“Oh we do like to be beside the seaside” and this term Class 1 are going to be learning all about the beach, seas and oceans, pirates and mermaids!
The inside role play area is a seaside souvenir shop and outside the theme is ‘Peter Pan’. Lots of opportunities for counting, recognising coins, adding money as well as making lists, recreating adventures and exploring characters and settings. In our topic work we will be learning about the United Kingdom; we have looked at maps and atlases and researched its countries, capital cities and coastlines. We will be using geographical terminology to describe our coastal towns, researching what interesting things we can do there and the animals and plants we might find there. After half term we will learn about the seaside in Victorian times and find out about the lives of significant people such as Grace Darling.
Our English lessons will also be seaside and Peter Pan themed- lots of magical mermaids and pesky pirates! We will be enjoying both fiction and non-fiction texts as well as lists and instructions. We are focussing on using our phonic knowledge to spell words correctly, to write sentences with finger spaces and accurate punctuation as well as writing longer pieces with adjectives and a range of ‘conjunctions’ (sentence joiners). As always the children will read individually, in pairs and in a small group (guided reading) every week at school and it is expected that they also read at home at least three times a week- there are lots of reward systems in place to encourage regular reading- we cannot emphasise enough how important regular reading at home is!! Our daily phonics lessons will also continue: some children are learning individual letter sounds, some are blending these to make 3 and 4 letter words and others are learning to recognise and use digraphs and trigraphs (2 and 3 letter phonemes eg. ai and igh) in their reading and writing. Your child’s weekly spellings are linked to these sounds- please help your child to practice them-again they need to be reinforced at home as well as in school.
In Maths we are learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. The year 1 children are grouping amounts in 2s and 10s and learning to represent this in picture form and on number lines. We are learning to recognise odd and even numbers and to share amounts equally. The year 2s are learning to use arrays and repeated addition as well as learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables so they can answer random multiplication sums off by heart! They will learn to use the multiplication symbol and we will then link this to division and corresponding number facts. Later on this term we will focus on collecting and representing data using pictures, tally charts and graphs and will be learning to measure using non-standard ( reception and yr 1s) and standard units (yr 2s).
P.E. is on a Monday and on a Friday (once the swimming sessions have stopped). As always please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school all week with everything labelled- especially jumpers and cardigans which really do end up everywhere!
Our science topic is ‘Animals including humans’ and we have already looked at some very cute images of baby animals! We are learning to name them correctly and recognise how animals and humans change as they grow. We will learn the basic needs of animals, how to look after pets and keep ourselves safe and healthy. We will learn about keeping ourselves clean, choosing healthy food and have fun exercising!
Should you have any bracing Winter seaside walks please feel free to share any pictures, shells or other beach findings with us- we would love to hear about it! Our show and tell sessions are on a Monday- we love to hear about your child’s achievements outside school, any certificates, impressive pieces of writing, topic related objects or special news but can toys please be left at home. Any questions or concerns just pop in and see us!