This half term in Class 1, we will be continuing to reinforce positive learning behaviour using our Do Jo reward system. The children love to get DO Jos for our 9 Secrets of Success. You can encourage this with your child, by asking them what they have had a Do Jo for. The children are already becoming independent in their learning challenges and making their own recording in their learning diaries. This is a real positive as children are becoming confident at discussing what they have learned and things they would like to do next, using their thinking hats.
We will continue with our daily phonics sessions. The children learn their alphabet, letter names and letter sounds. (phonemes). They also learn to write the letter shapes (graphemes) and are encouraged to form cursive letters correctly. This is something that you can practise at home with your child. All children are improving at their phonic skills such as blending and segmenting to read and spell. The children love to use these skills on Bug Club and also using Phonic play - www.phonicsplay.co.uk at home as well as at school. This half term we will be practising digraphs which are 2 letters that make 1 sound eg – sh ch th ng and introducing vowel diagraphs such as ai, oa, and ue. We will also learn trigraphs which are 3 letters which make 1 sound such as igh. We are now moving on to phase 5 phonics in which we learn how to read and write alternative graphemes e.g. ai, ay a, ae and split digraphs.
Every day we have a FUN maths session. This is time to practise our fluency and understanding of number through fun songs, rhymes and games. You can help your child to develop these skills through lots of counting forwards and backwards, learning number bonds, adding and subtracting within 10 and then 20. We also practise number formation daily using catchy songs. We also keep fit whilst counting to 100 daily! The children know these rhymes off by heart and love to sing them. This half term we will also be learning to measure and compare capacity, size and weight as well as working with numbers to solve problems using addition, subtraction and sharing. We are also encouraging children to apply estimating, problem solving and reasoning skills to a range of activities.
Our topics for this half term will again cover stories from around the world and look at different countries, continents traditions and culture, We will also continue looking for signs of Spring and look more closely at growth and change. We will learn abotu lifecycles and we will be having some very special visitors! We will have some eggs to hatch for Mr Lovatt and Miss Roper.
Our author last term was Shirley Hughes. The children loved listening to her stories and completing fun activities.This half term we will look at a variety of traditional tales. There will be lots more fun learning activities to complete during our journey.
We would like to say a big thank you to all parents for your wonderful support. We love to see you on Friday mornings and the children love sharing their learning with you and each other. Thank you everyone for attending parental consultations too. Any questions or concerns, please come in and speak to us.
This week we will be beginning to look at animals and their babies. We will discuss animal needs and habitats.
We will also be sharing our experiences and holiday news with the class and writing/drawing our own recount. We will continue with our daily phonics. The sounds of the week will be 'ur and ow'. In FUN maths we will be recognising numbers to 100. We will also be learning about capacity.