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 it’s tantalizing warmer weather and fresh bright colours. Twenty-five smiley faces greeted Miss Horner and myself 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.

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 terms’ WOW activity included a visit from Sonja from Oxfordshire Heritage Museums, who led us in an inspiring workshop entitled, ‘Have seaside holidays changed?’ We concluded that yes, they have! Our CCC focus continues to allow 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 Bouremouth Beach to experience a fun packed seaside day out! We simply can’t wait!

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 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. 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, which have recently changed.

PE days this term are Mondays and Wednesdays. 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 or SPaG 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 Fridays with Miss Horner. Please watch out for a weekly dojo message with the fortnightly theme.

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


Mrs Legge