Parent letter – Term One

Dear Parents

Welcome to Ducklings and the Autumn term. Below is some information on aspects of learning that we will be covering between now and October half term. Most of our learning will be done through child initiated play and adult led tasks. Our first topic is Ourselves .

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Our main aim is to ensure that all the children settle comfortably into their new school and classroom. We will encourage the children to be as independent as possible, changing themselves, getting things out for themselves and then tiding away. They will be encouraged to work as part of a class thinking about the feelings of others. We will learn to listen and to follow the class rules.

Communication and language: In this we will be learning how to listen both to adults and other children. We shall be following instructions and gaining the confidence to speak up in class. Our focus will be talking about our homes and families, telling our news from home, explaining the work in our home books and begin to be able to retell stories.

Literacy: Our priority this term is ensuring that children begin to read and so we will be concentrating on them knowing their letter sounds and recognising letters. In order to  achieve this we will be introducing the children to Read, Write Inc, this is our school phonics programme.

In writing we will be concentrating on how we hold our pencil, pencil control and beginning to write our names and some familiar words. We will be forming letter sounds daily.

Mathematics: We shall be exploring numbers by counting, singing songs, learning to recognise numbers and writing them.  We will also investigate shapes and patterns. Once the children are confident with numbers we will begin to add small groups of numbers together.

Understanding the World: Exploring our own environment we will begin to investigate all sorts of objects using our senses. This will help us to develop an interest in our world. Looking at past events through our family generations and by talking to family members we will explore the similarities with our present 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.

Expressive Arts and Design: We will be exploring a huge range of textures and resources. 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.

Reading: Please share the books that are sent home with your child because the more they are encouraged to share books the better reader they will become. The expectation is that your child reads every day.

REMINDERS:

Please label all items of clothing clearly!

With 30 children it will be impossible to ensure they keep their processions if they are not clearly labelled.

PE is on a Friday the children must have kit in school on this day. PE kits will remain in school throughout the term.

The children are encouraged to bring something from home for show and tell on Fridays. This is a chance for them to share something and speak in front of their peers. Please ensure the items are not smaller than their hand or bigger than their book bag.

This is a long letter but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we will be doing this Term. Our main aim is to have lots of fun while learning.

Thanks for your support and you are most welcome to come and ask about anything that we do!

Mrs Price and the Ducklings team

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