Welcome to Term 2 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  Our topic this term is ‘The Three Little Pigs’ 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 3, 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 exploring different ways of moving, including dance. 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; this will help them with their confidence in getting ready for PE.  

Personal, Social and Emotional

We are really pleased with how well all the children have settled into school life.  This term we will be focussing on developing their team-working skills and changing mind-sets from a fixed mind-set to a growth mind-set…”It’s not I can’t…It’s I CAN!” We want all children to believe in themselves and their abilities and to understand that all it takes is practise and a can do attitude. 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.  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

This term we will be focussing largely on developing your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language.  We are over-joyed with all the fantastic language being used at home by the children and are very pleased with all of your support in promoting this language at home.  We will be continuing the ‘Home Language’ incentive this term and we would appreciate your continued support in making notes when your child uses any of the below language in the class ‘home language’ book.  We will also be developing your child’s ability to ask and answer a range of questions, in particular; how and why. How you can help: 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: 2D shapes, square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, flat, sides, corners, long, short, longer, shorter, round, tall, curved, straight, sequence, first, second, third, characters, order, strong, weak, sink, float, heavy, light, why, question.

Mathematics

This term we will be developing your child’s knowledge of numbers 5 – 10, including what they look like, counting with these amounts, and what is one more/less.  As part of the ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development we will be looking closely at 2D shapes, including, shape names, spotting shapes in the environment, using shapes appropriately for tasks and describing shapes using mathematical language. 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 count as you climb the stairs or as you lay the table. Talk about the shapes of everyday items they use.  What shapes can you see when you look at your house?

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 a ‘Three Little Pigs’ roleplay area,’ whilst outside, we have turned our very popular construction area into a ‘Three Little Pigs’ building site.  In addition, we have a ‘home corner’ to provide your child with opportunities to make links between learning and home life and a mud kitchen to promote imaginative thinking. We will be exploring dance and learning lots of new songs in preparation for our Christmas nativity. 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 developing your child’s knowledge and understanding of the world through our topic.  The children will be encouraged to explore a variety of different materials and investigate which materials will survive the huff and puff of the big bad wolf.  Additionally, children will be encouraged to explore which objects float and sink through their water play. 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 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 looking closely at the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story.  We will be learning about the characters from the story and talking about the key events that take place.  Additionally, we are beginning to teach the children how to segment and blend words using their phonic knowledge to help with their reading and spelling of words. 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.  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.

• 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.

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.