Celebrating Birthdays in School - September 2020
We have introduced a fantastic new way of celebrating children’s birthdays now we can no longer share gifts from home. We would like children to donate a book to their class for their birthday, rather than bringing in sweets or cakes. This is a lovely way for the children to enjoy something that will last, and will benefit the class for the rest of the year. Any book will be gratefully received but if you’d like some ideas there is a list of titles per year group attached below.
When your child brings in a birthday book, we will add a book plate at the front with their name and age, and put on a protective cover before the book goes into the class library.
This is, of course, completely optional and we will continue to celebrate birthdays by singing (outside) and making them feel special.
Use these resources to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
Supporting MFL in the School: KS2 French Sacks
Through your generous support at last year's French Cafe, and through FOFSA, we are delighted to be sending home the KS2 French Sacks this week. There is a bag for each year group in KS2 and children will take it in turns to have the bag for a week. The first children will be bringing home the bags this week.
The French Sacks are a way of promoting MFL in school. Each contains some books, a dictionary, a game and a traditional French recipe card. As a family, you might like to try some of the activities and leave a comment or some photos in the journal. Further details are attached to the bags.
Thank you again for your support which have made these bags possible. Merci!
Supporting your Child with Multiplication tables.
In school, we are working hard to develop and maintain children’s fluency with their multiplication tables with activities such as the Table Mountains. You can support your child at home by encouraging them to practice little and often – 5-10 minutes a day would help them to learn ( and more importantly, retain) their knowledge of times tables facts. Rote learning can be useful but it is better for children to know the facts in random order to be quicker at answering questions. This is where flashcards can be helpful as they can be shuffled for random practice.
It’s been confirmed that test will be fully digital and take place on screen. It will be available to use on laptops, desktops and tablets. To give you an idea of what the Multiplication test will look like and the speed with which the children will be expected to answer questions, use the following site. It may be useful as part of the children’s daily practice and can be used on tablets or PCs.
Spelling difficult words - Make it an acrostic
Some words just don't follow a pattern and may be hard to sound out. Sometimes, visualising a difficult word in a different way can suddenly make it stick. Create a phrase from each letter of a word and turn it into an acrostic, which can be easier to remember than the word itself. Try these, or have your child make up their own!
Ocean: Only Cats’ Eyes Are Narrow
Rhythm: Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move
Necessary: Never Eat Chips Eat Salad Sandwiches And Raspberry Yoghurt
Or. as we learned from one of the Chaffinch children this week, you can use an acrostic to help recall just a difficult part of a word. For beautiful the eau pattern is hard to remember but not if you know that beautiful elephants and unicorns can help!
Spelling idea of the week:
Please let us know if you enjoy this spelling art idea!
Mrs Dodds is looking for other innovative ways to help learn your weekly spelling patterns. please let her have your ideas so she can share them on this page.