This year has flown by very fast and your child is almost ready for Year 3. We have worked hard to promote the children's independence in class in preparation for the transition to Key Stage 2. We now ask for the support from all parents. In these final few weeks of term please say goodbye to your child and leave them at the door each morning. Where possible, please do not accompany them into the cloakroom.
Welcome to Donaldson Class
with Mrs George and Mrs Holden
Last half term we had a great time learning about Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We started the topic with a Stunning Starter and a skeleton themed day. We created Funnybones puppets and dissected pellets in search of bones.
In the last week of May we undertook the End of Key Stage 1 SATS. The tests are statutory for every child in Year 2 and provide evidence towards the end of Year 1 and 2 expectations. However, in KS1 the SATs are used only as a diagnostic tool and the most important evidence we have is in the children's day to day performance in class, their books and our continuous assessment.
Every child tried their absolute best and showed many of the school values including courage and perseverance. We then rewarded the children with a fun filled day with a picnic and a play in the local park. If you have any questions about how your child performed during these tests please just ask.
This half term's curriculum
This half term promises to be jam packed and full of fun! We are learning The Story of Pirate Tom and studying the text The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle. The topic begins with a pirate themed wow day. There is an opportunity to dress up, make a pirate's hat, create a name plate from bones, design a personalised Jolly Roger and create some 3D treasure. We will be ending the topic with a trip to Hunstanton Seaside in July. More details to follow...
English - Primary Writing Project
We will be learning The Story of Pirate Tom. The children will learn the text off by heart through repetition, actions, story mapping and drama activities. We will have daily writing that develops their knowledge and skills. This new concept is a whole school approach. It will develop their confidence, expand their imagination and creativity as well as inspire the children to write with more passion.
This half term we will focus on properties of number, problem solving, time and position and direction.
To support the children in building their competency and fluency we teach the lessons through the CPA (Concrete, Pictoral, Abstact) method.
Concrete - children have the opportunity to use real life objects to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictoral - alongside the concrete, children will also have pictoral representations provided/ draw their own. These help the children to reason and solve problems.
Abstract - once the children are secure and confident a with the concrete and pictoral stage they are then exposed to numerical concepts.
Our creative curriculum is closely linked with our English and previous topic work. In Science we will be investigating changing material for example what happens to paper when it is placed in water. In DT we will build pirate ships that do not sink. In History we are looking at explorers.
In PE we are undertaking athletics and tri-golf with Mr Cyrus. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school with them every day (indoors - white t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls; outdoors - white t-shirt, jumper, black joggers, trainers). We suggest they bring it in Monday and keep it on their peg until Friday. Please ensure your child has an outdoor PE kit. Trainers would be preferable over plimsolls for outdoor activities as they protect the children's toes and they are waterproof.
Our timetabled PE lessons are Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. However, this is subject to change so please ensure kits are in school all week.
Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is named.
Our Library slot is Friday. Please ensure sure that all library books are in school ready for this lesson so your child may renew their book every week. If your child would like to keep their book for an extra week they still must return it so that it can be entered and then re-issued on the school system. Thank you for your continued support.
RED (Reading Every Day) - this could be your allocated book, Bug Club, library book or any other suitable text. Please sign your child's diary each time they read. Read 5 x each week. Do this for 6 weeks and get a special prize in assembly.
Each week, the class with the highest numer of RED winners
will receive a £10 book voucher.
If a class has 100% RED winners they will receive
£100 to spend on books!
So, parents please get signing those diaries!!
Maths - 1 page set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work.
Spellings - New words set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work.
Values Journal - sent home on the first day of every month. To be returned on the last Monday of every month. 1 dojo for completed work. 3 dojos for 1 child selected in each class. Their work is also displayed in the assembly hall for the whole class to celebrate for the following month.
Additional online support
We are lucky to have secured funding for every child to have access to the following excellent resources at home as well as at school. The login details will be in the front of your child's reaing diary and separate letters have been sent home recently. If you have misplaced these details please see one of the adults in class and we will get the information for you.
Active Primary - Bug Club (reading) and Abacus (maths). This is regularly updated by Mrs George with activities linked to classwork and at your child's level.
Purple Mash - Hundreds of cross curricular resources and games available including spelling, writing in a range of genres, art, history, geography and science.
Education City - reading, spelling, maths and science resources that match our curriculum. Your child can also undertake an online assessment and the results will determine which games are available in order to support them to make more progress.
Don't forget, Whitefield Primary School has a Facebook page. There are lots of updates and photographs there too so why not find us and give us a 'like'
We look forward to a very happy and successful year with Delightful Donaldson Class.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Enjoying the flyover during our visit from The Raptor Foundation. The children closed their eyes and opened them when they thought the owl was over their head. This taught us that an owl's flight is not only very swift but also silent!
Baking Cottage Loaves and creating Tudor Houses during our Great Fire of London topic.
We had a visit from Bedfordshire Fire Service.
Christmas With the Aliens