Turtles Summer 2 2019 Newsletter

Last half term we loved learning all about caterpillars and butterflies and were fascinated to watch how they changed before our very eyes within our classroom. We will be continuing to learn all about growing and changes but with a focus on plants, flowers and animals.  We will be using texts such as Jaspers Beanstalk and Fran's Flower as a stimulus for this to find out more about what plants need to grow. The children have already been learning about growing and caring for plants through their work in the garden with Mrs Graham. I am sure you will all agree they have done a brilliant job so far! Why not try some growing at home too- something like cress is very quick and simple- keep us up to date with this by adding your photographs onto Tapestry! 
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This half term we will also be visiting Whitehouse Farm. The children will spend the day on the working farm and enjoy activities such a petting and feeding a wide range of animals, exploring the farm and having a tractor ride. Look out for more information about what the children will need on their visit closer to the time. Why not spend some time talking to your child about the different kinds of animals they might find on a farm and their names, including the names of the baby animals. Click here to play an online game about animals and their babies.
Read Write Inc
We are very impressed with how well the children are doing with their RWI work. They already confidently recognise lots of set 2 sounds and are beginning to use these well to support their independent reading and writing. This half term we will continue to learn set 2 sounds which we have not yet covered, as well as introducing some new tricky red words. At home you can support your child by encouraging them to spot red words within their reading books as well as practicing writing these words. This will be fantastic preparation for moving into Year 1.  Remember you can't Fred a red you just have to know it! As part of our learning we are encouraging the children to become more independent when writing simple sentences, we do this by telling the children to hold the sentence in their head, say it out loud, say it to a friend, count how many words are in the sentence then have a go at recording it. We are currently reinforcing the use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Why not have a go at writing some simple sentences at home!
Much of our learning this half term will be linked to using the skills we have learned to solve problems. We will be continuing to learn all about doubling, halving, sharing and also practicing our work on Number Bonds. The children now use the Number Bond Rap to support their mental recall of numbers which go together to make 10. Why not practice this at home and then have a game of number bond ping pong! We play this in school where I say a number, for example 4 and the children have to reply with the number which goes with 4 to make 10, so reply with 6! Have a go at playing Hit the button and seeing how many number bonds you can match in one minute!
Sports Day
Watch out for more information about sports day this half term, we will be starting to practice some our activities very soon so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school each day. As part of sports day we ask that the children wear a t shirt to show their team colours red, yellow or green.  You can now order school coloured PE t shirts form our online school uniform supplier. All of the children know which team they are in but if you do need any information about this please ask.