Hello and welcome to Nethercote Class!
I hope you have had a lovely summer break and that you are all keeping safe and well.
For our first term back, our main aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition back into full-time school. The KS1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had previously. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, and the children will experience more formal learning as the year progresses.
This term our topic is ‘Awesome Inventors’, which will give us lots of opportunities to be creative! Please see the topic web on our class page on the website for more details of what is being taught this term. Our class books will be ‘On Sudden Hill’ by Benji Davies and later in the term we will be reading ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton. There is no obligation to buy these books as we have class copies, but you may wish to do so to continue enjoying them at home.
Reading with your child is the most important thing you can do to help support their learning and it would be wonderful if they could read or be read to every day. Please also make sure your child brings their reading books and reading diaries into school with them (a bookbag would be useful!). Phonics will continue to be taught daily and there may occasionally be supporting activities sent home.
We have made the decision not to set topic homework for this term. Instead, we ask that you help your child to learn the KIRFs which are found on the website. These are age appropriate math facts which should be practiced little and often. From next term, the children will be informally assessed on these, so it is important they are supported at home.
The children will be doing PE on Monday afternoons, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practice getting dressed at home independently to help them get changed quickly in school.
I am excited to welcome all the children back and look forward to watching the children flourish this year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries. You can catch me at the start and end of the school day on the playground or via the office.
Nethercote Class Teacher
Cycle A September 2020 – July 2021