South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

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South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School


Welcome to Kingfisher Class!


A very warm welcome to the new Kingfisher class children and parents. We are a class of 23 Year 1 children and 7 Year 2 children. Mr Halford is the class teacher and Mrs Bisgrove and Mrs Taylor work in the class as teaching Assistants. Mrs England, Mrs Young and Mrs Poole will also help in class from time to time.

This term and in the summer term we are very fortunate to be hosting Mrs Cath Hudson as a student teacher and she will be involved in planning and delivering some of the curriculum during her placement.


For an overview of the year, please see the link below.


Autumn Term Home Learning Update October 2019

As well as the weekly spellings in the 'Common Exception Word Booklet' I would like the children to access 'Mathletics' each week to support their maths in school. After half term I will be linking what they are able to access directly with the work covered in school that week. In the first half of term, I would like the children to familiarise themselves with the website and earn as many certificates as possible! If your child is unable to access 'Mathletics' at home, please let me know and we will make an Ipad available to them in school so that they do not miss out.


Frogmary Green Farm

After half term Kingfisher class children will begin a 'residency' of nine Fridays at Frogmary Green Farm. We will be covering much of the Science, Geography and DT curriculum during these weeks and we are really looking forward to being based in 'The Shed'. As our time there will be during the colder and wetter part of the year, please ensure that your child has full waterproof clothing and welly boots each Friday. Many thanks.


This term...

Daily Reading

This term, we are really encouraging the children to become independent and confident readers. We ask that children read at home every day and that you sign and date the Reading Diary. Books can be changed every school day. We need to have book packets in school every day as the children will regularly be bringing home letters etc.


Home learning

is given every Wednesday and will include both a piece of Maths and a piece of spelling, punctuation and grammar work. We ask that home learning is completed and returned to school each Monday so that Mr Halford can mark it. Home learning helps your child to practise an area of learning in their own time.

We really appreciate your support with both Daily Reading and Home Learning. Mathletics is also a great way of practising maths...and it's fun too! From time to time, Mathletics may be used for home learning.


Year 2 English and Maths

This term, we will support our Kingfisher Year 2’s with targeted spelling, handwriting and maths facts lessons, as they develop increasing accuracy and skill in their work. Weekly Home Learning activities will focus on punctuation, spelling and grammar, a range of maths questions and problem solving.


Year 1 and 2 Phonics – Read Write Inc:

'The more I read, the better I get at reading. The better I get, the more I enjoy reading’.

As part of our School Development Plan to raise standards in English in every class, all the children will continue to have three Read Write Inc lessons weekly. Read Write Inc is a systematic approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing. More than just phonics, Read Write Inc is an integrated approach to comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting. 



Our topics this term will be:

Art topic based on the book 'Call me Gorgeous'. A massive 'Thank You' to all family members who attended our exhibition of the children's 'Beautiful Animals'. We hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as we did creating them.


Guy Fawkes

Festivals of light




Class worship:

We encourage all children to lead a class worship at least once each year. This can be on a topic of their choice and is usually a joint presentation with a friend. Please encourage this if your child has not already volunteered to lead a class worship. Children need only talk to the class for a few minutes and this is prepared in school with Mrs Bisgrove. We then have questions and a discussion, usually based on our Christian value ('Friendship' this half term and 'Thankfulness' in the second half of term).

Class worship is a good opportunity for children to conquer their concerns about talking in front of their peers.

If you have any ideas for this page please let Mr Halford know!
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.

Don't forget to use Mathletics so that you can earn certificates in our Monday Celebration assemblies (see the link to their website below!). Each child in the class has their log-on details stapled into the back of their Reading Recoed book.





Parent Presentation Curriculum Meeting Kingfisher Class Autumn 2019

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