Our topic this term is ‘Space’ 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 2, we hope you find this useful.
This term we will be continuing to develop your child’s gross and fine motor control. We will be exploring different ways of moving, making sure we are being safe and balancing. We have a ‘Funky Fingers’ area where your child can continue to develop their finger strength to help improve their handwriting.
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 don’t know, it’s I’ll give it a go.” 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.
Communication and Language
This term we will be focussing largely on developing your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language. New language being taught this term include: Square, triangle, circle, rectangle, hexagon, 2D shapes, properties, cylinder, cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid, 3D shapes, sequence, measure, order, weigh, balance, who, where, when, what, how and why. It would be great to hear if your child uses any of this language at home.
This term we will be developing your child’s knowledge of numbers 10-15, including numeral recognition, Numicon, counting and ordering. Additionally we will be focussing largely on ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development, this includes: exploring 2D and 3D shapes, ordering by size, repeating patterns and symmetry.
Expressive Art and Design
To promote imaginative play, we have two role-play areas within our learning environment. Inside the classroom we have a spaceship which is linked to our topic, outside we have kept the home corner to provide your child with opportunities to make links between learning and home life. With our nativity play coming up we will be practising lots of Christmas songs and preparing for a wonderful performance.
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 and explore 2D and 3D shapes and we will be making full use of our forest school. We will also be continuing to develop their computer skills, in particular their mouse control.
This term we will be exploring a variety of fiction and non-fiction books based on our topic of ‘Space’ and will be looking closely at ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and ‘Whatever Next’ books. 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. Please continue to allow your child plenty of opportunities to read and write at home using these new skills.
• Please ensure you have spare change of clothes in your child’s bag just in case of an accident
• 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 wellies (if possible) at school as we come into the rainy, cold months.
• Please could you make sure all of your child’s school uniform is clearly named, including shoes.
Thank you for your continued support, 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.