Spring 2, longer days and even sunshine coming through the classroom windows!

Spring is gradually arriving; in the classroom this half-term we’ve enjoyed watching narcissus bulbs grow and bloom.  Narcissus was an Ancient Greek god so the plants linked to our Literacy and History studies, as well as daily demanding much competitive measuring! 

In the second half of the Spring term, we look forward to learning: 

Literacy Our first tranche of writing will be exploiting our scientific knowledge of circuitry in explanation texts before being inspired by the beautiful book Lights on Cotton Rock-David Litchfield. 

Enquiry Once again we switch from History to Geography and will be poring over different sorts of maps as we consider “Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?” 

Science We are consolidating our understanding of electric circuits with a Physics unit entitled; How does the lamp light? 

DT We hope to complete our foil circuits which have been delayed due to a difficulty with resources. 

Computing returns as we explore e-safety. 

Music All the learning in this unit is driven by one song: Blackbird by The Beatles – a song about civil rights. 

PSHE These lessons are well-being focused, exploring the theme of Healthy Me. 

RE We return to a study of Christianity, in particular considering how Christians understand and remember the events leading up to Easter. 

PE This half term, PE is on Monday afternoon and for this the children need: outdoor pumps/trainers, black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings, a white T-shirt and black or grey sports sweatshirt.  The children really enjoyed the team-work involved in the Roman themed dance lessons and they will build on this as they learn to play Rugby with the Community Coach. This is outside so they do need their warm layers – bottoms and sweatshirt. 

Indoor Shoes Children change into their black indoor shoes when they arrive in the morning.  Changing their shoes helps keep their working environment as clean as possible. 

Reading We ask that the children to read three times a week at home and we do monitor this, obviously more is even better though!   

School Uniform School uniform continues to be grey skirt/trousers, white skirt, green jumper, plain black/grey/white socks/tights or green gingham summer wear.  Each child should wear a house or responsibility tie.  Everyone needs a pair of indoor black shoes. 

Water bottles The children keep a water bottle for access during breaks.  We ask that this is not a single use bottle and only contains water. 

Homework Homework is issued on a Friday and due back the following Thursday.  Participation and completion has been really impressive – thank you. It has meant many children have earnt a homework pass from Miss Harrison – well done!  It is returned marked to each child, should you wish to review it with your child. 

TTRS Thank you to everyone who is encouraging their child to play one game of TTRS a day.  There is a national test at the year end and those that are practising regularly are on track to do well in it. 

Spellings As ever it wouldn’t be school without weekly spelling tests, the children stick the new words in their Reading Records each week. Thank you for prompting them to practise them at home.  

Please email with any queries or concerns (r.debney@maltonprimary.org), or catch me at the classroom door.  I continue to post on the School’s Instagram account so that we can share classroom life – thanks for the likes! 

Ms Debney