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St Anne's Infants' School

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Reach for the Stars

Term 2

Author writers:

As author writers, we are working on the following areas this term:

- using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and for names of people, places and things.

- using full stops at the end of a sentence;

- using spaces between words;

- forming lower-case, capital letters and digits correctly;

- using the conjunction 'and' to join words e.g. 'There was a slide and a swing'.

- using the names of people, places and things e.g. 'dragon, castle, butterfly.'

 

We will also be enjoying reading a range of texts as authors including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

 

Mathematicians:

This term we will be working on place value as well as the following areas:

- counting forwards and backwards to 30.

- adding and subtracting numbers.

- knowing number bonds to 10 (pairs of numbers that equal 10); 1+9=10; 2+8=10; 3+7=10 etc.

- forming all numerals correctly from 0 to 9.

 

Ways you could help to support us learning our number bonds to 10 at home include:

- split 10 pieces of pasta into two groups and record all the different possibilities;

- use a deck of cards and select the cards numbered 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10. Can you find the matching pairs that total 10?

- draw ladybirds and colour or use blocks, raisins or pasta to arrange a different number of spots on each side of the ladybird;

- gather 10 lego bricks in a clear plastic bag and seal the bag. Get your child to move 4 to one side and 6 to the other and then repeat with various numbers. The bag is sealed so they can see that none have been added or taken away, it's just the case of splitting them in different ways.

 

Phonics:

This term we will be consolidating our knowledge of set 2 sounds and learning the following sounds:

- ar (start the car);

- or (shut the door);

- air (that's not fair)

- ir (whirl and twirl)

- ou (shout it out)

- oy (toy for a boy)

- ea (a cup of tea)

- oi (spoil the boy)

- a-e (make a cake)

- i-e (nice smile)

- o-e (phone home)

- u-e (huge brute)

- aw (yawn at dawn)

 

Phonics play is a great resource to use to support learning these sounds. The children enjoy playing 'Obb and Bob' where they need to read a range of real and alien words containing these sounds (if you click on each phase, the different sounds are containing within there): 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/PicnicOnPluto.html

 

Use your RWI cards and sound mats to support you at home.

Please come and see a class teacher if you are unsure of how best to support your child with their phonics at home.

 

Enquiry:

This term we will be continuing our enquiry 'Who helps who?' We will be learning about Princess Campbell and why she is a significant local figure and using our knowledge as historians to create a historical display or poster about her.

 

Our following enquiry will be 'What do artists do?' We will be exploring the art work of a range of artists including Damien Hirst and Georges Seurat as well as aboriginal art. We will be creating our own art work in their style (Pointillism) using a range of art materials. We will be holding an art exhibition to display our wonderful art work at the end of our enquiry.

 

Computing:

This term, we will be learning how to stay safe when using technology as well as how to stay safe online.

 

Music:

We will be practising songs for our winter celebrations.

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