Happy New Year to all our children and families, it is lovely to see you back in school after the winter break. We are very excited about all of the amazing activities that Spring will bring.

This half term we will be learning all about the fabulous author, Julia Donaldson! We will be challenging ourselves to read 20 Julia Donaldson books including the Gruffalo, Paperdolls and a Squash and a Squeeze. We can’t wait to see which story will become your child’s favourite.

In Spring 2, we hope the weather changes for the better so that we can spend lots more time working in our outdoor area. We are looking forward to planting lots of trees and flowers and are hoping to attract lots of insects and birds into our garden. This leads us nicely onto our topic of British Birds in the later part of Spring term.

In Maths we will be looking at numbers in the environment and exploring the many different opportunities for counting all around us. We will teaching the children how to organise and play their own maths games. You can support your child by encouraging them to do lots of counting when you are out and about. How many leaves can you collect? How many would there be if the wind blew one away?

In phonics we will be applying our leant letter sounds to begin writing words and sentences. You can help your child develop their writing skills by encouraging them to help you write your shopping list!

We will begin guided reading this term and we can’t wait to see the amazing readers they will become!  As we continue to send reading books home each week, it will also really help your child with their reading by sharing a book with them every day.

Can you also make sure that your child has a bag of spare clothes on their peg. Please remember to put your child’s name in everything.

Also, please remember to keep an eye on the weather forecast. We will be spending lots of time exploring outside this term so our clothing will be important. Please make sure your child comes to school with a coat and then the weather begins to get colder they will also need a pair of wellies.

If you have any questions please just pop in and see us. We are always happy to help.