I can’t believe it is the end of week 2 already – time certainly does fly when you are having fun and we have lots more fun planned for this half-term!
Just a few reminders to begin with:
- Children need to be in full school uniform every day, including sensible shoes, ideally ones that they take off and put on for themselves. They can wear their summer uniform until October half term. Jewellery, including earrings, is not permitted, for the children’s own safety. Full details of the uniform policy is on the school website.
- Children should have a bottle in school every day, with water only – no juice please.
Please could you ensure that all uniform, P.E. kit, coats, hats, lunchboxes and water bottles are clearly marked with the children’s name.
Our Curriculum vehicle is called ‘This is Me!’ Here is a summary of what we will be learning in Class One over the next few weeks.
In R.E. this half term, we will be learning about the story of Creation and giving thanks for all of God’s gifts. Our second unit is called ‘People who Care for us’ and it focuses on our families and how we show love and care for each other.
We will also find out about our Class Saint – St. Francis of Assisi.
The children in Nursery will have daily phonics session where they will focus on listening to and for environmental and body sounds, rhyme and rythym and alliteration. They are crucial skills that build the foundation of being able to read and write.
In Reception, children will have daily Read Write Inc. sessions, where the children will practice ‘Fred talking’ to read and using ‘Fred Fingers’ to write. More information about how to support your children with this will follow at a later date. These are the sounds that we will be working on to begin with: m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, ck, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng/nk
We will be using the traditional tale ‘The Enormous Turnip’ as our focus for writing this half term. We will begin by re-telling the story in a variety of ways, using storymaps, actions and role-play to help us. We will also write lists, letters and character descriptions.
The children in Nursery will be focusing on their understanding of number through a variety of games, songs and creative activities, to allow them to develop their knowledge of numbers and what they mean.
In Reception, we will be following the Power Maths Scheme which focuses on mastering key skills which will allow children to gain a secure understanding before moving on. There is a big emphasis on ‘number sense’ which ensures a solid grasp of numbers 1-5. We will spend time exploring numbers and how they relate to eachother and different ways of making each number, for example 1 and 3 makes 4 and 2 and 2 makes 4. We will then move onto comparing different gorups of objects and numbers to 5.
Understanding the World
We we be finding out all about us! We will be beginning with who we are, our families and where we live.
We will be learning about Autumn and Harvest
Expressive Arts and Design
Over the next half-term, we will be using different media to create images of ourselves. We will also explore what happens when we mix colours.
The children will be using the Charanga Music Platform to Listen and respond to different styles of music, embed foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music, learn to sing or sing along with nursery rhymes and action songs, improvise leading to playing classroom instruments and sharing and performing the learning that has taken place.
P.E. takes place on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning The children will be focusing on developing on using their body to move indifferent ways and basic ball skills.
We encourage the children to get changed for P.E. themselves and they are doing brilliantly! Please could you ensure that all P.E. kit and school uniform is clearly marked with their names – as you can imagine – when 6 children with identical shirts are getting changed around one table, it is very difficult for them, and us, to match the shirt with the child if it is not named. Thank you.
We are really looking forward to the upcoming half term. If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Miss Goodstadt and Mrs Rushton