Our topic for term 2 is … ‘Celebrations.’
This term we will be looking at a variety of different celebrations that are marked by different people such as: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance, Birthdays and Christmas. We will investigate different ways to celebrate i.e. through attending parties, making food, cleaning the house, wearing special clothes and giving presents.
We will read lots of different books about celebrations some fiction and others non-fiction and use words like title, blurb, author, page, character when we are discussing books. We will start by reading stories like Room on the Broom to inspire us to write spells. Then we will make pretend potions using the language full, empty, half full.
We will celebrate Bonfire Night by looking at different fireworks, copying the way these move in our dance and learning lots of wow words like fizzle and explode.
Following this we will be learning how Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated. In science we will explore light and dark and make shadow puppets. Then we will make Diya lamps from salt dough and decorate them to sell at Christmas.
Our maths priority this term is linked to shapes - To begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them. We will start by investigating 2D shapes, learning their names and finding out their properties, using language such as straight, sides, curved etc. Then we will play with 2D shapes to make Rangoli patterns when we celebrate Diwali. Later in the term, when we celebrate Christmas, we will be wrapping up and 3D shapes for Christmas presents.
Our writing priority is - To use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning. There will be lots of opportunities to write this term, including making a kindness display for the hall, card making, invitation writing, letters to Santa and making lists of food we want to bring to our Christmas party.
Our values of the month are ‘Kindness in November and ‘Patience’ in December.
Term 1: This term our topic will be… ‘Getting to know...’
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 or worries 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 ‘Courage’ in September and ‘Appreciation’ in October. We will start by discussing how we are using the value ‘Courage’ as we start school and begin to use exciting new vocabulary. As we move into October 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 going on a listening walk and noticing changes in our environment. These are things you can also do when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them.
We will be talking lots about how we look, what makes us special, how we change and how we feel. We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ by Pat Hutchins and ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to help us use and identify rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up.’
Our English priorities include writing our name, giving meanings to marks as we ‘write’ and finally hearing rhymes and continuing rhyming strings.
As part of our maths, we will be learning many number rhymes. Our priorities include recognising numbers of personal significance, counting out loud to five and counting with one to one correspondence. We will also begin to understand how five is made. You can help your child by continuously counting- e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street, steps etc.
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.