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Welcome to Red Squirrels 

January 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to welcome everyone back last week and see so many smiling faces. The children have settled in nicely and have been so quick to adapt to their new routine. It was great to hear all about the children’s Christmas holiday  and how happy the children were feeling being back at school and seeing their friends.

This term our topic is ‘A land down under’, which means it’s all about Australia. We will begin by locating Australia on a world map, identifying human and physical features and comparing Australia to the UK. We will also learn
about Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia. 

This term we will be looking at the story ‘Diary of a Wombat’ by Jackie French.

Our RE focus this term is all about ‘Caring for the World.’ Throughout the term we will be exploring the Creation
Story and what we can do to look after our world. We will be considering how to keep our world a special place.
As we approach Easter we will also be considering the question, ‘Why does Easter matter to Christians?’

PE lessons this term will continue to take place every Tuesday and Friday so please ensure your child comes to school on that day wearing their PE kit on those days.

Reading remains a high priority in our class so please continue to read with your child at home and sign their reading record. At Sigglesthorne we aim for children to read at least 4 times at home per week.

Your child will also continue to be sent spellings home each week for their weekly spelling test which takes place every Thursday. Please continue to support your child with practising their spellings at home.

Please also ensure that your child brings a water bottle with them to school every day. Due to toast being unavailable at the moment, the children are welcome to bring in their own healthy snack to eat at break time.

Thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times and I look forward to the term ahead!

Kind regards,

Mrs Owens

 

Please follow the link to our Knowledge organiser for the Spring term – Y1.2 knowledge organiser- A Land Down Under

If you are interested in learning more about how we plan and the national curriculum please follow the Useful links tab on the Teaching and Learning Tab.

 

Welcome Chester – our School Dog

From Wednesday 21st July we will be inviting a dog into school. A full risk assessment has been completed which will be available on our website. Chester is nearly 2 years old, a labradoodle (hypoallergenic) and belongs to myself (Mrs Owens).

There has been extensive research about the many benefits that can be seen by having a school dog.   

  • Dogs teach children about responsibility – by children having to remember to feed and give water to the dog it can give them a sense of importance and satisfaction that they may not get from other responsibilities.  
  • Dogs teach children patience – they do not always do as they are told first time!  
  • Dogs teach children compassion – just like us dogs feel pain and emotion.  
  • Dogs teach children about socialisation – by the children learning how to interact with a dog they can better learn how to socialise with other children.  
  • Dogs are fun – they greet you with a wagging tail every day and put a smile on your face, even on a bad day. 
  • Please follow the link to the Risk Assessment for this activity:-  Risk Assessment – Dogs in School- Sigg

Please follow the link to the letter which was circulated to parents/carers:-  School Dog letter