Welcome to Term 6 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  Our theme this term is ‘Superheroes’ and all areas of learning will be closely linked to this theme.  We have outlined the main areas of learning we will be developing with your child through Term 6; we hope you find this useful.  

Physical Development

PE will continue to take place every Friday; please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school and all items are labelled including plimsolls.  We will be continuing to develop your child’s gross and fine motor control along with preparing them for Sports Day by taking part in lots of racing games and encouraging ‘sportsmanship.’ 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 to allow for a smooth transition into Year 1.  We will also be helping the children to work collaboratively, and as part of team by taking into account each other’s ideas, knowledge and opinions by undertaking lots of group based activities where the children have to plan and then achieve an end outcome together.

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 your continued support with your child’s home language.  We will be continuing the ‘Home Language’ incentive in term 6 and we look forward to seeing yet another book getting filled 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 being taught this term include: money, pence, pound, coin, change, tall, short, half,  share, equally, fair, unfair, morning, afternoon, evening, night time, past, present, future, challenge, one more, one less, rhyme, rhythm, occupations, technology, independent, confident, talents, furthest, far, further, near, villain, hero.

Mathematics

This term we will be developing your child’s ‘Number’ knowledge by connecting previous learning on addition and subtraction to help us solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.  As part of the ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development we will be introducing money to the children aswell as looking at distance.  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 area within our learning environment.  Inside the classroom, we have a ‘Fire station’ roleplay area, whilst outside, we have a ‘Superhero Rescue Centre’ and our ‘home area.’  We have a mud kitchen in our outside area to promote imaginative thinking and problem solving skills. The children will be encouraged to work together to act out superhero scenarios, and use a variety of resources made available to the children to create their own stories and props to support their play.

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 theme. We will be looking at different occupations with a particular focus on the people who help us within our community.  Children will be exploring how BeeBots work and introduced to the concept of programming.  Through our theme of superheroes we will be investigating which objects are the heaviest, lightest, hardest and easiest to move.  We will of course be visiting and exploring our wonderful ‘forest school’ on numerous occasions throughout this term.

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 mainly at the story of ‘Supertato.’  We will be using our knowledge of how stories are structured to help us to retell the story through roleplay and in our writing along with looking at the characters traits of a villain and a hero.  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.