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I hope you all had an exciting but restful Christmas Break. J


Our main topic this term is FAMOUS AUTHORS – we have decided to focus on AESOP’S FABLES until February half term.  We are going to be reading lots of the different fables in literacy and linking them to the rest of our topic work. Miss Dobson will be in class on a Monday this term, and she will be focusing on Geography, Music, Design Technology and ICT.



As our Focus is Aesop’s Fables this term our main literacy focus will be stories and texts that will allow us to learn more about them! The children will start by looking at ‘The Town and the Country Mouse’. We will explore the text features of a fable and look at different versions of the story, learning how and why there are so many different versions of the same story. We will then move onto The Ant and the Grasshopper, a lesser known Aesop’s fable. To conclude the topic, we will write a non-fiction text about one of the animals that we have read about.




Please ensure that you listen to your child read as often as possible. It really is crucial at this point in their learning life, and will make a huge difference to their attitude towards learning and their confidence. Children who learn to read quickly at this early stage are significantly more successful later in life!

We use a variety of reading schemes to teach reading including Floppy Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Rising Stars.

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics to teach phonics.



We will be looking at several topics in maths this term, covering areas such as:

*numbers and the number system

*shape, space and measures



We will also be continuing the work with number bonds and times tables. They will need to practise at home to extend their success further!!


Please remember to check your child’s Home/School book regularly as we put any important messages in there for you. I have also be put in the children’s targets for this half term.

In class 1 we are currently trying to encourage as much independence as possible when it comes to getting changed for PE and changing shoes for playtime.  With this in mind, can I please ask that you encourage your child to get dressed as independently as possible at home. Writing your child’s name in each piece of clothing is also essential to ensure that we get them back to the rightful owner.

Please also be considerate of the children's ability to tie shoelaces when buying school shoes. We have had a sudden influx of children coming into school with laces, and while we would never let a child struggle, we are wasting lots of learning time tying laces for the children. Especially after playtime and lunch time when the children have changed their shoes to play on the field. Velcro shoes are much easier for the children and they support the independence in dressing that we are encouraging.


If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to either come in to see me or ring me at school.


Thank you for your continued support.


Miss Childs


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