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Summer 2

 Summer 2 

 We have had a very busy half term! It has been lovely to see the children outside enjoying the lovely learning opportunities in our outdoor area. We have had lots of achievements in physical development this term with lots of children developing good letter formation and many learning to hula hoop! Well done everyone! The children have really taken to our topic about Frogs. I have also had so many weird and wonderful insects to look at every day. They have really enjoyed it and it has really helped with their writing, We’ve had books made, posters and fact files. The children have really enjoyed our art work this term especially our beautiful spider web pictures.

The children have worked hard in literacy. We have been practising writing in sentences and using finger spaces and full stops. The children are now reading independently and can often be seen in the reading corner sharing books.

In maths we have been learning about halving and beginning work on sharing. The children have really grasped the concept particularly when sharing between 2. I have been amazed with their growing shape knowledge, particularly 3D shape. They can not only name the shapes but also describe their properties.  They have talked about faces, edges and vertices. They also know about 2D shapes including hexagons and pentagons.

Next term we are beginning our learning with a topic on Minibeasts. We also have our class trip to Rutland Water and Father’s Day to celebrate.

 Reading

Please can we have a concerted effort with reading this half term. I cannot stress enough what an advantage it is to your child to read their RWI books regularly and particularly at the weekend. The children who read regularly gain a great advantage as they understand the text and can apply it to their writing. It really shows on Mondays if they haven’t tackled the text as they are behind the other children in terms of fluency and understanding the story. Please help to give your child an advantage rather than a disadvantage. It will also really help with the transition to Year 1 as the expectation is that they read every day.

Here are the targets we are working towards this term:

  • To read and write using words that contain ‘2 letters 1 sound’ e.g. sh, ch, ck, ss, ll
  • To learn words we cannot sound out e.g. the, I, said, of, my
  • To count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • To collect data
  • To estimate and count objects reliable to 20
  • Addition and subtraction to 20
  • To practise retelling stories of their making
  • Reading at home
  • Writing in different styles e.g. lists, factfiles, stories

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

  • Number sentences with missing numbers e.g.   ? +? =10   or  
  • ? +3 =15   or    ? +? +? =12, or    7=? – 9
  • Adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers practically
  • Count in steps of 3
  • Writing sentences using full stops and finger spaces

Useful websites

http://www.ngkids.co.uk/#

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/animals.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections/p00fxfvq

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zx676sg

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase4Menu.htm

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37&AgeGroup=1

Important dates

14th June       Father’s Day 2.00pm to 3pm

21st  June     Trip to Rutland Water

Thank you for all your support