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Mrs Weston, Mrs Howell and Mrs Heward welcome you back to school after half term.  We hope you are looking forward to yet another fun packed half term of learning.   


This half term our topic is all about prehistoric life and is entitled


Our author of the year is Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year is Henri Matisse.

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 continue working on building relationships, turn taking and sharing. We will be thinking about rules and responsibilities and why we have rules.  We will link this in to considering all the different people who help us to keep safe.  We will be thinking about friendship and the qualities needed to be a good friend to somebody.  

Communication, Language & Literacy We will share different stories, poems and non fiction books about dinosaurs, discussing new words and their meanings. We will investigate and explore rhyming words and generate our own rhyming words.  We shall be concentrating on adjectives to make our dinosaurs sound more exciting.   We will continue to learn new sounds in our phonics sessions, building up to segmenting and blending words independently.  
Mathematical Development We begin our topic by sorting and classifying dinosaurs according to different criteria.  We shall also be beginning to learn number bonds to 5 and then up to 10.  We will be thinking about doubling and halving and also revise some earlier work on time, thinking more about telling the time.  Classroom activities will continue to provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition and ordering numbers.  We will also be learning about addition, subtraction, counting in twos and continuing our learning on more and less than a given number.  
Physical Development We will continue to develop our cursive handwriting as we recap letters during our phonics sessions. We will be continuing to provide opportunities to practise and develop cutting skills, balancing skills and coordination skills.  We will be continuing our work in PE focusing on gymnastics and games skills. 
Understanding of the world We will be asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. We will learn about different dinosaurs and their characteristics.  We will also be investigating how to rescue dinosaurs from ice, exploring volcanoes and discussing how and why dinosaurs became extinct.  We will be thinking about Chinese New Year and Easter and the new life associated with Spring.  We will continue to use the computer and Ipad to play simple games that reinforce our learning.    
Expressive Arts and Design We will continue our learning about Henri Matisse, learning about his style and using this style to create our own works of art.  We will be using different materials and media to create pictures and representations of different dinosaurs. We shall be making prints in clay and completing Easter craft activities.  We will be exploring sounds and music patterns using different percussion instruments, thinking closely about tempo and pitch.  


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 / social learning
10.45 - 11.00 am Speaking and Listening - Show & Tell/ WOW vouchers

11.00 - 12.00pm Literacy
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. There will also be opportunities for parents to look through learning journeys too.

WOW vouchers


Thank you so very much for all the the WOW vouchers that have already been sent in.  We have loved reading them and sharing them with the whole class.  They 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 Wednesdays so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days.  Please remember to come to school wearing PE kits on Wednesdays.

Phonics and Maths Homework will  be given out on Thursdays and due in on a Monday.

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.

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

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