A note from Mrs Hodgkinson and Miss McCay

We hope you had a good holiday.

 

This school year has gone so quickly and we can’t quite believe this is our last half term before the children move into Year 1. We will begin to prepare the children for the transition by talking to them about the expectations in their new class and later this term the children will find out what class they will be in and who their class teacher will be. They will take part in some transition days so they can become familiar with their teachers.

 

We will be focusing on an artist this half term to take part in our school’s annual Art Gallery where you will have the opportunity to look at the children’s work on show and buy their art work for a small fee which will be put towards school funds.

 

We will be taking the children out on the field for PE weather permitting this half term. Please ensure the children have dark coloured joggers and a hoodie or they can wear a school jumper or cardigan if it is cold and trainers or pumps (Velcro fastening if possible).

 

There are a lot of activities planned throughout school over the next few weeks including Sports Days and Open days. Please make sure you have received the school newsletter which has a calendar of all these events, a copy of this is on the notice boards just inside the classroom and information can also be found on the school website.

 

Some areas for development this term

In maths we will be consolidating all the concepts we have taught the children throughout this year e.g. addition and subtraction, doubling, halving numbers, and recognising and ordering numbers to 20. To extend the children we will be asking the children to apply all these skills to problem solve within play activities.
In shape, space and measures we will be developing the children’ s ability to talk about 2d and 3d shapes, distances and using the language of size. We will use the play shop to practice addition using money. The children will continue to use non -standard measures and use their knowledge to apply to problem solving activities. The groups will be working on counting higher numbers accurately.

 

In literacy we are embedding already taught ideas of writing lists, labels, stories, instructions. We are focusing on using descriptive words to talk about objects and animals. Please look on the classroom working wall for the digraphs and sounds the children are working on each week. Both classes will continue to work on handwriting, we will focus on neat, small correctly formed letters and writing on a line.

Outline of the themes for this term

Our topic this half term is Fantastic Beasts. We will go on a Bug Hunt around school and learn to identify mini beasts. We are looking forward to a visit from Nature Safari, where the children will be able to look at a variety of creatures close up, learn new things about them, touch and hold them. We are also looking forward to our visit to Cannon Hall farm. The children will learn to group the animals by type and features. They will learn descriptive language and apply new vocabulary and knowledge when writing, drawing and painting. We hope this will give the children inspiration to talk and write about what they have seen and help develop their imagination for our topics final challenge which will be to design and create their own ‘fantastic beast’.

Homework

We would like you and your child to make a model or picture of an animal and write a sentence about it. This could be a jungle animal, pet, mini beast, or sea creature etc. We would like as much variety as possible in order to create discussion within the classroom. Please include the children in the making process as much as possible, it is important that it is their own work and that they are able to talk about their art work in front of a small group of their friends. When writing a sentence please allow the children to sound out as many of the words themselves even if they are not spelt correctly. Bring them into school throughout the half term and we will display these in our classrooms. Enjoy being creative and good luck!

 

As ever if you have any queries about any aspect of school please do not hesitate to see us.

The Foundation team.

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