Welcome back to a new term. We do hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable Easter break. The children have settled very quickly into the new summer term routine and are really enjoying the big playground and field.
We have another busy term and we trust that this letter will provide you with some useful information.
Our topics for this term are; How can I grow my own beanstalk? This will have a focus on the traditional tale Jack and the Beanstalk in particular story language and story writing and then after half-term, what minibeasts inhabit the world around me?
|Communication and Language||Extending vocabulary, talking about the world around them and sharing opinions, listening to different versions of a traditional tale and retelling in their own words. Explaining how they will help their own beanstalk to grow and keeping a bean diary.|
|Personal, Social and Emotional Development||Taking steps to resolve conflicts – reaching a compromise, showing sensitivity to the needs of others, adjust behaviour to different situations, take change in their stride.|
|Physical Development||Handle and use simple tools safely and effectively, show good control in large and small movements, move confidently in a range of ways and negotiate space, know the importance of exercise and diet towards keeping healthy. In PE, we will be working outdoors with balls, and tennis rackets. We will be using our Sticky Kids resources with a sporty theme.|
We will also be thinking about health and hygiene and advising the Giant at the top of the beanstalk how to become healthier!
|Literacy||Write meaningful sentences in a range of contexts, ascribe meaning to the marks they draw, write and paint, break flow of speech into words, read and understand simple sentences using phonic knowledge to decode regular words, read some common irregular words: Phase 4 Tricky Words; said, have, like, so, do, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what. Please display these words at home. Begin to use traditional story language heard in their own writing.|
|Maths||Number – ordering numbers, counting reliably, counting in 2s and 5s, doubling and halving, adding and subtracting.|
Money – recognising coins, adding values and finding simple change (adding and subtracting in context) using a shop role play area.
Shape – 3D shapes around – recognising names and properties.
Capacity and Weight – water play measuring and balancing.
|Understanding the World||Show interest in the lives of people familiar to them, notice that children don’t always share the same interests, thinking about special days. Forest School – minibeasts, growing beans. Using technology – cameras, recordable devices, IPads, Laptop, bee-bots.|
|Expressive Arts and Design||Introduce story narrative into their play, compose music with the instruments, create minibeast inspired art work – Eric Carle and models.|
Reading Books – we will continue to hear the children read regularly in their guided reading sessions. We have decided that we will change reading books on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting next week but please make sure the children have their reading folder in school every day.
PE Days – Tuesday and Thursday – please come to school wearing PE kit.
Snack – all children need to bring a water bottle and healthy snack to eat during morning break time. Please make sure snacks are raw or dried fruit or vegetables ONLY – no crackers, cheese strings or fruit winders as snacks should be as natural as possible. They will have the Government funded snack during the afternoon.
Weather – now that we are getting warmer weather please could all the children bring in plain water in a named bottle, sun hat and sun cream applied at home before school (when necessary).
Labelling – please continue to make sure all clothes are clearly labelled with your child’s name. Please also relabel if you have hand-me-downs from other families!
Forest School – we will arrange our sessions. They are likely to be either on a Monday or Tuesday on school premises for now. More information to come.
Please do continue do use Tapestry to follow your child’s learning journey but all messages and queries must go via the school office please.
Best wishes to you all and looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Alison Course and Wendy Berrett