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Summer 2017

Dear Parents/Carers,
I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter break as well as some (or lots of in my case!) delicious chocolate! Last term seemed to fly by but highlights included the children’s fantastic work on Picasso and cubism, some fabulous fraction work and some very delicious Spanish tapas. Thank you so much for giving up your time to come in for parents’ evening; I really enjoy the opportunity to talk and learn even more about your children and celebrate the fantastic progress they are making. I cannot believe we are entering our final term of the year, however it is shaping up to be another great one and I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in to it in Badger Class style!
Badger Class’ main theme between now and the summer will be based on Rivers and Mountains. We will explore the subject in geography and topic lessons, but will also link it to other areas of the curriculum such as Art, DT and Literacy. To gain more information about all of the subject areas please see the attached curriculum overview.
Additionally, please do keep checking the Badger Class Blog as I try to upload the children’s’ work and experiences on a weekly basis and it is a great way to get your children to explain what they are doing in school as opposed the usual ‘stuff’!
PE lessons will continue to be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this term, but we ask that children have their PE kits in school every day as this timetable does change depending on the needs of other classes or additional events. Also this term children will have some specialist coaching in Tri-golf and cricket, which is fantastic. It was also great to see some of the Badger Class girls represent the school in a recent football tournament; taking part with determination; great enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. Congratulations to all those involved and a big thank you to Mr House and Mrs Bradley for making this possible. It is very important that children have suitable PE kit for indoor and outdoor activities as well as a pair of trainers or plimsolls in school so that they can fully participate in these lessons. If children do not have the necessary PE kit in school a note will be made in their homework diary. If you need any help getting a PE kit for your child please let me know and we can get it sorted. Also just a quick reminder that long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed for these lessons.
Home-School Communication Books
The home-school communication books continue to be working well and it is great to see lots of Badger Class taking responsibility for their own organisation and planning for the week ahead. Most children are remembering to hand in their diaries every morning but there are still children who forget this so please continue to embed the importance of bringing and handing in home school diaries as an important part of the daily routine and we will continue to remind children at school. Every Monday, the children record the dates and key events for that week as well as any additional activities that are personal to them. Please continue to support the use of home-school diaries at home by looking at them regularly with your child and discussing the things they need to arrange in order to be prepared and confident for that week. Between myself, Mrs. Colchester and Mrs. Read, we will try to ensure the diaries are checked daily but if there is anything extremely urgent then please come and see me in person. Please remind children that they are responsible for handing in the diary every morning so it can be checked in school.
Many children in Badger Class continue to record their reading in their home school diary on a regular basis but just as a reminder, here are the reading expectations. Please encourage and support your child to read regularly at home and record this in their home-school communication book. Children are welcome to record reading sessions themselves but these need to be signed by an adult. House points will be awarded for regular reading at home on a weekly basis. I know many children do additional reading beyond their school ‘book band’ books and please also record this in the diaries as it important that all reading is celebrated and rewarded. As well as developing children’s reading through the book bands, I am keen for children to develop a real love and passion for reading and I will try to encourage this through guided reading sessions, use of a range texts including magazines, comics, joke books and promoting an Author of the Term. This term our author is Eva Ibbotson and we will be reading ‘Journey to the River Sea’ as our class novel. If the children want to learn more about her then please see the following weblinks:
I hope the current homework system is continuing to work well for families and I have had reports back that having at least two weekends to complete it in is useful. Children will continue to receive a variety of different homework tasks over the term and these will be outlined in their homework books. Their first homework task will be set on Friday 21st April and these tasks will usually relate to our topic, a school focus or current event. If you have any questions about homework then please do come and ask.  
All pupils will continue to receive a half termly spelling list with their spellings for each week. Children are introduced to the new spelling pattern on a Monday and this will be tested the following Monday. This will start being taught from Monday 24th April with the first test being Tuesday 2nd May due to the bank holiday.
Additionally, it is important that children practise their times tables and associated division facts as much as possible to develop confidence. I will be supporting children in school with a weekly times table focus lesson including games and challenges to engage the children but any additional support at home would be brilliant. I have attached a list of websites that might be useful to help make times tables a bit more fun!

If you have any questions at all about these or any other matters, please do come and speak to me. Thank you so much for your support with everything from homework to reading to spellings to learning lines to supporting school trips. I realise we ask a lot from busy families but we really appreciate your support and can see the difference it makes in school. Finally a massive thank you to the children of Badger Class for being so enthusiastic and working so hard; you are a joy to teach and I am a very lucky teacher!
Many thanks for your continued support,
Bryony Best
Badger Class teacher

Spooner Row Primary School
Station Road
Spooner Row
NR18 9JR

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