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Portway Infant School

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Mrs Phillippe Brilliant Badgers

Our current topic is 'Wriggle and Crawl'.

Grab your coat and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt. Sweep your nets in ponds and lift up logs to see who’s home. Then set up a minibeast laboratory and observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask research questions, just like a real entomologist. Learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey. Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly. On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl. 

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a brilliant way to stay in touch. The class story can be seen by all parents in the class - I will use this to keep you informed of what is happening in class. Portfolios can only be seen by individual parents - what you or I post in your child's portfolio can only be seen by you and the staff attached to the class (no other parents can see your child's portfolio). You can use this to send me pictures of work completed at home.  I can also send you pictures of work being completed in class so you can see their achievements and what you could do to support at home.  Messages can only be seen by the person who sent it and the person they sent it to - no other parents or members of staff can see what is written.

General Reminders


PE is on a Monday, so please ensure you wear your PE kit on these days - black shorts or joggers, plain white t-shirt, plain black hoodie or school jumper and plain trainers. Children with long hair will need to tie it back. Earrings will need to be removed or covered with tape.



Please aim to read with your child at home 4 times a week. This could be reading books from school, library books, books you have at home, magazines or online books. Please make a note in your reading record each day you read for 5 minutes or more. Books can be changed on a Tuesday or Friday.  We count up the number of times you have read at home each Friday. 25 reads will earn you a purple royal reader badge, 50 reads will earn you a black royal reader badge, 100 reads will earn you a blue royal reader badge and 150 reads will earn you a new book!



At the start of each topic, information will be given about the topic along with suggested books to support learning and ideas for activities to complete at home.

Each week on a Wednesday we will put some spellings on class dojo. These are linked to sounds and spelling patterns we have been learning in phonics that week and will be checked in school in sentences the following Wednesday.

Each week on a Wednesday we will also be suggesting some maths activities that can be completed at home to support what we have been learning in Maths that week. 

Please send a photo, video or note of any work you complete for the homework via class dojo.

Along with reading 4 times a week, we would greatly appreciate your support with helping your child to learn their number bonds as rapid recall.