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Happy New Year !

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...



In Literacy, we will be looking at the 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. Other books we will be looking at are  fiction books about Winter  and non- fiction book about this season too. 

We will continue to teach  them  phonics through our Letter and Sounds lessons using Jolly Phonics rhymes, Read Write Inc formation rhymes and other activities that will enhance this skill. In addition, we will continue to send home the children's  'Jolly phonics writing pack' in which letter formation and now sentence structure will be practised.   



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, the children will look at properties of 3D shapes and learn whether these shape can roll or slide. They will revise 2D shapes to make repeating patterns, shape pictures and symmetrical pictures. The children will learn about ordinal numbers using the Chinese New Year Story of the Zodiac Animals and the Great Race. Also, measuring capacity using non-standard and standard resources. 


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, 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.  Also, we have a new puppet theatre, in which we will encourage the children to act out well-known fairy tales and stories, through hand puppets, masks and finger puppets. 

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 16th, 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 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 and Jolly Phonics Handwriting Packs

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.  


The handwriting packs will be collecting in on a Monday too and given out usually on a Tuesday. Thank you again for working with your child on this. It is important that the child's letters/sentences  are watched carefully, so correct formation and size are exercised. 

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.


Thank you for continuing support,


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


Mrs Foster, Mrs Smith & Mrs Knight