Acorn Class newsletter – January 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back – hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year!  Just to let you know a few things about what’s happening in Acorn Class this term.

Reading

Reading books will be coming home from Wednesday this week.  Please continue to read daily with your child whenever possible.   They will probably be quite tired after the busy holidays, but the main thing to remember is that books are to be enjoyed, not to become a chore. Try to make reading books a shared time that you enjoy spending together.

Labeling

Please make sure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labeled with their name.  This will ensure PE kits and uniforms do not get mixed up at changing time.  It will also make it much easier for Acorns to recognise their things.

Uniform/P.E. Kit

Please send in your child’s PE kit by Wednesday, with warm clothing in case we are outside.  Our PE days are still Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.  PE kits can stay at school and will go home at the end of each half term. Please make sure your child does not wear any jewellery at all.  If they have long hair please tie it up on PE days – this will help to avoid time spent hunting for spare bobbles to use.

Topic work

This term we will continue to focus on traditional tales.  We will explore heroes and villains further using storytelling as a structure.  Acorns will perform oral retellings and develop their own revised versions of traditional tales.  We will be holding an open session for parents to come and explore fairy stories with their children and discover new ways to approach reading and writing.  This will take place on Thursday 4th February between 9-11am.  We hope that lots of you will be able to join us and have some fun playing with characters and events in some well known traditional tales.  Acorns will finish the term by exploring Penguin poems enabling them to read and write shape poems on mountains and arctic creatures. We will be thinking about hot and cold climates, insulation and what to wear!

Class Teddies

Our class teddies are Patch and Rufus – they have been very well loved in the past and will be coming home with different children each day from next week. If it’s your child’s turn, please sit and help them write a couple of lines describing what they got up to in your home.  Support and encourage them to be as independent as possible with this.  They can also draw a picture or stick in photographs to show what they got up to.

These are not intended to be an extra thing to worry about, so please don’t feel you have to write lots. It is a nice way of linking home and school, developing confidence, and writing for a purpose.  The children all enjoy sharing their experiences with the class and this also helps to further develop their confidence in speaking and listening.

Learning Journeys

These will be coming home from Friday.  I look forward to finding out all the exciting things you enjoyed over the festive season.

Outdoor Area

We will continue to use our Outdoor Area as much as possible.  Please make sure your child is prepared for all weathers.  We have waterproofs for children to use but please also send in coats (with sleeves) every day to enable them to fully enjoy their time outdoors.

It’s that time of year when coughs and colds are around.  Please can everyone bring in a box of tissues, thank you.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask – the best time is at the end of the school day.

Many thanks for your continued support,

 

Miss G. Hunt