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Our next topic is...

How Does That Building Stay Up?


We hope you have had a fantastic Easter break and you're ready to begin our FINAL term in Gnome Class. 


Our topic this half term is 'How Does That Building Stay Up?' where we will be learning about famous buildings and architecture. We have lots of opportunities planned to create our own structures, draw world famous landmarks and identify how to build strong bridges.


Topics we will be covering in lessons:


In English we will be writing stories, instructions, posters and captions. We are continuing to explore text maps in order to complete our Talk 4 Writing units (The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff). We will be incorporating all of our phonics skills into every piece of writing we do, ensuring we sound every word out and attempt to write some tricky words.


In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of number, learning number bonds to 10 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also be learning about weight, by testing the strength of bridges we build and the weight they can hold.


In Phonics we have now completed all of Phase 2 and Phase 3 letters and sounds. This includes the phoneme-grapheme correspondence and all the tricky words for each phase. Please consolidate this with your child at home as much as possible to ensure they feel fully confident in applying their skills to all aspects of their learning. This includes reading and writing words/sentences containing phase 3 words.

Our Phonics lessons will now be a mixture of Phases 3 and 4 to build up the children's understanding of blends and clusters (Phase 4).


Please help to promote a love for reading at an early age by sharing language rich stories with your child at home. 

Activities to support your learning at home:

  • Practise writing your first name and surname. What letters make up your name?
  • Talk about the letters in different words. E.g. reading labels on packets or tins. Discuss the shape of the letters and how to correctly form them
  • Read numbers that you see every day, such as numbers on houses or car registration plates
  • Discuss mathematical concepts in every day life, such as money whilst shopping, time, addition and subtraction, doubling, halving and measurement
  • Practise counting familiar objects, such as stairs or shoes. Can the children count up to 20? Can they count backwards from 20?
  • Share stories together and have story time! Talk about the stories you have read. Encourage children to sound out simple words in reading books and blend them together


Key Information and Dates for Gnome Class:


  • PE will be on a MONDAY afternoon. Please ensure your child has both their INDOOR and OUTDOOR PE kit in school, including suitable footwear for outdoor PE.
  • If you would like to buy snack for your child, please send their money in an envelope at the beginning of the week clearly labelling their name, amount of money and what snack they would like. Please hand this in to Miss Mills, so she can update our snack list.
  • In EYFS, we go outside in all weathers. In the sunny periods, please ensure that your child is sent to school with a sun hat and sun cream. Sun cream should be applied BEFORE school and reapplied when needed. In colder weather, children should have a waterproof, hat, scarf and gloves in school. We also ask that a pair of wellies are left in school, so we can enjoy jumping in the puddles when it is wet.


· Monday 11th March – Sublime Science workshops in school for all classes

· Tuesday 12th March – Forest Schools

· Wednesday 13th March – FILM NIGHT showing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the hall. Arrive at school for 4.15pm ready for a 4.30pm start

· Tuesday 19th March – Parents Evening 3.30pm-6pm

· Wednesday 20th March – Mother’s Day Gift Shop

· Wednesday 20th March – Parents Evening 3.30pm-6pm

· Thursday 21st March – Gnome Class Enterprise Event in the hall at 2.45pm for parents 

· Wednesday 27th March – Bunny Bounce

  • Wednesday 3rd April – Morrison’s healthy food workshop in Gnome Class
  • 23rd April - FS2 Wild Sherwood Visit
  • 22nd May - Class Photograph Day



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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