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What are we doing this term?

Spring Term 2021

Autumn 2 2020


Our topic for this half term is 'Light and Dark' through which we will explore a range of ideas and activities; more details will be on the 'What are we doing this week?' page.


We will consolidate Phase 2 of 'Letters and Sounds' and complete Set 1 of the Speed Sounds, practising and applying our phonic skills in reading and writing activities, and move on to learning the Set 2 Speed Sounds and some Phase 3 sounds-the long vowel sounds.


In Maths we are following the White Rose topic 'It's me! 1,2,3'; currently still on 'Week 1' if you need to access it from home.


Parents have recommended 'Reading Eggs' as a fun way for their children to practise their developing skills; and don't forget to sign up for the e-books available through Oxford Owl. There are links to both of these below.


Forest School and PE continue as before on Thursdays and Fridays. In PE we will be learning about dance and how music can make us feel; responding to fast and slow music and developing moves and gestures to represent ideas and feelings. We will listen to a range of music from different cultures and times. We will extend our vocabulary by learning synonyms for 'happy' and 'sad' and other emotions words.


The JIGSAW PHSE theme for this half term is 'Respecting Differences' and our RE will focus on the Christian celebration around the Winter Solstice-we don't mention the word until at least the first week of December!




The children have become independent in the routine for coming into school. We have a visual timetable for them to follow and they are used to having their own carpet space and a learning partner. Phonics sessions are now established and follow up homework is proving successful; thank you for your support with this. The children are enjoying the range of activities and completing the challenges, which have to be done to the best of their ability!


We will be starting to model the writing process and work on shared writing compositions, and this week we will think about how to structure a story; 'who' it is about (the main character), 'where' the story happened (the setting) and 'what happened?' (the problem and the solution). We will introduce symbols and actions for these elements of  narrative and use play-based experiences to turn story telling into writing, such as small world play and role-play.



Next Thursday 17th September will be our first Forest School session.


Please can your child come to school wearing clothes suitable for the outdoors. These should be old comfortable clothes; joggers, leggings and a long-sleeved T-shirt; and trainers. Please could they have waterproof trousers on too.(all items named)


They will need wellies (named) and a waterproof coat (named) in a named carrier bag. They do need to bring their book bag in and they will need their water bottle.

PE Autumn 1

PE will be on Friday afternoons, starting next Friday 18th, the first full time day.


The children will need to come in wearing their PE kit; white T-shirt or polo shirt, blue shorts, white socks and trainers. They may wear leggings or joggers and a school/navy sweatshirt over the top if the weather is chilly. They will still need their coat, water bottle and book bag.


It would be a good idea for the children to keep a spare set of clothes in school in a drawstring bag, so they could use their PE bag for this. The bag would stay on their peg and only come home at half term.


Spare clothes are useful for various reasons; a child may have a 'little accident' or they may fall over on a rainy day and get wet and muddy. They may get muddy during a forest school session or they may become poorly and be sick!


These clothes do not have to be school uniform, just something comfy and practical, such as leggings and a long-sleeved T-shirt, pants and socks.


If all items of clothing, as well as the drawstring bag could be named please! You can send these in this week or next, Thank you! LK

Autumn 1 2020


Our topic work this half term is called 'Water, water, everywhere' and is planned together with Class 2. Classes 1 and 2 will form a 'bubble' with separate play-times to Key Stage 2 (Classes 3 & 4), which will form the other 'bubble'. If your child has an older sibling in Year 3,4 5 or 6 please make sure they know that they won't see their brother or sister in school at the moment. This is such a shame because the older children usually love to see and look out for the new intake.


The first 'mini-topic' which will run for the first 2 part-time weeks is called 'Me, you, us' as we will be getting to know each other, talking about ourselves, our feelings and our families; finding out about new friends, sharing & taking turns and learning to bond and work as a team. Our link to the water topic will be 'Water for a healthy Me'; and their will be a big focus on hand washing and the importance of drinking plenty of fresh water.


We will learn the NHS hand washing song which teaches the best way to clean hands thoroughly.

Learning opportunities this half term


The document below is an outline of the learning opportunities your child will have this half term. There is also a sheet for you to contribute your own observations & knowledge of your child to help build up a profile of their learning and development. You can complete it over the next six weeks and email it to me towards the half term break. I really appreciate your input in building an accurate picture of your child's interests, learning and development.

Curriculum Guide & Learning Opportunities Autumn 1 2020