Turtles Spring 2 2018 Newsletter

Gong Hey Fat Choi
We will start this half term with a mini topic learning all about the festival of Chinese New Year. We will be learning about how the festival is celebrated around the world and the similarities and differences between to how we celebrate special times. We will be listening to and responding to a range of chinese inspired music and even learning how to do chinese dancing, including ribbon and lion dancing. Why not watch the videos below to find out more about Lion dancing. 
We will also be talking about our favourite foods and talking about foods which we like to eat at special times such as birthday cakes, christmas lunch and party food. We will be sampling some chinese food including rice, noodles and prawn crackers. Why not try some chinese food at home and share this with us via Tapestry. Click on the link below to share a story all about Chinese New Year called Dragons in the City. 
As part of our learning about  Chinese New Year we will be learning about ordinal numbers and ordering the animals from the New Year race. We will be continuing to develop our skills in addition and subtraction using numbers up to 20. We will also be learning about number bonds and the children will be introduced to the Number Bond Rap. Why not click below to share the rap with your child. 
Once upon a time ...
This half term we will be focusing our learning around the theme of Fairy Tales. This topic will allow us to use our imagination and create our own fairytale characters and settings. We will follow the interests of the children and find out about their favourite fairy tales. We will be sharing many of the popular fairy tales such as the Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The 3 Little Pigs (Why not share the video below?). You can help by visiting the Library and encouraging your child to read a range of fairy tales and traditional tales. Click here to listen to some fairy tales online. 
Read Write Inc 
We will be continuing to develop our blending and segmenting skills to support our reading and writing. We will be introducing Set 2 sounds and using these alongside the Set 1 sounds which we are now becoming more confident with. Look at the photo below to see the order which we will be introducing the Set 2 sounds in. Many of the children are now working on Ditties (red books) and we will be working really hard to develop our writing and encouraging the children to hold a sentence. We will also be continuing to practise reading red words from sight. Why not click here to play pick a picture game where the children have to blend the word and find the matching picture.