Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to school after a soggy half term. I am looking forward to the first signs of spring and some nicer weather.
Last half term was very busy after the Christmas break. Year 4 children were amazing ambassadors for the school on their residential at Fairthorne Manor, they were adventurous and keen to try lots of new things whether it was abseiling or carrot and coriander soup! Year 6 wowed their parents with some excellent monster dance and their gruesome Frankenstein writing. Year 2 showed their charitable nature and held a sale for ‘Build A School’ following their work looking at life in Kenya raising £185. Year 3 were exploring life at Hogwarts and produced some excellent newspaper articles and diary entries written as either a witch or wizard. Some even tried to write as Draco Malfoy. Meanwhile, Year 5 have been exploring what it is like in Space and writing some haikus about getting old! They are well worth a read. Year 1 have been busy learning about African animals and enjoying the drum workshops along with the Year 1 classes at Bedenham. Finally, Year R have been celebrating Chinese New Year and enjoying ordering meals at their in class Chinese take away. They have been practising their chop sticks skills too!
This half term promises to be just as busy! Please enjoy the newsletters blogs to read more about what your child has been getting up to and what is coming up for them this half term.
I look forward to seeing lots of you in school again this half term, your support is very important to your children.
Mrs Zoë Dudley
Head of School.
Clownfish Class have thoroughly enjoyed our recent ‘Spot the Difference’ Geography topic where we learnt all about Kenya. We learnt about two children who live in Kenya by looking at photos of their homes and school. Some schools in Kenya have no walls, very limited resources and the children are taught in very large classes. We decided that we would like to hold a sale to raise money to send to a charity called ‘Build a School’ to help improve the conditions of schools in Africa. We bought in cakes, toys and games that we no longer play with and books to sell. We made £185 to send to the charity. Thank you for your support (and yummy cakes!)
We also had two cross federation African theme mornings where the children from Yr 1 and 2 at Holbrook and Bedenham got together to share some learning activities. We had a visitor who taught us how to play the djembe drums. We found out that you can make different kinds of sounds by hitting the drums in different places. We created some African beaded necklaces and some Savannah sunset paintings. We also played some traditional African playtime games – our favourite one was where we had to run away from someone who was pretending to be a hungry mambo snake.
In the second half of the Spring term, we will be working on a Science based topic called ‘Grow for It!’ We will be investigating what conditions seeds and plants needs in order to grow. In DT, we will be learning how to create moving pictures on the theme of Spring. In RE, we will be learning all about the ‘Easter Story’.
We returned to school after half term with an amazing Book Week. Clownfish Class enjoyed meeting a story teller called Michael O’Leary and we all looked fantastic on book character dress up day. Thank you for coming in to share some ‘Books at Breakfast’. In class, we shared a wordless book called ‘The Journey’. It was a story about an imaginative girl who found a special red crayon which she used to create adventures and to escape from dangers.
Mrs Gates Up-date
Mrs Gates was hoping to return to work this half term however, she has now broken her leg in three places and is going to be immobile for some time while it mends. Miss Stedman and Mrs Pullan will carry on teaching the Clownfish Class as before.
Homework is given out on Fridays and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. Please help your child to learn their spellings, regularly listen to them read books and work on learning their 2, 5 and 10xs tables off by heart. If they already know these facts, please work on the related division facts for these tables. Being able to tell the time is also an important skill that your child could work on at home. Please talk to them about and help to recognise the times when they carry out their daily routines. By the end of Year 2, children should be able to tell half past, quarter past, quarter to times and the 5 minute interval times on clocks.
PE days will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
If your child wears earrings, please ensure that they are removed for PE days or that they have tape available to cover their ears. Spring doesn’t seem in any hurry to arrive so please make sure that your child has suitably warm clothes and correctly fitting PE shoes for outdoor PE sessions.