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Donaldson's Animal Adventures


This half term, we will be enjoying five stories by Julia Donaldson.


Week 1: Monkey Puzzle


Week 2: A Squash and a Squeeze


Week 3 and 4: The Gruffalo


Week 5: What the Ladybird Heard


Week 6: Superworm


We will be learning all about rhyming as well as describing words using these books. We will continue to make predictions and talk about what is happening in the stories. As well as this, we will share our opinions and talk about our favourite books, parts and characters. During this topic, we will be talking about the different animals in the stories, particularly about their features and characteristics, as well as their habitats. We will also be going on our school trip to Thorndon Park.


The religious festival that we will be learning about this half term is the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr.



Literacy Focus:

We will be continuing to focus on writing simple sentences, focusing on using finger spaces and our phonic knowledge to segment words. Some of us will start to look at capital letters and full stops. For our reading focus, we will be recapping the Phase 3 sounds and tricky words and applying our phonic knowledge to reading sentences.



Mathematics Focus:

In maths, we will be learning to count to 20 and beyond, recognising the pattern of the counting system. We will be adding and subtracting using objects and quantities and also by count on and back. Throughout, we will be using mathematical language associated with addition and subtraction. We will also be talking about the names and properties of shapes and how shapes can be combine and separated to make new shapes.



A few reminders:

· Please make sure all school uniform is labelled.

· Ensure your child has a tracksuit for PE—if it is dry they will be going outside.

· Bring a water bottle to school everyday.


How to help at home:

· Hear them read as often as possible.

· Read lots of stories to them to support their story telling language, including other Julia Donaldson stories.

· Ask your child questions about stories they have read.

· Talk about the animals in the stories and their habitats.

· Go on walks with your child and talk about the world around them.

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