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Spring Newsletter 2018

5th January 2018.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all!

Firstly we would like to thank you for the presents your children gave us at Christmas. We received some lovely gifts which were very much appreciated. Thank you!

We would like to welcome Mrs Donner, our Early Years Practitioner, who is back with us after a term of absence.

This term the children will continue to develop their phonic skills using the Thrass scheme. They have been split into Phonic groups so they can progress at a pace that is relevant to their level of development. Some children will be moving on to learning Digraphs – two letters making one phoneme (sound) eg. ‘sh’ as in shark, ‘ch’ as in chair and ‘ai’ as in snail. Children learning the Digraphs will bring home a phonic sheet every week so you can see which phoneme they’ve been working on. Other homework will be sent fortnightly so the children can practise skills they’ve been working on in school.

The children will be given lots of opportunities to develop their number skills through practical and written activities. They will also be learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Much of the work and activities this term will be linked to our topic of Traditional Tales, including The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. If your child has any traditional story books at home they are welcome to bring them in to share reading with the class.

We are planning an offsite visit to ‘The Classroom in the Woods’ where the day will be structured around the Gingerbread Man story. This facility comes highly recommend by colleagues so we know the children will have a great experience for their first school trip. (A separate letter will be sent next half term as the visit is scheduled for a couple of weeks before we break up for the Easter Holiday.)

The Children will also celebrate ‘World Book Day’, in March.  It’s really important that we take every opportunity to develop the children’s love of reading so please help us to promote this by reading with them and listening to them read at least three times a week.

Chinese New Year, Mothering Sunday and Easter will all be celebrated as part of our cultural development.

P.E. will continue to take place on Tuesdays and the children should remember to come to school wearing their P.E. kit with their school uniform in their bag. This term they will be developing skills to sequence movements and balances both on and off the apparatus.

ICT skills will be developed using the ipads and laptops. The children will be learning to navigate the key board and use the mouse pad to control the curser to play age appropriate games.

Please note: there will be a Parent Share session on Monday 22nd January starting at 3:00pm.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above please speak to a member of staff. We are always happy to help.   

Yours faithfully,

 Mrs H Stanley and the Foundation Stage Team.