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Welcome to Class 1

Term 3, 2018

Miss Penna, Mrs Hambidge and Mrs Watters


This term-Our Learning Challenge is


"Are all children's toys the same?"


We shall be looking at a variety of toys; old and new and those from different cultures and countries.



In Communication, Language and Literacy we shall be helping children to develop their language skills to be able to ask and answer questions and to describe any similarities and differences between the toys that they see.

We shall be using non-fiction books to find out facts about toys which will lead in to creating our own class book about old and new toys.

From our discussions about toys, we shall be supporting children to write labels, simple captions and sentences. We shall also be looking at letter writing and the children will get the opportunity to write their own. Children are encouraged to put their phonic and key word learning into practice as they do their writing. It is wonderful to see them develop confidence in these skills. They often use the writing area to have a go at their own writing and practise the skills they have learnt.





Many sounds have been introduced using Cued Articulation. The children will continue to build on these sounds learnt to read and write simple words. The children will review and consolidate all the sounds taught so far including sh, ch, th and ng.


New for this term will be oo, ee, ai, ay, ow and oa. Here are some examples of the action/picture for some sounds introduced.


As well as writing and reading phonologically, the children will be introduced to nonsense words. Buried Treasure is a fantastic website to visit to practise these reading skills at home.


As well as learning the sound and action for each letter, we also teach how to write the grapheme. At St Thomas' we write in a cursive style, with each letter starting on the line with a lead in and joining line.

We will review reading and writing the high frequency and tricky words – is, in, it, at, on, not, got, and, I, to, the, no, go, so, he, she, me, be, we, was, went, do and her.


New words to be introduced this term are said, like, my and you.


In our handwriting we will continue to focus on writing our names and....

curly caterpillar letters – c, a, o, d, g, s

one armed robot letters - r, n, m, h, b, k, b

long ladder letters - l, t, j, i

zig zag letters - v, w


In Maths, the children will be continuing using the numbers 0-20 to count, order and write confidently. We will also be using number lines and Numicon as everyday resources. We will be finding one more and one less than a number as well as solving simple addition problems using our fingers, dots, marks, practical resources as well as the number line and Numicon.



The children will be developing their mathematical knowledge onto writing their own number sentences using the + - and = sign.



The children will be learning to count not only in 1s but in 2s,5s and 10s. They will begin to see patterns in their number work and use this knowledge to answer simple maths problems.


Which colour represents each number? What do you know about Numicon? What does this picture tell us? What is one more than 4? What is one less than 9?



Discussing and sequencing events, daily routines and learning to tell the time will be taught in Space Shape and Measure. Language associated with measure will also be explored as we measure length and weight. The children will be returning to pattern work, this term designing and making their own repeating pattern, we will be looking out for shapes and patterns in our school environment too!





There is plenty of opportunity to develop your child's understanding of the world around us with lots of child initiated and adult led activities based around Art, Music, Design, Computing, Science and PE.


In RE we will be understanding the celebration of 'Special places'

We will begin by discussing and sharing the special places in our own lives and in those of others we know. The children will move on to learning about special places in the lives of Christians.



We will join the whole school in Worship each Monday and Wednesday, with our own class worship each Tuesday afternoon.



We will also be continuing to introduce our 'School Values', more information on these can be found in the 'Values and Vision' section, About us tab.


Journeying Together in Faith and Love

Through our core values of Faith and Love we show....

This term we will focus on



If you have anything to share, which is relevant to the topic, such as a book, story, picture or object, please bring them into school for our EYFS Topic Table.


Remember to always have your book bag and P.E. kit in school and please name each item of clothing!


Tuesday and/or Thursday - PE days
Friday - Library day



Miss Penna teaches the class on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Hambidge teaches the class on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Watters is here every day!

Thank you
Miss Penna
and Mrs Hambidge

Teachers - Miss Penna Mrs Hambidge
Teaching Assistant- Mrs Watters