This term our topic is:
What Is That Light In The Sky?
This half term our learning question is 'What is that light in the sky?'. Key questions that we will be exploring include 'Why do people set off fireworks during Diwali?' 'What lights are in the sky during the night and day?' and 'Why is the star such an important part of the Nativity Story?'.
To support our learning we will share various non-fiction texts as well as books such as 'The story of Rama and Sita', 'Chicken Licken' by Mara Alperin, 'The way back home' and 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers and 'The Christmas Pine' by Julia Donaldson.
In maths we will be focussing on 'circles and triangles', '1,2,3,4,5', and 'shapes with 4 sides.
Our values for November/ December are 'Tolerance' and 'Respect'. These values will be explored during our SCARF PSED time when we will be completing a unit of work called 'Valuing Difference'.
Our main method of communication with parents and carers is via Class Dojo. We will keep you posted about what is happening and when as well as wow moments in class. If your child has any wow moments at home please add these to their Dojo Portfolio so we can share their achievements in class. Please also keep and eye out for emails and messages from the school office too.
We hope that your child has a fantastic time in our lovely class.
Please see below for links to helpful websites.
The place to find our nursery rhymes and clips:
Join in with some calm yoga for children:
Your child will be sent home with a book matched to their phonics learning and a library book.
Reading books will be changed on a weekly basis. Please bring you child’s reading book every day as we are always looking for extra opportunities to listen to them read.
We ask that you try to share a book with your child at least three times a week. It really does make a difference. If your child finds some of the words difficult, remind them to use their phonics for support. Alongside reading the text, ask your child questions about the book and what they think might happen next in the story. Please log your child's reading in their reading diary. Children who read three times or more will be entered into our class 'Reading Challenge' draw. Each week a child's name will be chosen at random and they will win a prize from the prize box. Bedtime stories can count towards reading at this stage in the year too.
Our library book day will be Monday. Your child will only need to bring their library book back on this day if they want to change it.
When we start Level 2 phonics, children will be sent home with a set of tricky words for them to practise reading. Tricky words are common words that cannot be sounded out using regular phonics. The tricky words will be linked to the phonics phase your child is learning. Please ensure that tricky word bookmarks are in your child’s book bag every day.
This half term the children will be doing PE on Thursdays. Please ensure they come to school in their PE kit on this day. Kit should include plimsolls/ trainers, shorts/ joggers, a tee-shirt and a hoodie/ track suit top. All earrings must be removed for PE, school staff are unable to take them out so please can you make sure that your child is not wearing earrings to school. If your child has newly pierced ears, please see the school office for a form to sign.
We follow White Rose maths supported by Master the Curriculum. Please keep an eye on Dojo for suggestions of how you can support your child at home.
Children have the opportunity to learn outside every day and need appropriate clothing for the weather.
Please can you ensure that all your child's belongings are clearly labelled.
Developing pencil grip guide 2
Developing pencil grip guide 1
This document outlines the curriculum we intend to cover throughout the year.
Before children begin to read sounds and words, they will be given a wordless picture book to share with you at home. This document gives ideas for getting the best out of this resource.
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