Welcome to Mr Edwards’ Class (RE)
I would like to warmly welcome everyone back to school after the Christmas break and I wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope that you have had a lovely time with your family and friends. We have a busy Spring Term and will be launching it straight away with our ‘Colour and Pattern’ day.
Theme: Colour and Patterns
This half term, our theme is ‘Colour and Patterns’. During our ‘Colour and Pattern’ day, we will be looking at our colourful clothes and describing the colours and patterns we can see. This will support our work throughout the half term. We will also be talking about how colours make us feel – which are happy and which are sad. This will link with our core text – ‘On Sudden Hill’.
During Literacy lessons, the children will be learning the story ‘On Sudden Hill’ by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies. Etho and Stu are friends and play on Sudden Hill in their boxes. They are happy and enjoy each other’s company but then Birt joins them with his box. Friendships are challenged; they fall out and become sad. We will act out the story in our role play area with our own boxes.
In Mathematics, we will be: recognising numerals 1 to 10, counting out up to 10 objects from a larger group, counting actions or objects which cannot be moved, selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 10 objects, counting objects to 10 and counting an irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects. Also, we will be using everyday language to talk about size, weight and capacity to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems.
During our theme lessons which are linked to Expressive Art and Design, we will be: mixing our own paint, making different shades and tones of paint, printing with paint, exploring with different sized tools and making different sized marks.
In Science, we will be looking at and comparing different colours in our environment. We will also be looking at natural colours that appear during the spring time for example, bulbs growing.
During PSE lessons, will be exploring our feelings in relation to colours and talking about how the boys in our core text feel about each other, in different parts of the story.
In Geography, we will be looking at different buildings in our community, our country and around the world that are made of different colour patterns and shapes. We will be finding and discussing different colours on maps.
In Computing, we will be drawing pictures using the painting tools in Purplemash, on the iPads.
In Physical Development, we will practise getting changed quickly and sensibly. We will learn how to move in different directions and in different ways. Furthermore, we will be developing our large motor control by peddling the bikes and climbing on the large and small climbing frames.
In Music, we will be keeping a steady beat and playing along to different songs.
In RE, we will be learning about Buddism, Budda and how to be a good person.
Homework – Reading
The children all have a reading book which is changed regularly. Each book must be read at least 3 times a week and a note made in your child’s planner. Please encourage the children to share their book with everyone. Practise is important. Please make sure that your child brings their reading book and planner to school each day so that they can read in school and change their book. Also, please read stories to your children and talk about the vocabulary, the characters and the events. Can your child predict what might happen next in the storyline?
Phonics and Spellings/Tricky words this half term
We will continue with ‘Phase 3’ Letters and Sounds with the following phonemes/sounds:
ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, or, oo, er, ur
We will learn the following tricky words (these cannot be sounded out).
he, she, we, me, be, was, you, they, all, her, my
Home/School books are a great way for the teachers and the children in your class to learn about you and your family. We enjoy learning about what the children have been doing at home. We would also like to hear about your ‘WOW!’ moments. These could be: starting at Rainbows and saying your Promise, swimming across the pool, learning to ride bikes without stabilisers, getting dressed by yourself, helping someone and much more. As with all this, it’s not a competition but we genuinely would like to know more about you. It is also an opportunity for your child to practice and demonstrate, at home, what they have been learning in school.
Monday – Please make sure your PE kit comes into school today. It can stay here all week. Hand in Home/School book.
Wednesday – It’s PE today.
Friday – Home/School book, newsletter and homework sheet goes home today. PE kits goes home to be washed, when necessary.
A few messages for Parents
- Your child’s planner should be checked everyday for messages. Please write a message when you hear your child read. Write the name of the book and the questions you have asked, anything your child struggled with or what you talked about together.
- Please send a water bottle with your child each day.
- Please make sure EVERYTHING has your child’s name on it.
- Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat everyday and other appropriate clothing, eg, gloves.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to myself at the end of the day or come and make an appointment.
RE Class Teacher