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WELCOME BACK!

 

I hope you all enjoyed the lovely weather we have had over half term.

 

Miss Harper will continue to be a part of class 1 this term - we are looking forward to seeing what exciting ideas she has for our topic this term!

 

We have decided to continue the topic of ‘WHERE FOOD COMES FROM’. We have some exciting visits arranged to different farms, learning how crops are grown and harvested. Also how animals are used to provide us with the food that we need.

 

Literacy:

We will be visiting Recounts throughout this half term to write about some of the fantastic experiences that we will be taking part in. We will also read and explore ‘The Enormous Turnip’, looking at different versions of this traditional tale, and learning about different conventions to make our writing more exciting.

 

With all the facts that we will learn about farms and where food comes from, we will of course be putting together a non-fiction text to share all of the information that we have learned. Look out for that in your child’s book towards the end of the term!

 

Reading

Please ensure that you listen to your child read as often as possible. It really is crucial at this point in their learning life, and will make a huge difference to their attitude towards learning and their confidence. Children who learn to read quickly at this early stage are significantly more successful later in life!

We use a variety of reading schemes to teach reading including Floppy Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Rising Stars.

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics to teach phonics.

 

Spelling

We have had a change to the way we teach spellings. This term we are trialling a new spelling programme. We will be sending home spelling lists and activities for your children to familiarise themselves with on a Friday, before teaching them the spelling rules and providing activities to apply these rules in class on Monday – these activities are for use at home and do not need to be returned back to school.

 

 

Maths

We will be looking at several topics in maths this term, covering areas such as:

*numbers and the number system

*shape, space and measures

*calculations

 

We will also be continuing the work with the Maths Passports – Please see your child’s Home/School book for their current targets. They will need to practise at home to extend their success further!!

 

Please remember to check your child’s Home/School book regularly as we put any important messages in there for you. I will also be putting in the children’s targets for this half term in the first week.

 In class 1 we try to encourage as much independence as possible when it comes to getting changed for PE and changing shoes for playtime.  With this in mind, can I please ask that you encourage your child to get dressed as independently as possible at home. Writing your child’s name in each piece of clothing is also essential to ensure that we get them back to the rightful owner.

Please also be considerate of the children's ability to tie shoelaces when buying school shoes. We have had a sudden influx of children coming into school with laces, and while we would never let a child struggle, we are wasting lots of learning time tying laces for the children. Especially after playtime and lunch time when the children have changed their shoes to play on the field. Velcro shoes are much easier for the children and they support the independence in dressing that we are encouraging.

 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to either come in to see me or ring me at school.

 

Miss Childs

 

 

 

 

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