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Catkins Newsletter Term 3 2018

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break.  The children are very refreshed and have been very excited to tell us all about their Christmas holiday and all the exciting things they got up to.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to children and families of Catkin’s for your very kind and thoughtful cards, words and gifts.  It was lovely to have such incredibly generous gifts to enjoy over the Christmas holidays with our families – we have been truly spoilt and are so very grateful.

We had a wonderful time last term learning about journeys and transport, exploring maps, vehicles, climates, holidays and clothing.  We observed confidence in reading and writing soar towards the end of the term and we can see from your tapestry posts that you have been witnessing this at home too which is absolutely fantastic!  Please continue to use Tapestry as a tool to share your child’s learning from home, we love to see how the children are independently applying learnt skills in a variety of ways.  If you are having any trouble using Tapestry, please let us know and we can support you.

We also spent last term getting excited about Christmas and performing our Christmas concert to you.  The children worked so hard learning songs and actions, exploring poetry and crafting props and gave an outstanding performance to you.  Our whole school trip to the Marlowe Theatre was a great success and Catkin’s class were all superstars walking sensibly from the coach to the theatre and sitting in the theatre beautifully, your children are a credit to you!

This term our topic is ‘Winter…’ focusing on seasons, weather, habitats and hibernation and people who help us.  We will start with the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and look at the differences between the Arctic and Antarctica and our own country. Each week we will focus on a different story or non fiction book for the children to explore giving us lots of learning opportunities throughout the term.

Parents in Class.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our parents in class session last term.  The children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their classroom with you and the feedback from you has been fantastic.  Parents in class is a fantastic opportunity for you to find out more about your child’s learning and how to support them, however if in the time between session you have any concerns or anything that you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see me.  Our next parents in class session will focus on our maths learning – details to follow.


Last term the children learnt many sounds and words from phase 3 phonics.  We are now consolidating this learning and will also begin to access our phonics learning through a streaming system, where children are grouped according to the learning they are accessing and sometimes mix with adults and children from across Catkins and Acorns.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to work in small focussed groups and to also work with a range of adults they know.  It also supports the children later when they transition to year 1 having built positive relationships with the staff across both classes.

Sounds in phase 3

j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er

Tricky words in phase 3

he, she, me, we, be, you, all, are, her, was, they, my

Please continue to practise these sounds at home, looking for them in books – how many can you find in a minute? Search for them in the environment, form them in the park or garden with sticks, put them into sentences, chalk them on the ground or use a wet paint brush on a dry day.

We are will be working very hard this term continuing to practise pre cursive letter formation, ask your children where they start their letters – they’ll tell you ‘on the line!’


Please ensure your child has a full indoor PE kit named and in school at all times.  PE will usually take place on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and for this term will predominantly be indoors.  We will let you know when your children need an outdoor PE kit, but this is usually after the Easter holiday.

Reading books. 

We are so pleased with the amount of support the children are getting at home with their reading books and letters sounds, it’s absolutely fantastic. The children are very much enjoying choosing their own books in school and are excited to take them home and share with you.  Sometimes children choose a book they have read before, this is ok, and encourages reading mileage and an enjoyment of favourite stories.  Encourage comprehension when reading too, discussing the pictures, asking questions about the story and characters and making up alternative funny endings to stories.   Following parental feedback we will shortly be sticking in a list of comprehension ideas and questions in each reading record.  We would recommend that you extend the amount of time you spend utilising each book – perhaps one day telling the story and reading the words then the following day re-reading the book before discussing the comprehension questions.  Let us know if you require any further information.


Thank you for your continued support.


The Catkins Team


Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant 1:1

Mrs Wrigglesworth – Teaching Assistant across Catkins and Acorns.

Thank you for your ongoing support.


The Catkins Team

Mrs Foord – Class Teacher

Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant (1:1)

Mrs Wrigglesworth – Teaching Assistant

What will we be learning this year?   CATKIN CLASS LEARNING TOPIC