Spring Term (2nd Half) 2023

A warm welcome to the second half of the Spring Term in Catkin Class.  We hope you and your families have had a lovely half term break.

Wheels and Wings

Our theme for the remainder of the Spring Term is ‘Wheels and Wings.’  Our class texts will be the Magic Train Ride by Sally Crabtree and The Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke.

Transport will be a theme that also runs through our foundation topics.  In History we will be learning about the history of transport.  In DT we will be designing, making and evaluating our own moving vehicles.  In Science we will be learning more about marvellous materials and in Geography we will be exploring our Wonderful World!

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 previous taught diagraphs.  Once confident they will begin to learn some set 2 sounds. 

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]