Hello and welcome back to school.
We are hoping for some warmer weather as our topic this term is “Outside.”
We will be studying and growing plants and vegetables and learning all about minibeasts. We’re really excited to have caterpillars joining the class and know the children will enjoy watching the changes that occur until we have butterflies to release.
We also hope to discover minibeasts in their natural habitat on our playing fields, under stones and in hedges. We will catch them carefully for the children to look at and encourage them to use information books and ICT to find out about their life cycles. So, if you should come across a large creepy crawly anywhere in your house or garden, we’d love you to bring it into school for the children to see. (We promise to give it back!)
If you have any bags of compost or seeds cluttering up your sheds, we’d love to take them off your hands!
In Literacy, we will continue to work on phase 4 and 5 of the letters and sounds programme with emphasis on segmenting and blending words for reading and writing. Along with revision of phase 4, we will be introducing these new sounds: ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au and demonstrating letter formation in cursive style. We will be teaching the high frequency words: don’t, I’m, old, by, about, your, day, made, came, make, here, saw, very, put.
This term we will be focusing primarily on reading information texts and how to use these to find information. We will be using some stories which relate to our topic: The Very Hungry Caterpillar , Jack and the Beanstalk, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, Agh Spider and Camille and the Sunflowers.
In Numeracy, we will continue learning the number system, through counting and number games, and developing our understanding of addition, subtraction, counting on and back. We have some fantastic “top trumps” minibeast games to use which the children will love. We will continue developing ways to record answers using the signs + plus, - minus and = equals. Problem solving will be explored again this term building on the skills we have developed. We will also be building on doubling and halving numbers and counting on in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We will have a garden centre role play area where the children can use money to buy items using coins to £1. They will also compare and measure height, length and weight of objects using standard measures and create repeating patterns.
P.E. continues on Monday with Andy this term. A huge plea: can you check all your child’s clothing is clearly labelled, especially shoes and trainers, as many labels wash off/fall off by this stage in the school year!
As always, please feel free to come in and share any celebrations, concerns or queries with us at any time.
Mrs Kate Frost and Mrs Donna Leader.