Welcome to all new families and welcome back to existing Kingfisher Class families. With the return to school, we are embracing  engaging in additional ‘normal’ activities and classroom organisational arrangements, which will maximise the children’s potential to develop their individual needs. Our class this year is made up of a cheerful group of 25 Year 1s and 2s, who have made a good start to this academic year. The children are settling into a routine and it is wonderful to see them all enter our classroom with large smiles and happy greetings. This term we are ably assisted by Miss Horner who will support and guide our learning across the week and Mrs Gul, who will support predominantly in maths lessons.

Our Big Question this term is ‘Is Light Important?’and the children have been inspired to provide some insightful responses to this wide question. Following the development of empathy for others by visiting a dark space, your children will be exploring this question through storytelling, writing, drama, dance, science, history and art. This CCC focus allows all pupils to develop challenging learning through a cross curricular approach that makes their learning meaningful and exciting.

We are grateful for the 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 will enjoy the new routines in our timetables- phonics, PE, computing and continuous provision are times that Year 1 will gather are a whole cohort.

PE days this term are Tuesday and Wednesday. PE kit should be worn to school on these days. In addition to this at Combe we aim to provide our children with ample opportunities to engage in physical activity, so it has been with great pleasure that we continue with ‘Daily Exercise’ on the days when PE is not taught as part of the curriculum. Therefore children should have trainers available in school at all times.

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

Maths homework will be catered using Mathletics with additional worksheet for consolidation.

New spellings will be given every Monday with an informal assessment on the following Monday. These can be practised using ReadiWriter.

Any English homework (phonics, SPaG or creative writing) will be sent home on a Monday to be returned by the following Monday.

Is your child reading at least five times a week? The challenge has been well received by the children in Kingfisher Class, and the impact of regular opportunities to read with an adult has been most positive. Of course, the incentive for a token at Mrs Joannou’s shake shop is enough to encourage us all to read!

Thank you for your support in fostering your children’s smooth and independent entrance to the classroom every morning. There is always an activity that the children will enjoy and complete independently. The children are safe and well nurtured in our capable hands and we are so happy that they have returned to us!