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We have had a very busy term! The children have achieved a great deal, we are now attending assembly and we have even mastered getting changed for PE! The children are now able to respond to the register and tell me what they want for lunch so they do not need to self-register in the morning. We have also been busy collecting house points this term and the children are very pleased with their achievements. We still need your help on tapestry particularly around the themes of family customs and routines. Please share with us all the things you celebrate at home and prompt your children to tell us about it. It is an important early learning goal which you are experts at developing!

Many children have now started the next phase of our Read Write Inc Programme. They may come home talking about ‘Ditty Group or Green group’ and the books they are reading. This phase concentrates on applying their phonic knowledge and practising writing letters, words and sentences.

The children have really enjoyed our topics this term. The launch of the Gruffalo and Stickman certainly created a buzz of excitement. It was lovely to see the children sharing their knowledge, they were definitely the experts. It has been great to see the progress the children have made with their writing as they were very keen to make books and label pictures. We have been working very hard on our number recognition and formation (please keep on with practising at home it really helps). The children are confidently counting forwards and backwards to 10 and some to 20 and are confident with number sentences for addition and subtraction.

We have continued to work on friendships and getting along with each other. You will probably hear lots about ‘kind hands’, ‘kind feet’ and ‘kind words’.

Finally the children have been fantastic in PE. They never cease to amaze me; they are certainly confident and competent movers!

Next half term we are looking forward to continuing the learning journey. We will be looking at Snow and Ice to begin with and looking at cold areas of the world and arctic animals.

Here are the targets we are working towards this term:

  • To write own name with correct formation and a capital letter at the start.
  • To recognise all our sounds and write them.
  • To read CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words e.g. mad, tap, dad, bin
  • To count 1- 20 forwards and backwards reliably and recognise and write numbers 1-20
  • Recognise the following shapes square, circle, rectangle, triangle, cube, cuboid, cylinder, sphere and be
  • able to talk about properties e.g. number of sides, faces and vertices(corners)
  • To measure using length, weight and capacity
  • Halving and doubling to 10
  • To practise retelling stories of their making
  • To get changed independently and fasten their coats.
  • Reading at home

If you feel your child has already achieved these you could support us by:

  • Halving and doubling to 20
  • Recognise more complex shapes e.g. pentagon, hexagon, square based pyramid, triangular based pyramid, prism and be able to talk about properties e.g number of sides, faces and and vertices(corners)
  • Measuring using standard units e.g. centimetres, grams and millilitres
  • Number sentences with missing numbers e.g.   ? +? =10   or   ? +3 =15   or    ? +? +? =12
  • Writing CVC words independently and simple sentences e.g. the cat sat on the mat

Finally thank you for your support with the Christmas Play. The children were fantastic, they knew their lines, learnt the songs and performed incredibly. Well done, a great team effort.

Key Vocabulary

Ice and Snow Vocabulary Overview  
Arctic Snow Flood Summer Freeze
Antarctic Ocean Snowstorm Iceberg World
Ice Hibernate Winter Mountain Camouflage
Steam Migrate Autumn Predator Peterborough
Arctic aimals Direction Spring Melt United Kingdom

Useful websites

Key Dates

Consultation Evening                3rd and 5th February 2020

Valentine Disco                        13th February 2020

End of term                              14th February 2020

Thank you for all your support and Merry Christmas!