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- five smiley faces greeted Miss Horner and myself this week as we embarked upon our journey into Term 2, and we have ‘hit the ground running’, whilst continuing to be mindful of the ‘new normal’ guidelines due to COVID.

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. In addition to this, we will no doubt experience ‘awe and wonder’ when we are visited by a VR provider later this term. Our CCC focus allows all pupils to develop challenging learning through a cross curricular approach that makes their learning meaningful and exciting. Our learning also 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 Wednesday morning after half term. These will be led by Mrs Legge and supported by Miss Horner and Mrs McKechnie. This is an exciting and inspiring addition to our curriculum- indeed when asked ‘where in the world would you like to go?’ a few children did respond ‘Forest School because it is such fun!’. Please see separate information regarding clothing required for each session. Lots of layers will potentially 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, 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 Wednesdays and Fridays. Please wear PE kit on these days and watch out for any changes on class dojo. In addition to this, at Combe we value the impact of physical education, so 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.

Mathletics homework will be set every Monday, offering one week to complete tasks, before further tasks are presented. Spellings are provided on Monday in Google Classroom, with an informal assessment the following Monday. An additional piece of phonics homework 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.

Show and tell is alternate Tuesdays. Please watch out for a weekly dojo message with the fortnightly theme.

Happy learning Kingfishers! Hold on tight- it’s going to be an exciting ride!


Mrs Legge