Welcome to Saplings Class
Saplings class is taught by Miss Mawby. Mrs Martin is the teaching assistant.
This Term's Theme - 'Under the Sea'
Our theme for this term is ‘Under the Sea’. During this topic, the children will learn about the habitats of sea creatures, become pirates for the day and learn about maps by creating their own treasure maps! We will carry out investigations to find out whether different objects float or sink and use this learning to make our own models of boats. The children will continue to learn about our five school values: Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence and will be awarded forest points throughout the day for showing them. In addition to this, we will begin our ‘Changing Me’ unit in PSHE where the children will learn about growing up, respecting their bodies and their transition into Year 1.
The children will listen to lots of different stories, such as ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister and ‘The Snail and The Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. During our English lessons, we will use the text ‘I Wanna Iguana’ by Karen Kaufman Orloff to support the children in writing persuasive letters. We will generate lots of new vocabulary with the help of Grandma Fantastic and continue to become brave writers during our group writing sessions. Continue to look out for the weekly language videos which will give you a sneaky peek at the learning that will be happening in Saplings Class the following week. These videos offer parents a great opportunity to use new vocabulary with their child at home.
Our PE lessons will take place on a Wednesday during the Summer 2 Term. The children will become pirates and improve their balancing skills by practising how to maintain their balance whilst standing on one leg. We will then move onto improving our counterbalance by practising this skill with a partner.
During our phonics lessons, the children will continue to learn the Set 1 and 2 sounds to ensure speed and fluency when reading them. The children will practise the skill of blending every day and will practise segmenting words into sounds to support their spelling. During this term, we aim to get children reading sentences with accuracy and independence. Look out for the ‘Book Bag Books’ that will be sent home with your child each week. These are books that your child will be able to read to you and should be practised every day.
In Maths, the children will improve their counting skills to 20. This is important as it focusses on the children’s ability to count in sequence and develops their understanding of a number’s cardinal value – how many items the number represents. The children will learn how to recognise, represent and manipulate numbers to 20 and continue to learn the skill of identifying one more and one less. Later in the term, we will learn about numerical patterns which will focus on halving, sharing and doubling as well as recognising odd and even numbers.
Thank you for your continued support and please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation Stage Team if you have any questions.
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