Attenborough Class 

What a great autumn term.  We are now ready to tackle the spring with lots more fun, challenges and learning!

 

     Our main spring term topic is Ancient Egypt in history, and we shall be learning about Modern Egypt in geography.

 

     Starting with reading, we are continuing with Active Read, which explores a variety of texts to develop various reading skills and extension of vocabulary.  The children have also been enjoying Monty Read texts, which they have shared with our early years’ children.

 

     At home, to help continue with the development of reading, please read with and/or listen to your child at least five times per week.  Complete lucky listeners when set and talk about what the different words mean when children are reading with you. Please record reading in the planner and ensure that your child brings this to and from school every day! We collect planners on Thursdays to monitor and reward weekly reading. 

 

     In English, we will be working hard on our GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), moving on to reading and working on some fantastic texts.  One of these being the BFG by Roald Dahl, a familiar text from year 2. We will be creative writing, producing fantastic pieces to entertain, and looking for that ‘star writer’ for our display wall.  Montgomerie is always looking for ways to celebrate our children’s writing along with other work across the curriculum.

 

     Spellings will continue, new words set with a test on Fridays. Please see spelling journals for the weekly words as well as the half termly overview.  (Journals must come to school every day along with planners). These words will also be posted on the Google Classroom for you to access. In addition to spellings, there are monthly keywords, known as ‘wow words’ and common exception words, which will be highlighted at the front of journals. 

     We will continue with handwriting, as we are always looking to improve letter formation and presentation. 

 

     In mathematics, we still have weekly arithmetic lessons. Spring KIRFS, (Key Instant Recall Facts) are based on the 8 times table and copy will be sent home. 

 

     Power maths focuses on multiplication and division. We will be securing and furthering understanding of the structures and representations, key vocabulary, misconceptions and interventions, alongside learning the 3, 4 and 8 times table. Additionally we will find a simple remainder when a number is divided and use a bar model to solve multiplication and division problems. 

 

     Maths homework is linked to the Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) website to develop multiplication and division.  Please encourage your child to log on to complete their homework, as we regularly monitor closely. 

 

     In science our topic for the first half of the spring term is forces and magnets.  Attenborough Class will compare how things move on different surfaces, observe how magnets having two poles attract or repel each other and attract some materials but not others.  They will also compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis whether they are attracted to a magnet and identify magnetic materials.  In addition, any discoveries at home are always welcome in school.  

     Plants will be studied in the second half of the term, discovering how plants suck up water, their life cycles, different parts of plants and what they do.  Finally, we will study process of pollination and how plants share their seeds.

 

Attenborough Class will also be covering the following units in other areas of the curriculum;

Music - Chinese New Year

PSHE - Dreams and goals

P.E - Athletics and dance

R.E – Jesus’ miracles

French - reading, writing and pronouncing numbers and greetings.

Computing coding, spreadsheets and touch typing.

Art, (craft and design) – ancient Egyptian scrolls.  Mechanical systems; pneumatic toys.

 

     Finally, we like to celebrate personal achievements so therefore welcome any extra work the children complete at home whether it is written, maths or artwork. 

 Reminders: 

  • Extended learning (homework) will be set on a Friday and books should come back into school on Wednesdays for review.
  • P.E days are Thursday and Friday for this half term.
  • Full P.E kit is needed with navy jogging bottoms/sweatshirts in colder weather for outside. Trainers keep our feet protected and ready to move!
  • Hair must be tied back if shoulder length or longer and earrings must be removed for P.E. 
  • Hair must be tied back every day if longer than shoulder length.
  • A spare pair of trainers will be needed for cross country on Tuesdays as it is very muddy at the moment.
  • Ties must be worn.
  • Please provide a pair off named wellington boots to keep in school for those muddy activities.  
  • A named water bottle should come into school every day with fresh water only please (no juice).
  • A healthy snack can be brought in for break time. We ask for fruits and vegetables please. 

 

     We have really enjoyed the start of term and look forward to continued progression and success.

 

     If you would like to speak to one of the teaching team, this can be arranged via the school office or by contacting Mrs Moore or Miss O'Donnell on attenborough@montgomerieprimary.essex.sch.uk 

     Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

 

     The Attenborough Team