Happy New Year!
We would like to welcome all the children back to St Martin's for the start of another exciting term. We hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you the very best in the New Year. The children have arrived back looking very smart, happy and full of enthusiasm.
We will start the Term by studying forces in Science and will be planning on taking the children to At Bristol towards the end. As well as this they will also be delivering a number of different science investigations throughout the term. In Topic we will be studying the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. We have lots of great activities planned including children becoming archaeologists for the day discovering what was buried at Sutton Hoo.
This term children will be going to Forest School which is an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment. Children will need to bring in old clothes and footwear that you do not mind getting muddy. 5W will have this every Monday afternoon and 5H every Wednesday afternoon.
P.E. will take place twice a week. This will be on Mondays (5H), Tuesdays (5W) and Fridays. Please ensure that children bring the correct kit into school for their activity. We suggest that they bring their P.E. kit in on Monday morning and take it home on Friday. Please make sure is clearly named.
In English we will be looking at a variety of different styles of writing including fiction and non-fiction. Alongside this children will have daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions as well as phonics. Reading is also a very important skill and continues to be a priority. Support from home is essential to encourage progress and interest so we would urge you to hear your child read as often as possible, giving them the opportunity to talk about what they have read and discuss such things as characters, settings, plots and storylines to help with their understanding. We will then be moving on to arguments and debates and journalistic writing.
In Maths, the first couple of weeks we will be looking at multiplication and division and then focusing on co-ordinates and Line graphs. There will be lots of emphasis on investigating and using skills and problem solving.
Your child will be given Maths and English homework on Friday which needs to be returned by the following Wednesday so misconceptions can be addressed. This will include a list of Spellings to be learnt over the week and tested on Friday. They will also be expected to know all their times tables facts up to 12X12, if this is something you know your child finds difficult we urge you to help them work on this as knowledge of these facts is essential to so many other areas of their Number work.
We enjoy meeting parents and feel communication is an important factor in making sure your child is happy, secure and successful at school. We are happy to meet with you to discuss anything you feel is important, a few minutes after school is welcomed but try to avoid Wednesday as we have staff meetings.
Finally, we would like to thank you in advance for your support and co-operation and look forward to helping your children continue to become successful learners.
Miss White and Mr Hulse