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Class News Autumn Term 2022


Hello everyone,

It’s the end of our first fortnight in Parrots Class 2022-23 and what a jam-packed couple of weeks we’ve had. The children have been settling in super well and transitioning from EYFS and Year 1 into Year 1 and 2! We’ve been working on setting our classroom expectations, working through our school rules and the four rights, as well as diving deeper into our half termly value of Love and Friendship. The children are settling in wonderfully, not only reigniting and celebrating their friendships from last year but also creating new ones with children they perhaps haven’t met before now. It has been lovely to see them come together as a class over these first weeks. I feel very privileged to have them all in my class!

In History this half term we are extremely excited to be learning about… dinosaurs! The children were buzzing when they met our new little dino friend and were keen to name him – they each wrote their idea on a Post-It note and the chosen name picked randomly from the pot was… Rory and he will be with us in our classroom this half term while the children learn about the history of the Earth when dinosaurs roamed instead of humans. They’ve been encouraged to research, dig deep and even bring in any dinosaur-themed special items they may want to Show and Tell as part of our learning too.

Geography will be centred around Animals of the World this half term and we began our learning by recapping the seven continents with a familiar song – that I’m sure you will have heard your little ones singing – as well as looking at the different oceans on our planet. We’re excited to find out about the different species inhabiting each area of the globe. With our Art learning we’ll be exploring animal art, working in our shiny new sketchbooks as we learn to sketch different creatures. In Design Technology we’ll be looking at and exploring mechanisms: Sliders and Levers - Moving Pictures which will last for six weeks across the full Autumn term.

Our Science learning is Animals (including humans): All About Me which began with us learning about different parts of the body and their functions, including the five key senses. The children enjoyed drawing round and labelling the human body. We’ve been lucky to have P.E both inside and outside so far with a new sports coach, Miss Klausner, helping us to stay active and to learn and hone new skills.

Well done to Joy who was this week’s ‘Top of the Tree’ for her outstanding behaviour and hard work throughout her first two weeks as a Year 2, setting an incredible example to others. She is lucky enough to take Pickle, our resident Parrot, home for the long weekend. And a massive well done to all of the children for completing their first fortnight in Parrots Class! They’re doing amazingly already.

Just a few final reminders and messages:

  • We already have a number of lost property items across the key stage, some of which are not labelled. Please ensure that your child’s belongings are appropriately labelled to ensure items can be returned.
  • Each child has been assigned to their relevant Google Classroom groups now and homework for this week will be set on there. It is Read Write Inc based and can be accessed through your child’s colour-banded group which you will need to accept an invite to join. 
  • Book folders need to be brought into school regularly so children can change and update their reading books.
  • Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school to ensure they can stay hydrated.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us this year and look forward to seeing all of the wonderful adventures that unfold in Parrots Class!

Have a wonderful long weekend with your little ones and we’ll see you all on Tuesday morning after the Bank Holiday.

Love from Miss Westrope, Mrs Ofoma and Miss Cross xx