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

In our PE lessons, we will continue to develop the children’s ability to control a ball with a hockey stick, including, shooting into a goal successfully from a distance.  We will then move onto developing the children’s ability to travel with confidence and skill under and over apparatus. With this, we will be developing your child’s ability to balance, jump safely and land appropriately from heights. 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 this term, with a focus on developing the children’s ability to challenge themselves in a range of situations.  Children will be encouraged to never give up and to see tasks through until the end, even if they are finding things tricky.   

We will be exploring our school value ‘reflection’ and thinking about how and why it is important to be a reflective learner.

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: take-away, difference, minibeast, insect, symmetry, symmetrical, pattern, wings, antennae, habitat, hive, underground, damp, cool, pollen, nectar, roots, leaves, life cycle, chrysalis, challenge, reflect, reflection, share, equally, fair, unfair, money, pence, pound, coin, change.

We will be continuing to encourage the children to use the language: first, then, next, after-that and finally.

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.

Mathematics

This term we will continue to develop your child’s number knowledge by exploring subtraction, including, reading and writing subtraction number sentences and using Numicon and objects to help us find the answer.  In addition, we will be introducing money to the children by connecting with our previous learning on addition to find ways of making different amounts.  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.  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 ‘Garden Centre,’ whilst outside, we have a construction area, where the children will be encouraged to work collaboratively to build farms.  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.

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 looking at different minibeasts 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 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.

Literacy

This term we will be looking closely at the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard,’ along with a range of non-fiction books related to our topic.                           

We will be exploring the events that take place and learning how to retell the story using a variety of methods.  Additionally, children will be encouraged to connect with storytelling language: first, then, next, after that and finally to create their own stories with the help of our class story bags.

Children will continue to learn how to connect with phonics to help read and write words and sentences 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.

• 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.