Welcome to Otters Class
As always, time has flown by and the Summer term is upon us; I sincerely hope the sunshine will come out soon because the awful weather has put us well behind in the garden!
In Otters class, we’ll start our new topic based on the amazing fantasy book, The Hobbit. As well as being a great story, studying this book, will give us endless opportunities for writing, art and DT.
The highlight for this term in Maths is our decision to subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars which some of you may remember from our trial membership. The importance of times tables in underpinning so many areas of Maths can not be underestimated; those children with greater fluency in times tables undoubtedly find other areas of Maths easier to access. Times Tables Rock Stars, which was set up by a secondary school Maths teacher, is a fun website in which pupils create a rock star avatar. Pupils carry out regular times tables activities both on paper and online and the higher their times tables scores, the more accessories they are able to buy to ‘enhance’ their avatar. Hopefully, Otters will soon be a class of Times Tables Heroes and more details will follow as we get things underway.
As detailed in the newsletter, Maths and English or Topic homework will continue to be given out during Term 5 but will not be issued during Term 6. Homework will come out on a Wednesday and should be handed in on the following Monday. Please remember that if, after 40 minutes, despite trying their best, your child hasn’t completed a task, just sign to say they’ve spent the required amount of time at work and leave it unfinished. If you have any problems, questions or concerns about homework, please let me know.
Please continue to support and encourage your child to read regularly. By completing their reading records every time they read (either on their own or to an adult), children can earn reading certificates that are handed out in our Friday Praise Collective Worship. In Otters class, children are given the opportunity to change their own books during our daily Guided Reading sessions. If your child forgets to bring home new reading books, please let us know so we can give them a reminder.
Finally, PE takes place on a Tuesday and Thursday and hopefully, we’ll be outside for both sessions. Please make sure that your child has a complete named PE kit on these days so they can participate in this important area of the curriculum.
As always if you have any concerns or queries please make an appointment to see me. Summer term promises to be a busy and rewarding end to the year!
Ms R. Humphries
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