Spring Bank Primary School

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Thank you to all the parents who came to our whole school assembly this morning, and another thank you to all the parents who were able to stay and join in with our maths activities on pattern. The children (and grown ups!) all had a great time exploring different ways to create patterns and explaining the rules of the patterns to each other. Take a look at the photos to see some of the fun that was had this morning. Thank you all the positive feedback, we have displayed this in our classroom cloak room so please do have a look. If you were unable to attend, we have sent some information out via parentmail and in your children’s book bag, so you can take part in some pattern creating and spotting at home. We are looking forward to having another parent assembly next term and seeing lots of you there!

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Wednesday 15th January 2019

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful break. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.

 

PE

PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name! Please can children leave their kits and trainers in school at all times, as sometimes the timetable can change.

 

Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign or tick their reading record book, showing that it had been read.

Our class library day is Monday when children may select a book at lunchtime to take home from the library.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘Into the Freezer’.

 

Science – we will be looking at the seasons. How the weather is different in each season and how the day length changes according to the time of year.

 

Geography – we will be using maps and globes to look at the world. We will focus on being able to name the 7 continents and the oceans and be able to show where they are. We will be focusing on the cold areas of the world and exploring what it is like to live in Antarctica. We will also be collecting weather data and comparing it with Antarctica.

 

Art / DT – towards the end of the topic the children will design a moving picture that uses cold colours.

 

PE – Thursday – dance linked to topic.

Friday – invasion games, learning rugby skills. How to catch and pass a ball and to     work as a team member.

 

 

 

 

Music – we will be looking at music linked to weather, the seasons and the Chinese New Year.

 

RE and Music will be taught on a Wednesday by Miss Clark. They will be looking at how to use data on the computer in computing and ‘Why we care for people’ in RE.

 

Homework

 

Homework is set throughout the school half termly. They will have a few weeks to complete the project and can complete it in any way they like. Ways of presenting their work is:

  • Through writing
  • Photographs
  • Art work
  • Sculptures
  • Anything that inspires their creative side.

 

Can the children find out what is like to live in the coldest parts of the earth?

 

 

If you have any questions please come and ask us.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Caroline Mitchell

Mrs Bhogal

 

Spring 1 Newsletter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the start of the Spring Term! It is your child’s second term in school! We hope you had a lovely winter break and are ready for the next school term. Thank you for your continued support, we are hopeful that the transition back in to school life will run smoothly.

We have outlined some key information about Reception and the half term ahead, if you have any questions, please ask.

Staff in Reception:

  • Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).
  • Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher (Thursday and Friday). I will still be in school but will be non-class based to allow time for me to fulfil my responsibilities as lead of Early Years and school SENDCo.
  • Miss Duly, full time Teaching Assistant (Monday-Friday).

Circle Time

This half term we will be making goals and plans, understanding how to make good choices and understanding what can happen if we make a bad choice. As well as thinking about the feelings and needs of other people and how we can be sensitive towards those needs and feelings.

Phonics

This term we will be learning sounds in Stage 2 of Floppy Phonics. We will continue to send home phonics challenges for you to complete at home and also for you to see the work your child has completed in school. These challenges are for you to complete and practise with your child at home, you do not need to return them to school.

Thank you to those parents who attended the phonics parents evening last term, we hope it was helpful. Please find attached some information regarding phonics that may be helpful. We will also be holding a phonics evening for parents on Thursday 10th January at 5pm. This will introduce you to the sounds in Stage 2 and will also provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You will also have the opportunity to talk to other parents and share ideas on how you can support your children at home.

Reading Books

We will continue to send reading book home. We check books at lunchtime each day. Your child will receive a reading book as soon as they have read the previous book sent home.

Things to note:

  • Please read with your child as often as possible, ideally every day.
  • You do not need to read the whole book in one sitting.
  • Please sign/initial or comment in your child’s reading record to indicate if we need to give your child a new book or not.
  • We will not change your child’s book unless you indicate that they have read the original book given.
  • Please be aware that your child may receive the same book more than once, this is to support them in terms of revision and fluency.
  • Please ensure that your child’s reading book and reading log are in their book bag every day, as we will be reading with your child in school also.
  • Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day.
  • Please ensure that the only things in your child’s book bag is there reading book, reading log and library book, nothing else.

Library

On a Monday your child will visit the school library, they will choose a story book for you to read together. Your child can keep this book for as long as they wish, once returned, they can take a new book home. These books will go home in book bags and can be returned by being put back into book bags. Please use your child’s reading record to let us know if you have finished with the library book. We recommend that you keep a library book for no longer than 2 weeks.

Maths

We will be recapping all our work on numerals 1-5 and then moving on to numerals 6 and 7. We will continue to focus on the ‘numberness’ of each number and find out everything there is to know about each number. We will also be practising counting on and back within 20, making sure that we do not miss any numbers out and that we count accurately when counting amounts. Please support your child by counting slowly and accurately with them, ensuring that no numbers are missed.

PE

PE will continue to be on a Wednesday afternoon. We will start PE lessons on Wednesday 9th January.

Please ensure your child has a complete PE kit in school at all times. PE Kit is compulsory at Spring Bank Primary School. Please leave your child’s PE kit in school on their peg. You only need to take PE kits home when we break up for the holidays.

Compulsory PE KIT: Dark blue/black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers. When the weather gets colder you may like to also include dark blue/black jogging bottoms, and a dark blue/black hoodie. You can buy PE kit at the main school office.

Your child will not be able to take part in PE lessons if they do not have a complete PE Kit.

Please ensure that if your child wears tights to school that they also have a pair of socks in their PE kit. For children with long hair, please ensure that your child’s hair is tied up on a Wednesday morning. Please ensure that your child has no jewellery on, only stud earrings. If you have any questions or issues please ask.

Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named.

Extra Clothing

As it is more than likely that the weather will continue to be cold and wet this half term, you may want to leave a pair of wellies and a raincoat in school for your child. You may even want to provide a full set of spare clothes (including underwear, socks and shoes) in case of accidents or very messy play!

Please ensure that all belongings are clearly named. Clothes can very easily get misplaced or lost in a class of 30 children!

Water bottles

Please provide a named water bottle for your child, this will allow your child to independently access water throughout the day ensuring that they are hydrated.

Only water can be brought into school, no other drinks.

Milk

If your child is now 5 years old, you will be sent a letter asking if you would like to pay £4 a term for your child to continue having milk every day at school. If you do not want your child to have milk for any reason or you would like to speak to us about if you should pay for your child to have milk, please come and ask.

Children are able to have their milk at any point in the day, they are encouraged to drink it in the morning.

Snacks

Children in Reception are entitled to one piece of fresh fruit or vegetable everyday as part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. There is a choice of bananas, apples, pears, carrots, raisins, tomatoes, satsumas and strawberries in the summer! Your child will be able to have their snack at any point in the day. There is no need for you to provide any snacks for your child.

Play and Learn

You are invited to join in with our learning activities and to explore our learning environments both inside and out.

Play and Learn will now be on a Friday at 2:30-3:25pm for this half term. The first Play and Learn session will be on Friday 25th January 2019. These sessions will run every week, if a session is cancelled we will let you know. Please arrive at school at the main entrance, you will be asked to sign in and then be directed to the Reception classroom.

Please be aware that your child will still go home at the usual time of 3:25pm. We cannot allow children to leave early.

Outdoor Area

Thank you to everyone who has refrained from entering the outdoor area on a morning. Please could we ask that you ensure that the gates are closed behind you when you leave and/or enter the area.

We will open the main gate at 8:55am, please refrain from using the side gate, this is for access to breakfast club.

If the Reception gates are closed please refrain from coming into the Reception outdoor area. This is for health and safety reasons. At home time, please ensure that your children do not use the Reception area to play in, this is again for health and safety reasons and because we have packed away for the day. Please ensure that you have left the Reception area by 3:40pm. Thank you.

Availability

All members of the Reception team are always available and happy to answer any questions or queries you may have. Please do not hesitate to talk to us. If it is easier you can also email n.hussain@springbankprimary.org (That’s my email address, it is still in my maiden name).

Thank you for all your support so far. We are all very excited about getting to know you and your children.

Mrs Ryan, Reception Class Teacher

Mrs McAdam, Reception Class Teacher

Miss Duly, Teaching Assistant.

Dates for your diary

  • School will reopen on Tuesday 8th
  • Phonics Parents Evening: Thursday 10th January, 5pm.
  • PE Day: Wednesday.
  • School Trip to Pizza Express: Tuesday 22nd
  • Play and Learn: Friday, 2:30-3:30pm. Starting Friday 25th January 2019.
  • Friday 15th February: We break up for half term. Please do not bring your child into school.
  • School will re-open on Monday 25th

 

 

This term we have enjoyed learning about the properties of different materials and how they can be changed.

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As part of our topic on the Great Fire of London, we had a visit to school from Samuel Pepys. He kept us entertained with his diary entries and we enjoyed singing London’s Burning and helping him to put the fire out. We were amazed that he buried his cheese and wine in the garden before fleeing his house!

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Tuesday 13th November 2018

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful break, the children have really settled into Year 1 now and we are proud of what they have done so far. Here is some information you may find useful and an overview of the learning that will be taking place this half term.

 

PE

PE is on Thursday and Friday.

Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school (white t-shirt, dark shorts and trainers). It is also really helpful if these items are labelled with your child’s name! Please can children leave their kits in school at all times, as sometimes the timetable can change.

 

Reading Books

Please try to listen to your child read every day and sign their reading record book, showing that it had been read, this doesn’t have to be a comment. When your child needs a new book they should put their book bag in the box in the classroom when they come in at start of the day and it will be changed.

Our class library day is Monday when children may select a book at lunchtime to take home from the library.

 

Topic

This half term out topic is ‘Let’s Play. We will be looking at the differences between toys in the past and toys that children have today. Looking at the materials that they are made from and why. We will also discuss what our favourite toys are. To help the children explore and understand the topic further we would like to collect a bank of toys that the children play with now and also toys that you or your parents (grandparents) used to play with as children. Photographs of the children and yourselves with favourite toys would be helpful. The children will also be producing a piece of work about what their parents or grandparents used to play with so it would be very helpful if you could have a chat over the next couple of weeks about this. Thank you.

 

Now that the children have settled into the class we will be setting homework. Homework is set throughout the school, half termly. They will have a few weeks to complete the project and can complete it in any way they like. Ways of presenting their work is:

  • Through writing
  • Photographs
  • Art work
  • Sculptures
  • Anything that inspires their creative side.

 

Project

This half term we are looking at toys in the past. Can the children find out what toys were like in the past? The deadline for homework to be handed in is Friday 8th December.

 

Abacus

Last week the children have been introduced to the Abacus website. On this site the children can access maths games. The games have levels (bronze, silver and gold). It will help to develop their maths knowledge and skills. We will add games to their account as and when we feel that the children need more time on a particular area. We will put their login details inside the back of their reading logs. We will also let you know when more homework has been added.

 

We are looking forward to a great year. If you have any questions please come and ask us.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Caroline Mitchell

Baldeep Bhogal

Chloe Wilson (Trainee)

 

Autumn 2 newsletter

 

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In our Literacy lessons we have been reading lots of books by Nick Sharratt. We went to Leeds Central Library to visit the exhibition and learn more about this author. It was great fun!

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