Term Three for Ducklings

Parents of Ducklings

Dear Parents
The Ducklings new topic will be occupations; we will be exploring many different occupations, thinking about what we would like to do when we grow up and learning about people that help us. Below is some information on aspects of learning that we will be covering between now and Half Term.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Now the children are fully settled into the school environment we will be concentrating on increasing the children’s independence and introducing them to more formal learning.

Literacy: Our main focus will be encouraging the children to become readers as quickly as possible. This term the children are in mixed Read Write Inc groups across the school in accordance with our school phonics programme. Most of the children now know their letter sounds so the focus will be on blending and fluency. In writing our focus will still be on pencil control writing familiar words and begin to construct simple sentences, taking note of full stops and capital letters. We will also be looking at some information books as well as story books around our topic.

Maths: This term we will be measuring, we will directly compare weights and heights. The children will look at time and think about hours as well as days and months. We shall continue to learn to read, write and say our numbers, extending to 100. The children will also continue to add and subtract two small groups of objects and write corresponding maths sentences. We will explore both 2D and 3D shapes including irregular ones. Plus explore directional language. Finally we will learn about money and begin to use it in our problem solving activities. We will also start to learn about halves and quarters.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Exploring our own environment and drawing on our own experiences we will look at different cultures and jobs around the world.

Physical Development
In PE and in our general every day play, we shall develop our control and  co-ordination. The children will learn about how to be safe and be encouraged to develop an awareness of space for themselves and others. We will also continue to practise out ball skills.

Creative development
We will be exploring a huge range of textures and resources; especially using play dough. We will use materials to get creative in our play .The children will be positively encouraged to develop their ideas and imagination through role play. We shall be using lots of music not only through singing but by dancing and exploring instruments.

Homework: Homework will continue in our home book. We shall send this home each week with a challenge for you to do with your child. This will then be shared with the whole class. The aim of this is to give parents a voice in the children’s learning and for the child to do a fun school thing at home.

In addition to this we will continue to send home the letter sounds books and spellings.

Mathletics will continue this term and will be updated to match our topics in class.

Reading: Please share the books that our sent home with your child because the more they our encouraged to share books the better reader they will become.

REMINDERS:

Please label all items of clothing clearly!!!.
Despite many reminders we are still seeing many items brought into class with no names!
With 30 children it will be impossible to ensure they keep their processions if they are not labelled.
P.E is on a Friday the children must have kit in school on this day and it must be in a clearly labelled bag.

This is a long letter but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we will be doing this Term. Our main aim as well as learning is to have lots of fun.
Thanks for your support and you are most welcome to come and ask about anything that we do!

Mrs Price and Team

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