We hope that you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and have been able to relax and enjoy the festivities with your loved ones; making memories, eating lots of delicious treats and enjoying your wonderful new presents. We are now back for the new year where we have a busy term ahead and a super new topic to kick it off!
The Land of the Dinosaurs!
This term, our topic theme is called 'The Land of the Dinosaurs'. As part of this topic we will be learning all about the different time periods associated with the dinosaurs, finding out about different types of dinosaurs, exploring fossils and how they help us to learn so much about the past and exploring the life of Mary Anning who was known for finding ‘curiosities’ and helping the world know about the land of the dinosaurs! We will be inspired in our literacy work to create our own fact files, write setting descriptions and stories and explore poems linked to dinosaurs. What a busy term ahead but one we are sure you will love to sink your teeth into!
Homework Tasks and Expectations:
Please also read the latest newsletter for further details of home work tasks starting this term
Please continue to read with your children as much as possible. We recommend short daily reading opportunities and regularly rereading familiar books. We do expect children re-reading the same book three times per week to help to build fluency and develop sight reading skills. It is also important to remember to ask simple questions as you go as this will help children's comprehension. These could be about what has just happened, how a character is feeling, why they choose to do something or what might happen next. It is also important to discuss new vocabulary with children.
If your child finds phonics difficult, it is really important that they regularly recap the learnt phonemes from their phonic sessions in school (these will be shared on a regular basis). This helps children overlearn the phonemes and supports them in recognising the phoneme as graphemes which not only supports fluency in reading but is really important for writing too.
Useful Websites & Apps
Websites for additional learning opportunities:
Below is a list of useful websites that can support you and your family during this time:
Websites that offer interactive games:
Websites for Reading Support:
Children have individual log ins and passwords
Useful Youtube Channels:
These are useful apps that we have used in school which we encourage you to use as required at home. Some of these are free but will need you to make an account whilst others are paid apps.
Teach your monster to read
If you discover something really useful that you think others might enjoy, please share with us so that we can share the links and information with our school community. Thank you for your continued support.