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SPRING – February 2019

Topic

This half term our topic is Growth.  Over the next couple of weeks the children will have the opportunity to observe chicks hatch and develop in our classroom setting.  We will be thinking about the life cycle of a butterfly and we will be growing beans, cress and grass.  We will also be celebrating the author Eric Carle during Book Week and reading a number of his books.

We will continue to teach maths using a mastery approach. This half term we will  focus on the numbers 11 and 12.

We will investigate each number thinking about all the ways we can represent these and we will continue to add and subtract two single-digit numbers .

We will also have a special week devoted to exploring 3D shapes.  We will learn the names and properties of the shapes and practice identifying them.

In Language this half term, we will focus on the non-fiction text ‘Eggs and Chicks’ and the fiction text ‘What the Ladybird Heard’

We will be thinking about the key features of non-fiction texts and discover how to use them to find out key pieces of information.

We will continue to develop our independent writing, reinforcing the importance of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Reading and Library Books

This term, all reading books will be changed on a Monday.  Please try to hear your child read at least 3 times a week and  remember to initial your child’s planner .

Your child will  also bring home a library book on a Monday.  This book is  for you to share and enjoy with your child.  Please make sure that it is in school on a Monday , ready to be changed.

Show and tell

On a Friday, children can bring in one small item of interest to be discussed in class.

SPRING – January 2019

Here is a quick summary of what we will be covering this half term:

Topic

This half term our topic is Our World.  We will be  investigating different countries and cultures; we will be thinking about our local community; and we will learn about Chinese New Year.  If you have any interesting objects or photos from  around the world, please feel free to send these into school.

Phonics — we will continue with our daily phonics sessions where we will learn new phonemes and diagraphs and continue to practise the  key skills of segmenting and blending.

We will continue to teach Maths using a mastery approach. This half term we will be focusing on the numbers 8, 9 and 10. We will investigate each number thinking about all the ways we can represent them and we will continue to develop  the children’s understanding and application of  shape, space and measure. We will also  continue to add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find  answers.

In Language this half term, we will focus on the key texts ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ’Rumble in the Jungle’.

We will be working hard to become independent writers and encourage the children to start  composing and writing their own sentences.  We will focus on the important features of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Reading and Library Books

This term, all reading books will be changed on a Monday.  Please try to hear your child read at least 3 times a week and  remember to initial your child’s planner .

Your child will  also bring home a library book on a Monday.  This book is  for you to share and enjoy with your child.  Please make sure that it is in school on a Monday, ready to be changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTUMN – November 2018

Library books

Every Tuesday your child will visit the  school library and will be given the opportunity to pick a book to take home for one week.  Please share these books with your child and return them for the following Tuesday so that they can borrow a new book.

We will continuing to teach maths using a mastery approach. This means that each week we will be concentrating on one number starting with 5 and we will go into detail about the number. We will learn which shape has 5 sides and reviewing how we use 1p and 2p coins to help us buy items. We will also be looking at telling the time and recognising when it is 5 o’clock etc.  We will be continuing to use the +  and = sign  when solving problems.

We will introduce a new number each week. We hope you will support your child with using the skills they are learning at home.

In Language this half term, we will continue our ‘Talk for Writing’ programme of work.  We will focus on the key texts ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Using these  books we will learn to retell stories using props, actions and story maps; we will learn to sequence key events; and think about the characters involved in the stories and how they act and feel.  We will also begin to adapt our stories by replacing key characters and thinking of alternative endings.

Phonics — We will continue with our daily phonics sessions. We will be learning our tricky words  I, to, no the, go and into. We will be continuing to learn to blend and segment CVC words.

Reading and Key Words

We will continue to send home key words each work.  Please    support your child in learning these words as it will help their reading and writing skills significantly.

If your child has a reading book, please try to hear them read at least three times a week and record these sessions in their planners. Please also feel free to comment on how your child found the book, what they liked about it and how keen they were to read.

Homework:

We will continue to send out weekly homework on a Friday which should be returned by the following Wednesday.

Show and tell

On a Friday children can bring in one small item of interest to be discussed in class.

AUTUMN – September 2018

This half term we will be teaching Maths using a mastery approach. This means that each week we will be concentrating on one number and we will go into detail about the number. We will be starting with number 1. We will learn which shape has one side and will introduce the children to using a 1p coin. We will also be looking at telling the time are recognising when it is 1 o’clock.  We will also introduce children to the +  and = sign  in preparation for helping them to solve problems.

We will introduce a new number each week. We hope you will support your child with using the skills they are learning at home.

In Language this half term, we will start our ‘Talk for Writing’ programme of work.  We will focus on the key texts ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and  ‘Room on the Broom’. Using these  books we will learn to retell stories using props, actions and story maps; we will learn to sequence key events; and think about the characters involved in the stories and how they act and feel.  We will also begin to adapt our stories by replacing key characters and thinking of alternative endings.

Phonics — We will begin daily phonics sessions where we will learn to  hear, recognise and write sounds and practise the key skills of segmenting and blending.

Words of the week

Each week we will introduce the children to some new key words that they will need to learn by sight. These will be sent home for you to practice with your child. Once your child has securely learned the first  14 words they will be given a reading book which they will then need to read with you at least 3 times a week.

Homework:

We will begin to send out weekly homework on a Friday starting from the 14th September. This will need to be returned by the following Wednesday.

Show and tell

On a Friday children can bring in one small item of interest to be discussed in class.

Topic

This half term our topic is Ourselves.  We will be  carrying out a range of activities thinking about our families and friends, our feelings, positive role models and responsibilities and what makes us special.  If you have any books or games at home linked to this topic, then please feel free to send them into school so that your child can share them with their friends.

 

To help with your child’s education here are two useful links when reading to your child and hearing your child read.

Ten Benefits of Reading for your Child
Ten Tips On Hearing Your Child Read

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