Welcome to Term 5 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  Our topic this term is ‘In the garden’ and all areas of learning will be closely linked to this topic.  We have outlined the main areas of learning we will be developing with your child through Term 5, we hope you find this useful.



Physical Development This term, we will continue to develop the children’s control over objects during our PE lessons.  With this, we will be developing your child’s ability to throw, catch, kick and stop a ball.  Please could you make sure your child has a PE kit in school, clearly labelled.  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.  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; this will help them with their confidence in getting ready for PE.  

Personal, Social and Emotional This term we will be continuing to embed a resilient attitude towards their learning, with a focus on becoming more independent learners.                        We will be learning about one of our school values, ‘tolerance,’ discussing what it looks like and why it is important.                                                                     We will be continuing to develop your child’s ability to work collaboratively by taking into account each other’s ideas, knowledge and opinions as well as developing their confidence to offer their own opinions and suggestions.   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 Thank you once again for another great term of language being used at home; it’s great to see so many mums and dads getting involved and we hope you are feeling part of your child’s journey.  We will of course be continuing the ‘Home Language’ incentive in term 5 and we look forward to seeing the book getting full up with your lovely notes. We understand that some mums and dads aren’t able to do the school run so please feel free to leave a note in your child’s homework folder and we will put it in the home language book for you. New Language: subtract, subtraction, take-away, less, minus, fewer, same as, difference, minibeasts, insects, symmetry, symmetrical, pattern, wings, antennae, habitat, pollen, roots, leaves, spring, tolerance, tolerant, life cycle, purpose, beginning, middle, end, first, then, next, finally.

Mathematics This term we will be developing your child’s ‘Number’ knowledge by focussing on the number sequence as well as introducing subtraction.  We will be learning about numbers 15 – 20, including; what they look like, counting with these amounts, and what one more/less is. As part of the ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development we will be exploring patterns; in particular recognising and creating symmetrical patterns. We will continue to explore capacity, weight and size through our leaning environment. How you can help Please continue to practise numeral recognition, ordering numerals and provide them with lots of opportunities to count objects.

Expressive Art and Design To promote imaginative play, we have various role-play areas within our learning environment.  Inside the classroom, we have a ‘Garden Centre’ roleplay area, whilst outside, we have a ‘farm yard’ and our ‘home area’.  The children will be encouraged to negotiate activities with others and to use a variety of resources to support their play.  We have a mud kitchen in our outside area to promote imaginative thinking and problem solving skills. How you can help: Encourage your child to have their own ideas, 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 topic.  The children will be encouraged to investigate our natural environment by looking at different insects and exploring plants.  They will be encouraged to talk about what they already know and to question why things happen along with looking closely at similarities and differences.                     We will be exploring a number of ideas suggested by the children, such as; where do we find different minibeasts? What do minibeasts eat? What jobs do the different minibeasts have?  And the life cycles of different minibeasts. 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 to draw pictures. How you can help: Talk to your child about the world we live in.  Encourage children to give explanations as to why things happen and how things work along with developing their confidence to offer suggestions and make predictions.

Literacy This term we will be looking closely at the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’  We will be learning how to retell the story using a variety of methods along with further developing their understanding of how stories are structured using the language: beginning, middle, end, first, then, next, finally. We will also be looking at a range of non-fiction books related to our topic. 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.  Provide your child with lots of opportunities to write using cursive letter formations.  Make sure children are encouraged to use their phonics knowledge to help them spell words.  They could help you write a shopping list, a menu for dinner or make signs for their toys.

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, including 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 as we come into the rainy, cold months.

• Please could you make sure all your child’s school uniform is clearly named, including shoes and PE kits.

• 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.

• Welly Wednesday will be continuing throughout term 5 where we will be continuing to learn, play and explore in our refurbished forest school.

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.