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Marvellous Minibeasts


Welcome to the Summer term in Gnome Class! We hope you had a fantastic Easter break and you're ready to dive straight back into our learning journey.


Our topic this half term is called 'Marvellous Minibeasts'.  



In English, we will be writing poems, speech bubbles and stories. We will also sequence pictures for familiar stories, write letters and write minibeast fact files. We will continue to apply the skills we learn in phonics into all of our writing.


In Maths, we will be deepening our understanding of certain topics, such as money, addition and subtraction (including one more and one less). When adding and subtracting, children are encouraged to count forwards or backwards in order to find the answer. We will learn how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as learning about halving, symmetry and pattern.


In Phonics, some children have now completed Phase 3 and they are now recapping both phases to ensure they are fully secure in their knowledge. All children will have completed Phase 3 within the next few weeks if they have not done so already. Please ensure phonics key rings are kept in book bags so we can add new sounds when required.


Activities to support your learning at home:

  • Practise writing your name and discuss what letters are in your name.
  • Talk about the letters in different words. E.g. reading labels on packets or tins. Discuss the shape of the letters.
  • Read numbers that you see every day, such as numbers on houses or car registration plates
  • Read and write numbers to 20
  • Discuss mathematical concepts in every day life, such as money whilst shopping, time, addition and subtraction
  • Practise counting familiar objects, such as stairs or shoes.
  • Share stories together and have story time! Talk about the stories you have read.


Key Information and Dates for Gnome Class:


  • PE will be on a Monday afternoon with Mr Roberts. Now that the weather is starting to improve, lessons will be outside (weather permitting). Please ensure your child has both INDOOR and OUTDOOR PE kits in school including TRAINERS.
  • The Reading Challenge is in place again this half term. The chart is displayed on the board outside our classroom. If you read at home 3+ times a week you will receive a star on the chart. Read at home every week in the half term and you will receive a treat/prize!
  • Children will now buy their own snack from the kitchen at break times. Please ensure your child has the correct (or small) change to buy their snack, as this helps to speed up the snack buying process.
  • Children change their own reading books using the baskets in the classroom. If they need new books, please remind them to change them, as we only have time to give new books when reading with each child.


Please note - children should now enter the classroom INDEPENDENTLY and put their things away themselves. As well as helping children to become more independent, it also ensures the classroom door isn't blocked up so others can access the classroom easily.


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If you would like to help out in Gnome Class, please come and see a member of staff. Whether you are a mum, dad, grandma, grandad or sibling, you are more than welcome to come and join us!


If you have any questions or worries please come and see us, we are here to help in any way we can!


Thank you,

The EYFS Team

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Useful Websites:


Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage -  http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf 


Phonics Play website - http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 


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