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Bowlish Infant School | Shepton Mallet | Somerset | UK

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School Status: Open - Autumn Term.

Robin Class

Summer Term 1 2017

I hope you had a lovely Easter break. I have enjoyed hearing the children's Easter holiday news!
Welcome to another very busy half term!

Our Literacy and Topic Focus is 'Animals'

This half term we will be learning all about 'Animals'. The topic will start in our second week back with a Robin and Owl class trip to Court Farm on Tuesday 25th April. From this experience the children will have the foundation to learn more about farm animals and their lifecycles. From the third week our literacy text will be 'Dear Zoo' written by Rod Campbell. We will follow the Talk for Writing process when learning this story through lots of fun and creative activities. The children will then choose to research one of the animals in the story and then work towards making their own oral or written information text on their chosen animal.

Ways to support your child's learning within this topic:

  • Daily reading with and to your child.
  • Ask them to tell you the Story 'Dear Zoo'.
  • Share books and information about animals and discuss their similarities and differences.
  • Give them opportunities to write at home such as cards, post cards, initial sounds and simple sentences about a day out they have had or school news.
  • Our Mathmatics focus.

    Children will be focussing on adding, subtracting, doubling and halving. Activities planned will be very practical and stepping stones towards the following Early Learning Goals:

  • Counts reliably with numbers from one to 20, places them in order and says which number is one more or one less than a given number.
  • Uses quantities and objects to add & subtract two single-digit numbers, counts on or back to find answer.
  • Solve problems including doubling, halving and sharing.
  • Ways to support your child's learning in this area:

  • Singing songs that take away or add things e.g. 10 green bottles, 1 man went to mow, 5 currant buns.
  • Playing games — throwing dice, playing dominoes, as well as track games or card games all help children's numeracy at this stage. They need to recognise the numbers of dots or shapes without counting them and also to learn to add two or more small numbers. Games are a fun context in which to acquire these skills.
  • Reading.

    Your child will still have the opportunity to have their reading books changed three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please sign and if appropriate make a comment in your child's reading diary when you have shared a book. Our 'Reading Rainbow' was a huge success last term and children really enjoyed watching their name move up a colour after they had read five different books. All children's names are back on the pink level ready to start again! The children will also have the opportunity to bring home a book from our reading area to share with you on a Tuesday evening. Please return this book on a Wednesday morning.

    Additional Information for the Half Term

    Outdoor Learning: Forest School will be taking place on a Wednesday morning and on alternative weeks for the groups. Please ensure suitable clothing is in school for these sessions.

    Visits into class: Friday

    School Trip: Tuesday 25th April


  • Muddles will continue to come home with children. Please encourage your child to write wherever possible in the diary using their growing knowledge and understanding of phonics. Please return Muddles and his diary to school on Monday so your child can show and share their weekend news with the class. Muddles will be sent home on a rota basis and you will know if you're expecting a house guest at the beginning of the week!
  • Please can you send your child to school with a bottle containing only water and make sure your child's name is written clearly on their bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. P.E for Robin class is on a Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please don't hesitate to come and see me either before or after school if you have any questions or queries.

    Thank you.

    Miss. Phillips
    Robin class teacher

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