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Donaldson's Animal Adventures

 

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

 

Week 1: Monkey Puzzle

 

Week 2: The Gruffalo

 

Week 3: A Squash and a Squeeze

 

Week 4: What the Ladybird Heard

 

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. We will also talk about their habitats.

 

Our celebration this half term will be Easter which we will learn about in the last week of the half term. We will learn about why Easter is celebrated and how people celebrate it in different ways. Different activities will take place in the last week of half term involving Easter, for example: an Easter Egg Hunt!

 

 

Literacy Focus:

We will be continuing to focus on writing simple words and sentences, focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. For our reading focus, we will be continuing to learn Phase 3 phonics. By the end of this half term, all graphemes in Phase 3 will have been taught.

 

Mathematics Focus:

This half term, we will be comparing the length and height of objects and using the correct mathematical language. We will also look at time by ordering important times in the day and again using the correct mathematical language. Then, we will learning about representing 9 and 10 as well as their compositions and place value. We will then compare numbers to 10 and look at number bonds to 10. Finally, we will be learning about 3D shapes and patterns.

 

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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