Overview for term 2
Weekly bulletin (W/C 12/9/22)
Week 2 draws to a close in what has been a busy Osprey class. In maths this week we have been learning to partition numbers to a million and be able to understand the values of each digit up to an including millions as well as being able to increase and decrease values by powers of 10.
In english we continued with our work on The Giants Necklace and discovered that Cherry has survived her ordeal at sea - but nobody knows it so we have written news reports outlining her disappearance!
In science we added various materials to water to see which formed a solution and which formed new materials. Our next step is to see how we get the salt back out of the water!
Weekly bulletin (W/c/ 5th September)
Welcome back and a huge well done to all the children in Osprey class as we leapt right into our learning this week.
In English we began our work on the wonderful story 'The Giants Necklace' by Michael Morpurgo. We have learnt about verb choices and how changing a verb can alter the impact of a sentence or passage of text. In maths we have been learning about place value in numbers to a million and have been learning how to write them using commas appropriately to group values which also helps us to say the numbers accurately.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that children are in the correct PE kit and, if appropriate, are able to remove their earrings themselves.
Welcome to Osprey Class
I am Mr Young, and I have been working at CPS for almost 8 years. I enjoy being part of the CPS team and being able to share the journey of making the school better alongside staff and children.
I don't have children of my own, but I do have a mischievous and adventurous bear, named Harumphrey. We have travelled the world together and had all sorts of adventures! Sometimes he pops into school to help us with our learning although at times he can be more of a hindrance than a help!
In my spare time I love cycling (not very fast, but increasingly far and often fuelled by Pot Noodles!) and I am out and about as often as I can be - even in the snow - which is my favourite weather!
Learning in Osprey is a two way relationship - I expect you to take part and share your ideas and thoughts with the rest of the class as this helps to broaden your own thoughts, opinions and develop long term knowledge. I'm also keen to develop you as a whole person - learning how to become resilient, flexible, empathetic and respectful - skills to take through our whole lives!
What to wear and bring to school:
All pupils should come to school in school uniform and with a school bag. Pupils should pack a water bottle, hat and any pencil case/stationery that they may want to use. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. On PE days children should come into school in PE kits rather than school uniform. These days will be communicated to parents and any alterations (due weather for example) will be sent in a message to you.
Termly timetable and homework
Your child will receive a timetable at the start of each term. This will also be sent out and put on the class web page. Homework will be primarily set via Google classroom each term – where possible submission should also be on Google classroom (unless something more tactile like a model/cooking etc). As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. If at any point you would like extra support work for your child please contact me and I can provide appropriate support.
End of the day
The school day ends at 3.10pm – if you would like to grant permission for your child to walk home independently at the end of the day then please complete the Google form on the link below. The permission window remains open - you may sign up at any point or withdraw permission should you need to. Just keep me updated.
Please note that permission for independent walking ends at the end of the academic year and new permission will be needed for the following year.
If you have any queries about the daily routine or what your child is learning then do not hesitate to get in touch. I will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible, occasionally this may take longer than I would like but I always aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the school week.
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 text rather than simply reading the 'cartoon' type books.