We hope that you have all had a fantastic break and are feeling relaxed and ready for a new and busy term ahead. The children made a fantastic start to the academic year last term and we are sure this will continue as we begin a new and exciting topic. Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to speak to your child's class teacher.
What a sweet way to start Term 2. Our next topic is called Sweets Galore and will take us right up to our Christmas celebrations. We will be thinking about where sweets and chocolates come from as well as how they are made before designing some of our own creations following inspiration from Mr Willy Wonka himself. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be our focus text this term and we will use it within our Literacy work to write descriptively about settings and characters. Of course, we will also begin to recognise traditions and celebrations of Christianity and be getting into the spirit of Christmas as we approach December and explore the heart-warming story of 'Mog's Christmas Calamity' by Judith Kerr.
As we continue to prepare for the phonics check we have decided that this will be our weekly homework focus. The task has been designed to enable children to practise their segmenting and blending skills and each week they will have a new set of real and nonsense words. The aim is for children to draw sound buttons and bars (if they need to) to help them to segment the sounds in a word i.e. d- o- g before they blend the sounds to say the word as a whole. You may print the sheet if you want to or simply get children to write the word down before adding sound buttons and bars and reading the word. Please note: these tasks do not need to be returned to school. Below is a short video which explains sound buttons and bars which your children will be used to but may support you at home too :)
Week 2 (13.11.2020)
Week 3 (20.11.2020)
Week 4 (27.11.2020)
Week 5 (04.12.2020)
Week 6 (11.12.2020)
Should your child need to self isolate due to themselves or a member of the family displaying symptoms we have provided opportunities that mirror the learning that would be happening in school. Please remember these are proposed learning tasks and we recognise that you may not complete them all on set days and you can access them as you need to across the week in ways that support yourselves and your families and feel free to revisit older tasks if you need to.
The 'overview' will explain what resources are needed and what the task entails and provide a screenshot of specific learning resources that could be used but remember to be flexible and allow your children to complete tasks as they are able to. We do not expect you to print resources to use, they are merely here as a guide or screen prompt and you are free to use paper from home or your previous home learning book should you have it.
'Resources; that you need are accessible from the 'Resources' link. This will download a zip file with everything you need and the resources mentioned in the overview. NOTE: This works best on a laptop or a computer. If you are accessing via a tablet or phone you may not be able to download the folder so please use the year group email and someone will respond ASAP.
Equally as important as the home learning we set, we encourage allowing your children to pursue and investigate their own learning tasks incorporating their interests as well as life skills such as cooking, cleaning or even gardening.
If you have any questions or problems, remember to email using our year group emails ( or ) and put your child's name and class in the subject line where a member of the team will respond as soon as possible. Take care!
Week 1 (WC 02.11.2020)
Week 2 (WC 09.11.2020)
Week 3 (WC 16.11.2020)
Week 4 (WC 23.11.2020)
Week 5 (WC 30.11.2020)
Week 6 (WC 07.12.2020)
Week 7 (WC 14.12.2020)
Useful Websites & Apps
Websites for additional learning opportunities:
Below is a list of useful websites that can support you and your family during this time:
Websites that offer interactive games:
Websites for Reading Support:
username: class20 (i.e. topaz20 or sapphire20 etc)
Useful Youtube Channels:
These are useful apps that we have used in school which we encourage you to use as required at home. Some of these are free but will need you to make an account whilst others are paid apps.
Teach your monster to read
If you discover something really useful that you think others might enjoy, please share with us so that we can share the links and information with our school community. Thank you for your continued support.