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Class News Autumn Term 2022

16.9.2022

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Welcome to the first Peacocks Class email of the academic year! I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday…I can’t believe we are already at the end of our second week. We have been very busy indeed! 

The children have settled in extremely well to their new classes. Throughout our first week back we spent a lot of time getting to know each other, reminding ourselves of the rules and routines and taking the time to get to know Lower Key Stage Two and our new year groups and classes a little more. 

During our first week, we enjoyed assemblies with Mrs Lang, where she talked to us about returning to school and we were also reminded of the school rules and the array of rewards we can earn in school. Children have enjoyed collecting their stickers and house points already this fortnight; they have all worked very hard indeed! 

We have also been agreeing our class rules, these are now displayed in the classroom and children have been demonstrating their understanding of these by displaying exemplary behaviour this week. Well done everyone; you have all been working hard on this.  

We were so impressed with all of the fantastic summer reading work completed too. Thank you for your support with this. It has been wonderful to hear about the range of tasks you completed together. The children have loved discussing the book ‘Nim’s Island’ and we have completed some further tasks related to this excellent text. Children particularly enjoyed further research on the ocean habitat and they loved creating their very own islands, along with some amazing writing! Alongside this text, we have continued with another class reading book called ‘Whale Watchers’. This excellent book has also provided further opportunities to consider the impact of climate change and pollution on our oceans. We love reading in Lower Key Stage Two and this has been a fantastic start to our studies on a range of books.  

Children have also begun their English and Maths lessons and children should now be aware of which teachers they have for each subject. Children enjoyed selecting their new reading books from our library and we are pleased to see that they are sharing these at home with you too. 

In English we have also started our new book, ‘Iron Man’. On Thursday we discovered a range of metal items at the bottom of a hill in the school grounds and children were able to make excellent predictions about what may have caused these items to be there. We then discovered that the nuts, bolts and metal may have belonged to the iron man! We can’t wait to find out more about the story and this interesting character. 

We have also started our new learning about Forces in Science. In History we will be learning about the history of our local area and in Geography we will be further developing our understanding of maps and the local area. The children are so excited to find out more about these topics. We will be completing a walk in the local area this half term too. More information will follow about this. 

We were impressed with the children’s excellent behaviour on our first trip to the leisure centre for our weekly swimming lessons; as were the staff at the leisure centre. Well done children, we know you are going to enjoy these weekly trips. 

Along with the rest of the world, we were all saddened to hear of the Queen’s death last week. Children explored the story ‘There once is a queen’ by Michael Morpurgo to prompt discussions about the amazing life of Queen Elizabeth II. This week we watched some of the historical procession of the Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to lying-in-state. The children asked excellent questions and learnt so much about the monarchy through our observing of this historical event. 

A big well done to our Peacocks of the week for the last two weeks: Lucas and Emily W.  

Our handwriting heroes and heroines this fortnight were Felicia, Jenson, Cody and Chloe F; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!

Here are a few other useful reminders for you: 

  • Everyone in LKS2 has PE on a Tuesday and should come into school in their PE kits

Miss Spokes’ English group (Macaws English) have their second PE slot on a Monday

Mrs Waterman’s English group (Peacocks English) have their second PE slot on a Tuesday morning

Mrs Shilvock’s English group (Red Kites English) have their second PE slot on a Friday

  • Please remember to send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days

  • Year 4 children that would like to be considered for an ambassador role should complete their speeches ready to share in assembly on Tuesday, as per the email sent earlier this week 

  • Maths homework has been set for your child on MyMaths for this week. A letter with login information can be found in their book bags. 

  • You will have also received an email detailing homework arrangements for this year. 

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend, 

Mrs Waterman and Miss Clark ☺