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** Please could you bring in any toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes this week and next week ready for Science week ** I need at least 30 (1 per child) for one of the activities I have planned.


Also, for Science week, if anyone has a spare bag of bird seed they would be happy to donate I would be very grateful!

Thank you, Mrs Cooke **

Welcome back Opal Class!
Welcome back to our fresh new start in Opal Class! I hope you have all had a brilliant Christmas break and are all ready to go on our learning adventure together this term! Mrs Cooke



At the start of our school day, I like to begin as we mean to go on. The children are expected to self register; put their name into the correct basket- hot dinners or packed lunches. The children are then directed to put water bottles into the designated blue water tray and yellow reading records and books into the yellow book tray ready for me to sign at lunch time.


We start our day with 'busy book' challenges- these are simple yet thought provoking morning questions to awaken the children's learning brains.


A rough guide to our day:


Register and dress our weather monkey

Busy Books

Guided Reading: carousel of literacy/reading based activities and group readers






Lunch time

Topic/foundation learning

Child initiated choosing activities

Reflection time and story time

Show and tell of home learning

Home time

Spring Term 1- Ice, Ice, Freeze- Overview

This term our learning will surround our topic of Antarctica. The children will be looking at 'where in the world' Antarctica is as well as naming and locating the 6 other continent making up our planet.

Antarctica is a large habitat for various species; we will be exploring the different habitats on Earth including micro habitats which we find in our school grounds. Certain habitats require animals and other living things to change and adapt in order to find them suitable. We will look at how animals are formed to survive. For example, the Emperor penguin and his 4 layers of feathers and cold blood. To ensure the children are engaged and feel the purpose of writing, our English will be linked to our topic and largely centred on a few key text. The first being 'The Emperor's Egg'. We will be focusing on ensuring we are applying our phonic knowledge when writing and using the HFW correctly. We will be making sure we  always create super sentences; through using the appropriate punctuation and amazing, creative language.

In maths we will be concentrating on number and place value through a maths mastery approach. The children will be unpicking and representing numbers to ten in a variety of ways. We will be using bar modelling, part whole models and tens frames to support our understanding of number including addition and subtraction. We will be ensuring that we know the correct formation of digits and will be writing our digits the correct way round, using number lines to support.


Home learning in Opal Class


I have already enjoyed the topic related home learning the children are voluntarily bringing in to school to share with the class. It is lovely to see the children are passionate about their learning.


 This term I will not be setting specific home learning, however will continue to welcome any relevant pieces the children wish to complete at home.


I would appreciate every child reading daily for 5-15 minutes. Reading is so important and forms the basis of developing rich vocabulary and experiences. I will be signing and commenting in the reading records daily, so please encourage your children to bring their yellow reading records into school everyday.


We are revisiting Phase 3 phonics over the next few weeks and then progressing through Phase 4. If you have any spare time, please practice the phonemes (single sounds), digraphs (e.g. ai) and split digraphs (a_e for example gate). I will put a list of the sounds on the this page. When reading ensure the children are applying their phonic knowledge and blending and segmenting when sounding out.


Thank you for your support parents and carers, it really is appreciated.


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