Cut the words out in the above phonics booklet. There are two different types of words. Alien words (words with made up names) and regular words (words written on a plain background). Your child needs to sound out the words / names and then blend the sounds together to say the word / name.
Our first Theme this year is ‘If you go down to the woods…’ So we will be using our school environment to explore animals and their habitats and learning about the importance of looking after where we live and the impact this has on humans and animals. We will be exploring different cultures and traditions, particularly harvest festival and how this is celebrated around the world.
Term 2 – How we express ourselves
This term we are exploring celebrations and festivals from around the world. We have begun by learning the story of Guy Fawkes and are looking at why we celebrate ‘Bonfire night’ and how to stay safe around fireworks. We will be discussing how people in other cultures and countries celebrate festivals and making comparisons between our beliefs and those of others. We will be thinking about those that fought in wars so that we can be safe through ‘Remembrance’ day. We will be talking about ‘Diwali’ and ‘Hannukah’ and of course we will be having our own Christmas celebrations by expressing ourselves through singing, acting and creative activities.
Term 3 – How we express ourselves
This term we are going to infinity and beyond in our Topic about space. We will be exploring the planets and using our imagination to ‘Walk in the shoes of an astronaut’. We are going to be designing and making ‘pants’ for our Aliens. Thinking about patterns, shapes and fastenings. i.e. sewing. We will be exploring a variety of techniques. We will be exploring seasonal and daily weather patterns within the United Kingdom. We will be locating hot and cold areas of the world i.e. the north and South poles. We are learning to respect differences and similarities between people and to explain different ways family and friends should care for one another. We are learning to understand how algorithms (instructions) are used as programs on a variety of digital devices.
Term 4 – How we express ourselves
We will be learning about Dinosaurs and what is believed to have led to their extinction. We will be using a simple timeline to look at the different periods in time that dinosaurs were alive and where these dinosaurs lived and what they ate. We are going to be designing our own dinosaur and making these from clay using a variety of tools and techniques to give them texture. We are continuing to explore uses of technology focussing particularly on how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet and which information we need to keep personal. We will also be using programmable toys to help us learn about directional and positional language.