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Spring Term 2018

Spring Term 2018

Mi Casa es su Casa!

Welcome back and a happy New Year to you all. I must begin with a huge thank you to everyone, as not only do I get the gift of working with your children, but you also gave us some wonderful Christmas presents at the end of last term.

A New Year means a new term and of course new topics. This term we will be looking at houses and homes. We will also be including some mini topics such as winter, animals, religious festivals and anything else the children would like to learn more about.

Within the topic ‘Houses and homes’ we will be looking at what makes a home, our home, different types of homes, famous homes e.g. The 3 Little Pigs and materials. We will also be looking at a number of religious celebrations including Chinese New Year and hopefully heading out into the village on a mini geography field trip. Mixed in with this will be the mini topics and topics chosen by the children. In order to support you with this remember to keep your eye on our class page!!

We will doing a number of trips this term to support our learning and to give the children the best possible experiences. We might be visiting Upton Library and exploring the variety of things they have on offer. Spending an afternoon at St. Gabriel’s to explore the church and finally a gym festival at Hanley High school.

In Literacy we will continue to look at and use our sound knowledge to read and write words. We will be developing our cursive handwriting and attempting to write simple sentences. Alongside these we will also be continuing to learn the High Frequency Words. Please continue to read on a regular basis with your child – it is already noticeable the difference between those who read very regularly and those who do not.

In Numeracy will be developing our number skills by looking at and counting numbers to 20 and beyond. Writing numerals 0 – 20. Working on addition and subtraction. Exploring 3D shapes and attempting to re-create patterns. We will also continue to develop our shape and space language and attempt to solve mathematical problems.

If you have anything that you can add to these topics then please come in and see me.

Things to bring to school

PE Kit – Stays in school and sent home to wash if dirty and/or at the end of each half term.

Wellington boots – Stay in school.

Water bottle.

Lunch box – if needed.

When cold and wet – coat and if needed cold weather clothes.
When hot – hat and sun cream

In Book bag – everyday :
Reading Folder & Home school liaison book.

Please make sure they are in the Yellow Folder.

In Book bag – Thursday or Friday:
Library book.
Please make sure it is in the Green Folder.

Please do not forget my classroom door is always open (apart from weekends) for a chat and a chance to answer any questions/queries you have.




Easter Part Two


We will continue with our work on Easter this week. There will be Easter crafts, Easter Egg activities and an Easter egg hunt with Hanley Swan Pre-school.


In maths we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes alongside pattern and symmetry. 


Do not forget the Easter service on Wednesday afternoon 2:30pm - 3:15pm. - pick up from the church.


Have a fantastic Easter break and enjoy the time you have with your wonderful children.  Make sure the children get plenty of rest as the Summer term is always jam packed  and very very busy!! 




This week we will be starting to learn about the Christian festival of Easter. It is hard to believe that Easter is nearly here as I look out my window at more snow!


We will also be talking about, dare I say it, Spring and what we might see when it finally arrives!


It maths we will be continuing with our work on numbers to 20, counting, recognising and writing them accurately.


On Tuesday it is our ‘locking in’ event. This is an opportunity for you to come into class and take part in a number of activities chosen by the children. There will also be a song or two and a story for you to enjoy. The event starts at 2:30pm and will finish at 3:15pm. Please feel free to come and join us and enjoy an afternoon with your child. If you are unable to attend then please let me know so that I can make arrangements for your child to be with Miss Evans or myself.



The following week we will be continuing with our Easter activities. Do not forget the Easter Service on Wednesday 28th, 2:45pm at St. Gabriel's Church.



Animal Homes continued...


This week we will be finishing off the work that we started last week - before the chaos.  We will also be talking about the importance of 'Mothers' and getting ready for 'Mothers Day'.




Animal Homes


This week we will begin to learn about where animals live. We will find out about where animals native to this country live as well as animals in other countries. We will begin to use the scientific term ‘habitat’ to describe these places.


In maths the children will compare and order numbers to 20. We will check that they can match a numeral to 20 with the same number of objects in a set. The children will estimate numbers of objects and images and begin to understand that teen numbers are ten plus some more.


We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday and enjoying all that books have to offer. There will also be activities covering this theme going on all week.



Pick and Mix

We will be having a very exciting and busy end to this half term with three mini themes. This week we will be learning about Shrove Tuesday, Valentine’s Day and of course the Chinese New Year.

In maths we will be continuing with doubling numbers and number formation.



Homes around the world


This week we will be exploring traditional homes from around the world. We will have the chance to learn about maps and talk about how other cultures are similar and different to our own.


In maths we will be continuing with doubling and looking at doubling numbers between 6 and 10. As well as revisiting previous doubles and counting to 100.


On Tuesday we will be learning a little about internet safety. Please please please make sure you follow this up at home with appropriate internet safety parenting. This is an ever increasing issue across the globe and needs to be tackled and monitored from an ever earlier age.

Some top tips are:

Never let your child browse the internet, via any site, unsupervised. Only last week we had an issue with a family who let their children watch kids videos on Youtube and within seconds they had witnessed some very inappropriate content that scared them.


Make sure they do not use the interent in their bedrooms. This is proven to be the most dangerous place for children to explore the World Wide Web, as they think they are safe!


Get to know the sites that your child wants to explore. This is again something that I regularly have to deal with at school. No site is 100% safe and a lot of the newer sites have communication/social networking areas and parents do not realise this until it is too late.


Talk talk talk. Talk to your child about what they want to do and what they are doing and keep the dialogue going at all times. Make sure that you are always approachable and willing to listen, make sure they understand that they can and should tell you anything about their onine activity.

Issues with children and the internet are happening all the time and in every corner of our society. We can no longer hide from it, as parents we have to be proactive and deal with it. We would not let our children cross the road and go to the park unsupervised and without talking about road safety and stranger danger. So why would we let them use the internet without appropriate safety talks and some supervision?!


For more information then please visit the appropriate sites that will be posted on the website during the week.



The Three Little Pigs continued...


The children are having so much fun with this theme that we will be continuing with it this week. We will also be learning about the important role that libraries play in our life.


In maths this week the children will begin to partition sets of ten objects and begin to learn the number pairs to 10. They will use objects to count and match number sentences, beginning to use the language ʻaddʼ, ʻmore thanʼ, ʻequalsʼ.


We have our very special visit to Upton Library on Wednesday afternoon. The only thing the children will need is a COAT (not a 'chat' as it says in the Weekly Words!).


Tuesday is out Lock down drill. Please rest assured that I will be taking it seriously but the children will think it is just a special activity in class. 



The Three Little Pigs


This week we will be looking closely at the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’, investigating the materials and testing them as part of a science experiment. We will be building with a variety of materials and looking at why some materials are used for building and not others. We will finish the week with the PE festival at Hanley High School. If the weather is still very cold then I suggest putting their school uniform in their PE bag and bringing it to the Festival for them to change into after the event.


In maths we will be continuing to learn number facts. We will be building on the doubling (and halving) work we started last week and also continuing to investigate odd and even numbers by counting in 2s.


In literacy we are leaping on with our reading and writing. Please remember to read every night if you can. We have now taught all of the letters in cursive. They may not remember them all but they can ALL write their name correctly now.




Our House

This week will be exploring what makes a house a house. The children will continue to talk about their house and we will even try and find their house on 'Google earth' this week.


We will be exploring the story of the Ginger Bread Man and ‘hopefully’ making some ginger bread biscuits.


In maths we will be continuing the themes from last week and working on our teen number knowledge. We will also be introducing 'doubles' and learning a doubling song.



My House and Mondrian


This week we will be starting our topic on ‘Houses and Homes. The children will have the opportunity to talk about their house and draw a picture of what they think it looks like from the outside.


We will also be doing a mini topic on ‘Piet Mondrian’. This has come about following the children’s enjoyment of an activity that we did on Friday about lines and primary colours.


In maths we will be counting to 100 and comparing and ordering numbers to 20. We will also be estimating numbers of objects and images and continuing to learn that teen numbers are 10 plus some more.


HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome back!!

I hope you all had a great holiday and enjoyed any time you had with your children. A huge thank you to the children and parents that gave all of us such lovely Christmas gifts, they really were appreciated.

We will be jumping straight back into school life this week with a whole host of New Year activities. We will be finding out about their Christmas holiday and then getting the children to write, draw and paint their favourite bits.

We will be learning about New Year's resolutions and creating our own.

Read, Write, Inc will start again this week and some of the children will be in different groups.
In maths we will be counting toys to 20 and beyond.