A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Frost
Term 5 Newsletter.
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 and plant pots cluttering up your sheds, we’d be really grateful for those too!
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 focussing 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. We are hopefully going to have a PE slot with Andy this term. We will let you know day and time by Parent Mail when plans are finalised. 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!
Due to lots of extra afternoon activities, we won’t be able to continue with Show and Tell this term. However, if your child has something they desperately want to share with the class, we will try and fit it in.
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.
Happy New Year!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for Term 3. If Father Christmas has been really generous and you have a surplus of toys, we would be happy for any donations including dolls and clothes, lego figures and base boards, puzzles and games to enhance learning. We would also love any old buttons, ribbons or materials you may have for our Art and Craft cupboard!
Our theme for the term is “Once upon a time.”
We will be exploring the literary genre of the Fairy Tale and enjoying learning based around these traditional tales. We will be doing lots of writing, story maps, character profiles and creating our own stories. If you have any of these stories at home, we would be grateful if your child could bring them to school as part of our work will involve looking at how versions of the same tale can differ. (Please ensure the book is clearly labelled with your child’s name.) We will be making invitations, wanted posters, cooking gingerbread men, building houses and planting beans and seeds. Exciting stuff!
In Literacy, we will be consolidating Phase 2 and 3 of the letters and sounds programme with emphasis on segmenting and blending words for reading and writing. The sounds we will be focussing on are : ar or igh ur ow oi ear er air and ure We have introduced hand writing books to develop the correct cursive formation of letters. We will continue to share class books as part of our topic and will be acting out stories to develop creativity and communication. We are introducing guided reading in groups this term to encourage and promote discussion about the plot, characters and setting in the story. As always, individual reading will continue and books will be changed on a daily basis unless otherwise requested. Writing continues to be a daily event with lots of exciting activities to engage the children in mark making, labelling, captions, sentence and story work.
In Maths, we will continue learning the number system, through counting and number games and develop our understanding of addition, subtraction, counting on and back. We will be recording answers using the signs + plus, - minus and = equals. We will also be working on repeated patterns, 2D/3D shapes and measurement.
P.E. will be on Tuesday with the usual plea for everything to be clearly labelled, especially shoes and trainers. We will continue to encourage the children to become independent in dressing themselves.
The Home/School books and Tapestry are working really well and we appreciate your comments, news and updates. However, please feel free to come and talk to any of the staff if you have any concerns or questions or just to share good news. Many thanks.
Mrs Kate Frost and Mrs Donna Leader.
We have had a fantastic time this term, getting to know each other and our new classroom!
In Literacy we have been looking at Fairytales. We watched Miss Summers and Mrs Leader acting out the Three Little Pigs (with costumes!), we used Goldilocks’ porridge oats to practice writing our sounds (s, a, t, p, i, n, m, g, o, c, k, ck, e, h, b, d, r, l, f) as well as our tricky words (I, the, go, to). We read the Gingerbread Man, wrote a recipe for gingerbread and cooked our own, and even designed our own Sweetie House like in Hansel and Gretel. We also prepared our hands for writing by making them strong with Dough Disco and Write Dance (volcano-themed!).
In Maths we have been working on counting slowly and touching each object in a group when we say each number. We practice each morning by counting all the children. We also practice each day our days of the week song, working out which day it is and the next number for the date in the month. We learned how to use tally to count totals, and loved pretending to do the register to tally who was having school dinner and packed lunch.
We’ve also been planning and building models, using shaving foam as cement for the small bricks, and making large-scale construction with the tyres, drainpipes and crates! We’ve been using our problem solving skills, not only for these activities but also with our friends to help us share and play together.
On a Wednesday we enjoy music, singing and joining in the actions to the songs we are learning. We use the ICT suite on a Thursday afternoon, and after Half-Term we will be starting P.E. To help us with getting changed, please ensure all clothing items are clearly named, and encourage us to get dressed and undressed independently at home!
Term 2 we will be looking at 'Animals and Pets', and to kick-off this theme we will be having a visitor from Wildwood come in to see us at the end of term with some animals for us to meet!