Welcome to Ash class!
I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday. We’re looking forward to an exciting and fun filled term. Your child will be learning so many new things as well as growing and maturing socially and academically.
We will begin the first few weeks by looking at two books. The first book we will look at is I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren child and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. These books give wonderful recounts of children overcoming difficulties and worries at school. We will be doing activities which link to characters and events in these books.
Our topic question is ‘How have toys changed?’ We will be using our knowledge in Science, Design and Technology and History to help us explore and answer this question. We will start by looking at old and new toys to understand the difference between them. Children will sort pictures of old and new toys and look at other forms of entertainment such as Punch and Judy. In Design and Technology, children will be designing, making and evaluating a toy which they will make from recyclable items. Children will be selling these toys at an end of term toy sale.
In English, we will be looking at the book Dogger by Shirley Hughes. Children will have a chance to respond to the book with character descriptions and letters before learning this text in preparation to write their own story. Children will also be writing posters, invitations, captions and labels for the end of term toy sale to celebrate the children’s learning.
In Maths we will start the term by ensuring children recognise numbers 1-20 and order these numbers correctly. Children will also be partitioning numbers 1-20 and learning key number facts to develop their confidence in mental maths. We will begin by learning how to add 1 to a number before learning doubles to 5 and adding 2 to number. All of these skills are crucial for children’s ability to add and subtract confidently in their head and will play a key part as children learn to calculate larger numbers mentally.
It is so important that children have a chance to read daily with an adult at home. It plays such an important part in their learning. Asking children questions about the book they have read is crucial for their understanding. It would also be great if children had a chance to practise the 2, 5 and 10 times tables at home. It plays such an important part in their learning.
If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to visit our classroom, please do contact me. I look forward to the year ahead!