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Saplings Class

Welcome to Saplings Class

This year, Saplings Class will be taught by Miss Bulmer, with Mrs Martin and Mrs Liverton supporting the children.

PE lessons will continue to take place on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child arrives at school wearing their PE kit on this day. A gentle reminder that as we are now approaching winter, layers will be needed to keep your child warm. All items of clothing need to be named.

The children in Saplings class will be accessing the reception outdoor area each day. As it is now getting colder outside, the children will wear an outdoor suit provided by the school. We would also like the children to wear a pair of wellies whilst using the outdoor area. Please provide your child with a pair of named wellies that they can keep in school if you have not already done so.

You should have already received login details for Go Read to record any reading or sound practise that your child completes at home. Your child will be bringing home a ‘Book for Enjoyment’ which is swapped on a Monday. This is a book that should be read to your child by an adult at home. They will also be bringing home a ‘Blending Book’ and a pack of sound cards. These are books and resources that can be read by your child to an adult.

To find out more about what your child is learning at school, don’t forget to sign up to the Interactive Learning Diary where you can view photos and videos of your child whilst they are at school. Please speak to Miss Mawby if you require another copy of your login details.

This Term’s Theme – 'Under the Sea'

Our theme for this term is ‘Under the Sea’. During this topic, the children will learn about the habitats of sea creatures, become pirates for the day and learn about maps by creating their own treasure maps! We will also be taking the children on their first school trip to The Sea life Centre! During the term, we will carry out investigations to find out whether different objects float or sink and use this learning to make our own models of boats. The children will continue to learn about our five school values: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence and will be awarded forest points throughout the day for showing them. In addition to this, we will begin our ‘Changing Me’ unit in PSHE where the children will learn about growing up, respecting their bodies and their transition into Year 1.

The children will listen to lots of different stories, such as ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister and ‘If Sharks Disappeared’ by Lily Williams. During our English lessons, we will generate lots of new vocabulary with the help of Grandma Fantastic and continue to become brave writers during our group writing sessions. Encourage your child to retell the stories they have heard and praise them for the use of new and interesting vocabulary!

We will continue to have weekly PE lessons during the Summer 2 term where the children will learn about why exercise is important for good health and gain an awareness of how exercise can change the way we feel. As part of this unit, the children will improve their agility when exploring ball chasing skills and their static balance when completing floor work.

During our phonics lessons, the children will continue to learn the Set 1 and 2 sounds to ensure speed and fluency when reading them.  The children will practise the skill of blending every day and will practise segmenting words into sounds to support their spelling. During this term, we aim to get children reading sentences with accuracy and independence.  Look out for the ‘Read, Write, Inc’ books and ‘Book Bag Books’ that will be sent home with your child each week. These are books that your child will be able to read to you and should be practised every day.

In Maths, the children will start the term by learning how to compose and decompose shapes. During this time, we will teach the children that a shape can have other shapes within it, just as numbers can. The children will then move onto learning about working with measure where we will explore volume and capacity and learn how to compare objects using comparative language. This will prepare children for using standard units of measure in Key Stage 1.

Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team if you have any questions.

Miss Mawby and Miss Bulmer

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