This Half Term our Theme is.... 'Garden Detectives'
I hope you have all had a wonderful break and are ready for even more exciting learning!
This half term our theme is...
This is an exciting topic. We look at nature and habitats and the creatures all around us. We will learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar, not just through resources like books and information text but by watching caterpillars in our class as they evolve into butterflies and then we will release them to the outdoor environment.
We will continue to access all areas of the indoor and outdoor environment to enhance our understanding of the world we live in, further developing our understanding of numbers, letters, fine and gross motor skills and our personal creativity and imagination.
Homework will continue to be accessed via Dojo. I ask that your child completes their homework weekly and that you upload photos or videos of this, so that we can assess it.
Please do not hesitate to contact school with any concerns or queries.
We will have Dance on Tuesdays and PE on Fridays. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school for their lesson.
Read Write Inc
Our daily Phonics lessons develop our reading and writing skills. We will learn all letter sounds and begin to learn how to correctly form letters.
Fred the Frog will help us with our segmenting and blending through 'Fred Talk' and the many exciting games he likes to play.
Please complete the weekly videos of letter sound practice and formation with your child. Their progress will improve the more we do this.
We will be using the Power Maths scheme to further develop your child's math skills in both number work and shape, space and measure, this will be done within the learning environment or as guided activities.
This half term we are extending our knowledge of Number bonds continuing with 'Number bonds to ten'. We will also develop children’s understanding
of the different elements that can be measured. Children will learn the difference between measuring weight and measuring size through investigation. They will apply their skills of counting to measure objects using non-standard units. This is fun for the children as they can use each other and many resources around our learning environment.
We will be using mathematical vocabulary such as: long/short, longer/ shorter, tall/short, double/half] and mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than. We count from 0 - 20 (and occasionally back from 10 - 0).
Communication and Language is a Prime area of learning in the Early Years. Giving the children the skills to communicate enables them to become unique individuals who feel valued and listened to. Not all children have the ability to communicate through speech, Makaton supports communication through signing and vocabulary at the same time.
Giving the children the opportunity to learn this fantastic skill extends both their learning and their communication abilities.
Each week their will be a new sign put on Tapestry, 'Makaton sign of the week'. There will be the picture /Logo of the sign and a video showing how to perform it. Please use this sign at home also to embed its use within the school setting.
We will continue the Talk for Writing program with the text,
The Enormous Turnip'
We will memorise the story, attach actions to it, create a story map and then use innovation to make independent changes to the original text. This will allow the children to take ownership of what they have written.
Talk for Writing, developed by Pie Corbett, supported by Julia Strong and the Talk for Writing team, is powerful because it is based on the principles of how people learn. The movement from imitation to innovation to independent application can be adapted to suit the needs of learners of any stage.