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Welcome back to you all after the Easter holidays!

Well, this is it...We are now in the final term of Class 1.  We are sure you will agree that it has gone so fast.  It is difficult to remember back to those early days in September when we first met you and your child.  Every child has worked so very hard and we are extremely proud of each and every one.  


This term our topic will be entitled.......

The Circus 

We will continue to explore works by 'Artist of the year' - Henri Matisse.

As always, the children will have chance to think about some of the things they would like to do and to learn about in this topic and we aim to plan those ideas into our learning.
These are the things we will be covering through the following areas of development .....


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be continuing our work on being part of a team and the different ways we can show this.  We will also be looking at rules and instructions for keeping safe, and relating that to the circus as well as everyday life.  We will continue to do problem solving and resolving conflicts.  A major part of this area will be dealing with transition between Class 1 and Class 2, any fears or worries and trying to overcome them.  

Communication, Language & Literacy We will be reading several stories about the circus, sequencing the stories and making story maps.  We will then develop this to change the stories in order to create our own versions.   We will look at non-fiction writing and finding information from books and the internet about circuses.  We will look at alphabetical order and how to use dictionaries.  We will continue to practise to write our names correctly and learn new letter sounds and letter formations as we continue with our phonics work.
Mathematical Development Activities will provide opportunities to further develop positional language, shape and patterns, including symmetry, data handling, ordinal numbers, doubling and halving, weighing and capacity work.  
Physical Development Continuing to learn our cursive handwriting as we learn new letters during our phonics sessions. Practising and developing our cutting skills . Practising our balancing skills and trying to learn new circus skills!  We will also be getting ready to take part in sports day races. Practising doing zip , buttons and changing independently.
Understanding of the world Asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. Learning about the history of the circus and mapping the best place for a circus to be.  We will concentrate on simple forces within our science work, including pushes and pulls.  We will develop word processing skills and how to save pictures.  
Expressive Arts and Design Continue to learn about Henri Matisse, learning about his style and replicating some of his famous works of art. Looking closely at colours, shapes and patterns.  Using different materials and media to make our own pictures and creations of  circus performers.  We shall also do food technology to make something tasty to eat! We shall also be looking forward to preparing a little circus performance for parents towards the end of the topic.


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

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
10.20-10.35am Playtime and Snack
10.35-10.45am Milk / Water
10.45 - 11.55am Literacy
11.55-12.00 Hand wash
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunchtime
1.05-1.20 Assembly
Afternoon activities include PE, Music, Science, Art, History and Geography (Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World)

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.

WOW vouchers


Thank you for all of the WOW vouchers we have had so far. The children love sharing these with us so keep them coming in. WOW vouchers are a great way to share your child's learning and development out of school with us. 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 and Fridays so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days.  

Phonics Homework will  be given out on Wednesdays.
Maths Homework will be given out on Tuesdays.
Please continue 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.

Don't forget to take a look at the links below to help support your child's learning......

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