Welcome to Sycamore!
Autumn Term Fun!
Hello and welcome back! I am really excited to be back after my maternity leave and I am looking forward to getting to know you all again, working hard and having some fun!
During this term, we will be focusing on Earth and Space and later in the term we will be looking at materials. We will find out all about the planets and stars and where they are in the solar system.
Please feel free to send in anything you think may be useful for us to look at during our topic work. The children always enjoy sharing objects they have at home, and any information they have found out, with the rest of the class.
Carrying on from last year, a secondary school teacher will be coming into school, on Tuesday afternoons, to teach the children French. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve both the children's French verbal and written skills as well as preparing them for secondary school.
Homework, Spellings and Reading
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected to be returned by the following Thursday, unless stated otherwise. I will check on returned homework and there are rewards for children bringing homework back on time. Homework is normally a small amount of Literacy and Numeracy, linked to what we have learnt that week. It is not expected to take a long time and children should be able to complete it independently but I would always encourage parents to get involved with their learning.
At the start of each topic the children will receive 'My Way Homework'. This is an extended piece of homework, where children will have the opportunity to express their learning in any way they wish - let your imagination run wild! It has been my experience that children really enjoy this and we have had many fantastic pieces of homework from this.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday with the test on the following Friday. All children are given opportunity to practise their spellings in school but I have found that the best scores are achieved when they have practised them at home with family.
Reading is vitally important to every child and it really opens up the world to them. All children will be heard read through guided reading sessions and we will aim to listen to every child read their reading book at least once a week.
Things we need