Spring Term 2023

A warm welcome to the Spring Term in Catkin Class.  We hope you and your families have enjoyed a happy, healthy and magical Christmas break.

Beware of the Big Bad Wolf!

Our theme for the first half of the Spring Term is ‘Beware of the Big Bad Wolf!’  We will be looking at different versions of traditional tales including ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. 

Our History topic this term is The Great Fire of London.  To support our learning of this historic event we are planning a visit to The Weald and Downland Museum to take part in their ‘Fire in the Bakehouse’ workshop.  More information to follow!

Our science topic this term compliments both our learning in English and History as we focus on everyday materials and specifically those used to build with.

Read Write Inc

We will be resuming daily phonics sessions this half term.  The Reception children will be reviewing and consolidating their set 1 single letter speed sounds and the diagraphs they learnt last term [sh, ch, th, qu, ng and nk].  The Year One children will continue to build upon their current level of phonic knowledge.  The aim for the year one children is to have consolidated the set 1, 2 and 3 sounds by the spring term in preparation for the Phonic Screening in the Summer Term.

Home Reading

Your child’s home reading books are linked to the sounds they are working on in their phonic group.  Home reading is therefore a great opportunity for you to practice these sounds at home with your child.   We would recommend that you take time to read with your child daily to support with fluency.  Please sign your child’s reading record after each read to indicate that your child has read with you at home.

In school we will aim to read with your child individually at least twice a week. We would therefore ask that your child brings their book bag along with their reading book and reading record to school every day.  We will change your child’s book every Tuesday and Friday

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to catch me on the playground at the end of the school day.

With best wishes,

Mrs Merrett and The Catkins Team [Mrs Parsons and Mrs Puttick]