Our main focus remains on developing the children's behaviours for learning and friendships, such as sharing, turn taking and listening skills. We will do this through lots of access to continuous provision, including collaborative play, such as construction and role play.
In phonics, we will build on our Phase 1 (tuning into sounds) learning and begin Phase 2 phonics. We will learn new sounds, letters and words each week. These will come home in your children's Jolly Phonics books and Weekly Words pencil cases. Practising these at home will really help to reinforce the learning from school. As we learn new letters and sounds, information on how to pronounce the sound and make the action, as well as the Jolly Phonics song, will be shared on our Class Dojo page.
We will apply our phonics learning when reading and writing. Children will continue to bring their reading books home. As we learn more letters, sounds and words, the children will be able to read these in their books. When reading at home, discussing the pictures, making predictions and using our 'pointy fingers' is still important.
We are focusing on writing our names using our pre-cursive letters and have been thrilled with the children's progress in the first half term. As we learn letters and sounds in phonics, we will also build words including these sounds and practise writing these.
We will also learn our first tricky words. Tricky words are words that cannot be segmented or blended using phonics: you just have to know them!
In maths, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of work (attached below.) We will complete the section 'It's me 1 2 3' and progress onto 'Light and Dark.' We will continue with our in depth focus on numbers below 5 and the different ways we can represent these. We will then progress onto learning about 'one more' and 'one less.' We will link this learning to shapes with 4 sides as well as learning about mathematical language relating to time.
In the run up to Christmas, we will be linking lots of our learning to Christmas and will learn all about the story of the first Christmas. Unfortunately, Christmas celebrations will look very different this year but we will make every effort to make is magical for the children.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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