Welcome back to what could potentially be the shortest term in history! It's a 5 week term with an INSET and 2 Bank Holidays!
Please be aware that this may have some timetable alterations - I enclose the timetable as always but I might need to shuffle things round to take account of the shorter weeks.
The weather should be much better as we head into summer. PE sessions are now all planned to be outdoors - once again I need to issue a reminder about PE kits - there are still too many children who arrive without PE kits. Please can we have a term where everyone has what they need, on the day they need it.
As we move into term 5 our Value is 'Democracy' - this looks at how voting systems work why our opinion is important and how it is important that when we are asked to contribute our ideas that we do so whilst respecting the opinions of others on different issues.
Many thanks for your continued support.
As part of Science week 2019, Sycamore were invited to attend a workshop at Carterton Community College. In this session we learnt how to safely light and use a bunsen burner and discovered how the different colours from a firework are created.
To finish, the children got to ignite gas filled bubbles and also create fireballs from Miss Lisk and Mr Young (please note, this was in controlled conditions and should most definitely not be tried at home!)
Home Learning is set on a termly basis to continue work linked to school, providing children with the opportunity to revise certain areas of learning and to encourage them to take their learning further.
We are continuing to use the 100 Point Projects to allow children to develop the time management skills that are so important in daily life. Each term a set of challenges will be set, linked to our topic. Each of these challenges will be worth a set amount of points. Children need to complete enough tasks to collect a minimum of 100 points. Work should not be sent in each week. Final projects should be brought in during the final week of each term for us to share as a class.
In addition to this, we will be using MyMaths to offer children the chance to revisit, revise, refresh and extend their understanding - each child should have a log in - if not, please ask and a replacement will be provided. If you do not have internet access at home, I am happy for children to have lunch in the classroom once a week and use the school equipment to access this learning platform. Please let me know if this is needed so I can plan which day...
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please also be aware of the value of reading the right text - whilst I understand that certain texts by certain authors are a nice 'Sunday afternoon' read, there is such a wealth of knowledge to be gained by varying the author, text type and genre of book we read - new vocabulary, punctuation use, grammar development and inference all come from a range of texts rather than simply reading the 'cartoon' type books.
Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school, Monday to Friday.
As part of our drive to be active learners, being active is a vital step to promoting learning skills, team building and effective listening skills. It is imperative that your child has the appropriate kit in school as we may have to re-schedule an outdoor session if weather is unfavourable.