Autumn Term 2
This half term in Class 1, we will be continuing to reinforce positive learning behaviour using our Do Jo reward system. The children love to get DO Jos for our 8 Secrets of Success. You can encourage this with your child, by asking them what they have had a Do Jo for. The children are already becoming independent in their learning challenges and making their own recording in their learning diaries. This is a real positive as children are becoming confident at discussing what they have learned and things they would like to do next, using their thinking hats.
We will continue with our daily phonics sessions. The children learn their alphabet, letter names and letter sounds. (phonemes). They also learn to write the letter shapes (graphemes) and are encouraged to form cursive letters correctly. This is something that you can practise at home with your child. All children are improving at their phonic skills such as blending and segmenting to read and spell. The children love to use these skills on Bug Club and also using Phonic play - www.phonicsplay.co.uk at home as well as at school. This half term we will be introducing digraphs which are 2 letters that make 1 sound eg – sh ch th ng. The children are also learning how to read and spell tricky words – the, to, no, go and I.
Every day we have a FUN maths session. This is time to practise our fluency and understanding of number through fun songs, rhymes and games. You can help your child to develop these skills through lots of counting forwards and backwards, learning number bonds, adding and subtracting within 10 and then 20. We also practise number formation daily using catchy songs. The children know these rhymes off by heart and love to sing them. This half term we will also be learning to recognise coins, count pennies and pounds, tell the time to o’clock as well as working with numbers.
Our topics for this half term will cover British traditions such as Bonfire Night and Remembrance. We also learn about festivals which have originated all around the world and are now celebrated in Britain such as Diwali. We look forward to learning about the Christmas story and Christmas traditions around the world. The Nativity is a big part of our learning towards Christmas too and has lots of curriculum links.
Our author last half term was Julia Donaldson. The children loved listening to her stories and completing fun activities so much that we have continued for a little longer! We will now move on to the children’s author Jill Murphy. We will listen to stories such as Five Minutes Peace, Peace at last and Whatever Next. There will be lots more fun learning activities to complete.
We would like to say a big thank you to all parents for your wonderful support. We love to see you on Friday mornings and the children love sharing their learning with you and each other. It was great to see so many parents at the Numicon Workshop and lots of children are sharing learning from home.Thank you everyone for attending parental consultations too. Any questions or concerns, please come in and speak to us.