Welcome to St John’s Class
Our class is made up of 6 Year Two and 19 Year Three children.
Our grown-ups are Mrs Grindlay,
Mrs Cavallari and Mrs West.
Exciting Events and Weekly News
REMINDER: The last date for TOPIC HOMEWORK is due Monday 20th May 2019. Each child should have a piece of maths and literacy homework completed to a good standard. We would ask that parents please support their children in handing in their tasks and ensure that they do complete their allocated homework. Please let Mrs Grindlay know if there are any problems in handing in the work on time.
Date for the Diary: Our school tip to Butser Ancient Farm will take place on May 24th 2019. Letter to follow shortly. Please note that if your child is not attending the trip they are still expected to be at school and alternative arrangements will be made for them. Stone Age lunch suggestions can be accessed at this link LUNCH-SUGGESTIONS
ActiveLearnPrimary Log in details can be found in your child’s literacy homework book. More information can be found in the Reading & Grammar page below.
|What we have been doing this week:
The children have been making the most of the sunshine this week and have enjoyed an outdoor science lesson on the reproductive process in plants. The children worked in pairs to dissect a tulip and identify all of the main parts, laying out their work carefully and labelling each using scientific terminology.
During their art lesson, they have continued to make their Stone Age tools, creating their ‘Stones’ out of newspaper and painting them to look like the real thing.
In literacy, the children have started writing the last paragraph of their ‘Stig of the Dump’ adventure story and we are so pleased with their imagination, they have really shone this term and are obviously fascinated with the topic. We have been thrilled to see so many of the children producing their Topic Homework projects and many of them have been a delight to read. Keep up the good work.
Home to School Book
Each child has a Home to School Book which eases the two-way communication between parents and our Staff. We use a child’s book to make parents aware of any specific events that have happened during any session or to make our staff aware of any events (good or bad!) that may have happened at home.
We believe in working in a strong partnership with our children’s parents and carers many of whom cannot always be at school for drop-off and pick-up. This book will enable daily contact with the teacher if desired. An example of this communication may be a note telling the teacher that a child is going home with another pupil etc. If you have entered a note into the book please make your child aware so that they can hand the book to the teacher at the beginning of the day.
Any absences, requests for a holiday or medicinal issues must still go through the school office.
If your child is in Year 3 they will have received a green KS2 reading record. If your child is in Year 2 they will have a yellow KS1 reading record. This will still need to be completed either by the parent or the child to show any reading that has taken place – on a daily basis where possible. If your child has read a particularly enjoyable book, we have book review templates here in school that they could complete and we will then display them in the classroom for other pupils to read. A link to this document is attached. KS2 Book Review Template
Class Timetable 2019
Spring Term Reading Competition Winners! It was fantastic this term to see so many more children taking part in our reading competition. The winners read an impressive 5 times a week for 11 weeks in total so a huge congratulations to Alex, Ines and Ava. The runners up this term with 10 weeks were Liam, Katy and Lila. They each had a choice of books to take home with them.
Autumn Term Reading Competition Winners! Congratulations to all participants who took part in our termly reading competition. It was a close race and I am pleased to announce that the winner was awarded a fantastic stack of new releases. Joint second place winners also received a book each and all participants were given a coveted St Martin’s bookmark. Well Done to everyone who took part and I hope that we see many more entering during 2019. Parents – please make sure that you sign your child’s reading record otherwise the reading total cannot be approved and won’t count. Reading does not have to be the school reading books, all reading counts.
Parent Volunteer Required: We now have our parent helpers for the school trip to Butser Ancient Farm. A big thank you to Mr Sanashee and Mrs Ring for agreeing to accompany us. I am sure you will have a lovely day sharing in your child’s learning.
Exploring how to survive as Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers
Curriculum Termly Overview
Termly Topic Homework Grid
Topic homework is a fantastic opportunity for parents to actively engage with their child/children’s learning. Unlike the weekly maths and literacy homework, parents are actively encouraged to participate. By working together to create something wonderful it can not only increases their understanding of the topic but can also provide an opportunity to have quality time together which has been shown to be a key way of building your child/children’s self- confidence both in and out of the classroom.
Year 2 Maths Homework
CLIC this term will focus on areas for development, taken from class work.
Homework will be sent home on Wednesdays and is due to be returned to class on the following Monday at the latest. Your child will also bring home a copy of their homework in their homework book.
Your child may occasionally, bring home homework that is tailored for their particular need. Any additional copies of these are available from the class teacher.
Homework links are provided for homework that is issued to the whole class.
There will be no maths homework in week 4 as the children are working hard for SATs
Year 3 Maths Homework
17.5.19. – Year 3 Children have been given Maths Homework on sheets. These are not due in until Friday 24th May.
There will be no Homework during Half-Term.
Spelling & Literacy Homework
Holiday Homework for St John’s Class – Please read any book, fiction or non-fiction and write a review from the template on the homepage. Be prepared to present them to the class next term. The work will be displayed in our book corner.
Summer Term 1 – Literacy homework will not be issued weekly this half term. The main focus for literacy homework should be on the two compulsory tasks chosen from the Topic Homework Grid. The children should complete these tasks as though they were in class. We will be expecting neat and legible handwriting, with accurate spellings and including all the punctuation and suffixes, as taught so far this year.
Half Term Homework Summer 1 – All children are asked to read a book and complete the attached review. This must be done neatly and fully completed. This task supports their guided reading which takes place in school.
Please ensure that your child has their spelling books in school on Mondays so that we can issue their new weekly spelling sheets. They will also need their books on Fridays to take the spelling test. Please make sure that your child practises their spellings. Although they have some time in school to do this, it is essential that they consolidate their learning during the week at home.
Reading & Grammar
Don’t forget to use your www.Activelearnprimary.co.uk log in and complete the tasks set by your teacher. Log in details will be sent home on Friday 12th January 2018
READING WITH YOUR CHILD AT HOME
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun – you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.
Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Think about books that will engage your child, perhaps related to their hobbies or particular areas of interest. For more ideas and example questions to ask your child when reading together, click on the document below.
Recommendations for reading books can be found at the links below.
|Reading List Link||Recommended Books|
|Year 2||Recommended Reading List Year 2||Recommended books for Year 2|
|Year 3||Recommended Reading List Year Three||Recommended books for Year 3|
Mrs Grindlay’s Favourite Book of the Month for May is:
For more information and blurb check out the book review in St John’s Class or click HERE. Why not let everyone know what you have been reading this month? Fill in a review and spread the word.
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