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Summer 1:

Welcome back to this very exciting summer half term. The children in Red Class have already been working very hard and we are excited to continue our fantastic learning journey into the summer.

This half term’s topic is ‘’The Magic Time Machine’. We will be learning lots about exciting things from the past, especially dinosaurs. We will learn where they came from, what they ate and what they looked like. We will read lots of stories about dinosaur adventures and go on some of our own. We will make dinosaur fossils, create a dinosaur feast and dress up as dinosaurs to perform our dinosaur stomp and measure the length of dinosaurs on our school playground. We will also be getting a very special visit from a real T- Rex!

In the coming weeks we will be using lots of new words as part of our topic that the children may not have come across before, such as herbivore, carnivore, fossil, skeleton, palaeontologist, volcano etc. See if you can find out any more topic related words with your child in books, online and in museums. Look out for more ways to help at home throughout the term on our parent notice board which is updated regularly.

Betty and Barnaby Bear will continue to spend their weekends with different children.  Please look after them well and share their fun and games in the sharing book that they bring along with them.

We are looking forward to spending more time outside as the weather gets warmer and our outside learning area is one of our favourite places to learn and discover on a sunny day.

Spring 2:

Last term we ended our exciting topic about space with a visit to the moon! We made space food and packed our bags for the journey, meeting aliens on the way. Come and see our photo wall in the corridor.

This half term’s topic is ‘Our Wonderful World’. We have already started to look at flowers and plants and what they need to grow. We have planted beans which you can see on our windows and we will soon be getting our chicks. We are really excited and looking forward to seeing them change from egg to chick!

Barnaby or Betty Bear may be lucky enough to come and stay at your house for a weekend. They are very well-behaved bears and enjoy spending time with families and children. Please record the activities that you do with Barnaby or Betty in their books. You will find in their special bags. This is an opportunity for your child to share and explain their weekend news with others in their class to develop their speaking and listening skills.

Every Thursday afternoon we all enjoy time in the wildlife area where we learn new skills, develop our self-confidence and explore the endless possibilities that nature has to offer. Last half term we built pirate ships, went on treasure hunts and created fantastic forest art. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time outside and were excited to work together as a team to develop their self-confidence communication skills.

In the coming weeks we will be using lots of new words as part of our topic that the children may not have come across before, such as seedling, bulb, roots, life cycle, beanstalk, compost etc. When you’re out and about see how many different types of trees and flowers you can see and name with your child as the weather gets warmer.

Also look out for more ways to help at home throughout the year on our parent notice board which is updated regularly.

Autumn 2:

This half term’s topic is ‘When I grow up…’   We have already started to look into jobs that others do and also people who help us within the community and wider, such as firemen, doctors, police etc. On the countdown to Christmas we will be doing lots of exciting art and will have plenty of magical adventures!

When you’re out and about with your child and see somebody busy at work maybe you could ask your child ‘What job do you think they are doing?’ Talking at home about different jobs and the different things they could be when they grow up gives children lots of opportunities to share their learning. In the coming weeks we will be using lots of new words as part of our topic that the children may not have come across before, such as, stethoscope, occupation, receptionist, nurse, emergency etc.  Also look out for more ways to help at home throughout the year on our parent notice board which is updated regularly.

It is great to see so many children starting to gain more confidence when reading. The more practise they get the better they become! This is why we ask you to read with your child at home 3 times a week. We notice a big difference in the progress children make with their reading dependent on whether they read at home regularly or not.

Every Wednesday afternoon we all enjoy time in the wildlife area where we learn new skills, develop our self-confidence and explore the endless possibilities that nature has to offer. Last half term we ended our sessions with a joint campfire with year 5.The children paired up to create fantastic forest art, explore their senses and take part in a campfire with ‘Smores’. They were all amazing and it was lovely to see the older children supporting the younger ones.

Autumn 1:

A big warm welcome to everyone who has just started in Red Class and at Willow Lane School; it’s great to see lots of smiling faces. Although it has only been a week it is clear that all the children in Red Class are really starting to settle in to school life. They are learning the routine and forming good friendships as a class, which makes the classroom a happy and exciting place to be!

Once settled in we will be starting our new topic and learning all about ourselves and bodies. We will be talking about our likes and dislikes, painting portraits, discovering how we grow and how to keep fit and healthy. As part of our Science focus, we will also be investigating our senses and will get the chance to do some baking.

It’s always great to encourage communication about school. At home, give children lots of opportunities talk about and share their learning. In the coming weeks we will be using lots of new words as part of our topic that the children may not have come across before, such as senses, humans, lungs, muscles and many more. These words could be a good conversation starter to get them thinking about future learning and encourage language development further.

When your child begins full time they will be given reading books from our reading scheme. At first these will be phonics books – which link with our phonics scheme Letters and Sounds – where you discover different letters and the sounds they make. As your child becomes more familiar with different letters, they will progress on to stages of the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

I am aware that many of the children will struggle to know any letters at first and it can be very daunting for you as a parent. However, sitting with them and talking about the pictures and letters will be a great start to reading and help develop understanding. Further support with reading will be given at our Welcome Coffee Morning.