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Leopards Newsletter – October 2017
Dear Leopard parents,
It was good to see so many of you at the Open Classroom event recently. Thank you for making the time to attend. Your children have been working their socks off this term! We are so impressed by how well they are settling in to Year 1 and are thrilled with how well they are doing. Keep it up Leopards!
Please do change reading books regularly at the start of the school day and record the reading that your child has completed at home in their reading records. We try to listen to as many readers as we can each day. However, regular reading at home is also very important. It is better to read for 5-10 minutes every day than saving it all up for a big read at the end of the week. The weekly phonics homework gives you an idea of the sounds that your child is learning. Can your child be a phonics detective and spot these sounds in their own reading book?
Show and Tell
The children in Leopards class are very keen to share things from home, which is lovely. Doing so on a daily or even weekly basis is a little impractical so we ask that items for sharing are kept at home and saved for our special termly sharing afternoons. Our next sharing afternoon will be on Wednesday 18th October. If your child wishes to bring in something to talk about they are welcome to do so. We would appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes at home discussing the item in advance and consider responses to the following questions:
- What is it?
- What is it made from?
- How old is it and where is it from?
- Why is it important to you?
- What is it made from / how does it work / why does it do that?
Not all of these questions will be relevant to your child’s chosen sharing item so please do prepare to discuss areas of interest that are ‘off-list’ if they are more appropriate. This is simply a guide.
Our superheroes topic has been a big hit. We have been thinking of the ways in which we can be superheroes by being super friends, super listeners and super learners. This week we have started to find out about people who help us in our communities and to consider the ways in which they are real life superheroes.
To finish off our topic we would like to make superhero capes. The children have been busy designing them. Please can you donate an adult-sized t-shirt for your child’s cape? Ideally it will be plain and well-used old t-shirts are fine. Your child may have some ideas about the colour that they prefer. We will provide the other decorative materials. If you are unable to donate a t-shirt please let us know so that we can make alternative provision.
Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy a lovely half term break with your children.
Mrs Sucksmith, Mrs Gold and Miss Hodge