Blog and homework for week commencing 16th of November

Hello and welcome to this week's blog and homework page after what I hope has been a good weekend for you all. Last week was another busy week in Willow. Many of you returned Christmas card designs so thank you for that. The package of school designs has now been sent off to our company so Christmas goodies will be with you soon. We fundraised an amazing £407.50!
Your children have been working extremely hard. In maths, we have been working on exchanging ten to allow us to subtract ones from 3-digit numbers and in science we enjoyed a digestive system experiment. Much fun was had in doing this as well as lots of funny faces pulled and lots of strange noises made! I have uploaded photos onto our class page and I'm sure you will enjoy looking through them.
Below is an overview of our Willow Class celebrations as well as details of this week's homework and Bug Club which is our new online reading programme.
We have some Spelling Frame Stars who have been working hard to practise their spellings and build up well-deserved points. Well done to our famous five for this week who are Thomas Wooldridge, Brody Gibson, Evie Brown, Freya McNee and Amelia Lauder. Keep up the hard work everyone and make sure spellings are practised ready for our weekly test. Let's see who will appear at the top of our leaderboard next week. There are School360 points up for grabs!
Our Star of the Week for last week was Mamie Belshaw for her positive approach to learning and school life. Let's see whose name I'll be announcing on Monday!
~ All spellings can be found by logging onto Spelling Frame. Please log on regularly every week to practise your weekly spellings. If for some reason your child is not able to access Spelling Frame, please get in touch and I can send you the spelling list. 
This week's homework is once again set on 'Busy Things' in 'My Assignments'. Thank you for all those lovely recipe ideas last week. We share our work as a class and we all enjoyed reading your recipes as well as looking at photos and pictures of some of the delicious foods you all enjoy.
This week's homework can be found in 'My Assignments'. This week I am asking you to create a comic strip based on a book or film you enjoy. Don't forget to think about speech and perhaps what characters are thinking as well as pictures to help tell the main events in your story or film. Submit this to me when you are finished.
Bug Club is a literacy programme designed to support effective and engaging reading for pupils. As we are not able to currently send books home, this is an ideal online alternative which I'm sure the children will enjoy accessing. This week, each child will receive a laminated log-in details strip so please keep this safe along with your other school passwords. Each child has also been allocated a reading book which is suitable for the level at which they are reading. As this is your child's first time in using Bug Club, your child will need support at first to log-on and explore the site. To access Bug Club go to:
From here, your child will need to log in with their given details from the log-in strip. When clicking 'Log-in' you will be taken to the 'Pearson' page. This is where your child will enter their username, password and school code. Each child will then be taken to their own homepage. When they click on 'My Stuff' the book they have been allocated will appear. Click on the book and then your child can read through their book carefully and at their own pace, going back if they need to re-read and answering questions either along the way or at the end of the book. Questions are revealed by clicking on the 'bug symbol' where the bugs eyes are open. When the question has been answered, the bug's eyes will close.
Children can view their rewards and the books they have read can be viewed in the library section.
If each child can go onto bug club by Thursday, that would be ideal as then I can discuss initial thoughts at parent consultations. Bug club books will form part of our homework so the expectation is that children in Willow Class read their allocated book within the week. Just as homework is set on that Monday to Monday basis. If you have any questions or would like to give some feedback on your child's progress, please email me or we can discuss it further on Thursday.
Please note that Bug Club will not replace classroom reading. Group and individual reading with a teacher as well as independent reading time will continue as normal.
On Thursday, I will be able to spend time talking to those of you who have signed up for a consultation time slot. I look forward to speaking to you then so we can have a chat about how your child has settled into class and their progress in learning so far.
Take care everyone and have a good week,
Mrs Smith