Welcome to Term 4!  

This term we will be learning about the story of the Gingerbread Man – the children’s choice. Below is an outline of what we will be covering this term in each area.  

Physical Development

PE will continue to take place every Thursday; please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and all items are labelled including plimsolls.  This term we will be continuing to develop your child’s gross and fine motor control.  Our PE main focus this term will be ‘ball skills’ which will focus on hockey and tennis. With this, we will be developing your child’s ability to control a ball using a hockey stick or tennis racquet. We continue to 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.  

How you can help:

It would be really helpful if you could allow your children to be independent when turning their clothes from inside out and checking if they are the correct way around at home – we’ve had a lot of backward trousers!  

Personal, Social and Emotional 

This term we will be focusing on being kind and working together to achieve our learning.  We will have daily circle times to discuss our feelings and also to talk about children’s rights and how they are important.  We try to create an environment where the children feel safe to take risks in their learning, and believe that we can achieve anything if we try – we talk a lot about persevering! We will also be reflecting more on our learning and thinking about why we have or have not been successful, and how to make improvements to our learning in future.

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 continuing to develop your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language.  We continue to look for children’s language use at home and below is a list of words to listen out for – remember, the children can receive a reward for using this language at home ten times.  Just pop a note in their reading books or home learning books and we can put a sticker on their chart. We will also be developing your child’s ability to use a range of tenses confidently when speaking about past, present and future events.

How you can help:

Encourage the children to use the language below and possibly provide opportunities for them to use it. New Language: first, second, third, next, last, how many left, take away, smooth, smell, taste, cook, bake, stir, mix, measure, weigh, heavy, light, heavier, lighter, hot, cold, crunchy, flaky, where, when, who, what, how.

Mathematics

This term we will be developing your child’s knowledge of numbers 11 – 20, including what they look like, counting with these amounts, and what is one more/less.    We will be introducing the children to subtraction using the term “take away”, along with matching numeral and quantity, and developing their ability to count confidently and accurately with increasing amounts.

How you can help:

Please continue to practise numeral recognition with your child at home and provide them with lots of opportunities to count objects.  You could take away vegetables as your child eats them – how many left?  

Expressive Art and Design

To promote imaginative play, we have a variety of role-play areas within our learning environment.  Inside the classroom, we have the gingerbread man workshop, where the children can create gingerbread men and tell the story, whilst outside, we have a bakery where the children can learn social skills and use money and a construction area, where the children will be encouraged to work collaboratively to build something to help the gingerbread man. 

How you can help:

Encourage your child to have their own ideas, explore different 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 working on understanding materials in the form of cooking this term.  We will be looking at how to make gingerbread men and other types of food, investigating what happens when we mix different things in cooking and what happens when things are cooked.  In addition, we will be looking at lots of investigations in Science Week where the children will be given many opportunities to carry out different investigations including what happens to ice, things that float and sink and many more. Children will be encouraged to engage with technology, through the use of talking tins in the environment and the use of the class CD player in our reading corner.  Children also have access to our class computers, where they can develop their skills in using a mouse.

How you can help:

Give your child opportunities to try different foods and help with cooking at home.  Ask questions, such as; what if? Why do you think? How did you?  

Literacy

This term we will be looking closely at ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story.  We will be learning to retell the story and write about it.  We are aiming for the children to write in full sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops at this point in the year.  They should also be applying the phonics they have learnt to help with their spelling. Children will continue to learn how to connect with phonics to help read and write words with increasing independence through our daily phonics, writing and reading sessions.   

How you can help:

Please continue to allow your child plenty of opportunities to read their home reading books and make a note of your observations in their reading log book.   Allow your child opportunities to perfect their cursive writing, especially with their homework – if you have any questions about how to support with cursive writing, don’t hesitate to ask.  

Notices:

• Please ensure you have spare change of clothes in your child’s bag just in case an accident happens.  

• Please could you ensure your child’s home learning folders are returned on Mondays and that reading books are brought into school everyday.  

• The children will have access to the outside area during their Child Initiated time all year round so please ensure your child has a waterproof coat, jumper and if possible wellies at school, even if it is sunny, as we know the British weather is very changeable.  

• Please could you make sure all your child’s school uniform is clearly named, including shoes and PE kits. We’ve had some unnamed jumpers that we are having to spent valuable time working out who they belong to.  

• 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. The children have a new routine where they will be able to go to Golden Time clubs also, and the children are very excited to try this.  

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you this term.  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.