Wow! What a first week, talk about action packed! The children all seem to be in fine form, rested and refreshed and very eager to share their Christmas news. We are learning about Space this half term and the children are very engaged with their new topic. If they have any books they would like to share or have taken out of the library, do bring them in, any pictures from the internet would be lovely. We have had some excellent space story books shared as well, thank you for the support! Forest school was awesome, not as cold as it has been and just a little muddy... Wednesday 15th of January will be our last Forest School for a while. We will let you know when it begins again.
Literacy, Language and Communication
We have been amazed by the confidence of our young readers and writers this week. We are beginning to write labels and captions for our models, we have had some stories written to share and cards too. We are continuing to consolidate all the initial sounds using our Monster Phonics scheme and beginning to sound out simple two and three letter words. This week we shall be labelling the planets in our Solar System and using the reference books and Internet to learn a little about each planet. Don't forget to read through your reading books several times to help build up a 'sight vocabulary', building a store of recognised words to speed up reading.
Our maths scheme has now changed to Power Maths, the new learning will begin this week. Our topic this week is ways of making 6,7 and 8 by splitting the whole sets to make 3+3, 4+3, 5+3 etc. The children will be using lots of practical opportunities and objects to find pairs of these numbers and begin to record their findings. You can support your child at home by making groups in different ways, perhaps using small toys, sweets (!) or lego bricks etc.
We will continue to encourage the children to develop their fine and gross motor control. Learning takes place as always in the indoor and outdoor environment, ensuring that the children have a range of resources designed to refine and strengthen muscles. Mrs Mileham will be teaching Gymnastics to Barn Owls this term and Mrs Toynbee will be consolidating those skills on Friday PE sessions, please check your child's PE kit is in school asap, thank you! The Dance-a-thon organised by Mrs Plewes in aid of Starfish Malawi will take place on Tuesday at 9.30, we are breaking out cool moves in anticipation of lots of fun, thank you for sponsoring your child in this charitable event.
Our art and DT will be space themed this term, using the knowledge we have picked up from learning how to mix hot and cold colours to paint, print and collage the universe and mix colours to display the planets and stars, we are hoping for a very twinkly display... We will also be using resources and experiences from Forest School to make seasonal art; 'snowmen', ice sculptures and winter landscapes, more of which later...