Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you had a fabulous Christmas and lovely holiday. We have been very busy planning for a fantastic half term for your children.
Our topic this term is 'Winter'. During this topic we will be looking at changes in the environment, different types of weather and the clothing we will need, what happens to water when it freezes and what makes ice melt. We will be beginning to look at time and what happens during the day on a visual timetable, why there are different times of day and how long it takes us to do activities. We will be using sand-timers to time ourselves doing physical activities, for example hopping or jumping. We will be continuing to improve our fine motor skills, practising writing patterns, using scissors and writing in different mediums, for example using shaving foam.
This term we will also be learning about 'Healthy Eating', what foods are good for our bodies and how we exercise and why. We will be looking at the story of 'Handa's Surprise' and the different fruits that she has. As it is soon Chinese New Year we will be looking at this cultural celebration, what it means to Chinese people and why they celebrate. We will be taking a trip on our aeroplane to China, looking at the 'Year of the Rat'
Activities that you can do at home to assist in your child's development:
- practice writing your child's name with them, making sure that they hold the pencil correctly
- look for signs of winter in the environment
- ensure that they are able to recognise their name when they see it
- point out letters from their name in the environment, "look there is the start of your name on that sign"
- counting cars that you pass on your way to school
- looking out for numbers in the environment, on doors, car registrations, on lamp posts, in the shop etc
- counting as you go up the stairs to bed
- singing nursery rhymes before bed (I will be sending a list home of some of the ones that we will be covering).
- completing your child's homework with comments so that we are able to assess how well children have completed the task
Thank you for all your support.
Mrs C Brown (Class Teacher), Mrs H Larnder-Cox (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs M Schofield (Teaching Assistant)