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Happy New Year to all of our Lion Cubs and their families.


We hope you all had a fantastic and restful time over the festive period and are re-charged for the new spring term.

Here are just some of the exciting activities your child will be engaging in...



For this half term, we will be looking at very exciting book 'We're going on a bear hunt'.Through this story, the children will re-tell, write labels and sentences, make cards, draw their own story map and much much more. Also, we will be looking at other books connected with 'Winter' and Chinese New Year.

We will continue to teach the children phonics through our Read Write Inc programme and other activities that will enhance this skill. 


Number and Shape, Space and Measure

This term in Number, the children will continue to consolidate recognition of numbers up to 10 and then onto 20. Counting forwards and backwards will be a daily activity, as the children will become more confident at counting on and back from any number between 0-20 and then 0-30. They will practise addition and subtraction stories practically, through picture form and then through simple number sentences using the symbol for add and take away. In addition, they will understand number stories i.e. number bonds to 5, 6, 7,8,9 and 10. in class.

In Shape, Space and Measure, they will consolidate properties of 2D and 3D shapes, measure using non-standard units and use vocabulary connected with measures. In addition, the children will learn about ordinal numbers using the Chinese New Year Story of the Zodiac Animals and the Great Race


Express Arts and Design

The home corner continues to be a popular choice with the children. It's so endearing to hear the conversations and situations the children come up with, when they are in this area. Our topic this term is 'Winter' and we will be looking at the weather, homes, the changes and the activities people do in England and in other countries e.g. Antartic. The 'small world scenario table' provides the children with opportunities to make up stories with the winter animals and the settings. 

Through the story ' We're going on a bear hunt', the children will paint and make collages around the different settings in the story. Also, with Chinese New Year approaching Feb 5th, we have exciting 'new year' artefacts for the children (and their parents) to make in a workshop.


Physical Development

This term the children will engage in dance. They will be expressing their movements, feelings and acting skills using the story of 'Penguin Small' and We're going on a bear hunt' . Most children are now very independent at changing into P.E kits and back into uniforms again. To continue this good work, it would be helpful to let your child dress and undress themselves independently as much as possible at home.

The children will continue to exercise and develop their muscles through fine motor skills activities. Through their writing/letter formation, squirting a water bottle, dough-disco etc, their hand muscles will certainly strengthen !



Homework will continue to be given out on a Wednesday and if possible, handed in on the following Monday. It is appreciated that you and your families work with your child on their homework activities. Also, we know it gives the children great opportunities to 'show-off' what they can do and play games, to consolidate their learning.


We look forward to putting our observations onto tapestry which will show you the wonderful learning that is taking place with your child. Please continue to post your observations onto Tapestry. The children love seeing themselves and talking about what they have done.


Please browse in our photo gallery to remind you of the amazing activities that we have done.


Thank you for continuing support,

Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any queries,


Mrs Foster, Miss Noonan & Mrs Davies