Welcome to Summer Term!
The children have already settled back into school really well! This term is going to be very busy with lots of fun activities planned. We will also be preparing the children for their transition into Year One.
Your child will have daily opportunities for free flow play both indoors and out. Please make sure that your child always has a jumper at school and that during the warmer weather sun cream is applied before school and they will need a named sun hat!
If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see me. The end of the day is the best time!
Many thanks, Mrs Healey
Watch it grow
This half term we will be planting seeds and watching them grow. We have already planted a bean and over the next few weeks we will be planting sunflowers and cress. We will also be looking at the life cycle of a frog.
If you are growing anything at home with your child please send them in with a photograph to share with the rest of their class.
Talk for Writing
Our new talk for writing story is: Jasper’s Beanstalk. We will be mapping out the story, completing a book review, planting a bean, recording its growth in our bean diaries and learning how to write recounts using the days of the week.
We will continue to listen to your child read at least twice a week. We will not always change their books; they will only be changed when they are reading it fluently. Please read with your child EVERY night. This is so important and is the best way to support your child and help them to be successful. Always make sure that you sign the yellow diary clearly so that your child can be entered into the reading raffle at the end of the week.
It is expected that all children practise their phonic sounds and words at home. We will be starting to add new words to their sound bags each week. They also need to be able to spell and write all of the words.
I will continue to set a small homework task each week on a Thursday, this will be due in the following Monday. The topic that the homework covers will either consolidate what the children have been learning about the week before or it may introduce the topic that we will be covering the following week. It is really important that all children are completing their homework independently!
In Maths we will be counting reliably and ordering numerals to twenty. Children will be expected to match numerals to quantities of up to twenty. We will be concentrating on addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing.
We will also be ordering familiar events, measuring time in simple ways and using everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, money and time.
Expressive Arts and design/ Understanding the World
Drawing and painting ‘Van Gogh’s’ famous sunflower picture.
Making a paper plate sunflower.
Learning a song ‘A Seed so small.
Using the ipads and class computer.
Visiting the nature garden and exploring the woods.
The children have already settled back into school really well! This term is going to be very busy with lots of fun activities planned.
Your child will have daily opportunities for free flow play both indoors and out. Please make sure that your child always has a jumper and waterproof coat at school!
Topic:Transport and Travel
This half term we will be looking at travel and transport. We have turned our role play area into a travel agent and will be busy booking holidays. We have lots of exciting activities planned: a travel survey, making a vehicle from junk modelling and making a boat to float in the water tray.
Talk for Writing
Our new talk for writing story is: The Enormous Turnip. We will be mapping out the story and each child will be changing parts of the story to make it their own. I will be inviting parents in to learn the story and actions over the next few weeks.
In Maths we will be counting reliably with numbers to ten and then to twenty. Children will be expected to match numerals to quantities and to count objects out from a large group.
We will also be ordering items by length, height and weight and capacity.
We will continue to listen to your child read at least twice a week. We will not always change their books, they will only be changed when they are confident in reading it. Please read with your child EVERY night. This is so important and is the best way to support your child and help them to be successful. Always make sure that you sign the yellow diary clearly so that your child can be entered into the reading raffle at the end of the week.
It is expected that all children practise their phonic sounds and words at home. We will be adding new sounds and words to their sound bags each week.
I will be setting a small homework task each week on a Thursday, this will be due in the following Monday. The topic that the homework covers will either consolidate what the children have been learning about the week before or it may introduce the topic that we will be covering the following week. It is really important that all children complete their homework each week!
PE kit and uniform
Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including daps, in school every day.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays each week.
Also please can you check that all uniform and PE kits are clearly named including shoes and daps.
We will be doing outdoor learning sessions every Monday morning; these sessions will take place on site. If your child does not have a pair of Wellington boots to keep in school, please can you make sure that they are in school on a Monday.
Please note that our class notice board is on the door to the cloakroom. Each week I will put up a weekly overview, this is so that you know what we will be up to!
If you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to come and see me. The end of the day is the best time to make an appointment to see me.
Many thanks, Mrs Healey
I hope you all had a lovely holiday, I know the children were keen to share their holiday news on Monday!
This half term our topic is Destination Outer Space!
The children are already really excited about the activities we have planned.
Our main focus for this half term will be on Speaking and listening activities and Physical development.
Our SEAL topic for this half term will be getting on and falling out. Each week we will hold a circle time activity in class to talk about how we can get on with each other and how sometimes we fall out with our friends.
We will discuss:
Communication and Language
This will be our main focus for this half term, this is the essential skills which we will need in order to learn in all other areas of the curriculum. In class we are working really hard on the key skills to being a good listener: good sitting, looking, thinking, and speaking clearly when it is our turn to talk. We will continue with Phase One Phonics and your support at home to carry out these activities will really make a difference to their learning at school.
We will continue to do PE twice a week where we will be focusing on multi - skills.
Activities will include:
Washing our hands after going to the toilet and before eating
Write dance will also be an important part of our Physical development activities this half term to help with our writing.
We have started Phase two Phonics this week and we will be learning four new letter sounds each week. The children will be bringing home their new sounds home each week to practise, we will add the new sounds every Thursday.
This week we have already shared our new Talk for Writing story 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy and we will also be having a moon picnic later in the week. Our main focus in Literacy this half term will be based on using adjectives to describe characters and we will be designing our own aliens to describe. Each week we will also be reading other stories linked to our theme and learning a rhyme of the week, this will be displayed on our class notice board. For our non - fiction unit we will be learning how to layout and write lists, this will include lists of items we would take to the moon, ingredients for our moon rocks and a list to Father Christmas.
In Maths, we will be learning about money. Activities will include labelling coins and saying their value, describing them and using money to buy items in our class shop. In number work we will be placing numerals in order, saying the number which is one more or less than a given number and starting to work on addition and subtraction problems.
Understanding the world
We hope to take part in lots of outdoor learning, so please make sure that your child always has a coat in school and a pair of wellies. During this half term we will be going for walk over to the woods at Danesfield, playing on the field and visiting the nature garden.
In class the children will have the opportunity to play on the class computer, interactive white board and the Ipads to play games and to draw pictures.
Expressive Arts and design
We will be busy making our role play area into the moon scene from 'Whatever Next!', acting out the story with our friends, making rockets from junk materials, painting planet pictures and aliens. We will be learning songs linked to space and will be busy practising for the Christmas play.
As always, if you have any questions please do come and see me,