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 4, we hope you find this useful.
PE will be taking place every Friday morning; 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 developing their ability to show increasing control over an object – throwing, catching, balancing and kicking. Our ‘Funky Fingers’ area is available throughout the year for your child to continue to progress finger strength to help improve their handwriting skills.
Personal, Social and Emotional
This term we will be continuing to embed mindfulness to help the children to focus on their learning. We will also continue to reinforce the ‘can-do’ attitude and we are seeing a huge difference in the children’s confidence and we hope you can too. Remember its not “I don’t know”, its “I don’t know it…yet!
Communication and Language
Thank you once again for another great term of language being used at home; it’s great to see so many mums and dads getting involved and we hope you are feeling part of your child’s journey. We will of course be continuing the ‘Home Language’ incentive in term 4 and we look forward to seeing the book getting full up with your lovely notes. 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 being taught this term include: double, subtract, subtraction, minus, take away, more, less, fewer, equals, total, same as, beginning, middle, end, first, then, next, finally, investigate, explore, wonder, think, question, growing, change, instructions, similar, different.
This term we will be developing your child’s ‘Number’ knowledge by introducing doubles and subtracting. As part of the ‘Shape, Space and Measure’ aspect of your child’s development we will be continuing to explore capacity, weight and size. Please continue to order the numeral cards at home and find 1 more and less of numbers to five or ten.
Expressive Art and Design
To promote imaginative play, we have two role-play areas within our learning environment. Inside the classroom we have the ‘What the Ladybird heard’ story area and outside we have a minibeast investigation lab along with our home area to help support the children to make links between learning and home. We will also be exploring different textures and what happens when colours are mixed.
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 insects and looking at how plants grow. 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 also be continuing to develop their computer skills through the use of technological toys.
This term we will be looking mainly at the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard.’ 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: beginning, middle, end, first, then, next, finally. We will be continuing to develop your child’s reading and writing skills this term through the continued use of their phonic knowledge. Please continue to read with your child daily and look at the sound cards provided little but often.
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.