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Summer 1 


Welcome back after the break. I hope everyone had a lovely time with their families. 



This term our focus is on alternative versions of fairytales and traditional tales through 

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk (Colin Simpson), Trust Me, Jack's Beanstalk Stinks!: The Story of Jack and the Beanstalk as Told by the Giant (The Other Side of the Story) (Eric Braun), Instructions for Giants (Julia Donaldson), Revolting Rhymes (Roald Dahl) .  We will be writing character profiles and setting descriptions, persuasive writing, information leaflets and diary entries. We will be focusing on writing narratives that are well structured, cohesive and will think carefully about our word and sentence choices.  We will be remembering punctuation, especially apostrophes for possession and questions for effect.  We will learn to extend and link our sentences with conjunctions and pronouns that will help our writing become more cohesive.  After we have finished writing we will learn to edit our work carefully, and improve it.



In Maths we will be consolidating our knowledge of the four main operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please follow the link to the Maths page on this website where it explains the school calculation policy in order to support your children at home - 



We will be learning about the rainforests; locating them on maps and finding information on them, We will be considering how humans impact on their status. 


Art and DT

 In Design and Technology we will be designing and making moving animals using basic pneumatics.



Miss Phillips will be teaching the recorder and one of the Lion Cub parents has kindly offered to use her own time to develop an Infant choir so she will be singing with the children on alternate sessions. 



We will use computing to enhance learning in other subject areas through use of multimedia apps on the iPads. We will also be using the Kodable app to practise and develop our Coding skills



PE takes place on a Monday and Friday, and we will be working on Athletics and Kwik Cricket.  Can you please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day, with a school PE T-shirt, a pair of school PE shorts, a pair of trainers/pumps and a pair of warmer joggers and top for outdoor sessions.  Please remember that for safety reasons the children cannot wear earrings for PE.  Can you make sure that your child can remove their earrings or please send tape to put over them. Thank you



We will be learning about plants. 


In RE we will be looking at Judaism.   



Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. Sometimes homework may involve using the internet to access games and resources, please do speak to us if you have any problems accessing this at home.  The children will be taught to become responsible for putting their own homework book into the box by Wednesday.  They will be reminded but we appreciate your support with this.



Reading Books

We would like to encourage our children to develop a love of reading and ask you to support them as much as possible in their reading journey.  It is important that they read as often as possible and that they share their reading with an adult or fluent reader who can ask questions about what they have read and enjoys the content with them.  We ask that the children aim to read with an adult every day.  We have introduced a READING CHALLENGE:  read 5 times to an adult and children will earn a star.  For every 10 stars they earn there is a chance to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates.  Don't forget that readers of all abilities still love and benefit enormously from having books read to them. We also encourage the children to read books from the class library, comics, cookery books, instruction manuals, magazines, age-appropriate websites and children's newspapers. 


Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school each day - it's thirsty work being in school and we have very limited supplies of cups for our water dispenser. 


Wet Playtime

Our cloakroom space is really limited this year so we have decided it would be best to avoid extra bags on pegs.  We will provide a range of suitable toys and equipment for the children to play with.