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Dear Children and Parents,

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter break and are feeling relaxed. 

Our topic this term is Towers and Tunnels, we shall be learning about different towers and tunnels today and from the past.  We will also be learning about where they are situated in the world.  We will be learning about the different purposes of the tunnels and why they were built.  To help us with this topic we shall be going to Dover Castle on the 9th June and spending time visiting the tunnels there.   It would be fantastic if you could encourage your child to read books about towers and tunnels and maybe if you have time to go and visit them with your child. 

In English we will be learning how to  recounts, information texts and we shall be looking at some poetry. 

In maths we will be learning about time, fractions, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and word problems to help develop our reasoning skills. 

In science our topic is learning about plants and how things grow.  We are also really lucky that we have some eggs in the classroom, that we are hoping will hatch into healthy chicks.  We will be observing the changes closely and learning about the life cycle of chickens. 

In the new national curriculum there is a strong emphasis on reading and comprehension, we will read with your child in guided reading groups and this will also develop their reading abilities and also their comprehension skills by questioning.  It is still very important that you read regularly with your child at home.  We have a class text that we will be reading together over the next term or so, it is "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone".   Other great authors are Enid Blyton, Michael Morpurgo, Dick King Smith, Lauren Child, Jill Murphy, Jeff Kinney, Oliver Jeffers, also have a look at the schools website for further suggestions on our reading list and at the waterstones top 100 children books to read at home.  

We will be having our spelling tests on a Friday.   The words will be given out on a Friday and the test will be on the following Friday.  After the half term holiday I will be introducing times tables tests for the whole class, these tests will be on a Wednesday.      All the children will be carrying on with their mental maths books and  will also have SPaG books to complete.  I will also send home homework occasionally that will develop and benefit their learning.  

This term your child will be taking part in the Key Stage 1 SATS.  Please do not worry about these, the results that your child will achieve at the end of the year will be mainly based on my teacher assessment and I generally use the test results to support my judgements. In KS1 there is no set time or day to do a particular test, they just need to be completed in May.  Your child has already been doing some practise tests to help them understand the format of the papers.   I will not be telling the children that they are tests, they will just see them as part of their learning so as not to make them stressed. 

I really hope that your child has a fantastic term, I always have an open door policy, so please pop in to see me if you have any queries or concerns.

Miss Oyler