Welcome back! We begin our final term with a class visit to Stockley Farm on Tuesday 4th June 2013. It is a working farm and the children will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of a range of farm animals. Your child will need a packed lunch which you may have already ordered from school or alternatively you will be providing from home. Furthermore, your child will need to wear clothing suitable for a farm visit.
In the following weeks we will be exploring the world of minibeasts. We will be using the familiar story of 'the very hungry caterpillar' as a starting point. The children will have the opportunity to suggest what they would like to learn about and the activities they might participate in. These ideas will become the basis of our planning for both indoor and outdoor activities. We strongly encourage and support the children to pursue their own ideas.
We shall be going on minibeast hunts in our school garden, pond and woods. The children will identify and name familiar creatures and hopefully explore some unfamiliar ones! They will be observing similarities and differences, lifecyles and changes, and gathering information and facts. They will discuss their habitats and recreate them within the classroom.
There will be many opportunities for creative activities amongst which will be the 'ugly bug ball' song and dance. They will observe and recreate minibeast body patterns and create their own 3d minibeasts.
Our number work continues with further practice of our 'counting on and back' to add and subtract to numbers. They will be introduced to the concept of 'sharing' objects. They will be measuring and comparing the length of minibeasts, making repeating patterns.
Towards the end of this term the children will begin their transition into Year 1 by visiting their new classroom and meeting their new teacher. There will be a 'meet the new teacher'evening for our parents aswell!
I would like to encourage you to continue to use our mathletics website (see link on this website) to support your child. There is also a website that you and your child could use to support their phonics skills with some free fun games (www.phonicsplay.co.uk) and the opportunity to subscribe and access all of the games.