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How can we make the world a better place?

Welcome to the Spring term in Bluebell Class!

It has been such a pleasure teaching your children for a whole term now!  They have settled into school brilliantly and are making such good progress with both their academic and social learning.  They are becoming proper little readers, writers and mathematicians.  Not to mention how brilliantly they all get on!  Thank you all for your continuing support, especially with reading at home.  It really makes a huge difference to their progress.

How can we make the world a better place?

This term we will be learning about how we can make the world a better place.  For the first half term we will be looking at cold climates - the North and South Poles.  The animals that come from there and what we need to do to protect our planet.  After the half term holiday, we will be continuing with the same theme, but instead looking at hot climates.

Physical Development

Physical development is at the heart of everything that we do.  Be it getting ourselves dressed; writing our names or putting Unifix cubes together.  We will be developing our gross and fine motor skills by riding bikes, playing with playdough, colouring in, climbing, jumping and everything in between.  We will also be doing PE lessons once a week when the children will need to have their PE kit with them. Please do not buy plimsoles as they offer no support to your child's feet when they are doing PE.  A pair of Velcro trainers should be provided.    

ALL PE KIT AND SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOULD BE LABELLED CLEARLY WITH YOUR CHILD'S NAME!

FROM JANUARY PE IS ON A MONDAY!

Phonics and literacy

Phonics is where we learn how to read and write.  Very early on in the term we will be introducing your child to letter sounds and how to blend them together to read words and how to segment them apart to be able to write them.  We do phonics daily and reinforce our learning at every opportunity.  We follow the Sounds Write program for phonics.  If you would like to find out more, please follow this link.

Sounds Write for parents and carers

We will be sending 'home readers' home with your child alongside a 'Reading Record' and we ask that you spend five minutes a day with your child so that they can practice their reading with you.  Try to be patient and understand that it is a complex process.  This is a special time with your child and should be fun and supportive and should literally last no longer than five minutes; unless of course your child is super keen and showing amazing stamina!  The difference that reading with your child on a daily basis makes a massive difference to their overall progress.

In our literacy lessons we will be reading a range of different stories and exploring how the characters feel and making predications about what might happen in the story.  

How to say the sounds the Sounds Write way

Example word building lesson

Parent Sounds-Write course

Maths

In maths this term we will be looking at numbers and what they mean.  

Understanding the World

We will be looking at how we are similar and how we are different.  We will also be exploring our school and the local vicinity.  We will be looking at the weather and the changing seasons.

Creative Development

We will be doing self-portraits and learning how to do observational drawings.  We will also be doing construction and crafts.

Please remember that much of our learning will take place outside and the external door will need to remain open in our indoor classroom to ensure ventilation.  As the weather starts to worsen, it wold be great if you are able to send in a pair of wellies to keep in school.

If you have any queries or questions, then please feel free to have a chat with me at pick up or drop off.  Sometimes there may be more that you want to discuss in a more private space - we can arrange a meeting to do this. 

Please feel that you can contact me personally on the following email address; 

bluebell@st-marks.w-sussex.sch.uk

Thank you for sending in your children so ready and eager for school!  I'm so looking forward to your child being in my class!

Mrs Price

Here are some useful websites you can use to support your child with learning when they are at home!

  • Twinkl
    A useful website containing a multitude of resources!

  • ICT Games
    A combination of online English and maths games

  • Phonics Bloom
    This website has several interactive phonics games. It also has a brilliant flash card 'time trial' which is a good way to 'warm up' your child before a phonics session.