Welcome to Term 1 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  We are very excited to welcome all children and the parents to La Tour Eiffel (Class 1).
Our theme this term is ‘All about me’ and all areas of learning will be closely linked to this topic.  Within this topic we will be looking at; our five senses, our bodies and being healthy.  Here is an overview of how we will be developing this with your child this term.
Physical Development
PE will begin once all children are in full time and we will be focussing on improving gross and fine motor control. We have a ‘Funky Fingers’ area in our classroom where your child can develop their finger strength to help them hold a pencil effectively and improve their mark making.  Along with our topic we will be looking at being clean and healthy and why it is important. 
How you can help: It would be really handy if you could provide your child with lots of opportunities to practise getting dressed by themselves at home, in particular with buttons and zips; this will help them with their confidence in getting ready for PE. 
Personal, Social and Emotional
This term we will be focusing on providing a smooth transition to school life for your child.  We will be encouraging children to become confident with our school routines and follow the rules in place.  Each child will be allocated an in class ‘learning partner’ to support them with developing friendships, as well as supporting learning and developing good communicating skills.  We will also be learning about being a kind friend, what this looks like and why it is important.
How you can help: Providing your child with lots of opportunities to explain their thoughts and ideas will help build your child’s confidence and develop their social skills.
Communication and Language
We will be developing your child’s ability to listen carefully during carpet time and hold their concentration for longer periods of time.  We will play games to develop listening skills and enable your child to practise following simple instructions.  We will also be helping your child to develop their confidence in speaking with their learning partner and within small groups.  We will be sending home language that will be frequently used in class and we would love to hear if your child uses any of this at home.
New Language: Happy, sad, surprised, shocked, scared, excited, expression, emotions, feelings, senses, sight, smell, hear, taste, touch, texture, feel, loud, quiet, hard, soft, rough, smooth, bumpy, share, can, body part, rules, facial features, listening, think, share, healthy, exercise.
Mathematics
This term we will be developing your child’s knowledge of numbers 1 – 5, including what they look like, counting with these amounts, and what is one more/less. We will be doing a variety of practical activities and games to ensure they are confident with numeral recognition, the number sequence, counting and we will be getting used to working with Numicon.  We will also be learning how to sort by shape and colour. 
How you can help: Please practise numeral recognition with your child at home and provide them with lots of opportunities to count objects.  You could count as you climb the stairs or as you lay the table.
Expressive Art and Design
To promote imaginative play, we have two role-play areas within our learning environment.  Inside the classroom we have a ‘Doctor’s Surgery’ which is linked to our theme and outside we have our ‘home corner’ to provide your child with opportunities to make links between learning and home life.  We also have a mud kitchen in our outside area to promote imaginative thinking and problem solving skills. We will be listening to a variety of different sounds; including musical instruments and the children are encouraged to join in with singing regularly.
How you can help: Encourage your child to have their own ideas, explore materials, make up their own songs as well as sing some of your favourite songs and rhymes.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
We will be developing your child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through our theme.  The children will be encouraged to investigate objects and environments using their five senses; including exploring in our forest school. Children will be encouraged to engage with technology through the use of our class computers and the use of the class CD player in our reading corner. 
How you can help: Talk to your child about the places they go and the things they see in the world around them.  Ask questions, such as; what if? Why do you think? How did you?
Literacy
This term we will be exploring a variety of fiction and non-fiction books based on our topic.  During our daily phonics sessions, we will be learning the sounds that letters make and learning to identify the first sound in words.  In our writing area, children can practise writing their name using cursive letter formations. To support your child’s development in forming letter shapes, we will also be practising a range of handwriting patterns.  These can also be found in your child’s home mark making book.
How you can help: Please provide your child with lots of opportunities to practise writing their name using cursive letter formations.  We have provided each child with a name card in their home learning folder to help.
Notices:
• Please ensure you have spare change of clothes in your child’s bag just in case an accident happens.
• The children will have access to the outside area during their Child Initiated time all year round, please ensure your child has a waterproof coat and jumper at school as we come into the rainy, cold months.
• Please could you make sure all your child’s school uniform and PE kit is clearly named, including shoes.
• We have Golden Time every Friday afternoon for 30 minutes as a reward for good behaviour.  Class 1 are able to bring in a toy from home that they are allowed to play with in this time, however no toy guns are allowed.
• Please could home learning folders be kept in children’s school bags.
• We will be having a PE lesson on Thursday mornings so please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school and that earrings are removed.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you over the year.  Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come and see me after school and I will be happy to help.