Hello, hello, hello and welcome to Hurricane class!
The children have all settled in well to school life and have been enjoying lots of interesting and inspirational activities. During term 4 we will continue with these activities and supporting children in all areas of development.
If you have any questions, queries, concerns or worries please let us know, we understand that starting school is a HUGE milestone for your little people (and you!) and want to make the the leap as easy as possible. Having a strong line of communication between home and school will ensure that we can best cater to the needs of your individual child and help them feel happy, settled and confident both in and out of school.'
Take a peek inside our classroom...
Dates for the Diary
Wednesday 29th March- Foundation Stage Stay and Play from 9:00am till 10:30 am.
Thursday 30th March- Reception class assembly 2:45pm in the school hall.
Star and Citizen:
This week's Star is Freya for super learning all week.
This week's Citizen is Kasey for being a good role model.
World Book Day
On Thursday 3rd March we took part in World Book DSay, we all dressed up as our favourite book character and then undertake activities based on 'Harry and his Bucketful of dinosaurs' including using books to label our dinosaurs and making dinosaur masks.
This term children will have the opportunity to learn all about dinosaurs. We will be going on a dinosaur egg hunt, looking at lots of dinosaur facts and exploring the similarities and differences of various dinosaurs. Children will have the opportunity to play in our Dinosaur themed role-play environment and be able to explore dinosaur fossils in the dinosaur dig area which will be added later in the term.
Parent Stay and Play
At the end of each term we have a stay and play. Last term children and their parents enjoyed drawing, building and lots of other activities.
In mathematics children will continue to learn to add and subtract two single digit numbers including by counting on or back to find the answer. This term will have a focus on Shape, Space and Measure and children will be learning about 3D shapes, learning to use positional language and learning about time and ordering events which happen in their day.
This term we have been learning about 3D shapes and using 3D shapes to make our own towers with.
You can support your child at home by:
Asking your child to help count out objects, e.g. How many items are in your shopping basket? If I put 1 more item in, how many will I have altogether? Additionally, begin to use everyday language relating to time. For instance talking about the time you get up. What you do first, what time do you have lunch? What time is bedtime?
This term we will continue with RWI, our phonics program where children will continue to learn new sounds. Children will continue to bring home their reading book. Please ensure your child’s book is in school on their reading day and let an adult know if you would like it changing on a different day. Literacy sessions based on our topics will continue along with shared reading and a weekly writing session, which will focus on letter formation and name writing. Our focus this term is for children to use there phonic knowledge to write words and develop these into simple sentences.
You can support your child at home by:
Reading their school book with them regularly, talking about the pictures in the story and asking children questions to support their understanding. Continue to support and encourage your child to practice writing their names at home including their surname and give them opportunities to write e.g. writing cards and invitations or shopping lists.
Expressive arts and design
This term we will continue with our music and art sessions. We will be continue to explore the sounds of instruments and then develop our own dinosaur music. We will also be experimenting with paint to make different colours and making our own dinosaur skeleton pictures. During PE we will also be developing our own class dance.
Understanding of the world
This term we will be finding out all about dinosaurs including learning the dinosaur names and key facts about them. We will also learn about fossils and how they were formed and the changes which occurred to dinosaurs.
During the last week we will be finding out about Easter and talking about how ourselves and others might celebrate Easter.
Children will continue to have access to the computers and the I pads to develop their technology skills.
During circle times we will also be talking about the changes we have made since we were babies. Please bring a baby picture in to share during our circle times.
Communication and Language
This is an important aspect of our curriculum and underpins all other areas of learning and development. Our focus this term will be on listening to stories and anticipating key events, giving our attention to what others say, answering how and why questions, and expressing ourselves effectively.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
This term we will continue with our weekly circle times. Our focus this term is learn to explain our own knowledge and understanding and ask appropriate questions of others, To say why we like some activities more than others and to work as part of a group or class to follow the rules.
This term we will continue with our handwriting sessions to support children's name writing and letter formation. PE lessons will continue on a Monday and this term we will be learning to move like dinosaurs so that we can develop our own dance.
- Please make sure all uniform is labelled with your child’s name, it makes it much easier to ensure jumpers make it back to their owners.
- During the winter months we will still be using our outdoor area and are hoping to explore the school wooded area as part of our topic therefore can wellies be kept in school for your child.
- PE kits are brought in on Mondays and taken home on Fridays, we like to keep the children active so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school (white T.shirt, black shorts and black pumps).
- Additionally, Children are welcome to bring slippers in to use in the classroom, if they would like to.
- Show and Tell will continue on Fridays, please check the board outside the classroom on a Thursday to see when it is your child's turn.
- Please bring a water bottle in for your child to use during the day.