Newsletter Week 2 - 15 September 2020
Now that we’ve been back a full week, I wanted to let you know of a few updates regarding the organisation of the class. I have been very impressed with how well the children have come back and settled into new routines. Getting back into the swing of a full school day has been easier for some than others, but all the children are definitely trying their best and seem to be really enjoying spending time learning with their friends.
To help with the COVID quarantine rules regarding returning books to school I have decided that books will be changed each week on a Tuesday. We may assign more than one book to last for the week. Books and diaries should still be brought to school every day in case we need to listen to the children read.
Once a child has finished our school reading scheme, they then move onto being a ‘free reader’. They still should be heard read very regularly and this doesn’t mean they are able to read any book. Rather, they are free to choose any age appropriate book as their school reading book. These books can be chosen from home or the class/school library. Either way, the books should still be brought to school each day and evidence of reading should be recorded in their reading diaries. If they are from school, then they will be changed on a Tuesday if needed.
I will be setting up weekly spelling practice games on Purple Mash to save on books going home. This will follow a spelling pattern each week. This will start next week. A reminder of log in details will be sent home this week.
Times Table Rockstars
This website will be great to practise times tables at home. It is more difficult to practise this at school at present due to sharing equipment between bubbles, so any additional practice at home would be greatly beneficial. Again, reminders of log in details will be sent out shortly.
We endeavour to check the diaries of children each day. However, if there is an important message for me to read, please prompt your child to bring me their diary so it is definitely checked first thing in the morning.
Class library plea
Once children are free readers or if they are choosing books to read for pleasure in class, they need to choose a suitable book from our class library. Due to the restrictions between sharing books between bubbles and some books reaching the end of their well read life, we are a bit short of high quality, engaging texts for Lower Key Stage 2. Therefore, if you would like to donate any books to our class library, I would be very very grateful. These don’t have to be brand new. If you have any suitable books at home or find any second hand books that are in a decent condition, they would be very welcome. Below is a wish list of titles but this is just a suggestion. Multiple copies of the same text are not a problem.
The Boy Who Grew Dragons Andy Shepherd (or any of the series)
The Iron Man Ted Hughes
The Legend of Kevin Philip Reeve
Varjak Paw SF Said
The Street beneath my Feet Charlotte Guillain
Weasels Elys Dolan
Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure Alex T Smith
I Bet I Can Make You Laugh Joshua Seigal
Leon and the Place Between Angela Mcallister
My Name is not Refugee Kate Milner
The Silly Book of Side Splitting Stuff Andy Seed
Stig of the Dump Clive King
The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog Jeremy Strong
Gangsta Granny David Walliams
Lesser Spotted Animals Martin Brown
Sam Wu is NOT afraid of Ghosts Kevin Tsang (or any of the series)
Charlotte’s Web EB White
You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Andy Stanton (or any of the series)
The 13 Storey Tree House Andy Griffiths (or any of the series)
The Abominables Eva Ibbotson
Baby Aliens got my Teacher Pamela Butchart
Until I met Dudley Roger McGough
Harry and the Poisonous Centipede Lynne Reid Banks
No 1 Car Spotter Atinuke
The Folk of the Faraway Tree Enid Blyton
The Nothing to See Here Hotel Steven Butler
Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball Laura Ellen Anderson (or any of the series)
Krindlekrax Philip Ridley
How to Train Your Dragon Cressida Cowell (or any of the series)
The Firework Maker’s Daughter Philip Pullman
Starfell Dominique Valente
The Queen’s Nose Dick King-Smith
Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink Jennifer Killick (or any of the series)
The Demon Headmaster Gillian Cross
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet Zanib Mian (or any of the series)
Anisha Accidental Detective Serena Patel
Pugs of the Frozen North Philip Reeve
Cookie Konnie Huq
Kid Normal Greg James
Harriet Versus the Galaxy Samantha Baines
Lightning Girl Alesha Dixon
The Wild Robot Peter Brown
Fortunately, The Milk Neil Gaiman
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates Liz Pichon (or any of the series)
The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Kieran Larwood
Any Roald Dahl books
Any Beast Quest books
Any Rainbow Fairy books
Many thanks for your help and support through this time. If there are any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Mr L Hanson