Activity to do at home: Discuss your family favourite comfort foods to enjoy when it is cold outside. Ask your child to help you prepare a warming meal or snack.
Week beginning 7th January 2020
Our book of the week is a non-fiction text called 'What Can You See in Winter?' The children will be learning to look for signs of winter.
The children will be learning the letter sounds 'ee', 'sh', 'ch' and 'th'.
In Maths the children are learning about number partition through the 'part-whole' model.
In PE the children will be starting their gymnastic sessions.
The children will begin to learn about Creation and how God made the world. We will discuss how humans look after the world but also destroy it. We will think of ways that we can have a positive impact on our planet.
Our heartsmart topic is 'Too much selfie isn't healthy' and the children will be encouraged to think about the special people in their lives.
On the art table the children will be making winter collages using 'cold 'colours such as blue, white, grey, silver.
Activity at home: Make a bird feeder; cut a bagel cut in half and spread with peanut butter before dipping in bird seed. Thread string through the bagel hole and hang on a tree. Discuss with your child that birds find it difficult to find food in winter.
Week commencing 16/12 - the children:
watched the 'Christopher's Christmas' production in the hall
finished their Christmas books
made bread and salt dough Christmas decorations
talked about our trip to see 'Mr Popper's Penguins ' at Sale Waterside
practised hand writing
worked on phonic skills and tricky words
talked about the months in a year and days in a month
read lots of lovely Christmas stories and sang Christmas
Activity to do at home over the holidays: Make a holiday diary (with photos or pictures) to let us know what you got up to (don't worry about doing the whole holiday - we'd just love to see a little snippet!).
Christmas Tree Pizzas!
Week beginning 9th December 2019
Our book of the week is 'Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas Present' by John Burningham.
The children will be designing and making a Christmas present using junk modelling.
We will be making a variety of fun Christmas crafts!
We will be practising tricky words. These can be found in the front of your child's reading book and we are focussing on set 1 and 2.
We are beginning the 'bar modelling' approach in Maths and children will be learning how to do this using numbers 1-5.
We are continuing with our Christmas books.
We are making Christmas cards.
We are making Christmas tree pizzas!
Activity to do at home this week: To look at the ingredients of a pizza and discuss where they come from.
Week beginning 25th November 2019
Our book of the week is' Man on the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob' By Simon Bartram.
In Phonics we will be recapping letter sounds covered so far and tricky words from set 1 and 2.
In Literacy we will be writing pages in our Christmas books.
The children will be writing 'alien words' in glitter and gloop.
In Maths the children are exploring 2D and 3D shapes. They are making shape models.
The children are continuing to practise the nativity and learn the songs.
The children are making their own aliens.
The children are creating planet pictures by marbling ink.
Key vocabulary: Moon facts! Did you know that the moon orbits the Earth every 27 days? Can you learn more moon facts?
Activity at home for this week: Please encourage your child to learn the nativity songs.
Making shape robots
Week beginning 18th November
We continue with our Space theme and will be exploring fact books.
Our book of the week is 'National Geographic - The Big Book of Space'.
In Literacy the children will be writing their special 'Christmas Books'.
In Maths the children are learning about 2d and 3d shapes. We are focussing on 3d shapes and learning facts about them.
We are making paper mache planets.
The children are listening to Space songs and learning more facts.
We are practising the nativity and learning the songs.
The children are listening to different versions of the Christmas story.
Something to do this week: The fifth day of Diwali is known as 'Bhai Dooj'. On this day, brothers and sisters take care of each other. Can you help your child think of ways to take care of their family this week?
Week Commencing -14th October 2019
Our story this week is Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen,
In Literacy we will be retelling the story using descriptive vocabulary.
We will be making up our own version of a 'hunt' and experimenting with different story ways of storytelling with music and movement.
In Maths we are looking at different types of repeating patterns. We are creating our own patterns using body percussion and recording these using symbols.
In Phonics we will be learning the new sounds 'ck' 'e' 'u' 'r' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far. We will be writing words with these sounds, making words and pracstising handwriting.
We will be continuing to look at the good news stories from The Bible.
We will be continuing our gymnastics unit in P.E focusing on safe and skillful jumping.
In computing we are exploring simple programmes and developing our early coding skills.
Key Vocabulary this week- Position words (on, next to, between etc), sequence, pattern, repeating, same, match
Something to do this week- Find out a fact about a bear to tell your teacher! / Make a repeating pattern with household objects e.g. knife, fork, spoon, knife, fork, spoon.
Week commencing 7th October 2019
Our story of the week is 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' by Michael Rosen.
In Literacy the children will be making up a new ending for the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo' and writing a simple sentence.
In phonics the children will be learning the sounds 'g', 'o', 'ck' and recapping the sounds we have learnt so far.
In Maths the children will be learning about measurement and ordering. They will be ordering 3 or 4 objects by length.
We will be learning about 'Harvest' with a focus on bread. We will be learning about how bread is produced from grain. We will be tasting a variety of different types of bread and discussing likes/dislikes and what we enjoy eating at home.
When talking about Harvest we will be asking the children to think about sharing what they have with others.
We are learning the songs for the Harvest Festival.
We are doing gymnastics in PE and have been focussing on travelling in different ways and making big/small shapes with our bodies.
In computers this week we are exploring espresso and using a mouse.
We are reading stories about Jesus.
Key vocabulary this week: tall, short, longer, thick, thin.
Something to do this week: comparing the shoes in your family, can you put them in order?
Week commencing 30th September
Our story of the week is 'Peace at Last' by Jill Murphy. We are also sharing other Jill Murphy stories such as 'Five Minutes Peace' and 'A Quiet Night In'.
In Literacy the children are writing a sentence about their favourite food, with a focus on foods beginning with the letters we have covered so far in our phonic sessions.
We are recapping the letter sounds from last week, 's', 'a', 't', 'p' and are now learning 'i', 'n', 'm' and 'd' (next week g, o, c, k)
We are learning about healthy foods and making flat bread pizzas.
We are developing our critical thinking skills through sorting activities.
We are finding comparisons between objects and thinking about what is the same and what is different.
We are learning songs for the Harvest Festival next Thursday.
We continue to explore 'good news' stories from the Bible.
We are learning our classroom expectations and the importance of treating one another with respect.
Learning how to log on and off in the computer suite and how to use a computer mouse.
We are changing for PE and our current focus is gymnastics - travelling in different ways.
We continue our discussions about Autumn and signs of Autumn.