Spring Term 1 - Extreme Weather
Welcome to the Pumas News!
Enjoy our photos, documents and games!
Take a look at photos from our class experiences and learning this term.
We have been enjoying using the practical maths equipment to show our place value knowledge - we are getting great at reading, making and writing two-digit numbers. We have also had fun making different cloud types - we learnt about cirrus, columbus and stratus clouds.
Read our latest class newsletter and other curriculum documents.
The Pumas children will be enjoying a number of Forest Schools sessions across the year. These dates are in the calendar and newsletter.
On these days, please ensure that your child has two pairs of trousers, two pairs of socks, and multiple layers for their top half. They also require wellies, hat and scarf. They will be outside for the whole morning or whole afternoon so need to be warm enough to get the most out of the sessions.
We loved our first two sessions - thank you to everyone for sending in lots of clothes to keep us warm!
Next session is 24th January 2017 - we are already excited!
Reading with your children
When reading with your children, you are an influential teacher in helping them to learn to read. Here are some top tips to help
- Choose a quiet time - Set aside quiet time with no distractions in order to focus them and help them concentrate.
- Make reading enjoyable - Sit with your child and encourage them whilst reading. If they are losing interest, negotiate and refocus them.
- Maintain the flow - If your child mispronounces a word, do not interrupt immediately and allow them the chance to self correct.
- Be positive - If your child is finding a word difficult, boost their confidence by saying, "Let's read that one together."
- Success is the key - Books that your child reads well help to build their confidence, so moving onto more difficult ones should not be rushed.
- Visit the library - Taking your child to choose books from the public library gives them chance to take ownership of their reading.
- Regular practice - Try to read as often as possible - shorter sessions of reading more regularly is often best.
- Communicate - Feel free to communicate with school via the reading record/diary in order to motivate your child and keep in touch with the teacher.
- Talk about the books - Being a good reader is more than just decoding - it is important to understand what has been read and be able to discuss, predict and infer.
- Variety is important - Children should experience a range of reading materials, including picture books, comics, poems, magazines and non-fiction information books.
Follow these links to play educational games, perfect to practise our school learning at home!
A website with lots of information for parents about what phonics is, how it is taught and how you can help your child. Lots of resources to use too!
A website full of phonics games and resources for children. Start on Phase 3 and move through the phases when your child is ready.
A number facts game where children have to work out the Maths sum to free the funky mummy! A great game to practise basic adding skills.
A game where children have to match the pipes using number bonds to 10 in order to free the whale! It can also be changed to bonds for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. A great game to practise these number bonds which support other mathematical learning.
A website full of games for Numeracy, which covers all areas of the Maths curriculum. Children will love playing these interactive games whilst practising their Maths at the same time!
Obb and Bob are brothers. They both love to eat but they like to eat different things. Can you feed Bob the real words and Obb the fake ones? A great game for children to practise decoding and blending, and recognising whether words are real or not. The children love seeing the aliens munch the snacks!
Help Pablo finish his invention by passing him the correct shape! A fun game for children to practise recognising shapes and learning their properties too.
Visit google maps and use street view to explore the streets of our local area, starting at our school. What can you see on your travels?
A website full of maths games for 5-7 year olds - great for applying our learning from school! We particularly enjoy Park the Pods and Guess the Number.
Once again, Billy's adventures to your homes will continue this term! Billy will be on the lookout for children who catch his eye by trying extra hard or doing something extra special.
So it could be you next! We hope you have lots of fun with Billy at home and we can't wait to hear all about it!
Quotes from the Children
This Term's Question - "What have you learnt in the Pumas so far?"