Wed Sep 18 2019

Autumn Topics 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to share the topics Class 1 will be covering over the autumn term. 
Communication and Language (Reception)/ Literacy (Year 1)
The children will have lots of opportunities to listen to others and show understanding in show and tell, in the listening corner, listening to stories daily, learning songs and rhymes and taking part in role play. Please send your child in with a photograph of their family (not in a frame), which will be displayed on the wall, and each day we will choose a child to talk about their family. The Year 1s will be focusing on a different story each week which will lead to opportunities for speaking and listening, role play, reading and writing.
Physical Development (Reception)/Physical Education (Year 1)
PE lessons are on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The children will be learning skills to help them participate in a variety of games. They will be introduced to using and handling a wide range of equipment and they will be thinking about the changes in their bodies when they have been exercising.  In the second half of the term the children will be learning different skills for dance.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Reception)/PSHE (Year 1)
The children will be learning about each other and themselves. They will have opportunities to discuss their likes and dislikes and explore how to work well together.  In addition the children will learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical exercise and healthy eating.
Literacy
Each week we will focus on one or two stories, poems or nursery rhymes. We will do a lot of speaking and listening activities based around it, this will also involve reading and writing. All children will take part in daily Letters and Sounds activities. 
Mathematics Numeracy (Reception)/ Numeracy (Year 1)
The Reception children will be counting forwards and backwards in 1s from 0 to 20, ordering numbers and adding or taking away from a number. The focus will be numbers up to 20.  We will be looking at shapes and patterns. The Year 1 children will be learning about place value, counting on and back,  and solving addition and subtraction problems.  They will continue to learn the four basic operations and use these for problem solving.
Expressive arts and design (Reception):
The children will be exploring and experimenting with different media and materials, and will be encouraged to use their imaginations in different ways; crafts, music, dance, role play and stories.
(Music Year 1) The children will be introduced to the term pitch, use different instruments and they will learn a variety of songs ready for the Christmas performance.
(Art Year 1) The children will be exploring how to create self-portraits using different media and materials.
(Design Technology Year 1) After half term the children will be designing and making a wind-up toy. We would appreciate any shoe boxes you have for this project.
Understanding of the World (Reception):
The children will be given opportunities to talk about past and present events in their own lives and in the lives of family members. They will learn that other children do not always enjoy the same things and look at similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions.
(Year 1 Science)  The children will be looking at properties of every day materials. They will also explore the seasonal changes from autumn to winter.
(Year 1 Computing) The children will learn about internet safety. They will also learn how to create, store and manipulate text using the story of The Hungry Caterpillar.
(Year 1 Geography) The children will look at their local area and then move on to learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom.
(Year 1 History) The children will learn about the Great Fire of London and Remembrance Day.
(Year 1 Religious Education) The children will be learning about Christianity and the Nativity story.
Other: 
Drinks money:
Drinks cost 20p. There is a choice of fresh orange juice and apple juice, milk, banana flavoured milk, strawberry flavoured milk and chocolate flavoured milk.  If you would like your child to have a drink at snack time each day, please send in a £1 in an envelope with your child’s name on at the beginning of the week as this avoids confusion!
Naming Clothing:
Please make sure all your child’s clothing is named as it makes it easier to match the clothing to the child at the end of the school day, especially on PE days.
Toys:
I would like to request that your child does not bring any toys from home into school unless requested. More and more toys are coming into the classroom which makes it difficult to manage and difficult to make sure that the toy goes home with the rightful owner.
Reading:
For those children currently reading please aim to support your child with their reading each day as this will greatly help develop their confidence and enjoyment of reading.  Reception children will start reading once they are ready. They must know all their phase 2 sounds before we start them reading books.
Spellings
In letters and sounds the year 1 children are given weekly spellings; please try to practise these with your child each day. They have their spelling test on a Friday.
Slide and play equipment:
Due to health and safety reasons, please do not allow your children to play on the slide in the outdoor area while dropping them off or picking them up.  Children are only allowed to use the equipment during school hours when they are supervised by teaching staff.
Picking up after school:
If someone other than the usual person will be picking up your child after school, please let one of us know.
If you would like to talk to us….
We like to keep in touch with you, so if you would like a quick chat when you pick your child up please come and find us. Alternatively if you would like a longer appointment please arrange that with us.