Wishing you a very warm welcome back to a new school year. We hope you have had wonderful breaks and are now ready to start a new year. We have lots of very exciting things happening this year and we very much look forward to working with your children. Our topic in Term 1 will be named 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! We will be focusing on farming, our food, where it comes from and getting our hands mucky.
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 about different aspects of farm life. We will write riddles, recipes and poems 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.
Phonics: We will be providing the children with a range of activities to improve their phonics understanding and skills. They will have daily phonics sessions and the spellings they have sent home will be linked to phonics sessions. The children practice these daily within the class when they first arrive and are tested on a Friday, we would really appreciated your support in practicing these at home. This makes a great difference to the childrens 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 opening up a farm shop, the children will learn to use money, give change and understand the value of different coins.
Topic: Cock-a-doodle-doo! - We will be learning about different farms in the UK, what they supply and how they work. In addition to this we hope to visit at least one farm and sample life on a farm and how they run. We hope to give the children the experiences to meet real farmyard animals, undertsnad how and why we have them and how arable farms supply us with so much. Our literacy will link with our topic work, we will look at fiction and non-fiction farm related texts.
- Term 1 starts Wednesday 5th September
- 'Meet the teacher,' session. (Letter to follow) Wednesday 12th September
- Term 1 ends Wednesday 24th October
Please ensure that your child is in school on time. The beginning of the day is an important settling in time. We are now having breakfast between 8.45 and 9.10. 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 Germanys staff every Thursday
If you listen to your child read PLEASE make sure you record this in their home/school reading record. We can then keep track of reading for the school's reading reward scheme. Just 5-10 minutes a day with a book of your childs choice will really help your childs 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 that will relate to what they have been learning in class, 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!