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Penhaligon newsletter 17-1-14


17th January 2014

Dear Parents and Carers

We have had another fun-filled week. In Art we have been finding out about hot and cold colours and how they make us feel. The children then used cold colours to create a tissue paper collage. 

In Literacy we continued to read ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. This week we discussed how characters show their feelings in stories. The children wrote about how happy bear felt when he became Rainbow bear and also how sad he felt when he was captured and kept in a cage. Here are some of our sentences. Can you tell how happy or sad bear is feeling?

Bear shouted ‘Yippee!’ as he rolled and tumbled down the mountainside.

Bear lowered his head silently. Tears began to fall from the corner of his eyes. He wished he was back in his wild, white wilderness.

In Number we practiced using number bonds to help us find missing numbers in a sum:

23 + ___  = 50                   46 + ___  = 100

Some of the children found this a little tricky. It is important that they learn all the number bonds to 10 and 20. You can support your child by practicing these at home.

We started a new PE scheme this week – Real PE. This is a new approach to teaching PE which concentrates on emotional and thinking skills alongside physical skills. The class really enjoyed it. They learned how to do forward, side-ways and reverse pivots. Ask them to demonstrate these to you. Please ensure your child has trainers in their PE kit as some lesson will take place outdoors.

Please continue to read regularly with your child at home. It is important that they become more confident and fluent readers. You will see our class star readers displayed each week on the window above the book bag boxes. To be a star reader the children must read to a grown up at home at least five times in the week and complete some activities in their reading diary.

Please note there is a slight change to homework and spelling. For homework the children have been given a small project to complete over the next few weeks. You will find details of this inside their homework book. Also, your child will now be given a spelling test every Tuesday instead of Friday so that they have longer to learn them at home. Please support your child with learning their spellings every week which you will find in their little red book.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome a new child, Finley, to the class. He has settled in well and the children are looking after him. As we say hello to Finley, it is with sadness that we must say goodbye to Jude. Jude and his family are moving back to New Zealand and we will all miss him. He is kind, funny and has beautiful handwriting! We wish Jude and his family the very best of luck for the future.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Willetts and Mrs. Burns (Class teachers)

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