Welcome to Term 3 in Alsace Class!
We hope you had a restful Christmas break.
Our theme this term is ‘Frozen Explorers” and we will be linking most of our learning to this topic and using the book “Lost and Found” to explore the polar regions. Within this topic, we will be learning about animals that live in the polar regions and winter weather.
PE will now take place on Thursday mornings and our focus will be gymnastics. We will be looking at balancing, travelling and jumping as our main themes. It is important in gymnastics that the children have bare feet and shorts so that they have the most amount of grip on the equipment. Please ensure that children’s earrings are removed for this day.
We continue to have physical activity in our classroom also, including our funky fingers area and our climbing frame. We also have a variety of fine motor activities throughout our choosing time.
We have good routines to encourage good hygiene and health care, including good toilet habits and hand washing, and our healthy snack time.
How you can help: Please encourage your children to dress themselves independently. This includes making sure their clothes are not inside out, they are the right way around and that they can put on their own socks and tights.
Personal, Social and Emotional
This term we will be continuing to focus on turn taking and waiting with increasing patience. We will be playing games to promote turn taking and sharing and we will be thinking about how other children might feel as a consequence to our actions. We will also be thinking about children’s rights and how some children in the world do not have these rights respected.
We have daily circle time activities where the children can discuss their feelings and what has made them feel this way.
How you can help: Encourage your children to explain how their actions might have consequences and how this may affect other children.
Communication and Language
We will continue to develop your child’s ability to listen carefully. We will be encouraging the children to look at who is speaking to them and ask thoughtful questions in response to what they say. We will play games to encourage listening and also teaching the children about how to ask questions. We will be continuing to have daily “talk time” so that children can discuss their learning and improve their confidence with talking in small groups and whole class situations.
How you can help: Please help your children to use some of our new language at home
animals, polar regions, North Pole, South Pole, Arctic, Antarctic, penguin, polar bear, arctic fox, arctic hair, snowy owl, seal, ice, snow, cold, winter, iceberg
This term we will be continuing to look at calculations involving adding. We will be looking at the symbol “+” and look at different ways of making the same number. The children will continue to practise counting and forming their numbers to record their calculations. We will be looking at finding one more/less than a given number and showing this using practical resources. We will then be looking at shapes, naming them, finding them in the environment, building them and describing what they look like.
How you can help: Practise adding totals of objects e.g. we’ve got 2 bottles of pop and 3 bottles of milk. How many bottles do we have?
Expressive Art and Design
To promote imaginative play, we have two role-play areas within our learning environment. Inside the classroom we have a ‘home corner’ and outside we have a ‘animal rescue centre.’ These will provide your child with opportunities to make links between learning and home life.
We will be making artwork based on different animals in polar regions and using different skills involving materials and techniques.
How you can help: Encourage your child to design, draw and make things using their imaginations.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
We will be looking at animals in the polar regions and how they are suited to living there. We will also be experimenting with ice and different ways of using and melting it. We will also be breaking away from our topic briefly to celebrate Chinese New Year and discuss how different cultures celebrate.
Children will be encouraged to engage with technology through the use of our class computers and the use of the class CD player.
How you can help: Talk to your children about any celebrations you take part in at home. Is there anything in your cultural heritage that has a large celebration?
This term we will be exploring the story Lost and Found. We will be linking this with our Frozen Explorer theme and looking at penguins in the Antarctic. We will then be looking at how to find a lost animal and link this with missing posters.
We will be sending home the children’s new home reading books – please see instructions in their reading records for how to support your child.
During our daily phonics sessions, we will be learning the sounds that letters make and learning to identify the first sound in words. In our writing area, children can practise writing for different purposes and the children have opportunities to write throughout the classroom.
How you can help: Please provide your child with lots of opportunities to practise their writing. They can practise their names, letter formation, and simple words that they have learnt. Also, please practise your child’s new home reading book with them.
• Please ensure you have spare change of clothes in your child’s bag just in case an accident happens.
• 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, wellies and jumper at school as we come into the rainy, cold months.
• We have Golden Time every Friday afternoon for 30 minutes as a reward for good behaviour. The children will be going to different classes to engage in exciting activities.
• Please could reading books be returned to school to ensure your child can share this with a member of staff when needed.
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.