This half term, our topic is Dinosaurs!
We would welcome any non-fiction books on dinosaurs for the children to share with the class. To find out more about our topic and what we will be learning about, please take a look at our topic overview below:
We will be practising games in this term in preparation for Sports Day! You may also hear your child mention Big Moves which is a scheme of work where children learn 2 different skills per week. These skills will build children’s balance, core stability and spatial awareness.
Reading and Writing
We will be continuing our reading, writing and recognising of single sounds, digraphs (two letters one sound) and trigraphs (three letters one sound) throughout this term. As well as blending and segmenting of CCVC words (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) 'i.e. snap, frog, bran', we will begin to introduce the children to CCVCC words (i.e. flash, paint, slept).
We will be reading, writing and recognising the remaining digraphs and trighgraphs below.
ar, or, ir, er, ou, ,ow, oy, oi, air, tch
Please continue to support your child in recognising and writing their first name and surname as well encouraging them to write wherever possible at home. Remember that this doesn't have to be with pen and paper. It could be writing in the sandpit, with big chalks outside or in a glitter tray. If you have any questions about this please come in and speak to the class teachers after school.
The red words that we are teaching and reinforcing this term are:
I, to, the, no, go, into, was, all, my, they, was, her, are, you, he, we, me, be, she, said, have, like, so, do, come, some, little, one, were, there, what, when, out
Children will practise reading these and writing them independently in their own writing.
We will also be expecting children to attempt to write polysyllabic words (words with more than one syllable i.e. sunset and laptop).
We will label features of dinosaurs using adjectives and even create our own dinosaur names!
We will be retelling stories using a story map and beginning to sequence events and narrative in our own writing.
Communication and Language
Dinosaurs Non-Fiction Text
STOMP! ROAR! Here comes the Dinosaurs
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Rhyming Books
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Go to School
The Good Dinosaur
Dinosaurs love Underpants
Continue to discuss about features of a book such as whether it is fiction or non-fiction, whether it rhymes, who the author is and what a blurb is. We will continue to sequence stories into beginning, middle and end and make predictions based on what we know. We will learn that we get information from non-fiction texts as well as get information from technology (Google, Wikipedia and YouTube).
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding the World
We will continue to teach children about resilience and looking at our key words for the foundation year:
We also hope to visit New Walk Museum in Leicester to look at the Dinosaur exhibition.
Many thanks for your continuous support,
The Foundation Team