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Welcome back! We hope you all have had a lovely Christmas and New Year. We are very excited for this term, with some more very interesting and fascinating topics to get stuck into. This half term we will be looking at both Towers, Tunnels and Turrets and Superheroes.

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

In this topic, we will visit a real castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and improve our PE skills by playing attacking and defending games.

At the end of our project we’ll have so much to share! We’ll display our amazing structures and share our knowledge with you on a special occasion.

Homework

After the success of last term’s project-based homework, we are continuing this in the current term. Children enjoyed sharing their work with others and both Miss Jackson and Mrs Bentley were amazed by the amount of time and effort which put into them. We have provided you with a list of ideas (see attached) for this topic. All children have a Sumdog login which was handed out at parents evening. If you don’t have a login just pop in and see Miss Jackson. Children can play Sumdog on a computer, Ipad, tablet or mobile device. This is an app that helps them with their mental skills in Maths. Year 2 will be given a Times Tables Rock Stars login this term, which we would encourage them to play to help them with their times tables.

Reading:

Children are encouraged to read every day at home, and those that do will be entered into a reading raffle once a week for a chance of winning a prize. Please can parents make sure children have their reading book, common exception words and planner at school every day.

P.E:

Our P.E days have changed this term. We now do P.E on Wednesday and children will need to bring their swimming kits every Friday. Swimming starts on Friday 18th January 19.

P.E kit should include black/navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt. P.E kits are to be taken to school every Monday and taken home on Friday. Children will be awarded dojo’s for remembering their PE kit. Please label all uniform, including P.E kit. Children are encouraged not to wear earrings whilst doing P.E, however if they do have to stay in, we require children to bring their own plasters to cover them up.

Break time snacks:

Children can bring money every day for a snack if they want it. The price of bagels is 20p and toast is 15p.

Dinners:

Due to the success of jacket potatoes last term, we have decided to keep them on the menu. We would like parent/carers to fill in the menu at home so you know what your children is having at dinner for the whole term. This menu was sent out last term, please can you return it as soon as possible.

 

 

King regards

Miss Jackson and Mrs Bentley

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