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Welcome back Class 1
After our super start to school,  Mrs Weston, Mrs Howell and Mrs Heward are looking forward to another fun packed term of learning. 


This half term our topic is entitled

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We will be learning about all types of animals including pets, farmyard animals, sea creatures and animals that live in hot and cold climates.  We will be kick starting our topic with a trip to Stonehurst Farm.  We will be discussing what we already know about animals 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 is Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year is Henri Matisse.

We will be doing work inspired by these throughout the year.

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


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be recapping on the school rules and routines.  We will discuss how to take care of animals and talk about their needs in comparison to our own.  We will be discussing keeping safe around fireworks. We will discuss fears and how we can overcome them.  We will be continuing our work on the story and characters from the film 'Finding Nemo' and will be celebrating our differences and similarities. 

Communication, Language & Literacy Our focus for this half term will be on traditional tales which will include 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  We will learn how to read, follow and create story maps and will develop our use of story language.  We will be reading different stories about animals and discussing new words.  We will be moving into Phase 3 of our letter sounds in our phonic sessions, and will continue to learn how to blend and segment sounds to read and spell words.  
Mathematical Development We will be continuing our learning of numbers - recognising, counting, ordering and writing.  We will be measuring in simple ways using non-standard units. We will be using positional language to describe where things are and learning to tell the time.  We will continue to use the language involved in addition and subtraction.  Classroom activities will  provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition and ordering numbers.  
Physical Development We will be practising changing into our PE kits and organising our own kits. During PE lessons, we will be exploring different ways of moving to music and telling a story though our movements as well as developing our hand-eye coordination using a range of different equipment. We will be continuing to practise doing and undoing zips and buttons.  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 cutting skills and coordination skills.  
Understanding of the world As it is a half term full of festivals and celebrations we will be talking about how we celebrate different festivals at home with our families.  We will be asking questions and finding out the answers to these using books and the internet. We will learn about animals from all over the world, finding out about where they live, what they eat and what they can do.  We will be using our observational skills in our science work to make comparisons and talk about differences between different animals.  We will use the Ipads to take photos, record our work and use the different learning apps to support our learning. 
Expressive Arts and Design We will be using different materials and media to create pictures and representations of animals.  We look at recreating different animal patterns.  We will use clay to make hedgehogs and use different materials to make a comfy home for our hedgehogs.  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 recieved 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 Mondays or Tuesdays (With Mrs Weston) and Wednesdays (With Mr Waldon) so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days. 
Phonics Homework  will begin during the first couple of weeks. It will be given out on a Thursday and due in on a Monday/Tuesday.  Please place completed homework books into the homework box as you arrive at school. Maths homework will begin this term. 

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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