Ms Nicola Copp
This term our topic will be… ‘Me and my friends!’
As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things the children like about their new school, discussing things they are looking forward to and addressing any concerns they might have. We will be examining how we become a class family and comparing this to our families at home.
Our values of the month are ‘Friendship’ in September and ‘Equality’ in October. We will start by discussing how we are using the value ‘Friendship’ as we start school. As we move into October and we start looking at how all our families and friends are different, but how important it is that we all have the same opportunities and equal rights.
As we explore we will be discussing the five senses touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. Please help your child by reinforcing this at home. In school we will be participating in activities such as food tasting and going on a listening walk. These are things you can also do at home or when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them. What do you notice? Are there any unusual smells?
We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ and ‘We’re going on a picnic!’ by Pat Hutchins. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to see if the children can hear and understand rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up’ and we will discuss what the children want to do when they are older.
Our English priorities are: To write my own name and to give meaning to marks as I draw, write and paint. This will include beginning to form some letters correctly and knowing that writing goes from left to right.
As part of our maths, we will be learning many number rhymes and counting at first to ten and then to twenty. We will also be counting objects making sure we only touch one object at a time. You can help your child by continuously counting- e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street, steps etc.
Our maths priority is to “Recognise numbers of personal significance’ and ‘To count up to 20 objects with 1:1 correspondence’.
We look forward to an exciting first term at school. As always, if you would like to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s learning then feel free to ask. Finally, don’t forget our Harvest assembly on Thursday 17th October 10.00 – 10.30.