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Autumn 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a really exciting start to school; the children have settled really well and have certainly found their feet! They have already learnt many school routines and are beginning to show us their interests and they certainly love outdoors.

MAIN LEARNING THEME

We will begin by looking at the books of Julia Donaldson beginning with The Gruffalo and ending with The Stickman. She has written many books, so we will look at the children interests and match them to her stories.

Vocabulary

The Gruffalo Overview

   

feast

knobbly

bursting

wood

prickles

poisonous

logpile

forest

lake

scared

hoot

rumble

scrambled

afraid

astounding

tremble

creature

frightened

amazing

 

 

Room on the broom Overview

   

plait

bounded

reeds

ditch

wailed

politely

clutched

growl

grinned

eagerly

moors

squelched

wildly

clambered

mountains

cauldron

thundering

shriek

bog

magnificent

 

Literacy – ‘READ, WRITE, INC.’

At Norwood we have adopted Read, Write, Inc. as our phonics program to teach children early reading and writing skills.

The children have been learning a new sound each day and revising those taught throughout the day. We will keep sending out the sounds and writing sheets each week to help support your child’s reading and writing at home. We have had quite a few booklets go missing, could you please ensure they are sent back into school on Friday so that we can keep track of your child’s achievements. Don’t forget to share your children’s successes on Tapestry.

Mathematics

This half-term we will be focusing on numbers up to 10 to enhance your child’s counting skills and understanding of the value of individual numbers. We will also be learning to measure and will be exploring 2D shapes that are in our environment, it would be great if you could continue this at home. You can do this by going on shape walks and pointing out different 2D shapes in your home, e.g. rectangle for window and circle for wheel. We will also be looking at one more and one less and measuring Time. Further math learning will be continued throughout our continuous provision. During this time, your child will have access to all resources that the classroom provides and will learn through independent play. The Reception classroom is designed to provide learning across different areas, for example; an area for maths, creativity, reading and writing.

Naming clothes

Please could you ensure that all items of clothing that are in school are clearly named to avoid any confusion. We have lost some Jumpers already. Could I ask that you check your child’s jumpers and cardigans and return any that do not belong to your child.

Learning Journals

 We would like you to contribute to your child’s profile on Tapestry. Lots of learning takes place with you. We really welcome information on your child’s;

  • Physical development e.g. can they swim or ride their bike without stabilisers
  • Sounds e.g. are they spotting sounds in print at the supermarket
  • Mathematics e.g. are they counting accurately, do they recognise shapes when they are out and about.
  • Understanding of the world e.g. are they spotting changes in the seasons
  • Creativity e.g. do they attend dancing classes, do they enjoy drawing
  • Personal and social and emotional development e.g. do they share with brothers and sisters

Just a final reminder to practice the children’s sounds over half term, a week is a long time in the life of 4 and 5 year olds!

Below is a link to help you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6SvZscxgg

Important Dates

Bikeability             W/B 22nd November 2021

End of term           17th December 2021

Return to school     5th January 2022

Useful websites

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zsjsbk7

http://www.gruffalo.com/