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Catkin Class (Reception)

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Catkins Newsletter Term 6 2018

  I honestly cannot believe we are in term 6 already! The year has whizzed by but the progress and development the children have made has been astonishing! They are well on their way to becoming ever such grown up Acorns and are very excited to be continuing the transition process this term. There are many processes in place to support smooth transition from Catkin’s to Acorns and while most children make this transition smoothly and happily, we understand that for some children this might be an unsettling time.  If you are at all concerned about your child please do not hesitate to come and talk things through with us.

Last term was fun filled with our growing topic, the children thoroughly enjoyed their learning in such a practical way and the topic continues to inspire us as we are still observing our tomatoes, peas, lettuce, sunflowers and herbs – we really hope to get a few tomatoes before the end of the year! In RE last term we looked at stories from the Old Testament in the bible and learnt lots about God’s promises and the importance of God’s promises to the Christian people.  We record our RE learning in a big floor book in a variety of ways – you are more than welcome to pop in to view this learning.

Term 6 brings us the very exciting topic of ‘Creepy Crawly Wriggly Things’ (mini beasts). In literacy we will be looking at books by the author Eric Carle, in maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of numbers, number patterns, doubling, addition and subtraction, shape and measure and our new learning will be covering word problems, halving and further developing our knowledge of time.  In other areas we will be thinking about habitats of mini beasts, requirements for life and growth, life cycles and we’ll be learning the meaning of lots of new vocabulary.

In Re this term we will be exploring and learning about stories from other faiths, including Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism.  This will give us the opportunity to explore beliefs and traditions of other faiths and to continue to develop understanding and respect.

Woodland Wednesday afternoons will be slightly sporadic this term due to end of year events in school – we plan to go 13th and 20th June and 4th and 11th July.  If you can help please let us know.

Date for the diary - end of year party – last year we had an end of year party picnic in the woods with parents invited.  It was a glorious afternoon as a final woodland session in Catkin’s and we would love to repeat this again this year on Wednesday 11th July in the afternoon. More information to follow.

PE will still continue this term and will be outside as much as possible.  PE days may vary due to the busy diary this term so please ensure your child has a named PE kit and outdoor trainers in school at all times.

A reminder that we have Mrs Deeson in school every Monday and Tuesday as our Family Liaison Officer. If you require an appointment with Mrs Deeson please leave a message for her via the school office.


Thank you again for all your support to your children’s learning and to our school community.

The Catkins Team

 Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs Da Costs - teaching assistant

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant