Welcome to Beech Class
Autumn Term 1
Dear parents / carers,
Our main topic this half term is ‘Feline Friends’. Here are a few details about what we will be learning about in various subject areas:
During this half term, much of our work will be inspired by the series of Mog books by Judith Kerr. Our writing will include speech bubbles, fact sheets, character descriptions and instructions. Here are some of our key focuses for learning this half term:
· Sizing and forming letters correctly.
· Starting sentences with a capital letter and ending with the correct punctuation.
· Knowing what adjectives are and using them effectively in sentences.
Here are some of the key areas that we will be covering over the next few weeks:
· Counting forwards to 100
· Counting forwards and backwards in 2s.
· Representing numbers pictorially and using objects
· Understanding place value. For example, the 2 in 23 represents 2 lots of ten and the 3 represents 3 ones.
· Knowing the number one more and one less than a given number.
· Identifying 2D shapes and beginning to talk about their different properties.
Art and Design.
The children will design and make salt dough medals for Mog and explore the bold and vibrant art work of Laurel Birch.
The children will be observing and recording our weather.
Using information books and the internet, the children will learn about the special adaptations of cats that allow big cats such as lions and tigers to catch and eat their prey. They will also learn to categorize animals using words such as carnivore, herbivore, omnivore, mammal, etc.
The children will learn how to log on to a school laptop independently, using their own log in and password. They will also use a paint package to create digital pictures.
This half term, we will be focusing on healthy lifestyles and settling into our new classroom and routines.
The children’s PE sessions will be delivered by Onside Coaching.
Mr Hudson will be leading the children’s music sessions.
The children will begin to learn what a Christian is and what they believe in relation to God and Jesus.
Some other useful information regarding Beech Class:
· Beech Class do PE on Thursdays. Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is clearly labelled with their name.
· When your child has finished their reading book, please hand it in to me or Mrs Bailey, along with their diary, when the children are lining up in the morning. We will do our best to change it that day.
Tips for how you can support your child’s Reading at home:
Reading regularly at home is extremely important for children’s literacy development. When your child is reading to you, you might like to ask some of the following questions to support their development:
· Based on the front cover, what do you think the story will be about?
· What has happened in the story so far?
· What do you think is going to happen next?
· Do you like this book? Why? / Why not?
· Where is the story set?
· What sort of book is it? Fiction or information text? How can you tell?
I hope this information is useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message on Dojo or speak to me on the playground.