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Dear Foundation parents,

Welcome to the summer term! We find ourselves with some exciting changes within Foundation and I am sure the children are thrilled about the new layout of the classroom!

This half term our topic is ‘Mini-beasts’ and the children will immerse themselves in the world of these tiny creatures! In English we will be reading and re-creating the wonderful story of the Hungry Caterpillar, looking at healthy and unhealthy foods he eats and beginning to construct sentences. The children will learn about mini-beasts and create their own fact-file filled with information and pictures. In Maths we will begin the term by exploring number beyond 10 and looking at identifying and building these in fun and exciting ways. The children will then move on to adding and taking away and learning about 2-D and 3-D shapes.

As part of our topic, the children will look at habitats and explore the natural world. They will look at the homes of mini-beasts and even build their own. Children will observe plants and bugs and create observational drawings. In art the children will learn about colour mixing and how to create a range of different shades from the primary colours. We will then move onto observing mini beasts and recreating their colours using their learnt knowledge. This will lead the children to investigate how they can add texture to paint and create their own colourful beetle!

As the Hungry Caterpillar story is our main text to help inspire the children’s writing, the children will use the foods he eats within cooking lessons. They will look at texture and taste of fruits and create their own fruit salad.

This term the children will begin to use the computer room building their confidence when using Word and Paint.

P.E. is twice a week, on Monday and Friday. Please make sure your child has all the appropriate PE kit and that it is named.

The children will have daily phonics lessons and will be regularly assessed. In our new phonics scheme, Bug Club Phonics, we follow a systematic synthetic approach to our phonics teaching which means that the children’s reading books will link to the phonics they are learning in school. This will also link to spellings which will be sent home each Friday. Please help your child to learn how to spell them and put them into a sentence. We will not be testing them, but they will be using them in their writing in school, which will help put them into context.

It is wonderful to have the opportunity to teach in Foundation and I am very grateful for your support.

Mr Jackson

Foundation News

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