Welcome to the Spring Term in Foundation One with Mrs Stabler,
Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Bentley
It is lovely to see the children back in school, they are all eager and excited to learn, which is lovely to see! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and would like to wish you all a happy New Year!
A warm welcome to our new children who have started this week, the children have settled into school really well and are busy learning all the routines of the class. They are beginning to develop their own interests as well as making new friends. Thank you for all your support in settling the children into their new class.
This term we will be learning all about wild animals in our new topic ‘Why do zebras have stripes?’ We have already started learning some facts and information about some different wild animals using our new book ‘Dear Zoo’. The zoo has been sending us different animals for us to learn about and to find information of why to send the animals back! We have already learnt all about elephants and giraffes, I wonder what animal they might send us next!
In literacy we will be listening to and retelling lots of new stories using actions and story maps to help us. We will be talking about the key events in the book and retelling them in an order, as well as discussing the different characters from the story.
We will be learning about the following stories: The Ugly Five, Giraffes Can’t Dance, Mama Panya’s Pancakes and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We will also be learning about different traditions that are celebrated at this time of the year: Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day and Easter. We have lots of exciting opportunities planned such as tasting Chinese foods, making models, following recipes to make our own pancakes and much more.
In phonics we are starting to follow the Read Write inc programme to help us learn our letter sounds and how to blend sounds together to read words. We will send home letter sheets and handwriting phrases so you can support your child’s learning at home.
In numeracy we are developing our counting skills so we can count to 10 and beyond, as well as recognising the numbers 1-10. When you are out and about with your child, see what numbers you can find in the environment. You might see different numbers on house doors, number plates or buses. This will give your child lots of opportunity to see what the numbers look like. We will also be exploring and creating patterns as well as looking at the different patterns wild animals have.
During the term we have lots of activities planned to develop and strengthen our finger muscles to build our strength when writing. We will be having lots of fun with dough disco and funky finger activities.
Our routines and reminders
Well done to the children to have already filled in their Elmer and have had a dip in the treasure box!
We would like to say thank you for all your support to both us and the children over the last term. The children settled into school really well and it has been lovely to watch the children grow and develop.