Jellyfish Autumn 2 Newsletter 2019

Our Toy Story topic will focus on asking and answering questions to find out about toys in the past, comparing these with modern day toys.
Class Project
The Jellyfish will be making a photo album with pictures of themselves, family and teachers playing with toys when they were children.  Please send in photos of your child or family in the past playing with toys (Tapestry, email or copies).  Add some details to tell us more, e.g. Jack's Granny riding her bike in 1970.  
In Literacy we will read stories including Kipper’s Toybox, sharing ideas about different toys and how they have changed over the years.  The children will find out about asking questions and using question marks in their writing. 
You can listen to the story of Kipper's Toybox below:
We will continue to practise the phonic sounds we know, using these in our class reading and writing activities.  The children will be introduced to more  Set 3 sounds, focusing on split digraph sounds like those found in cake, bone, huge and smile.  
We will begin this half term by finding out about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot and linking this to our knowledge about Parliament.
The children will also learn about Remembrance Sunday and think about how life was different in the past.  The children will ask and answer questions about the past and begin to use language of war and peace.
In order to develop an understanding of the past, the children will then think about changes in their lives and share special toys and memories.  They will find out about the toys their parents and grandparents enjoyed before looking at toys beyond living memory.
You can help your child with our learning by talking about toys you played with as a child and also toys enjoyed by friends and family.  By using the language of now and then, old and new, long ago the children will be able to compare toys in the past with toys now.
Home Reading

Please spend a little time reading with your child at home AT LEAST four times each week. This doesn’t always need to be their school reading book but can include their library book or any other texts that they are reading at home. We ask that you record any books that the children read in their reading records so we can reward them in school through our Reading Critters.

The children are learning to recognise a growing number of our tricky common exception words.  You can use the list provided in the back of their reading records to help with this at home, as well as learning their spellings each week so they can begin to spell these words correctly.


As the children explore and investigate how toys from the past were made, we will be thinking about how we can construct a simple toy.  We will select materials and cut these safely using tools provided and begin to measure to the nearest centimetre.  The children will use a range of of cutting and shaping techniques (such as tearing, cutting, folding and curling) to construct their toys, joining materials using different techniques.  Our focus will be on constructing wheels and axles and how these can be changed to create a toy that has a clear purpose and an intended user.  As we construct the toys, children will be encouraged to test and improve their models.  Finally we will test out the finished produce and talk about our designs.
The children will be using addition and subtraction within 10 and will learn how to use the part-whole model. 
We will be finding out about half and quarter turns and describing the position of objects using vocabulary:
left, right
forward, backward
above, below
We will be learning about length and height to describe and compare objects.
As we investigate toys, the children will begin to identify and name the different materials that they are made from, including wood, glass, plastic, metal and rubber.  They will group toys by materials and begin to explain why different materials are suitable for different toys.  We will link this with our history to think about how materials have developed over the years.
The children will be learning about St Andrew’s Day and use this as a focus for investigating Scotland so that they are able to  name, locate and describe key landmarks of Scotland and the capital city Edinburgh.  You can listen to this story to help with this learning.
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We will be investigating lines in our Art, by exploring the shapes that lines can make.  The children will collect different line drawings around the theme of 'trees' and talk about which images they like best.  We will be experimenting with different styles and thicknesses of lines and how lines and dots can be used to add texture.  The children will then use these techniques to create different line drawings of trees.
The children will continue with singing lessons each week, using their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes as they listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
This half term we will be learning to perform a traditional song with style and personality, sing a cumulative song from memory, create a dramatic group performance using props and sound-makers and change voices to suit different characters while performing actions.
In class the children will be introduced to tuned instruments and begin to explore how to play a simple tune, individually and in a group.
The children will take part in Multi-Skills activities to perform a variety of tasks moving in different ways.  We will begin our Gymnastics by learning the skills to be able to perform a sequence with a partner which includes at least 4 elements e.g. balance, jump, turn, roll.
This half term the children will also be travelling to Ashington to take part in the Hula Hooping festival.
We will begin by learning about respect and what this means, linking this to our Respectful Robot in school.  Children will think about respecting property, respecting others and how respect is reflected in our Remembrance Day celebrations.  We will focus on sharing and turn taking with others in our classroom activities.
As part of our History topic the children will be learning about the process of growing up and how they have changed since they were babies.
The children will begin to learn about Judaism by asking questions to find out more about this religion.  We will be finding out what Hanukkah is and then learn how and why Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.
In our topic It's Christmas Time we will find out what happens in the Christian Nativity story and where can we find it.
As part of our online safety work we will be talking about how to search safely for images online using a safe search engine such as SafeSearchKids. We will be recapping the importance of telling a grown up if we see something online that worries or scares us and discussing how internet filters can protect them.
The children will begin using programmable toys (Beebots). They will learn how to give the Beebots clear instructions (commands) to make the Beebot complete a given path.  The children will quickly move from giving single commands to sequences of commands. The children will learn to debug their programs when they don't quite work! The children will learn the term 'algorithm' - the list of steps that we give to computers to solve a problem or get something done.
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