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Little Leigh Primary School

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Spring Term One

Welcome back to Spring Term One! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and a very Happy New Year! I thoroughly enjoyed the restful break and have come back ready and raring to go. 

We will continue to have lots of fun this term and learn lots of new things beginning with our first theme 'The Wonders of Space.' 'This webpage is designed to offer information about PE sessions, homework and current topics and will be updated termly.  Be sure to follow us on twitter @LittleLeighSch so you can see regular photographic updates of what the children have been getting up to because I can assure you they will tell you very little!!

Please do continue to check at your child's Tapestry account as we are regularly upadating it. Please also share lots of photos and observations from home with us. We love to see what you have been doing at home or when out and about. 

Mrs Taylor Wattam :-) 

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The Wonders of Space

Children are always fascinated by the stars at night and even more so when you dig a little deeper and start to introduce the idea of planets and...aliens! Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about all of these things, starting with a lovely book called 'Star in a Jar' by Sam Hay in English. Children will begin to put all they have learnt into practise and have a go at writing some simple sentences through a range of writing opportunities. The classroom has been set up with some astronaut and planet enhancements and so far, the children have really enjoyed exploring these. We also have a range of lovely space stories and information texts in our reading area and the children have already explored these. In PE, children will be moving like astronauts on a mission to space with music and sounds to accompany them. We will watch videos of Tim Peake and the famous moon landing too. There may even be time for some alien art and junk modelling rockets and robots. So much fun to be had! Let's get started!    

Things to do at Home

Things that you can do at home to help your child are to:

  • Reinforce the sounds learnt in phonics sessions.
  • Read 3 x weekly and update your child's reading record with a comment. Books will continue to be changed twice a week. 
  • Practise key word packs each time you read. 
  • Encourage basic addition and subtraction at home when eating grapes or playing with Lego pieces. Ask children: how many are there altogther in these two groups or how many are left when some are eaten.   
  • Hunt for a range of shapes in the environment- are they 2D or 3D?  What are their properties?  What patterns can you find?
  • Encourage your child to dress themselves for school and take their uniform off at the end of the day to promote independence. Focussing carefully on zips and buttons now too. 

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The EYFS encourages teachers and practitioners to follow the interests of the children when deciding on topics and themes to follow. This ensures full engagement and maximises potential for learning. Gathering ideas for future topics and identifying what they already know, so we can further build on these skills. We love to see and hear about what you have been doing at home to ensure we are enhancing our environment to build on your child's interests so please do keep us updated with observations on Tapestry.  

Recommended websites:

http://www.mrthorne.com/ - very useful for pronunciation of sounds

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk - lots of free phonic based games 

http://ictgames.com/literacy.html- more phonics games 

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - great selection  of games to support all areas of learning

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy - free maths games, activities and clips

Recommended APPs:

Pocket Phonics: a super resource for teaching letters and sounds including reading, writing and spelling.

Twinkl Phonics: great for letters and sounds, alphabet work, high frequency words and letter formation.

Doodle Buddy: a paint app which helps develop hand eye coordination. 

Bee Bot: an app which helps improve directional language (forwards, backwards, left right etc.)

Quick Math Jr: a maths app which helps with number work and shapes.

Toca Doctor: an app which helps the children learn about their body and helps with problems solving skills.

Collins Big Cat also has a range of stories which you can download onto your tablets.

Memo

Please can you make sure that all of your child's belongings are clearly labelled with their names, including items such as snack pots and drinks bottles.  This helps us massively and if things get lost, they can easily be taken back to their rightful owner!

Please can we ask that your child has a spare pair of underwear in their bag, accidents are unavoidable! 

Homework

Children will receive homework weekly and it will alternate between maths and phonics. Homework goes out on a Friday and is due back the following Thursday. I will always add a clear and detailed explanation of what is expected but please do come and speak to me if you are ever unsure. 

PE

Your child participates in 2 weekly PE sessions; these take place on a Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in every day.  PE kits should be clearly labelled with their names (this is especially important in Reception!).  We will send PE kits home at the end of half term. Long hair should be tied back for PE and no jewellery (including earrings) is to be worn.

Forest Schools

Forest Schools. Every Monday afternoon. 

Reading

Children are encouraged to read at least 3 times a week, for around 10 minutes with an adult at home. Where possible, we would appreciate a comment in their reading diaries to let us know how your child is getting on.

Your child will also participate in 2 weekly individual reading sessions, these will be noted in their reading diaries.  During these sessions your children will have the opportunity to change their books that they read with you at home. We recommend that you read through them twice so that they have a good understanding of the words and the comprehension aspects of the book.

To help with comprehension, you may want to start with a discussion about what your child thinks the book will be about. You could also talk about the characters and explore the blurb. When you have finished, ask questions about the book. This will help you assess whether your child has fully understood what they have read.

If you feel that you require any further support with getting the most out of reading with your child, please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

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