Welcome to Term 4 at Aycliffe Community Primary School!  This term the children chose to learn about ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’  We have outlined the main areas of learning we will be developing with your child through Term 4, we hope you find this useful. 

Physical Development

In our PE lessons, we will continue to develop the children’s control over objects.  With this, we will be developing your child’s ball skills, including football and hockey skills.  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

We will be continuing to embed a resilient attitude towards their learning, with a focus on becoming more independent learners.  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

We have highlighted a variety of ‘New Language’ your child will be taught this term and we look forward to seeing the book getting full up with your lovely notes. New Language: first, then, next, after that, finally, once upon a time, bean, seeds, grow, roots, leaves, soil, instructions, observe, spring, bud, double, halve, take-away, less, subtract, difference, measure, tall, taller, short, shorter, longer, high, special, right, wrong, problem. 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, or add an observation to your child’s Tapestry journal and we will put it in the home language book for you.


This term we will be developing your child’s ‘Number’ knowledge by focussing on addition and subtraction.  We will be learning about reading number sentences and using our new skills to find the answer, as well as, learning about finding one more and one less than a given number with confidence.  We will be learning about numbers 10 – 15, including; what they look like and counting with these amounts. As part of the ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development we will be exploring measuring the size of different objects and connecting with our new size language.

How you can help:

Please continue to practise numeral recognition, ordering numerals and provide them with lots of opportunities to count objects.  You could count as you climb the stairs or as you lay the table. 

Expressive Art and Design

To promote imaginative play, we have various role-play areas within our learning environment.  Inside the classroom, we have a ‘Storytelling Castle,’ whilst outside, we have a construction area, where the children will be encouraged to work collaboratively to build castles and beanstalks.  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. To develop their imagination and use of storytelling language we have arranged for a story teller to join us for the day on Wednesday 21st February.  This is an exciting opportunity, where the children will be encouraged to think of alternative versions of well-known stories.

How you can help:

Encourage your child to use their imagination to think of their own stories.  You could all get involved with acting out their stories at home. 

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 exploring plants, planting their own bean seeds and learning about what plants need to grow.  They will be encouraged to track the progress of their bean seed growing over the course of the term, looking closely at similarities and differences.

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 to complete simple learning games.

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.


This term we will be looking closely at the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ along with a range of non-fiction texts related to different learning opportunities available to the children.  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: once upon a time, fist, then, next, after that and finally. 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.


• 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.