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Mendham Primary School

Juniper Class

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to a new school year in Juniper Class! I am so relieved to be back to school with a full class and hope that the children are as excited as me to return! I will be teaching the class full-time this year with support from Mrs Allmey and Miss Woollatt.

Our priority this term is to support the children in their return to school. I know many of them will be feeling anxious and we will be doing all we can to help them return and settle back into school life happily. To help achieve this we will be doing lots of PSHE work on feelings and spending time explaining and discussing new school routines and how we can all keep each other safe. If you have any concerns (or questions) about your child’s return to school, then please contact me on the email address below.

I will then be focusing on the fundamentals of reading, spelling, handwriting and times tables. We will have a weekly class target for each of these and will work together to achieve them. Any support you can give at home for these areas will be valuable. There will be weekly spellings set on a Friday, for a (very informal) test the following Friday and a times table of the week to practice at home, again for a test on a Friday. All homework will be set via Google Classroom.

Our first whole school topic is Celebrations. After our settling in period, Juniper Class will be looking at a celebration of East Anglian life. This will be incorporated into many areas of our learning and will include learning about the history and geography of East Anglia and the rural way of life. We will also be designing, promoting, making and selling our own products for a farm shop.

Maths will continue to be taught using the White Rose maths mastery schemes of learning. (Visit for further information.) Topics this term will include roman numerals, place value and addition and subtraction. Our science topic will be animals including humans where we will study nutrition, functions of the digestive system and food chains.

In literacy we will be focusing on texts relevant to our topic including writing proposals for our farm shop products and selling them using persuasive writing techniques. We will be also looking at how to write accurate instructions before moving onto harvest poetry.

RE topics will celebrate key figures in religion and cover Christianity (Jesus the saviour) and Islam (Muhammad Seal of Prophets.)

PE will be taught on a Friday morning by Mrs Tilley. Please ensure the children have their full PE kit in school every day. Forest School will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Miss Benton (Mrs Davies). To take part, the children will need warm and waterproof clothing and suitable footwear, brought to school in a named bag.

We have sent home a reading book each, these can stay at home until they have been read and then returned to school and swapped for another book. The children have all chosen a different book to read in school. Water bottles will stay in school and be washed regularly. Please note that the free fruit provision stops once the children reach Key Stage Two, so if they need a snack at playtime, please send in a piece of fruit in a named bag.

Finally, lets hope that this year goes more smoothly than the last!

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Molly Ball