The children in Reception have been reading ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson. They learnt that The Gruffalo has knobbly knees, turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of this nose! his eyes are orange and his tongue is black and he has purple prickles all over his back!
They then went onto Purple Mash on the computers and practising their ‘mouse skills’ drew a character from the book. See if you can spot the prickles and the knobbly knees!!
Over the next 15 weeks those of us in Year 1 will be following topics called ‘The Magic Toyshop’ and ‘Dressing Up’.
Over the first half term we will be looking at how toys move, the history of toys, toys from around the world, and ways of making our own toys. The children will be using a variety of materials to design, paint and make toys, working both individually and as part of a group.
Through music and dance the children will be exploring pulse and rhythm, making up dances linked to toys. If you have any old fashioned toys that we could show the children we would be very grateful.
We would also be very interested to see any toys from other countries. Please talk to your children about toys that you played with as a child and toys that their grandparents may have played with.
In the second half term we will be looking at clothes we wear, the materials they are made from and clothes from other cultures. We will start by having a dressing up parade when the children will be able to come in any dressing up clothes.
Please talk to your child about clothes you wore as a child and clothes their grandparents may have worn. We also hope to visit Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood during this term.
It would be really helpful if you can ensure you are reading with your child three times a week and signing their diary. They will also need to practice their target from the Rainbow Wall as well as high frequency spellings at home.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents and carers for their continued support with their child’s learning. If you would be interested in volunteering to hear readers, please let us know.
Miss Moss, Ms McMahon and Mrs Taylor
We will be studying different food groups, foods from around the world and healthy eating, covering the importance of a balanced diet. We will be looking at food, linking this to our core texts in Literacy. We will also be going on some visits outside of school to find out about where our food comes from and how it is made. We will need some parental help for these outings, letters will be sent in September and we would appreciate any support you can give.
In Numeracy we will be focusing on number bonds to ten and twenty, addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers and counting in twos, fives and tens (multiplication tables).
We would appreciate your efforts in reading three times a week with your child and ensuring their reading diaries are signed every time that you do this.
As continual homework throughout the term, we would ask children to practice their number bonds as well as their high frequency spellings. This information will be included in your child’s new homework book next term along with a copy of the rainbow wall where a target will be circled for your child to practice at home. We will aim to check your child’s progress on this once every two weeks.
We appreciate all of your efforts at home and would like to thank you for your continued support.
Miss N Lee and Miss I Ronald