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




Our main topic this term is INVENTORS.  We are going to be learning about lots of different inventors over the next 5 weeks, and how they have impacted our lives today. In particular, we will focus on the different modes of transport invented, and how they have changed over the years. Our Science topic will also look at different inventions, and how investigations have allowed inventors to get the best results.






As our Focus is Inventors 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 an animation called ‘The Girl and the Robot’. We will explore the events of the story and the characters involved and invent our own language to retell the story in our own words. Look out for the link on Class Dojo to watch it yourself once the children have been introduced to it. We will then take a look at non-fiction texts and choose an inventor to write about as we create our own fact file. To conclude the topic, we will meet an interesting girl called Violet, who loves to invent things and is the main character in the book ‘Violet the Pilot’.




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 the Maths Passports – Please see your child’s Home/School book for their current targets. 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 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. Your child’s name must be in each piece of clothing so they can identify their own uniform and ensure that we get them back to the rightful owner if they get misplaced.

Please also be considerate of your child'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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