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Spring 1: What are we learning about in Mondrian Class this half term? 

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We can't wait to see all of the children and hear about all the fun you have had over the Christmas period. We have an action packed Spring term in 2018 planned ahead!

 

Our focus this half term is ‘Winter.’ Learning through play the children will experience:

The sensory igloo- with a variety of white winter objects to explore, count and sort

Cold messy trays- with 'frozen' creatures and 'icebergs' to touch and observe melting

Outside water area (moved to the tap/hose pipe!)- investigating how ice/water travels

Snack shack and kitchen areas- making, 'buying and selling' frozen foods and deserts

Play dough area- making 'ice creams and lollipops' to sell in our snack shack

Winter related art and crafts- the children's interpretation of Winter!

Dressing up- as a Frozen princess or a superhero to save the frozen planet!

Books- related to Winter and the Polar regions

 

There will also be small group focused activities:

Using computers and books- to research cold places around the world / Arctic animals/ Northern lights

Talking- about cold experiences and places we have been to

Completing Floor books- to answer questions the children have about Winter

Snack time- preparing and tasting a selection of warm and cold winter snacks (including soup and ice lollies!)

 

We will also be celebrating Pancake day, Chinese New Year and other world festivals/ foods celebrated during Winter. If any parents or carers would like to come into school to share any experiences, cooking or crafts with the children you are more than welcome, please pop in to see Mrs Cowley or Mrs Winsborough.

 

We will continue to have daily carpet sessions focusing on:

Phonics- consolidating Phase 3 letters and sounds, tricky words and captions before starting Phase 4

English- sharing big books as well as a range of stories and non fiction texts

Independent mark making /writing to music (in books using pencils)

Guided reading- sessions once a week, as well as 1:1 reading to an adult

Maths- counting / ordering numbers, introducing money, problem solving, 3D shapes, height/ length / weights

 

 

 

 

 

Please continue to support your child by:

Sharing your child's reading book with them at least 3x a week

Completing weekly phonics / maths challenges with your child (including Abacus online activities)

Talking to them about their school day and share photos uploaded onto Tapestry (particularly on their focus day)

Upload your own photos onto Tapestry of activities your child enjoys outside school (the children love sharing these!!)

 

It would be really helpful if you could:

Send in one interesting object for show and share (fits in their book bag)- something found, made or collected is great!

Attach only one key ring to your child's book bag (so they fit in the boxes better)

Encourage your child to take out their phonics and reading book on their focus day

Please arrive in class on time (doors open at 8.45am) so that lessons can begin promptly at 8.55am

 

New morning activities (starting from 8.45am) this half term include:

Dough gym- play dough finger exercises as we dance to music!

Reading- lots of interesting things (magazines, recipes, signs, online books etc)

Maths games and activities

Writing- using pencils, pens, crayons, chalks, fingers...

Brain gym- lots of fun dancing and moving to music

 

Thank you for your continued support (and for reading all this information!)

 

Mrs Cowley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term in Reception (Mondrian Class)

 

 

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We can't wait to see all of the children and hear about all the fun you have had over the Christmas period. We have an action packed Spring term in 2018 planned ahead!

 

Our focus this half term is ‘Winter.’ Learning through play the children will experience:

The sensory igloo- with a variety of white winter objects to explore, count and sort

Cold messy trays- with 'frozen' creatures and 'icebergs' to touch and observe melting

Outside water area (moved to the tap/hose pipe!)- investigating how ice/water travels

Snack shack and kitchen areas- making, 'buying and selling' frozen foods and deserts

Play dough area- making 'ice creams and lollipops' to sell in our snack shack

Winter related art and crafts- the children's interpretation of Winter!

Dressing up- as a Frozen princess or a superhero to save the frozen planet!

Books- related to Winter and the Polar regions

 

There will also be small group focused activities:

Using computers and books- to research cold places around the world / Arctic animals/ Northern lights

Talking- about cold experiences and places we have been to

Completing Floor books- to answer questions the children have about Winter

Snack time- preparing and tasting a selection of warm and cold winter snacks (including soup and ice lollies!)

 

We will also be celebrating Pancake day, Chinese New Year and other world festivals/ foods celebrated during Winter. If any parents or carers would like to come into school to share any experiences, cooking or crafts with the children you are more than welcome, please pop in to see Mrs Cowley or Mrs Winsborough.

 

We will continue to have daily carpet sessions focusing on:

Phonics- consolidating Phase 3 letters and sounds, tricky words and captions before starting Phase 4

English- sharing big books as well as a range of stories and non fiction texts

Independent mark making /writing to music (in books using pencils)

Guided reading- sessions once a week, as well as 1:1 reading to an adult

Maths- counting / ordering numbers, introducing money, problem solving, 3D shapes, height/ length / weights

 

 

 

 

 

Please continue to support your child by:

Sharing your child's reading book with them at least 3x a week

Completing weekly phonics / maths challenges with your child (including Abacus online activities)

Talking to them about their school day and share photos uploaded onto Tapestry (particularly on their focus day)

Upload your own photos onto Tapestry of activities your child enjoys outside school (the children love sharing these!!)

 

It would be really helpful if you could:

Send in one interesting object for show and share (fits in their book bag)- something found, made or collected is great!

Attach only one key ring to your child's book bag (so they fit in the boxes better)

Encourage your child to take out their phonics and reading book on their focus day

Please arrive in class on time (doors open at 8.45am) so that lessons can begin promptly at 8.55am

 

New morning activities (starting from 8.45am) this half term include:

Dough gym- play dough finger exercises as we dance to music!

Reading- lots of interesting things (magazines, recipes, signs, online books etc)

Maths games and activities

Writing- using pencils, pens, crayons, chalks, fingers...

Brain gym- lots of fun dancing and moving to music