Summer Term 2018
We hope you had a lovely Easter Holiday!
This half term our topic is ‘Minibeasts’. We will be looking at different Minibeasts in our outdoor area, and finding similarities and differences. We will also link our learning to different nursery rhymes. In R.E we will be looking at how the seasons are changing, and keeping an eye out for signs of summer.
Please remember to complete the weekly challenges set in your home learning book. New challenges will be set at the beginning of each week, and books will need to come back into school every Monday. The challenges are linked to our weekly themes in school, and are a great opportunity for links in home/school learning to be made.
Children will be encouraged to apply their phase 2 and 3 phonic knowledge to read and write CVC, CVCC and CCVC words, and to read and write simple sentences. As well as consolidating our Phase 2 and 3 sounds, we will begin learning alternate sounds within Phase 4, and applying these to our reading and writing. Please continue to support your child in learning the first 16, and next 24, high frequency (common tricky) words.
Remember to look at your home learning links handout to look at some of the other learning which will be covered this term, and for ways to support this at home.
Children in Robins and Wrens have access to the outdoor area together. This gives the children the opportunity to develop friendships with children in both classes. The children will be included in planning some of the provision for the outdoor area, as well as activities planned by the adults.
In R.E we will be learning about different celebrations, including our birthdays.
During the term in phonics, we will be recapping phase 2 sounds, and beginning to learn the digraphs. We will be learning how to orally blend and segment sounds, to read and spell CVC, CVCC, and CCVC words. Phonics sessions are fun, interactive sessions, using Jolly Phonics. We will also continue to learn the first 16 high frequency words.
Sounds will be sent home at the end of each week, and can be kept at home for your child to practise. These sounds are in line with the sounds we have been learning in school. It is important that you learn the weekly sounds with your child to help consolidate their understanding. A secure knowledge of sounds will support your child in reading and writing. In addition to this your child will bring home a reading book of their choice from the book corner, and a book banded level book. At St John's we aim to promote a love of reading and story telling; therefore it is important you listen to your child read and encourage them change their book daily.
Support in pronouncing the sounds, and phonics activities can be found under the 'About us' tab, 'curriculum' and then 'sounds and reading'. Please ask a member of the Early Years teaching team if you would like any additional support.
Our P.E day is on a Monday, however this could change without notice, therefore we ask that kit bags are brought in on a Monday morning and kept in school for the duration of the week. Your child's P.E kit needs to include shorts/jogging trousers, P.E t-shirt and plimsolls. It is important your child has the correct footwear for PE as we will go on the field when the weather is nice. Please remember to tie long hair back, and remove all jewellery, including earnings.
In addition to their P.E kit, your child will also need the following each day:
All of you child's personal belongings need to be clearly named.
Please have a look at the photographs of our learning in 'Gallery - I joined St John's in 2017'
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