Our Curriculum Overview for this half term
Curriculum Overview for this half term
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful break and thank you all so much for your kind cards and presents. We are all looking forward to a fun but busy Spring term.
Communication with parents
Please continue to use the Communication Book and check it daily for messages. If you would prefer to email us please do: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for the Ark children or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Study children.
Communication for children
Please also continue to use the Communication Wallet to send in any objects of interest that the children would like to share with the class. This could include something of interest they find, a ticket stub for somewhere they have been, pictures, mementoes or souvenirs; we have daily speaking and listening sessions as well as weekly Show and Tell.
Water Bottles, Snacks and Tissues
Please ensure that your child has their water bottle in school every day. The children are also encouraged to bring one healthy snack to have at break times, such as fruit or a cereal bar – please ensure these do not contain nuts. We would always welcome any donations of tissues.
All children have reading books and a reading diary. Please try to read with your child daily and discuss and ask questions about what they have read to develop understanding and record any comments in the diary. Please make sure your child brings their reading book to school every day.
As children have PE in both mainstream and the ARP, please make sure they have a named PE kit in school at all times. This term, all the children in the Study will be going swimming on Tuesday mornings.
In the Ark, children are given homework on Fridays and spellings on Wednesdays to learn for a ‘test’ the following Tuesday. Homework alternates between a mixture topic, maths, talking and phonic activities. In the Study, children receive both maths and spelling homework on Fridays and this must be completed by Monday, so that the children are prepared for their weekly spelling quiz.
In the Ark, cooking takes place every Friday and in the Study cooking happens on a Wednesday. We ask that you send a pot or container so the child can bring their food home. Please provide £10 per term to cover costs.
We have lots of special activities planned in the Ark and Study for this term. Already, some of the Study children have represented the school at Boccia Tournament and the Ark children have been on a Winter Walk to Dundonald Park. The Study children have also begun a 6 week Table Cricket programme. We will be in touch with details of forthcoming trips for this term – both in the ARP and mainstream - nearer the time so please keep checking the communication wallets and Parentmail. You will also receive an invitation from your child to come and join them for a Celebration of Learning afternoon with us on 26th February 2020.
We appreciate the support and encouragement you give to your child and hope that all this information enables you to be involved in their learning. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Ark & Study Team
ARP Dates for the Diary – Spring Term 2020
Study Table Cricket Thursday 9th January - Thursday 13th February
Ark Winter Walk Monday 13th January
Study Boccia Tournament (Yrs 5 and 6) Friday 17th January
Study Swimming Begins 21st January
Study Trip to Billionaire boy, Bromley Theatre 31st January
ARP Trip to National Gallery February (exact date TBC)
Ark Trip to Dean City Farm February (exact date TBC)
ARP Celebration of Learning Afternoon 26th February