Welcome back to Term 3. It is so fabulous to have the children of Kingfisher Class back on top form and to welcome the spring with its tantalizing warmer weather and fresh bright colours. Twenty- seven smiley faces greeted Mrs Page, Mrs Gul and myself this week as we embarked upon our journey into Term 3. Again, we have ‘hit the ground running’ and have thrown ourselves into our learning with great enthusiasm. Of course, this term we aim to continue to make the ‘fun feel’ an intrinsic part of our learning.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside! Do You?’ and already the children have been inspired to provide some interesting and personal responses to this wide question. This term’s WOW activities includes a visit from Sonja from Oxfordshire Heritage Museums, who will lead us in an inspiring workshop entitled, ‘Have seaside holidays changed?’ We concluded that yes, they have! The children will enjoy an imaginary ride on a charabanc before experiencing aspects of the seaside in Victorian times and the 1930s. Also, we will have an opportunity to learn new knowledge about seaside entertainment in the past, the varied way people dressed on the beach, and we will be fortunate enough to handle firsthand sources and artefacts from the past. What a real treat! Our CCC focus continues to allow all pupils to develop and be challenged through a cross curricular approach that makes their learning meaningful and exciting. Our learning also leads us to an exciting school visit to Bournemouth Beach to experience a fun packed seaside day out! We simply can’t wait!

Other exciting dates to look forward to include May Day Celebrations, Sports Day, Wellbeing Wednesdays, Year 2 mini Olympics and Year 2 sleepover at Hill End Outdoor Education Centre. How exciting! Please see the school calendar for an update of events.

Alas the weather and our busy calendar beat us last term, but this term we will endeavour to include Forest School as part of our curriculum. Forest School sessions will be on Thursday morning after half term. These will be led by Mrs Legge and supported by Mrs Gul and Mrs Martin. This is an exciting and inspiring addition to our curriculum, and we look forward to exploring in warmer weather once the Blandford fly has made an exit! Please see separate information regarding clothing required for each session. We are hoping that lots of layers will potentially not be top of that list!

An effective addition to our school year has been daily opportunities for the children to work with others in their year group through daily phonics, PE, RE, music, PSHE, computing and continuous provision. Thus, fostering the need to learn in different styles that are age and stage appropriate. I know the children are enjoying these routines in our timetables.

PE days this term are Thursdays and Fridays. Please wear PE kit on these days and watch out for any changes on Parent Hub.

MathShed homework will be set every Monday, offering one week to complete tasks, before further tasks are presented. Spellings for Year 2 are provided on Monday in SpellShed, with an informal assessment the following Monday. An additional piece of phonics or SPaG homework for both Year 1 and Year 2 is also included on Google Classroom for completion every week. This relates to class- based learning and is a great opportunity for consolidation of learning. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge.

Happy learning Kingfishers! With all this new knowledge, your school days will be bursting with knowledge and experiences!

Mrs Legge and Mrs Page