Welcome to Gnome Class!
Our next topic is...
Whose hat is it?
Wow! I cannot believe this our final half term with your wonderful little people! We have had such an amazing year so far and we're so excited for the next few fun-filled weeks. We have so much to look forward to, including a number of visitors, race for life, sports day, our cinema trip and...Gnome Graduation! It's definitely going to be a busy half term, but we wouldn't have it any other way!
Our topic this half term is 'Whose hat is it?' where we will be learning about various people who, I'm sure you've guessed, wear hats! Our whole school topic is Vikings, but with the age of the Gnomes in mind we've expanded this to other people who wear hats too. This will include chefs, pirates, the emergency services, kings and queens.
Topics we will be covering in lessons:
In English we will be writing recounts, speech bubbles, recipes, instructions and a Viking themed Talk 4 Writing. In every piece of writing we aim to include all aspects of our phonics lessons. This includes spelling tricky words and high frequency words correctly, whilst segmenting unfamiliar words carefully in order to hear all the sounds.
In Maths we will be deepening our understanding of number by recapping one more, one less, number bonds to 10 and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will also be revisiting 2D and 3D shape, money, size and weight. Please practise these concepts with your children at home to reinforce school-based learning. Can the children weigh some ingredients when baking? Can they count the socks in their drawer by counting in 2s? Can they recognise any 3D shapes around your house and describe the properties? Maths is all around us and we want the children to understand that as much as possible.
In Phonics we are coming to the end of Phase 4 - this is the last phase we will be teaching in Gnome Class. Phase 4 deepens our understanding of segmenting and blending words, as the focus is on consonant blends and clusters in words.
E.g. 'cl' in clapping
'st' and 'mp' in stamping
'dr' and 'nk' in drink
This is such a tricky concept for some children to fully grasp, so using this vocabulary at home whilst reading stories with your child will really help. The list of tricky words which children learn in phases 2, 3 and 4 of phonics are in the front of their reading diaries. Within the next two weeks, the children will have completed Phase 4 and as such will have been taught all of the tricky words listed. We love 'Tricky Word Bingo' in our class. Maybe you could have a game at home to practise their tricky word recognition? I'm sure they'd love to 'teach you' how to play!
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:
Key Information and Dates for Gnome Class:
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!
The EYFS Team