A note from Mrs. Hodgkinson and Miss McCay……

Happy New Year !

I am sure everyone is glad to get back to normal routines.

We will continue our weekly timetable this week. Please make sure the children bring their P.E. kit on a Monday and leave it in school until Friday.

We will resume Library this week. We open our door 10 mins early on Wednesday to give you the opportunity to choose a book with your child for you to take home.

More and more children are now turning 5, this means some parents will need to pay for their child’s milk. Please check online and pay for your child to continue to have milk or make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day to ensure your child has a drink throughout the day.

Please make sure your child brings their book bag to school every day as they regularly have work and letters to bring home.

Some areas for development this term

In literacy we will be focusing on writing and reading by sounding out and blending words together. Some of the children will be continuing to learn new digraphs. Please look on the classroom working wall for the digraphs and sounds the children are working on.

We will be teaching the children how to apply the sounds in their writing, using spaces between words and for the children that are ready to include capital letters and full stops in their work.

In maths we will continue to focus on recognising, counting and ordering numbers to 20 and subtraction.

We are also learning to recognise coins and use these in role play.

We will be expecting the children to use words related to time e.g. afternoon, morning, night time, next, before, after and also know the days of the week and the months of the year.

Outline of the themes for this term

Our topic this half term is ‘Traditional Tales’.  Where possible please visit libraries and read the children well known stories such as Billy goats Gruff, Gingerbread man, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Jack and the Beanstalk etc.

We will have a Shoe Shop as a role play area.

The children will be involved in work related to the seasons and will be talking about how the weather affects us. We will be mixing winter colours and reading winter stories.

Towards the end of this half term we will be learning about Chinese New Year which will involve food tasting, making a Chinese dragon, lanterns and Chinese mark making etc.

How you can help your child?

Your child will be given a new target please continue to work on this throughout the half term. Continue to develop the children’s ability to form letters correctly and encourage neat, small writing during morning writing activities.

If your child has brought home their list of tricky words please continue to practise these on a regular basis. The children will need to read and write them.

Point out and read words when you are out and about and talk about the letters used in them.

Read to the children on a regular basis and talk about the stories checking the children have understood what you have read by questioning them about aspects of the book.

As the weather is now getting colder and wetter, please make sure the children come to school with appropriate coat, hat and wellie boots.

More children are now taking reading books home. When your child is confident in reading their book please place it in the reading tray in the classroom as we do not go through book bags. Please aim to bring the books back at least once per week but only if your child is reading it confidently.

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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