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The School is closed for the Easter break between 3.30pm Thursday 28th March and 8.00am Monday 15th April 2024. Have a great Easter.
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Whissendine CE Primary School

Term 2 Information

A BIG welcome to Term 2! 
We are pleased that the children have settled so well into school life and are very excited to begin our second term at school!  The EYFS Prime Areas; Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development and Communication and Language remain the key context for our learning. We continue to assess the children’s sound knowledge and will soon be completing our first teaching cycle of Set 1 Sounds!  Visualization of numbers forms the basis of our maths focus.  We would like to invite you to an informal meeting to share the next steps in our phonic programme and show you ‘Early Essence’ our new secure online assessment tool that allows you to log in and view some of your child’s learning in class!  These are planned for Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th November at 2.45pm at school and a notice will be put up within our morning ‘settling in’ time for you to sign up for the time most convenient to you!
Our topic for the term is ‘Special Times’ and we have many of them ahead - we start with Guy Fawkes and the tradition of bonfire night and we are walking to our village church for a morning of activities with Year 1 children to understand the meaning of Remembrance Day.  As another special time draws near we will be expressing ourselves through music, dance and drama and will begin to learn the songs for our Nativity performance (these will uploaded to our class page on the school website as we learn them if you wish to sing along.


PE this term continues to be on Friday, in the school hall with bare feet.  We consider physical development crucial in optimising the children’s future learning potential - please have a pair of wellies in school together with an appropriate waterproof coat (hats and gloves as the weather gets colder are also a bonus!) so they can access our outdoor learning environment at all times – our door is always open! NO SCARVES PLEASE.


In December we are going to Rutland Museum for a morning of activities to explore ‘Christmas Past’. Talking of Christmas, it will soon be upon us and each child will chose a ‘special person’ i.e. mum, dad, granny or uncle to join them at school for some one-to-one festive activities at school from 2.30 – 3.30pm on Monday 14th December – invitation to follow.


Resilience is our learning behaviour focus for Term 2 - we shall be showing how we can stick at it – even when the going gets tough!  (Come and see our 'oh the things you can do that are good for you' display board - a prompt to help the children begin to understand how they can help themselves to become ready to learn).


With all this and Christmas parties to look forward too we have a very exciting term ahead! Thank you for all your support!


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY (we know that this time of year can be VERY busy!)
Mon 16th/Tues 17th November Phonics Presentations 2.45pm 
Weds 9th/Thurs 10th December Nativity Performances 6pm
Mon 14th December Christmas ‘special person’ event 2.30 – 3.30pm
Further information regarding these events to follow.


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