Hello and a huge welcome to Arun class!
I’m Mrs Collins, the class teacher, and together with my teaching assistant Mrs Wilkinson, I'll be taking the year 2/3 children this term on a learning journey through the topic 'Night Night'. We have had a spectacular start to the term with a visit from 'Owls about Town' and will be researching these magnificent birds and other nocturnal animals as part of our science-focused first half of term. We'll also be learning about the famous 'Lady with the Lamp' before moving onto a more geography focused second half of term. As ever, we will be using high quality texts to bring these topics to life in our English lessons too and linking our learning with our other foundation subjects.
Below you’ll find some practical class information that parents and carers may find helpful.
PE: Important information... During the Spring term, all the children in Arun class will be attending swimming lessons at Billingshurst leisure centre each week on Thursday morning. Separate letters have gone out to all parents with details but please make sure all children have the right equipment (costume/trunks, towel and swimming hat) or they will miss out. The children will also be taught dance during their other PE lesson, (shorts and t-shirt only please) but it is worth having trainers and jogging bottoms in PE kits just in case we go outdoors. Please please please make sure all items and bags are named!
Homework: Change of date! The weekly homework will be set and sent home each Wednesday and should be completed and handed in by the following Tuesday at the latest. We also ask the children to complete a half-termly creative project related to our topic; details for this are sent home in the second week of term. Parents are also asked to help support their child with:
Spellings: Children will have keywords or spelling patterns to learn and practice each week.
Tables: There is a number bonds / times table quiz each Thursday.
Reading: Children should be reading at home regularly and often (5 times a week) and recording this in their reading diaries. These diaries should be brought to school each day so we can also use it to record in-class comments; they will be checked by me each week on a Monday. Children will be reminded to change their books regularly but should be doing this independently too.
Water bottles & snacks: To stay healthy and hydrated, children need to bring a named water bottle to school each day. We supply a fresh fruit / vegetable snack at break time but children may bring their own fruit or vegetable snack in if they prefer.
Equipment: Please try to avoid bringing large bags into school as space in Arun’s cloakroom area is limited. Hats, gloves, scarves and coats should be clearly named. Toys and personal items should not be brought into school unless requested as part of a topic or for show and tell.
7 Billion IDEAS. Lots of imagination and teamwork from Arun class.
Dinosaurs in Slinfold! The children became palaeontologists for the morning and met baby dinosaur Chewie and Millie the T-Rex during our fabulous Dinosaur workshop. A great start to the term's topic.