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Foundation

Spring term

Welcome to the Spring term! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are returning to school well rested and ready for new learning adventures!

This term our learning and activities will be inspired by our learning enhancement themes:

  • “What happens in other worlds?”

We will explore different themes such as ‘Frozen’ and ‘Dinosaurs’. As part of these topics we will explore different continents, animals, clothes and cultures.

Children will have the opportunity to learn the story “The Little Penguin”, design story maps and create some writing.

We are also planning on designing some plesiosaurus using clay and exploring features of non-fiction books when learning about Dinosaurs.

We will be joining in the celebration of Lunar New Year by creating dragon masks, performing a Dragon dance, cooking Chinese food and exploring Chinese culture.

  • Come outside!

We will be going on a Bear hunt by learning the text and producing our very own texture story maps! Then we will continue learning some more Traditional Tales, using drama and story props when retelling the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. Children will be working collaboratively on projects such as Billy Goats Gruff Bridge challenge.

Finally, we will finish the term by flourishing just like butterflies as we will be learning the story “The very hungry caterpillar”.

We continue to work on our phonics skills, becoming more confident at blending letter sounds to make words and sentences during our daily phonics sessions. 

During our Maths learning this term. We will continue to work on developing our number recognition, counting and problem-solving skills during our daily maths sessions. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to explore, investigate and create.

We also provided outdoor learning opportunities every day to further develop children’s interest and team building skills.

Tapestry

As you will have seen in Tapestry, children have been highly involved in their own learning, they demonstrated and develop different skills. Tapestry contains lots of observations, photographs, some videos and pieces of work to demonstrate your child’s learning and progress. We would love you to continue to contribute with any development you think your child has made outside of school as there can be things we miss! For example, you could write a quick note to say they built their own den, or that they tried a different type of food for the first time.

Homework

We are planning on continuing sending homework during the Spring term. We believe it is important for parents to be informed and involved on their children’s learning. 

Thank you for you continued support.

Reading

In Reception class we recognise that reading is the keystone of learning and therefore it is vital that every child becomes a reader. 

Children will continue to have their reading books changed twice a week either on a Monday and Thursday or a Tuesday and Friday. Children also read 1:1 at least twice a week.

This term we are introducing Guided Reading sessions, where children have the opportunity to:

  • establish fundamental skills necessary for proficient reading
  • identify weaknesses and strengthen specific skills
  • improve attention to detail
  • build fluency
  • expand vocabulary knowledge
  • develop reading comprehension skills

 

You may also find that your child brings home some flashcards or a sound mat with sounds to practise. These are sounds that the children are finding a little tricky in school. Please use the flash cards to test their recognition of the sounds regularly.

Other classroom Information

It is important that your child has their school water bottle in school at all times - please ensure these only contain water.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see us to discuss any of the above or if there are any problems or questions you have. We want to ensure all pupils feel welcome and well settled in school, as well as enjoying a productive and successful term.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Mrs Wilson and Mrs Cook