Happy New Year and welcome back to Kingfisher Class children and families. Wishing you a year rich with the joy of learning in all its forms! Twenty- four smiley faces greeted me this morning as we embarked upon our journey into Term 2, and this week we intend to ‘hit the ground running’. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Miss Hill, who is our newest member of staff and will play a valuable role in the learning of Kingfisher Class. Miss Walsh and Miss Horner also continue to support the children in their curricular activities.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Where In The World Would You Like To Go?’ and already the children have been inspired to provide some interesting and heartfelt responses to this wide question. This question will be introduced using the antics of the lovable penguin in Oliver Jeffers ‘Lost and Found’, exploring through story-telling, writing, drama, dance, science, history, art and DT. This CCCC focus allows all pupils to develop challenging learning through a cross curricular approach that makes their learning meaningful and exciting. Our learning leads us to an exciting school visit to Legoland to experience parts of the world built in this unique form, which will be later in the term.

This term Year 1 and 2 will once again partake in a unit of Forest School sessions on Thursday morning. These will be led by Mrs Legge (Year 1) and Sarah Walker (Year 2). This is an exciting and inspiring addition to our curriculum and we are all looking forward to taking advantage of the expertise offered by Sarah. Please see separate information regarding clothing required for each session. Lots of layers will 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. 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 Wednesdays and Thursday. Please have labelled kit in school all week. In addition to this at Combe we aim to provide our children with ample opportunities to engage in physical activity so it with great pleasure that we continue to ‘Run Everyday’ on the days when PE is not taught as part of the curriculum. Therefore children should have trainers available in school at all times.

Maths homework will be set every Monday, offering one week to complete tasks, before further tasks are presented. Spellings are given out on Tuesday, with an informal assessment the following Monday. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge.