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Ms Butcher's class. During the Spring term, we will be exploring.....

Where will your journey take you?

During the first half of the Spring term, we have chosen to focus on exploring journeys.  We are using the book 'Jack and the Flumflum tree' by Julia Donaldson to launch this theme for the term. The first home activity of the New Year has been to invite each child to design their very own Flumflum tree and the results have been amazing!

flum flum pic
Flum Flum book


 The story of 'Jack and the Flumflum tree,' will help to stimulate our writing this term. The children will beome familiar with the story using signifiers. The children will revisit Language in Colour identifying different parts of a sentence and in particular look at adjectives. Once they have internalised this story we shall then start writing the story imitating Julia Donaldson.  They will then change elements of the story such as the charaters so that they write their own story.

Jack and flum flum tree list


The children are taught maths daily through investigations and ‘CLIC’ sessions (Counting, Learn-Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation). Using these approaches, the children develop a strong understanding of rote number facts, as well as learning to apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems in real life contexts.

This term we shall be consolidating the children’s knowledge of odd and even numbers using the popular characters Odd Todd and Even Steven. This will lead us into our focus for the term which is division. The children will initially investigate halving numbers sharing between two and then we shall investigate sharing amounts between more than two. The children will at all times apply their number skills to real life problems in various contexts such as money, mass and length.  ‘Beat That’ tests will be sent home fortnightly to ensure these number facts are secure.


We shall again use 'Jack and the Flumflum tree' as a stimulus for science enquiry. Stu, Jack's friend at one point falls in the water and we shall investigate different materials that will help him stay afloat and the ones that don't. This will lead us further in our invesigations looking at the different properties of materials.



Once a fortnight, children will be receiving Big Maths homework. This will have the same facts from week to week, but in a different order. They are to help your children recall number facts quickly.

We urge you to also practise reading with your children at least 4 times per week. Your children will all have a reading book to take home. It will be their responsibility to change this in school.

The work you do with your children at home is just as important as the learning they do in school. We thank you for all the wonderful support you provide for your children.

Other Notices

Thank you to all parents for helping your children to continue to start the school so maturely and independently. Here are a few reminders about our routines.

Children are expected to look after their own book bags and they are responsible for giving homework, reading books and letters directly to the teachers.

Children are also responsible for their own fruit money. Fruit can be bought at play time from a trolley for 20p each day. There are always enough coins to allow for change so do not worry if you cannot give your children the exact change.

We do not need a PE kit unless we are learning gynmastic skills, and we will inform you when this comes around. It would be useful to have a pair of outdoor shoes or wellies in case we are learning outside.