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Welcome - Term 3

Welcome back! In term three our topic is ‘Out Of This World’ where we will be exploring space! We will investigate the life of astronauts, the planets, space travel and aliens! Towards the end of term we will also learn about the celebration Chinese New Year. 

In Literacy, we will be writing lists, learning how to describe objects and writing facts about space. We are going to read a range of non-fiction books alongside 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy and 'Aliens love underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. 

In Maths, we will be consolidating numbers beginning to explore simple addition. We are going to be learning language relating to position (1st, 2nd, 3rd), capacity and money. 

During this topic, we will also discuss people who help us such as firefighters, police and nurses. 

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 3: Out Of This World

Upcoming Events

You are invited to attend a Phonics ‘Stay and Play’ session in the morning of Tuesday 29th January.  We had a brilliant turn-out for our Reading ‘Stay and Play’ last term and really hope you can join us this time too.


 Week 7

We have had an exciting week in Clownfish Class. On Monday we found a giant egg in our classroom! We have spent the week looking for clues about which animal could have left the egg, closing observing it for any movement and writing predictions about what might be inside. We also had a visit from a Firefighter. He talked to us about his job, how to keep ourselves safe and the different things firefighters do to help us. 


Week 6

This week in Clownfish class we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We have practiced writing Chinese symbols and numbers, made cards and different decorations for our classroom. The children have all written a wish on oranges to put onto our Wishing Tree for English and in Maths we have been exploring British coins and playing shops. 



Week 5

Clownfish class have been reading 'Aliens love Underpants' this week. We have thoroughly enjoyed lots of alien activities including making aliens masks and designing our own alien pants! In Maths we have been learning about capacity and the children have been confidently using vocabulary such as 'full', 'empty' and 'half full'.



Week 4

This week we have been enjoying the story 'Whatever Next'. The children have been writing simple sentences about the story - working on using finger spaces and capital letters. We have enjoyed role-playing as Baby Bear with his rocket, space helmet and space boots. In Maths we have been learning how to find one less and practicing counting backwards. 




Week 3

 This week in Clownfish Class we have been exploring the planets. We know lots of facts about Earth. Mars and Saturn in particular. In Maths this week we have been practicing adding by counting the total of two groups using moon rocks! We have also enjoyed building rockets, making the moon and learning a new song in Music. 



Week 2

This week we have been learning about astronaut life in space. The children have enjoyed watching videos from the astronaut Chris Hadfield modelling how he completes everyday tasks in space. We then wrote instructions about these tasks. See below for an example about 'How to go to bed in space'. We have also been exploring the properties of 2D shapes. We have used them to build our own rockets! 




Term 2


Week 6 - 03/12/18

This week we have been learning about Christmas.

We have been wrapping up presents in Santa’s Workshop.
We have been weighing and sorting presents for Santa.
We have been practicing our songs and dances for the Christmas Show!


Week 4 - 19/11/18

This week we have been learning about the journey of a letter.

We learnt the story 'The Jolly Postman'.
We learnt about the jobs people do at a post office.
We have been learning to +1.

Week 3 - 12/11/18

This week we have been learning about the dark.

We learnt the story 'Owl Babies'.
We made a shadow puppet theater and experimented with changing the size of the shadows. 
We talked about what scares us. 

Week 2 - 5/11/18

This week we have been celebrating Bonfire Night (5/11/18) and Diwali (7/11/18).

We learnt the story Hindu story of 'Rama & Sita'.
We cooked roti and tasted different Indian spices. 
We made our own rangoli patterns. 

Week 1 - 29/10/18

This week we have been celebrating Halloween!

We learnt the story 'Room on the Broom'.
We have been picking seeds out of pumpkins using tweezers and talking about the texture of the pulp inside. 
We made and wrote about our very own magic potion. 


Welcome - Term 2

Welcome back! In term two our topic is ‘Are We There Yet?’ where we will be exploring journeys and some of the celebrations that take place in the lead up to Christmas.  

In Literacy, we will be writing letters home and learning the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’. To support our learning, we will read stories such as ‘The Story of Rama and Sita’, ‘Owl Babies’ and the journey Mary and Joseph take in the Nativity Story.

In Math, we will be consolidating numbers and counting to ten and beyond. In the lead up to Christmas we will be busy in our post-office ordering and sorting parcels by length and weight.

During this topic, we will also discuss significant events such as Remembrance, talk about how to stay safe on Bonfire night and how we feel about the dark.

For further information please see our Topic Web – Term 2: Are We There Yet?


Upcoming Events

We will be visiting a real post-office in Week 5 (Week beginning 26/11) – date TBC.

You are invited to attend a Math ‘Stay and Play’ session on the morning of 22nd November. We had a brilliant turn-out for our Reading ‘Stay and Play’ last term and really hope you can join us this time too.

Our Christmas Nativity performance will be on
Tuesday 18th December at 2pm in the School Hall.


Home Learning

We will not begin to set homework until Term 3. However, we do expect:

  • All children to read for 5-10 minutes a day. Please remember to write in your child's Reading Diary as each time they read will count towards Red Ted rewards.
  • Children to practise sounds learnt in phonics using the sound and tricky word mats which are in your child’s book bag.
  • Parents/carers to check the weekly newsletter for Home Learning challenges and share your learning on Tapestry.


We learn Phonics daily, following the ‘letters and sounds’ curriculum. Every child began Phase 2 in September.

Children learn a number of new sounds each week so it is helpful if you re-cap these at home. Phonics is taught in groups – Mice, Foxes, Owls and Snakes. Look for the sounds your child has been learning on the weekly newsletter. Your child should know which group they are in, if you have any queries please ask your class teacher. The groups are fluid to meet the needs of the children, please do not worry if your child changes group. Again, please speak to us if you have any concerns.

We have recently started learning phonics to help with our reading and writing. Look at our fantastic labels.


*The hand-out from the Phonics Workshop on 11/10/2018 can be accessed here.* 



We will partake in PE on Friday mornings. Please ensure your child has a complete PE kit in school and that everything is named.


Further Information

Attached you will find the Early Year’s curriculum. Throughout the year children will have the opportunity to engage and explore a variety of activities that encourage development in each of the seven areas of learning. These areas are detailed in the Topic Web above. Children need to meet the Early Learning Goal in all areas by the end of the academic year in order to achieve a ‘Good Level of Development’.

We are really looking forward to journeying through our new topic. We hope you have a wonderful half term; see you again on the 29th October!


Mrs Goodeal, Miss Grace, Mrs Eyers & Mrs Nelson.