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Welcome back, I hope you have had a lovely half term break.  I am looking forward to starting our new topic.  We will be exploring the story of 'Handa's Surprise', looking at the country of Kenya and learning about fruits and healthy eating.

 

Please scroll down to look at some of our past topics including our exciting dinosaur activities and our recent Chinese New Year celebrations.  Thank you for your continued support with the children's learning logs and reading at home. 

Your teacher is Mrs Smith 

 

Reminders:

 

PE

PE is on Monday and Friday 

Information from school uniform policy:

PE Kit: All children except for those in the Nursery MUST have a PE Kit in school with them.

Girls and Boys

Winter

Summer

White polo shirt

Navy Sweatshirt or cardigan

Navy PE Shorts or Navy or black Jogging trousers

Pumps or trainers

White polo shirt

Navy Sweatshirt or cardigan

Navy PE Shorts

Pumps or trainers

 

PE kits can be left on pupil's pegs for the 1/2 term and will be sent home for washing before the holidays.

 

Home Learning

 

  • Reading books are changed on Tuesday
  • Homework is sent home in the yellow learning log on Fridays and is to be returned on the following Wednesday
  • Sound and word envelopes have been sent home and are updated weekly to reflect learning in class.  Please practise these sounds and words as often as possible.

 

 

Outdoor Learning

Please leave a named water bottle, wellies and waterproof coat in school at all times and bring sun cream and a sun hat when the weather is hot.

 

Important dates:

 

World Book Day:7th March

Reception Collective Worship: 27th March

House Day: 12th April

Easter Bonnet Parade EYFS: 12th April

School Closes: 12th April

 

 

Class events:

Welly Walk

We really enjoyed our walk around Fog Lane Park.  We found lots of interesting things in the environment.

           

 

Our Hedgehog Homework

Thank you to all the children and their families who worked so hard on the wonderful friends for Needles, our class hedgehog.  Needles loved meeting all his new spiky friends.

They were all amazing and very creative!

 

    Let's Blast Off!

Here is some of our space learning...

We talked about what we already know and what we want to find out about.

 

We have created a story map for 'Aliens Love Underpants'.

  

We have been describing aliens and even making our own.

 

Alien maths

We rolled the dice to see how many eyes each alien had.  We then had to find out how many eyes they had altogether.  We recorded our findings in various ways including tally marks, pictures and calculations.  Great number work!

 

Dinosaurs

 

 

We measured the foot print of a T-Rex!

 

 

We made up a dance for 'Dinosaurs and all that rubbish'.  We were very good at showing how cross the dinosaurs were that the world was ruined.

 

  

 

We designed our own new dinosaur discoveries and used lots of different textures.  We enjoyed exploring textures around us and writing about our dinosaurs.

  

 

Chinese New Year

We have really loved finding out all about China and Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of the pig.  We were either born in the year of the snake (2013) or the year of the horse (2014).  Do you know the zodiac animal for the year of your birth?

 

Our topic for Spring 2 is 'Healthy Body, Healthy Me'

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Through the story of 'Handa's Surprise', we will be learning about fruits and healthy eating.  We will be looking at the country of Kenya, where the story is set and thinking about similarities and differences.  Through the text 'Little Red Hen', we will continue to look at healthy eating and learn how to make bread.  We will also explore the theme of friendship and how we can all help each other in different ways.

 

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In Maths, we will continue to practise counting forwards and backwards from different numbers and in different steps (2s, 5s and 10s).  We will practise these skills practically, such as making prices using 2ps, 5ps and 10ps.  We will further consolidate our understanding of the processes of addition and subtraction through problem solving and exploring ways in which we can record our findings.  We will revisit capacity and explore the measure of weight.  We will also look again at shape, linking this to halving.

 

In literacy, we will be consolidating our phase 3 diagraphs and trigraphs (2 or 3 letters together that make a new sound) and working on phase 4.  We will continue to learn how to use these skills to write and read simple words, captions and focus on forming simple sentences with more independence.  We will continue to share lots of stories and talking about story structure.   We will use this developing understanding to write our own short narratives.  We will also look at some other forms of writing such as instructions. 

 

We will continue to practise our good listening and talking skills working with talk partners and in group discussions.

 

Here is a sneaky peek at our topics...

 

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1

Marvellous Me and Handy Helpers

Let's Blast Off! (space)

Dinosaurs

Self-portraits

People who are special to me

People who help us 

Learning about what I am good at

Introduction to the curriculum

Our friends and the disciples

Friendships

 

Autumn

exploring changes around us

 

Wellie Walk

Careers Day - dress up 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aliens

Junk model rockets

planets- non fiction texts

Whatever Next!

Shadows

 

Winter

 

exploring changes around us

Anti-bulling Week

Remembrance

Diwali

Nativity story and Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

Printing

Dinosaur eggs

Habitats

The Dinosaur Zoo

Timelines

 

People in History Day

 

Safer Internet Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                    

Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Healthy Body, Healthy Me The Great Outdoors

 Pirates

Handa's Surprise - Kenya/ Africa

Healthy eating - make fruit kebabs

Planting and growing

Making bread

Little Red Hen

(World Book Day, Mother's Day, St Patrick's Day)

Spring

exploring changes around us

 

Easter

The Hungry Caterpillar

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Lifecycles-Non fiction

Minibeasts

Den building

Planting and growing

 

 (St George's Day)

Maps and globes

Writing letters to pirates

My Granny is a Pirate

Ten Little Pirates

Model boats

Treasure hunts

 

Summer

exploring changes around us

 

Reception  Assembly

 

Our curriculum is unique. The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' Curriculum enables children to develop the skills needed to become happy, successful and life long learners. Click the link to find out more about the Early Years Curriculum- Early Years Development Matters Document see below

 

The children access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum through a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activites. Our activites are completed in both our inside and outside classroom so please ensure your child is is equipped for the weather each day! 

 

We plan in line with the chidlren's observed interests and wecome you to let us know if there is something at home that your child has expressed a particular interest in.

 

Please feel free to approach us with any ideas, expertise and/or resources you would like to share!

 

How can you help at home?

 

Reading books are changed once weekly. Your child will be given a reading book to take home for the week. These books are designed to develop different reading skills and will be given to your child with regards to the next steps in their reading development. You can read it together, talk about what is happening/what might happen next and you can take it out again to see if your child can remember what happens and sequence the events.

 

Reading

 

  • Practise letter sounds and key words as often as possible. 
  • Read a range of books - go to the library and let your child choose books that interest them.
  • Talk about the stories that you/ your child read/s.
  • Look out for the sounds and words that your child has been learning in books or in the environment.

 

Writing

 

  • Let your child observe you writing for a range of purposes e,g shopping lists, postcards, letters, cards etc
  • Give your child opportunities to write - let them write the shopping list!
  • Encourage your child to form the letters correctly.

 

Number

 

  • Talk about time - what time they get up, go to school etc.
  • Give them the experience of money when out shopping.
  • Look for numbers and shapes in the environment.
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