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Happy New Year and welcome back to school. The children have returned to school in a positive manner ready to learn. The have been enjoying our take one book week all about the Naughty Bus. The children have engaged with lots of different activities centred around a bus including adding and taking away passengers, drawing routes for the bus, role playing bus drivers and even singing songs about buses.


This term we are going to be focusing on animals. Our topic is animals, beasts and dragons. We will be looking a range of animal themed books over the half term and finding out about different colours. We will also be looking at Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated.

We are learning new signs this term starting with colours. Please ask your children to show you what they know.


Forest School - Mondays

Forrest school will continue in the new year on Monday afternoon. As the weather changes the children will still require waterproofs in school to protect their clothes and on warmer day the children will still be required to have long sleeve tops and trousers on to protect their arms and legs.


PE - Tuesdays

Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school including warm appropriate clothing for outdoor PE sessions too. Please can you also make sure everything is named? It helps us to ensure your child has the right clothing and it is easier to return to them.  Kits are to be in school as there may be some other non-timetabled PE time. Kits will be returned on the last day of the half term for washing.



It is an expectation of the school that the children read at least three times per week.  Daily is desirable.  The children have the opportunity to change their books once a week. They may need to read it 3 or 4 times to build fluency and confidence with it. However this does not mean you shouldn’t share other stories with the children. Reading to children allows them to begin to recognise written words and hear expression in reading. It develops a love of stories and a desire to want to read.

This term we will begin taking weekly trips to our school library to take borrow non-fiction books to be shared at home. These will not be at the right reading level for your child to read independently but for you to share together.


If you have any queries please contact the school office and I will gladly meet with you after school.  Mornings are difficult as we are settling the children, so please pass on any messages via the school office or Mrs Burgess or Mrs Clarke in the school playground.


We look forward to a happy and successful year.


Miss Conyard

Ms Perrin

Mrs Roberts




Topic Maps for the term

High Frequency Words