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Bowlish Infant School | Shepton Mallet | Somerset | UK

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School Status: Open - Autumn Term.

Robin Class

Autumn Term 2 2017

Our Topic and Literacy Focus is ‘Celebrations and Space’

This term the general topic is ‘Space’. However for the first couple of weeks we will be thinking about different celebrations that take place during this time of year. These will be Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. When we start our Space topic the children will be learning about each planet by following our methods of Talk for Writing. This will involve the children learning the text visually and verbally through a text map, re-telling and art work.

Through the PSHE and SEAL curriculum the children will be thinking about the theme ‘Getting on and Falling Out’ linking to Anti-bullying week in November. Children will be exploring feelings relating to friendships and how other people may feel and react to their actions and words. Ways to support your child’s learning within this topic:

  • Daily reading with and to your child.
  • Ask them to tell you the text we are learning in relation to our Space topic.
  • Share different stories and information books around the different celebrations we are thinking about and Space.
  • Discuss what makes a good friend.
  • Our Numeracy Focus.

    Children will be continuing to focus on early number and shape activities. The activities planned will be very practical and stepping stones towards the Early Learning Goals. They will include:

  • Using the language of ‘more’ and fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.
  • Finding the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them.
  • Saying the number that is one more than a given number.
  • Finding one more or one less from a group of up to five objects.
  • In practical activities and discussion, beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.
  • Beginning to use everyday language related to money.
  • Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.
  • Selects a particular named shape.
  • Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models.
  • 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.
  • Daily counting.
  • 2D shape hunt in the home and local environment.
  • Shopping activities – real or pretend – use real money to help identify coins.
  • Playing games – throwing dice, playing dominoes, as well as track games or card games all help children’s numeracy.
  • Additional Information for the Half Term

    Outdoor Learning: Forest School will take place on alternate Wednesday mornings for the different groups. Please ensure suitable clothing is in school, especially with the seasonal weather changes.

    Routines: Your child will be doing PE on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled.

    Visits into class: Every Friday you are invited to collect your child from Robin class. This is an opportunity to see our classroom and work carried out by your child that week.

    Muddles: Muddles will start to come home with children. 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!

    Reminders: Please can you send your child to school with a water bottle and make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.

    Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Thank you.

    Miss. Phillips
    Robin class teacher

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