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The children are now settled into school life and gathering momentum quickly. All the skills that they have learnt during the Autumn term they are putting into practise to progress independently this term. What a great start to their school career.
Children are now starting to blend and sound out unfamiliar words to read and segment and break down words to write. Some children are also starting to write independently and we are working to ensure that children use finger spaces and full stops in their writing.
In Maths we have looked at the concepts of number formation, 3D shapes, ordinal numbers, subtraction, clocks, ordering events of the day, measurement, capacity and size ordering
Our topics this term will include: Winter, Chinese New Year, Valentine's day, Fairy Tales, Mother's day and Easter.
Children have now finished their handwriting and number formation homework. Children will now move on to challenge cards. A copy of these can be found on our class blog.
Thank you for your continued support Miss Lewis and Mrs Baker
We carefully plan our curriculum to provide a wide range of stimulating opportunities for children to develop in all of the following areas:
What you can do at home?
- Practise counting – you can do this anywhere: count toys, books, how many buses you see when you go out
- Play hide and seek – again, good practice for counting.
- Save your cereal boxes and cardboard tubes for making models. Your child will think they’re making a castle; you’ll know they’re learning about shapes!
- Do a jigsaw together – a fun way to develop spatial awareness and matching skills.
- Play card games – even a simple game of snap helps to develop number recognition.
- Have a teddy bears’ picnic: count out toys, place settings, and share out the cakes.
- Put up a height chart and mark each member of the family’s height.
- At bathtime, play with different-sized containers.
Speaking and Listening
- Sing songs together.
- In the car, listen to story CDs.
- When you read a new story, ask your child to predict the ending.
- Look at a picture book together and play a spotting game.
- Read with your child everyday - little and often if the best way to learn.
- Make it enjoyable – if your child isn’t in the mood, try again later.
- Rhyming books are great fun and your child can join in.
- Be a role model – it’s important to let your child see you reading.
- Play with letters: make them out of dough, bricks, or buy some magnetic letters and stick them on the fridge.
- Play I-spy when you go out – use the sound the letter makes, rather than its name.
- Develop fine motor skills: try modelling with clay or threading beads. Anything fiddly is good for the hands.
- Practise forming letters – it’s often easier to make them big at first Talk to your child’s class Teacher about the way we form the letters.
- If your child doesn’t want to pick up a pencil, try finger paints, or drawing in sand.
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