I would firstly like to say a very Happy New Year to you all and thank you very much for all the lovely parcels, you are all very kind. The children have come back in to school really well and have got back into the class routines with a lovely enthusiasm.
Our topic this ½ term will begin with ‘Winter’ before moving on to ‘Antarctica’. We will be looking at the animals and habitats of Antarctica through lovely stories such as the ‘Emperor’s Egg’ and ‘Fly Freddie Fly’ both penguin based!
We will be making papier-mâché penguins along with learning about instructions and how we can use these to make a hot chocolate to keep warm, as we pretend to be explorers of the Antarctica. We will be implementing diaries as well as hopefully interviewing each other as famous explorers!
We will be changing our PE slot to a Thursday afternoon and Forest Schools will continue on a Friday. Miss Wallis will also be continuing to teach science on a Friday along with Show and tell. Please can you make sure the children have their kits back in school this week.
WOW! YR writing is coming on really well!
Reading in Class 2 - the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme.
The scheme of books begins with stories that reflect real life experiences. The first stage of the scheme concentrates on the language and the pre-reading skills that children need to become competent readers. It gives your child the opportunity to experience the stories and become familiar with the characters before moving on to the first story books with words at stage 2.
Stage One books tell a story through eight pages of lively, humorous illustrations, without any text. This will allow your child to learn how stories work, and the order and direction in which they read. The absence of any text will encourage your child to focus on the illustrations in order to find out what is happening in the story. By telling the story in their words they will be learning to use information they derive from the illustrations, and developing their oral skills.
When reading with your child, find a time that works for you both and keep sessions short. Don’t attempt to read with your child if they are feeling tired, but most importantly have fun! As always, please do not hesitate to come in and ask if there is anything you need to know.