News from Term 2
What a quick but very busy term we had!
As you are aware, our Macmillan coffee morning was a huge success raising £925. The children worked so hard and did a great job. Many thanks also to those parents who volunteered to help. Sheila Sinclair from the Thurso branch of Macmillan came to collect the cheque at school and wrote a lovely letter to us which is displayed in the corridor (have a look at parents night)
James Simpson from Thurso Rotary came to collect the photograph books we made of ourselves to take to Likutwe Basic School in Africa. This is the school where the funds from our smartie tube collection in February went to install a well providing clean, safe water for the village. James Simpson is going see the finished well. He is taking photographs and will re-visit to show and tell us the impact the money has made for that village.
We had plenty of visitors to the school last term including a storyteller, the NASA astronaut Duane Carey, the Kakatsitis drummers and the Challenger education bus. These were enjoyed by all the children (and staff!)
Our project on Being Green last term highlighted the need to save energy and included reducing, re-using and recycling things wherever possible. We also debated the positives and negatives about renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
Unfortunately we never made our trip due to the poor Caithness weather L
A reminder that Parents Nights are this term –
Wednesday 13th November 5-7pm
Thursday 14th November 3.15-5.15pm
Your appointment time will be given home on Thursday 8th November.
MATHS – this term will focus on
- Multiplication and division of HTU
- Function machines
- Problem solving
Reading is taught on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I would appreciate it if you could listen, share or read the text together modelling good reading behaviour and sign the reading record between these days. It is VERY important that your child continues to read at home or you read with them.
This reading for enjoyment scheme also forms part of your child’s homework at times as they may bring their book home. You can monitor your child’s progress with this by logging onto “Renaissance Home Connect”. Information on how to access this was provided last term. Your child has been set a target and should work hard to achieve this before the end of Term 2. They will accumulate reading rocks which they can spend at the Rock Shop on Wednesday 18th December.
This term we will work on writing newspaper articles as well as incorporating some personal and poetry pieces too.
We will be learning about natural disasters and preparing for our Christmas concert as we form the choir this year for the P7 play.
We are taking part in a healthy heart programme which will run for four weeks. If time allows, we will also be looking at the importance of achieving a balance between rest, sleep and physical activity, particularly with some children being very sleepy in school as a result of late night computer games or watching television.
This term we focus on the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. These are both festivals of light and the children will be presenting their knowledge of these to the rest of the school in an assembly later in the term.
A FINAL NOTE
If there is anything you would like to discuss with me, please do not hesitate to contact the school to make an appointment.