of Charlie Cook’s favourite book?
  • What other fairytales do you know?
  • Who is your favourite author?

Quick Reminders

  • Please can you make sure your child brings in a water bottle and their book bag each day.
  • The children must always have a coat in school as the weather can be unpredictable.
  • Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday but PE kits should be in all week.

We hope you all have lovely term supporting the children in their learning and can see how much they have
learnt already. Please do not hesitate to come and speak to me if necessary.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Norris

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Cherry Term 2 Newsletter – ‘Bright Lights, Big City!’

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Dear Parents,

I hope that you had a good half term. Our topic this term is “Bright Lights, Big City”. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is always in school. We really appreciate your on-going support at home, with your child’s learning.

Helping to Enrich Our Topics

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

Useful Websites

Questions to ask at home

  • What do I know about Remembrance Day?
  • Why do we remember on this date?
  • Have you been to any cities? What are they like?
  • How are cities different to the towns and villages that we live in?
  • What things give us light?
  • What types of electronic technology do we have in our homes?

I look forward to seeing you very soon If you or your child has any problems do come and see me.

Regards,

Mrs Norris

Learning Map

Cherry Term 1 Newsletter – ‘The Great Fire of London’

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a fantastic summer break! This term we will be starting our new topic of ‘The Great Fire of London’. Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is always in school. We really appreciate your on-going support at home, with your child’s learning.

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 we are doing this term, we would love to see and hear about them.

Useful Websites

Questions You Could Ask Your Child About Their Learning This Term

  • What do you know about the Great Fire Of London?
  • How is London different today than it was in that time?
  • Why did the fire spread so quickly?
  • What equipment is inside a fire engine?
  • How would you call the fire brigade if you needed them?

I look forward to seeing you very soon. If you or your child has any problems do come and see me.

Many thanks and I hope you have a great term!

Mrs Norris

Learning Map