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Our next topic is...

Amazing Animals



We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and you've had some much-needed rest! Last half term was very long and busy, so 6 weeks for this half term seems like a breeze!


Our topic this half term is called 'Amazing Animals'. Throughout the topic, we will be learning about animals who live in different areas of the world and various habitats. This will include animals from the Antarctic, rainforest, jungle, outback, woodland and our own pets!


We have a number of visitors lined up for us as part of this topic, including James McKay from 'The Animal Roadshow' who will be visiting Gnome Class with a number of rainforest animals. We are very excited and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get to hold some of the animals!


Topics we will be covering in lessons:


In English we will be writing speech bubbles, animal fact files, instructions and stories. We will also be learning about describing words; using adjectives to enhance our sentences. When completing all of our pieces of writing, we will be using our phonics skills to sound out words and aiming to use finger spaces and full stops consistently.


In Maths we will be exploring 'more or less' and comparing groups of objects to identify which group has fewer/more objects than the other. We will then move on to finding one more and one less than a given number or group of objects. It is essential that the children master these skills, as it will help them when they come to solving simple addition and subtraction problems. We will also be consolidating our understanding of measurement, by learning about weight, height, length and capacity. In practical activities we will using our knowledge to order two or three items accordingly.


In Phonics we are moving on to Phase 3 letters and sounds. The majority of Phase 3 sounds are digraphs and trigraphs, which we will be learning to read and write in our daily phonics sessions. There are also a number of new tricky words for us to learn, which we will hopefully begin to use in our writing. Please remember that phonics keyrings should be put back into book bags after use to ensure they are in school when we add new sounds (this is usually on Fridays). 


Thank you to everybody who took part in our reading challenge last half term. The children really enjoyed talking about the books that they read and we saw a big difference in their attitude towards reading. Even though the reading challenge has now finished, please continue to read with your child as much as possible at home and record this in their reading diary. They are making fantastic progress in such a short space of time and we want to encourage this as much as possible! smiley

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.


7th January - First day back!

14th January - Animal Roadshow

17th January - PTFA Disco (£2.50 entry fee which includes crisps and a drink)

  • FS2 & KS1 is 4.30 - 5.30pm
  • KS2 is 5.45 - 7pm

21st - 28th January - 'Ready, Steady, Read!' sponsored reading event 

12th February - FS2 Wild Sherwood Visit

12th March - FS2 Wild Sherwood Visit

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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