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Welcome back Class 1
We hope you have all had a restful half term and are looking forward to another fun packed half term of learning. We are still  fortunate to have Miss Lowe, a student teacher working within Class 1 for the first two weeks back.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Lowe for the super lessons she has taught during her placement at Swithland School and wish her well for her next placement.  


This half term our topic is entitled


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During this topic we will be learning about mini-beasts and plants. We will be kick starting our topic with a day of investigating and exploring our local environment, searching for mini-beasts and planting seeds. We will be discussing what we already know about this topic and thinking of questions we'd like to find out the answers to in order to develop our learning further. 


Our author of the year continues to be Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year continues to be Henri Matisse.

We will continue to do work inspired by these throughout this topic.

These are the things we will be covering through the following areas of development .....


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be looking at ways of solving conflict and discussing the Christian value of forgiveness.  We will be discussing ways we can take care of our environment and how we can look after God's creatures. We will be talking about our similarities and differences and celebrate our differences. We will be discussing fears and how we can overcome these. 

Communication, Language & Literacy

Our focus for this half term will be on the story of 'The Hungry Caterpillar'. 

We will continue to learn how to read, follow and create our own story maps and will develop our use of story language.  We will be reading different stories and information books about plants and mini-beasts and discussing new words.  We will continue our work in phonics and will now be moving into Phase 4.   We will be learning new high frequency words, reading and how to write them and using them within our independent reading and writing.   

Mathematical Development

We will be continuing our learning of numbers - recognising, counting, ordering and writing.  We will be learning how to count in 2s and use this to help us in our counting of money.  We continue to look at doubles of numbers and begin to focus more on number bonds.  We will continue to learn about the concept of halving objects and numbers and sharing out equally. 

We will be learning about time, including months of the year, days of the week and o'clock times. We will be measuring and comparing weights of different fruits and vegetables and will look at butterflies closely to help us learn about symmetry and patterns.

Physical Development We will be continue to practise changing into our PE kits and organising our own kits. During PE lessons, we will be focusing on gymnastics. We will be exploring different body shapes, different ways of jumping and different ways of travelling on and around apparatus.  We will also be developing our hand-eye coordination using a range of different equipment.  As we learn different letters during our phonics sessions we will be learning how to form these correctly using our school's chosen cursive style.   We will be providing lots of opportunities to practise and develop sewing, cutting skills and coordination skills.   
Understanding of the world

As we begin a new half term, we will be learning about forgiveness as one of our Christian values.  We will learn how this can relate to us and our own lives.  We will be investigating how plants grow and what things they need in order to grow.  We will be learning about mini-beasts and will learn about their habitats.  We will continue to use the I Pads and our class computer to enhance our learning, using them to find extra information and images.  We will be continuing to learn how to type our names and learn how to use mouse pads on laptops. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using different materials and media to create 2D and 3D representations of flowers, plants and mini-beasts.  We will be adopting the style of Henri Matisse to create topic based pictures. We will be exploring sounds and music patterns using different percussion instruments. 



Throughout the term we will also be focusing on individual targets in both Literacy and Maths.


We look forward to sharing some of the work we have done with you in our Class Collective Worship at the end of the term. 

Mrs Weston will work on  Mondays and Tuesdays .
Mrs Howell will work on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 
Mrs Heward will be on hand to support our learning throughout the week.

A typical day in Class 1:

8.50am  Doors open
9.00am  Registration 
9.05-9.25am  Phonics
9.25-10.20am Maths or Literacy
10.20-10.35am Playtime and Snack
10.35-10.45am Milk / Water / social learning
10.45 - 11.00am Show and Tell

11.00-12.00am Literacy or Maths

12.00 - 1.00pm Lunchtime
1.05-1.20 Assembly
1.20-2.40 Afternoon activities ( PE, Music, Science, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World)

2.45 Shared Reading

3.15 Home time


Learning Journeys

In school we document learning that we observe using written observations and photographs.  All Learning Journeys are shared with children and they can access them independently to revisit and share with friends. There will also be opportunities for parents to look through learning journeys too.

WOW vouchers

Thank you for all of the WOW vouchers we have received so far. The children have loved sharing their achievements with the rest of their class.  Please continue to help us to celebrate your child's development by sharing with us their 'WOW' moments that they have out of school. Have they done something new? Have they impressed you with something? Have they been trying really hard with something? Have they received a certificate or merit in one of their hobbies? Please fill in a WOW voucher so that we can read these out in class and share their learning and development.   WOW vouchers can be collected from the classroom and taken home to be filled in and returned so that we can share their WOW moments with the rest of the class.  All Wow vouchers are filed within the children's learning journeys.    


PE will be on Tuesdays (With Mrs Weston) and Wednesdays (With Mr Waldon) so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days. 
Phonics and Maths Homework  will be given out on a Thursday and due in on a Monday.  Please place completed homework books into the homework box as you arrive at school. 

Please try to read regularly with your child at home and sign reading record books.  Reading books and library books will be changed once a week.

Please do feel free to come in and see us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have any resources which you think might support our topic.

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