Welcome back to another jam-packed term! Mrs Lidster, Mrs Barker were so impressed with the children's attitude to learning last term and are looking forward to another fantastic term of learning.
This half term our focus book is Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek, which we will be reading as a class and using as a basis for some of our learning. You may also like to read the following books which form part of this half term’s ‘must reads’: What the ladybird heard (Julia Donaldson), Flotsam (David Weisner), Peace At Last (Jill Murphy) and Commotion in the Ocean (Giles Andreae).
Ways you can help at home
Reading - The children made fantastic progress in reading last term. This term Mrs Lidster and I will continue to swap their Bug Club phonics book when we read with them each week. You are welcome to swap their additional colour banded book in the cloakroom when you have shared it together. Please take note of the colour of the sticker on the spine and we will inform you of when this ‘book band’ changes. Unlike the Bug Club books these are not completely phonetically decodable so may require some input from you. If you would like to borrow any books from our class book shelf please feel free to come and choose some any day after school. You will notice that in school we will only write in the Home-School diary once a week; however the children will have class and group reading and Phonics sessions daily which will not be recorded.
Writing - Encourage the children to practise their writing wherever possible, through writing shopping lists, birthday cards, invitations, recipes or following any of your child's interests. Feel free to share this with us in school as it can be included in their learning journey folder.
Maths - Maths is everywhere in the home and comes in lots of forms. Why not let your child help with cooking, looking at the numbers in recipes and on scales and counting out potatoes or vegetables? When setting the table, let your child count out the correct number of knives and forks or find out whether there are enough in the drawer. Bring Maths into play but setting challenges such as making a Lego model with only 20 bricks or measuring how many paces a toy car went down a ramp. Feel free to take photos of any Maths at home and email them into school during your child's focus week. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning at Home
We do not set homework in FS2 but we do like to offer parents and carers some suggested activities to support our current learning. These are completely optional and do not need to be brought into school if completed. Remember that the best way to support your child at this stage is by reading together and there will be lots of other ideas at our upcoming Phonics and Maths Workshops.