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Welcome to 1VJ!

Welcome back to school everybody! We hope that you have all had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays and are back ready to learn and have lots of fun. Our topic this half term is 'Why can't a meerkat live in the North Pole?' and we will all become experts, investigating hot and cold climates. Sunglasses and fur coats at the ready!



Bug Club




Your child has now been given a Bug Club username and password in school. Having access to Bug Club provides children with the wonderful opportunity to read electronic books that are matched to their current reading level in school. This is an exciting and rewarding way in which you can encourage your child to read additionally at home...the children love it and it has been a huge hit within the classroom!

Our Learning this half term


Our class text this half term is 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett. We will be getting to know Sunny the cheeky meerkat (who lives in the Kalahari desert!) very well indeed. We will be learning how to write postcards, beginning to use speech bubbles and having a go at writing letters home... keep an eye on your letter boxes for an extra special arrival sometime soon!




In Science we will be looking at seasonal changes and exploring what it would be like to live in the North Pole or in the desert- I wonder which one you will prefer?!


We have lots to look forward to in Art and Design, including playing with and getting to learn the primary colours, then challenging ourselves to mix the secondary colours. Dust off those palettes and get those apron strings tied- we're in for a messy ride!



We kindly ask that you listen to your child read at home, sign their reading record and leave a comment as to how they have read. Reading books are changed weekly and it is important that they are in school everyday so that we can listen to your child read where possible additionally throughout the week. 





PE is on a Friday with Mr Ellis and we ask for your child to wear the correct PE Kit (white T-shirt, blue shorts and black pumps). It would help if you could label all items clearly. PE Kits will be sent home at the end of each half term so they can be washed and returned after the holidays ready for the next half term. A reminder that jewellery cannot be worn during PE lessons and the children must be able to remove earrings themselves if they are worn on a PE day.




Homework will be given out on a Friday. Your child has been given a purple homework book that will contain weekly spellings, and at times a piece of additional maths or literacy work. Homework is to be returned by the following Wednesday and you child will receive a smiley for their efforts if it is completed and returned on time.


As ever, Mrs Jackson and I are available at the end of each school day if you have any questions or concerns- here's to this half term!


Mrs Johnston and Mrs Jackson  smiley