Literacy: We will be focusing on general writing skills, spelling and punctuation. We will also be using our topic to help inspire the children to write poetry, instructions and information texts this term. The expectation regarding reading this term is that your child reads at least 4 times a week and this is recorded in their home/school diaries. Again we thank you for your support in this.
Basic Skills: We will be providing the children with a range of activities to improve their phonics understanding and skills. The spellings your child will receive will be based on high frequency words they need to learn and a range of words relating to our topic. The children practice these daily within the class and are tested on a Friday, we would really appreciated your support in practicing these at home. This makes a great difference to the children's ability to read and write and builds confidence.
Numeracy: We will be focusing on the children's understanding of number and its value this term, this will include the value of numbers up to 100 and beyond 100 for some children, how to count in the correct order, one more, one less, counting in 2, 5, 10's. We will also be challenging the children to use their knowledge to reason and explain their understanding, providing them with a range of different challenges.
Topic: Come Fly With Me - Our topic this term is of a history focus and will continue through term 1 and 2. We will be learning about birds and other creatures that fly. During this time we will be learning about habitats, parts of a bird and writing poetry and learning to become photographers. After this we will develop this idea and have a large history focus where we learn about the history of planes, how they developed and create our own, experimenting with different materials, we will also write information texts about what we have learnt. Later on in the term we will then look at space travel, using our imaginations to create our own planets and write adverts to encourage people to visit. Our literacy sessions will very much be linked with their learning in these topics and we hope the children find them exciting and engaging.
Please ensure that your child is in school on time, this means they are there to line up at the beginning of the day. The beginning of the day is an important settling in time. We are now having breakfast between 8.45 and 9.00. This will be a healthy cereal low in sugar and a choice of water or milk. We hope this will be a time for the children to embed those all important social skills.
Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school every day (white t-shirt, black shorts and daps/trainers). PE kits will be sent home at the end of term for washing. PE will be with a specialist sports coach and supported by Germany's staff every Monday
When you listen to your child read PLEASE make sure you record this in their home/school reading record. Just 5-10 minutes a day with a book of your child's choice will really help your child's reading development.
We would really appreciate your support in helping your child to learn any spellings they are given as we will test the children on a Friday. In addition to this your child will be given homework weekly starting in term 2. This will relate to what they have been learning in class and the children will be given the choice of 6 activities, they only have to complete one of them. We do appreciate that sometimes we feel we should help our children complete their homework, please don't help them. If they are struggling please come and see me and we can support them. We need to know when they are finding something difficult. Their homework will be sent home on a Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday.
Thank you for your continued support!