Spring 2 Information

Mrs Wolfe - 07 Mar 2019

A very warm welcome back to you all following the half term break.  The children have come back with a real spring in their step and have immediately got back in to the swing of their learning with real enthusiasm.  We cannot believe that we are now over the half way mark of the academic year!  This is always a very exciting time as our year 6 children begin thinking and preparing for their new adventures.  We will endeavour to ensure that their final half terms are full of opportunity so that they can prepare for the learning journey ahead.
Spring 2 Learning
 There are lots of things going on this half term, beginning this week with World Book Day!  Our reading ambassadors and librarians organised a fantastic day full of activities.  We had a red-carpet walk in the morning to show off our amazing costumes and then in the afternoon we were treated to activities such as bookmark-making, charades and ‘Pin the Title on the Book’. 

Tomorrow we are continuing our work on single-use plastics.  This is in preparation for our ambassador visit to the Allerton Recycling Plant on Monday.  Following this the ambassadors and Cedar are going to start putting their environmental skills into action. 

Topic work this half term links to our previous science learning on Evolution and Inheritance.  We are exploring the life of Charles Darwin and have begun this week sharing information about who he was and what he is famous for.  In art we have been examining his scientific drawings and sketches form his travels. Our next step, after revisiting sketching and shading skills, is to recreate drawings of a similar nature.

In April we are heading out to Grassington for the afternoon to visit the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue as a follow up from our residential trip to Ingleborough.  A great opportunity fo our keen mountaineers and walkers.  (Thank you to Will R and his family for helping us organise this).  Our friends from St Nicholas will be joining us, so it will be a great opportunity to catch up with them.

We are still awaiting a date for our trip to the Hindu Mandir Temple in Leeds – I will release the date as soon as it is confirmed.
We do of course have end of year assessments approaching for our year 6 pupils.  This year SATs week is 13th-16th May.  We really do appreciate the commitment that children are giving to their learning by attending the booster sessions in place for them.  It is a great opportunity to work with other teachers in the school and to gain a confident and positive attitude to examinations (good preparation for secondary school). 

Learning Review Meetings will begin later this month.   We embrace this child-centered way of reporting on your child’s progress (both academic and social and emotional).  The children will be busy preparing for their meeting and I will notify parents when slots are made accessible on the website.
Home Learning
This half term year 6 pupils will receive booster tasks linked to their sessions, as well as our weekly home learning tasks.  Year 5 pupils will receive tasks linked to their current learning in class, as well as topic tasks.  Spelling investigations will be sent out each Monday, as usual.  Please continue to encourage your child to read everyday - this is so important along with SMIRFs and Times Table practice too.
Keep up the good work with your home learning – it really does make a difference and is excellent preparation for secondary school. 
Home-school Links
A quick reminder that pupil planners are a great opportunity to communicate with myself or Mrs Buggy.  Many parents use them to relay messages and we will always respond – please remind your child to pass their planner to us if there is a message to read.  Please also encourage your child to bring their planner in every day as it really does enhance children’s organisation skills and aids communication. 
The Cedar Class Team
Mrs Buggy will continue to support in Cedar class every morning and will teach Eco-school every Friday afternoon (outdoor and waterproof kit needed for this).
Mrs Harris will teach music every Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Powell will teach P.E. every Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Irving will teach P.E. every Friday afternoon.
Please remember - our classroom door is always open!  If any questions or queries arise during the next half term we are keen to discuss them with you as quickly as possible.  Therefore, if you wish to speak to either myself or Mrs Buggy, please do not hesitate to let us know via Mrs Martin in the morning.  Alternatively, please leave a message at the school office for one of us to contact you.  
Forthcoming Important Dates & Events
Monday 11th March – Ambassador Visit to Allerton Recycling (AM)
Wednesday 13th March – Friends Spring Disco 4:30pm
Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day
Friday 22nd March – Ripon & Rural Charity Concert, Royal hall, Harrogate
Thursday 4th April – Friends Bunny Bingo
Wednesday 10th April – Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Visit with St Nicholas, Grassington
Thursday 11th April – Finish for Easter 3pm
Monday 29th April – Return to School

13th – 16th May – SATs Week
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