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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 secure online assessment tool that allows you to log in and view some of your child’s learning in class!  These are planned for Wednesday 23rd November at 2.45pm or Thursday 24th November at 5.30pm at school. 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. Halloween falls on the first day of term and this lends itself nicely to talk about ‘Stranger Danger’. We shall then explore Guy Fawkes and the tradition of bonfire night and we are walking to our village church for a morning of activities to help 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 at home).  
PE this term will be on Friday in the school hall in bare feet with Mr Eshelby and we are also lucky to have more Yoga sessions later in the term.  We consider physical development crucial in optimising the children’s future learning potential so we access our outdoor learning environment at all times – the door is always open! Therefore please have a pair of wellies in school together with appropriate waterproof coat (hats and gloves as the weather gets colder are also a bonus!) NO SCARVES PLEASE.
In December we are going to Rutland Museum for a morning of activities to explore ‘Christmas Past’ and our EYFS friends from Ketton School will be joining us to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season on 1st December. 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 12th 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.
With all this and Christmas parties to look forward too we have a very exciting term ahead! 
Thank you for all your support!
Weds 23rd November                                          Phonics Presentation                              2.45pm 
Thursday 24th November                                     Phonics Presentation                             5.30pm
Weds 7th /Thurs 8th December                          Nativity Performances                          6pm 
Mon 12th December                                             Christmas ‘special person’ event            2.30 – 3.30pm
Further information regarding these events to follow.

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