Ducklings Term 3 Parent letter

Dear Parents,

The Ducklings new topic will be Dinosaurs. Below is some information on the aspects of learning that we will be covering during this term.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
As the New Year commences our focus will be how we behave in the school environment and try to make the children as independent as possible. We will still be practising self-help skills, sharing, turn taking and following class and school rules. In addition the children will be encouraged to be considerate of others around them.

Literacy
Our main focus will continue to be encouraging the children to become independent readers as quickly as possible. The children will concentrate on blending sounds to create words. This term we will move on to learn speed sounds two. In writing our focus will be to construct simple words and sentences using finger spaces. We will be encouraging the children to produce sequenced pieces of writing consisting of beginning, middle and end.

Maths
We will continue to learn to read, write and say our numbers within 50. We shall continue to develop our addition and subtraction skills, whilst exploring different elements of shape and measure. Within our learning environment the children will explore different forms of capacity.

Understanding of the World
Exploring our own environment we will learn about our own culture and that different creatures have roamed the earth. We will explore what it means to be prehistoric and how scientists discover things. Our focus will be around dinosaurs.

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 when using equipment and be encouraged to develop their spatial awareness.

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.

Homework: Homework will begin this term, we will send home a home book. This will be sent 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 you ‘parents voice’ in the children’s learning and for the child to do a fun school thing at home.


Reading: The expectation is that your child reads daily at home. 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. Please note that your child’s book is selected by them and will be changed on a weekly rotation. We recommend that children read the same book a few times prior to changing. If your child wishes to change their book more frequently we will encourage them to do this independently through out the week.  

REMINDERS:

All children must wear their caps, berets and blazers daily. Last term we had many children come into school without coats. Please ensure your child has a navy or black coat in school.  
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 wear their PE kit on this day.
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 the Duckling Team

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