Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back after the Easter holidays I hope you had a lovely break. Over the course of the next term we have lots of nice and exciting things happening in class which will give your child new opportunities and experiences. Our new topic for the next term that will be running up until the summer is called ‘What lives in a rockpool and under the sea?’. For this topic we will be focusing on a range of different areas to help your child understand about under the sea. We will be looking at several popular stories about sea creatures as well as learning about information books.
During our communication and language carpet time the children will have the opportunity to re tell different stories, talk about the characters and understand how a story is structured e.g. the beginning, middle and end of stories. These are all aspects of your child’s literacy development so any work that you can do at home on these areas will help them to develop further in class.
The children who started in September have now learnt most of their letter sounds during our phonics session so we are now starting to sound out words and apply this to their writing. This will help the children to write the initial sound of words on any work they are completing. If your child can complete the initial sound in words we are now starting to sound simple three letter words out such as sun, log, dog, cat etc, if you could help them to sound out these simple words at home and have a go at writing them this will be a great help towards their development
In Maths the children will be learning about shapes in particular shapes in the environment both inside the classroom and outdoors. If you could talk about shapes with your child whilst they are out and about this would be a valuable experience for them and will consolidate the learning they have completed in school. The children will also be learning about comparing quantities, saying when two groups have the same amount of objects and matching the amount to a number. A lot of the maths activities that we will be completing are based around the topic under the sea so the children will be doing lots of fun counting with sea creatures and through interactive learning. The children throughly enjoy the fun ways that we learn these maths activities so if you would like anymore information on ways to support your child’s maths learning at home, please feel free to see me. To extend the children’s maths learning further we will be focusing a lot on length, height and weight and will complete lots of activities to support the children’s learning with these new areas both inside and outside. We will also be continuing to learn about patterns and recognising numerals 1-10
During the morning phonics session we focus alot on the initial sound in words. As some of you who attended the workshops will have seen we watch a programme called Geraldine Giraffe on you tube. This is a great way for the children to learn about the different letter sounds but also about items that begin with that letter and where the letter appears in the word. If you have access to a computer/Ipad at home it would be a great resource to use to support your child’s phonics development.
Here are some reminders of things to help your child have a more enjoyable learning experience in F1. Please feel free to clarify anything you do not fully understand or would like more information on.
Just a reminder that if your child would like to take a new book in their book bag, could you please do this as part of the morning/afternoon settling in process before you leave. If you need to leave earlier than the bell for any reason could you let me know so we can make sure your child is safe and on the carpet looking at a book (the April starters will receive their book bag soon as we are currently waiting for them to be delivered)
Could we kindly remind you if you have not already done so to bring your child a water bottle. We ask if you can wash it and fill it up on a daily basis so your child has a fresh supply of drinking water available throughout the day. If you would like to take the water bottle home on a weekend to wash it you are more than welcome to do this
Thank you for completing the stars about things your child has completed at home, it has been lovely to read them and they have loved getting golden tickets for these. If you could carry on writing the stars it will be good as they contribute towards your childs assessment (in their red folder) and will help them to progress further. Often children do things at home that we can’t see at school so it is nice for them to be rewarded for their new achievements.
Just a reminder that it is show and tell every Friday. This is where the children can bring in something from home (a toy, book, photo, certificate etc) to show and talk about with their friends, this opportunity will also help the children’s communication skills to develop ( Please do not send fragile or valuable items). PLEASE COULD YOU ONLY BRING TOYS IN ON A FRIDAY FOR SHOW AND TELL AS IT IS SCHOOL POLICY THAT TOYS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT OTHER TIMES. IT IS ALSO VERY UPSETTING FOR THE CHILDREN WHEN THEIR TOYS GET LOST OR BROKEN.
Could we kindly ask that you put your child’s name in their uniform as several items have gone missing over the past few weeks. This will also make the going home process quicker as we will be able to identify who the jumpers and cardigans belong to.
If your child would like to play in the mud kitchen whilst they are at school they are more than welcome to but could they please bring some wellies in so their shoes do not become dirty. These can be kept at school so the children can access them every day.
Thankyou again for your continued support if you have any questions please feel free to see me