Acorn Class Summer Term 2017 Newsletter
Welcome back to the summer term – we hope you and your families had an enjoyable and restful Easter.
We have another exciting term ahead of us! Now that the weather is getting warmer, please make sure your child brings a named sunhat and a freshly filled water bottle each day to school. Please also ensure that sun-cream is applied before the children come to school.
The children will be sharing playtime and lunchtime with the rest of the school to prepare them for Year 1. Please can they bring in a healthy, no nut snack either as a whole piece of fruit or cut up in a named tub for morning playtime.
There is a small change to our P.E. days this term – we will be doing P.E. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays (after half-term). We hope to be outside as much as possible so the children will need their PE shorts, T-Shirt, socks and trainers/plimsolls. It is unlikely that they will need their tracksuit this term.
Topic – Minibeasts. We will be using our school pond, wild area, allotment, Forest School and live butterflies to learn about and how to care for living things around us. If you have any spare seeds for the allotment and our outside area, they would be gratefully received, especially those that encourage bees and butterflies!
|Communication and Language||Extending vocabulary – naming and grouping insects.Listen and respond to the ideas of others through discussion.Respond to two-part instructions, understanding humour.|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise.Children take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings.They work as part of a group or class and understand and follow the rules.
They adjust their behaviour to different situations.
They take changes of routine in their stride.
|Physical Development||Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movementsMove confidently in a range of ways safely negotiate space
Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
|Literacy||Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.Begins to break the flow of speech into words.Children read and understand simple sentences.
They use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.
They read some common irregular words.
|Mathematics||Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.Selects a particular named shape.Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20 (to 100 for MA), place numbers in orderSay which number is one more or one less than a given number
Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.
They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and solve problems
|Knowledge of the World||Show interest in the lives of people familiar to them.Notice that other children don’t always share same interests.Notice that others have different special days, e.g. birthdays.Care for creatures in the world around them.
Understand the nature of the world around them.
Know the life-cycle and habitats of living things.
Programming using floor robot.
|Expressive arts and design||Initiates new combinations of movement and gesture in order to express and respond to feelings, ideas and experiences.Chooses particular colours to use for a purpose.Introduces a storyline or narrative into their play.Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.|
Trip – on Thursday 18th May, we will be going to Shepreth Animal Park to support the learning about insects and their habitats. Letter to follow.
International Week – during the week commencing 1st May, parents and relatives of the pupils have offered to talk to the class about their experiences of other parts of the world.
Helpers – thank you to all those mums and dads who have been in to class to help at snack time, on trips and with reading. Morning snack has now finished, but do please come in to hear readers and to support at Forest School if you are able to.
Forest School- we will continue to visit Snail Wood every other Friday starting Friday 28th April. Dates for this half-term are as follows;
Friday 28th April, 12th May, 26th May, 16th June, 30th June, 14th July.
Please sign up on the sheet if you are able to help at Forest School- ideally we need two extra adults each session. Children should continue to wear plenty of layers as it can still be really chilly even in the summer, along with their blue waterproofs. We will collect these back washed after the last session before the end of term.
Reading – the children are making excellent progress with their reading. We will hear them read as much as possible and change their reading books. All children will read as part of a guided group this term so if you see ‘GR’ in their yellow reading record book, they have read with their group and an adult. Please do hear your child read as often as possible and read to them. They could always try to read books that you have at home to vary the genre of their reading.
We look forward to seeing you all soon, best wishes
Alison Course and Wendy Berrett