Welcome back after the Easter holidays, I hope you all had a lovely break. We are now starting our last term of the school year and have lots of exciting things planned starting with our trip to the butterfly house on Friday, which the children are very excited about (photos to follow). We will also be holding our exhibition in the last half term so the children will be busy completing work for this very exciting event over the coming weeks.
Our new topic is ‘why do ladybirds have spots?’. During the course of this topic your child will be learning all about minibeasts. Our trip on Friday will support their learning about minibeasts as they will be involved in a special talk session with the staff at the butterfly house about all the different minibeasts. You can support this learning at home with your child by talking about minibeasts and their features.
After Christmas we started the phonics programme read write inc that is delivered across key stage 1. The children have responded really well to this new programme and have so far learnt 16 letter sounds. Your child will continue to bring the new letter sound home on a worksheet to complete with you in your own time, thank you for completing the sheets so far, this will really help your child to learn these sounds more rapidly.
In maths we will be continuing to learn all about shapes, counting objects out of a group, matching number to quantity and positional language. It would be of great benefit to your child if you could work on the aspects of their maths development that still need highlighting in their profiles (this information is available from the red books that are out every 2 weeks, please see me if you want some support in what areas your child needs to focus on)
In Communication and language we will be having lots of opportunities for the children to learn how to re tell stories, this will be done through looking at a series of different books linked to our minibeast topic and will help with their story telling skills. We will also be focusing on the different letter sounds we have learnt in phonics and how to blend the sounds together to find out what a word says, this will also help the children’s phonics and reading skills to develop. I will also be giving the children the opportunity to make posters about minibeasts which will be a new experience for them all.
Over the next term we will be starting to get the children ready for starting full time school so we will be completing different things that our f2 class do on a daily/weekly basis. One of the new things we will start is to have a weekly PE session, this will be on a Wednesday morning and will give the children the opportunity to go into the hall and do physical activities, please note the children DO NOT require a pe kit for this, this opportunity is purely to get them used to going in the hall and completing different games and activities ready for September. We do ask that if your child wears earrings that you take them out on a Wednesday as they will not be able to participate if they have earrings in due to health and safety issues (it is school policy that all jewellery and earrings are taken off when completing PE), thank you with your co-operation with this.
To get the children ready to read in F2 we are having a big push on reading at home and would really welcome your support with this. If possible could you bring in your child’s book bag they received at the beginning of the year and choose a book with them to look at at home. When looking at the book it will be of benefit to them if you ask lots of questions about what is happening in the book and about the events and characters as well as re telling the story.
In the next few weeks I will be displaying a reading minibeast picture in the classroom for your child, this will have squares on it that you will be able to colour in when your child has looked at 1 book with you at home, when the minibeast is completed they will receive a prize for their reading. I will provide more information about this in the next few weeks.