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Foxes 

 Fox Class

Dear Children and Parents,

Welcome to Fox Class! I hope that you've had a fantastic summer break.  The next two terms promise to be very busy indeed with lots of exciting things planned. 

Our topic this term is Lighthouses and Pirates.  We will be linking our topic to our English work using the books about the Lighthouse keeper's lunch.  We will also be using other stories about lighthouses and non-fiction books to help develop our learning.  Within this topic we will be finding out about lighthouses and their purposes,  comparing old and new lighthouses,  where they are built and Grace Darling.  Whilst learning about pirates we will be learning about famous pirates and the oceans and seas of the world. 

In English we will be learning about correct sentence structure, writing lists and letters, sequencing stories and how to describe settings and characters. 

In maths we will be learning about numbers, place value and greater than and less than.  We will also be learning how to develop our mental calculation skills and will start to learn about multiplication and division and basic fractions. 

In science our topic is all about living things and how they grow.  We will be looking at various animals and their habitats and food chains. 

In the new national curriculum there is a strong emphasis on reading and comprehension, we will read with your child in guided reading groups and this will also develop their reading abilities and also their comprehension skills by questioning.  It is still very important that you read regularly with your child at home, we would like your child to read the book that we send home, however please feel free to enjoy other books with your child, some great authors are Enid Blyton,  Roald Dahl,  Michael Morpurgo, Dick King Smith, Lauren Child, Jill Murphy, Jeff Kinney, Oliver Jeffers, also have a look at the schools website for further suggestions on our reading list and at the waterstones top 100 children books to read at home.  

We will be having our spelling tests on a Friday,  The words will be given out on a Friday and the test will be on the following Friday.  After the half term holiday I will be introducing times tables tests for the whole class, these tests will be on a Wednesday.      All the children will be carrying on with their mental maths books and  will also have some English homework that I will occasionally send home that will compliment the work that they are doing in class.   I will also send home other subject homework occasionally,  that will develop and benefit their learning.  

I really hope that your child has a fantastic term, I always have an open door policy, so please pop in to see me if you have any queries or concerns.

Miss Oyler