Welcome back everyone! We absolutely loved learning about the Tudors and in particular The Great Fire Of London last term. This term our topic will take us overseas (wishful thinking!).
Key Stage One will be looking at Food and Farming both in the U.K. and throughout the world. We will explore where our food comes from; plant or animal, and investigate how products such as cheese, yoghurt, bread and sausages are produced. We will be looking closely at packages to find out which countries our food is from and will compare climates and geographical features to help explain why some foods grow better in different countries. We will study where bananas grow, where tea and coffee come from and ( a personal favourite) where and how chocolate is made!We will also learn about FairTrade .
Our science topic links very closely to this and we will be learning ‘How to take care of ourselves’, This will include a focus on healthy eating; a balanced diet, what vitamins are , which foods contain sugar and fat, as well as looking at the importance of exercise, hygiene, sleep and relaxation. We will also learn about keeping ourselves safe. Towards the end of the term there will be lots of exploration and investigations related to our senses. The class role play area is a doctors surgery this term- should you have any dressing up items or related objects at home we could use please let us know. In fact, we always welcome any’ no longer played with’ small world toys too, such as playmobile, toy garages, boats, tractors etc. Don’t throw them away-we might be able to use them!
Within literacy we will be reading stories about farms, fruit and vegetables such as What The Ladybird Heard, Oliver’s Fruit Salad and I Don’t like Peas. We are learning to use past and present tenses correctly in our writing, to use suffixes such as –ed, ing and –est correctly and to create our own little story books and adventures. We will also be looking at poems and stories from other countries and using these to learn about animals, foods, landscapes and people from other places. Our daily phonic activities will continue; the Reception children are learning to recognise and blend together individual letter sounds to spell 2 and 3 letter words and the year1s and 2s are continuing their work on the Phase 3, 4 and 5 phonemes which are on the phoneme mats in their reading packets. They are learning to read both real and nonsense words using these sounds. Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible- we cannot emphasise enough how important this is, especially in these early stages of reading!
In Maths we are finding halves and quarters- not only in shapes but with amounts, measures and clocks too. We are learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and introducing multiplication and division. The reception children are learning to recognize and order numbers to 20 and are becoming more accurate in adding and subtracting both practically and in written form. The year 1s and 2s are counting forwards and backwards to 100 from different points and reading and writing all the numerals to 100 (getting the tens and ones the right way round!).
Hopefully we will be able to take some of our P.E. lessons outdoors this term. Could you please ensure that your child has some labeled trainers in their P.E. bag. Plimsolls do not have enough grip or strength to them for sport on the playground or field.
Please feel free to talk to any of the Class 1 team if you have any questions or concerns.