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Foxes 

 Fox Class

Dear Children and Parents,

I hope that you've had a fabulous Christmas Holiday and that you're all feeling refreshed and ready for the busy term ahead of us. 

Our topic this term is Volcanoes and Earthquakes, this promises to be a really exciting topic and one which I know the children are going to be enthused about and really love.  We will be studying the different types of volcanoes, the structure of them, where they are in the world, we will also be doing a little study on Pompeii and why they erupt.  after this we will be learning about earthquakes and will learn about why and where they happen and what to do if they're are caught in the middle of an earthquake!   Linking to this is our science topic, which is all about rocks and soils, we shall be examining different types of rocks and soils and the strengths and weakness of each rock type and its purpose. 

In English we will be learning to write fact-files about monsters, continuing to develop our descriptive phrases to help enhance our writing.   We will also be retelling stories to help develop our story writing skills, some of these stories will be traditional tales.  During this term we will also be developing our dictionary skills, we will learn what they are used for, why we need them and how to use them.

In maths we will be learning about numbers - including rounding up and down and the rules to help us remember.  We will also be looking at division and using our understanding of multiplication from least term to help us with this.  We will also start to look at fractions of numbers and how this also relates to division.  During the next two terms we will be looking at recording information in different types of graphs and how to extract the information from these graphs.   

In the 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 Wednesday,  The words will be given out on a Wednesday and the test will be on the following Wednesday.  I have also introduced times tables tests each week for the class, the times tables will be given out on Monday and the test will be the following Monday.  It is so important that the children learn these tables as they will really help with their maths throughout all of their school careers.  .      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