Welcome to Term 6.  

This term we will continue of our theme, “In the Garden” where we will be learning about different animals with the help of our class fairy, Ayla Cliffe.  

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 ‘Athletics’ with a view to improving skills for sports day in July. In addition to our Thursday PE session, we are fortunate this term to have sessions with a dance teacher on a Friday afternoon.  Children will need to have earrings removed for this also and have their PE kits in school.

How you can help:

As ever, it would be really helpful if you can allow your child to be independent when dressing, especially with their shoes and socks and turning their clothes the correct way around.  

Personal, Social and Emotional 

This term we will be focusing on changes and how we cope with them.  This is with a view to prepare the children for their transition into Key Stage 1.  The children will be having more structured learning times during the week with a focus on increased independence when given a task to complete.  We will continue to have our daily circle times where the children will discuss how they are feeling and why.  We try to create an environment where the children feel safe to take risks in their learning and that we can achieve anything if we try – we talk a lot about persevering! We will also continue reflecting 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.  We will also be developing your child’s ability to use a range of tenses confidently when speaking about past, present and future events. We will also be focusing on questions and how to answer them.

How you can help:

Encourage the children to use the language below and possibly provide opportunities for them to use it.

New Language: mini-beast, insect, habitat, animal, creature  

Mathematics

This term we will be having a focus on shape, space and measure, particularly measure.  We will be recapping our number work, with a particular focus on one more or less than numbers to 20.  We will also be calculating with larger numbers where appropriate and solving simple problems using the skills we have learned.

How you can help:

Encourage your child to read higher numbers in their environment, and allow them to calculate mentally where appropriate.  

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 animal rescue centre where children can pretend to be vets and people adopting animals.  Outside, we still have a garden centre where children will be able to use money to “buy” items and learn about gardening.  This is linked with a café where children will also be able to “cook” and use language skills.  We have an arts and crafts station and junk modelling where children are always encouraged to create their own models and artwork and a construction zone both inside and outside where the children can be creative also.

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 continue to look at plants but also move onto learning about animals and their environments.  We will be going bug hunting, observing bugs and exploring their environments. 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 look at bugs in the garden or at the park.  What do they look like?  How many legs do they have?  Do they have wings? Etc.  

Literacy

This term we will be working on a class story about our fairy, Ayla and her ladybird friend Lily.  We will be learning a story about their adventure and we will be encouraging the children to write their own stories using ideas we come up with as a class. We will be having weekly guided reading sessions which will prepare your child for simple comprehension. 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, 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.  We will be spending a lot of time in our forest area so I would not want your child to be disappointed if they did not have a coat.  

• 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.  

Mrs English and Miss Sedgwick