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Learning Together and Growing Together  to Be All That We Can Be
What we are learning about this term:

Literacy will continue to focus on phonemes, reading/blending, spelling and using phonemes to write words and sentences. Please continue to practise reading, spelling and phonemes at home. Your child will have a spelling quiz on a Friday. A spelling list will be provided by the class teacher. Thank you for your support with this. Your child will also be introduced to basic French vocabulary such as greetings, numbers, days of the week, the weather and colours.

Numeracy this term will focus on subtraction within 10. Your child will be introduced to “Learn Its” facts we would like them to remember, these are: 2-1=1, 4-2=2, 6-3=3, 8-4=4, 10-5=5, 3-2=1 (3-1=2)and 5-3=2(5-2=3). Your child will also explore the “Language of Subtraction” and have the opportunity to link subtraction facts with what they have learned in addition. We will also look at recognising and describing 3D shapes, symmetry and practical experience using a variety of containers during capacity.

We are continuing to place an emphasis on reduce, re-use and recycle as part of our ongoing Eco work. We will also find out how we can help bees to survive in our school environment, by setting up bee hotels in the playground.

Our Physical Education this term will include gymnastics and striking and fielding games. We will continue with our work on massage in the class as it is a good reminder that “Kind Hands” are necessary at school. As part of our learning journeys and target setting, the children will continue to self-evaluate tasks, give peer assessment and will be involved in planning their next steps in learning. This includes strategies such as traffic lighting, thumbs up/thumbs down, thinking time and creating class personal targets.

Our Interdisciplinary Study/other relevant information:

Our interdisciplinary study this term is “Water” ( Why we need water and what do we use it for? ) and “Toys and Inventions” ( How do toys work?/What forces are required? ). The children will also learn about what life was like in the past compared to now and discover how recent inventions have had an impact on everyday living. At the beginning of term 3 the children will take part in a workshop at Summerlee Museum called “When Gran was a Girl”. This will be a practical experience illustrating how toys and appliances have changed over time and it will also reinforce our learning towards the end of term 2. Our wall display will continue to be known as our Learning Journey.

Promoting Positive Behaviour: In addition to the whole school system, we will continue display our “Leadership Board” and choose a “Star of the Week”, ”Star Sitter” and a “Top Team” on a weekly basis and . Stickers, stampers and verbal praise are also used on a daily basis to reinforce rules and reward hard work and effort.

This term within Health and Wellbeing the children will be learning about Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (R.S.H.P) relating to the following aspects of Curriculum for Excellence:-

friendships/relationships, likes/dislikes, families/carers, feelings/emotions, individual uniqueness, verbal/non-verbal communication and respecting personal space and boundaries. Children will also learn about how to respect and care for their growing bodies, develop an understanding of animal life cycles, develop their familiarity with body parts and an understanding gender differences.

How you can help your child:

  • Practise reading (when books are issued), phonemes and spelling.
  • Practise letter and number recognition/formation.
  • Help your child to tell the time (o’clock).
  • Check your child’s homework folder and sign markers.
  • Practise numbers before, after, between (up to 20)
  • Practise counting forwards and backwards up to 20.
  • Encourage your child to make words with phonemes already taught in school.
  • Practise saying or singing the alphabet at home.
  • Practise coin recognition of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p.
  • Encourage the correct pencil grip.
  • Help your child to become familiar in saying the days of the week and months of the year.