Welcome back to another busy and exciting term at Marcham school. It’s a jam packed term and we’re really looking forward to all it has to offer.
This term our topic is ‘Christmas around the World’. We will be looking at the Jolly Christmas Postman and the various post he delivers. This will enable us to explore other traditions around the world at Christmas through sending and receiving information. We will also be learning the story of Guy Fawkes and doing some work around Bonfire Night.
PE will continue to be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has the correct, named kit in school, including trainers for outside. Children should not wear jewellery to school; although a single pair of stud earrings and watches are permitted (these should be removed on PE days).
Homework will be handed out on Wednesdays and Thursdays and returned the following week. These activities will link to what the children have been learning throughout the week and will enable them to practise and strengthen these skills. We also encourage reading with your child to take place as often as possible (at least 4-5 times per week) to further develop their phonic knowledge and understanding of different texts.
As part of supporting your child’s reading we keep track of when they are reading at home and ensure your child is on the appropriate reading level. Your child will be able to swap their books on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by placing them in the tray outside the classroom, allowing them time to read the story and then spend time discussing the text and key vocabulary, an important aspect of their learning.
The children have been doing a great job of coming in to the classroom independently, please continue to encourage this. There will be someone on the door if you have any problems or queries. Children should bring their book bags and water bottles with them each morning and place them in the boxes provided. Snack will be provided at break time but if your child wishes to bring their own fruit they may.
This term there will be a phonics parents meeting after school on Wednesday 20th November. We hope you will be able to attend and find out more about how we teach phonics, what your child is learning and how you can further support them at home.
We also have parent’s evenings this term and the sign up sheets will be available at the front entrance.
The most exciting part of this year of course is our Christmas Play on Wednesday 11th December at 2pm. The children are busy learning songs and getting excited. We cannot wait to share it with you.
Finally we’d like to say many thanks for your continued support,
Mrs Vaughan and Miss Wagstaff