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Bowlish Infant School | Shepton Mallet | Somerset | UK

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School Status: Open - Spring Term.

Robin Class

Spring Term 1 2018

Thank you for helping your child to fill in their holiday news sheet. The children really enjoyed sharing, listening and writing about all the lovely things they experienced over the holidays.

Our Literacy Focus and Topic is ‘Toys’

This term the general topic is ‘Toys’. We will start by learning an Oxford Reading Tree text ‘The Toy’s Party with lots of fun activities. The children will then think about their own favourite toys and finally we will think about toys from the past and experience older toys through a visitor Mr Stok on Monday 20th January.

Ways to support your child’s learning within this topic;

  • Daily reading with and to your child.
  • Ask them to tell you the story ‘The Toy’s Party’
  • Talk about and play with a variety of games and toys.
  • 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.
  • 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 the children really enjoyed watching their name move up a colour after they had read five different books. All of the children’s names will be 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.

    Our Mathematics Focus

    Children will be focussing on using numbers 1 - 10 which will include lots of practical learning experiences supporting children to; recognise numerals 1 to 10, count out up to 10 objects from a larger group, count actions or objects which cannot be moved, select the correct numeral to represent 1 to 10 objects, and count an irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects.

    In the shape, space and measures area of learning the children will be carrying out activities where they will be using everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.

    Ways to support your child’s learning in this area;

  • Singing songs such as 10 green bottles, 1 man went to mow, 5 currant buns.
  • Order two or three items by length or height.
  • Compare two items by weight or capacity
  • Playing games - throwing dice, playing dominoes, as well as 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.
  • Additional Information for the Half Term

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

    Visits / visitors: Mr Stok Toys Experience Monday 29th January.

    Visits into class: Friday


  • Muddles will continue to come home with children. Please encourage your child to write wherever possible using their growing knowledge and understanding of phonics in the diary. 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 water bottle and make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.
  • Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. P.E. for Robin class is on a 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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