A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Frost
Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to school.
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we are excited to hear about all your adventures during the holiday. If Father Christmas has been really generous and you have a surplus of toys, we would be happy for any donations, particularly lego figures or any small word figures to enhance learning. We would also love any old buttons, ribbons or materials you may have for our Art and Craft baskets!
Our theme for the term is “Winter/ People who help us.”
We will be looking at seasonal change and different environments, comparing and contrasting to our own. It will be really helpful if we have a seasonal dusting of the white stuff so we can build snowmen and do freezing and melting experiments! We will be discussing ways to keep warm which is bound to involve hot chocolate and marshmallows (allergies permitting) and ways to support wildlife during Winter. People who help us will focus on understanding community and different occupations and we will be having visitors who will explain their roles.
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 will continue to read class books as part of our topic and will be acting out stories to develop creativity and communication. We have some marvellous stories to share and we will also be using non fiction books to find information. As always, individual reading will continue and books will be changed as 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 counting on and back and one more/one less. We will be combining two sets of objects and beginning to record answers using the signs + plus and = equals. We will also be working on repeated patterns with three or more variables, ordering by size using the correct vocabulary and introducing coins in role play.
P.E. will be on Monday with the usual plea for everything to be clearly labelled, especially shoes and trainers. By this stage in the school year, a lot of name tapes have fallen off and even indelible markers have faded!
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.