Acorn Class Newsletter – January 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Welcome back – hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year! Just to let you know a few things about what’s happening in Acorn Class this term.

Reading

Reading books will be coming home from Wednesday this week. Please continue to read daily with your child whenever possible. They will probably be quite tired after the busy holidays, but the main thing to remember is that books are to be enjoyed, not to become a chore. Try to make reading books a shared time that you enjoy spending together.

Labeling

Please make sure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labeled with their name. This will ensure PE kits and uniforms do not get mixed up at changing time. It will also make it much easier for Acorns to recognise their things.

Uniform/P.E. Kit

Please send in your child’s PE kit by Wednesday, with warm clothing in case we are outside. Our PE days are still Monday’s and Wednesday’s. PE kits can stay at school and will go home at the end of each half term. Please make sure your child does not wear any jewellery at all.

Topic work

This term our main topic will be the Dinosaurs. We will be having fun with a range of activities including counting and sounding out words, pelmanism (memory card game), Top Trumps and Dinosaur Dash! Acorn Class will be making various dinosaur-related objects, playing ‘Dino Steal’, drawing and labeling dinosaurs.

We will explore our topic further through two Animated Tales and books about dinosaurs. Acorns will find out about the structure of stories and discuss the characters. We will be creating our own dinosaur characters, writing a story, using puppets, making dinosaur teeth and fossil footprints as well as enjoying the dinosaur biscuits we will be baking.

We will also be looking at two dinosaur poems and discussing the rhyming words. This will inspire us to write a class poem using a similar structure and then Acorns will write some of their own. Using further poems as a stimulus, we will be writing dinosaur couplets and a poem about crocodiles.

Class Teddies

Our class teddies are Patch and Rufus – they have been very well loved in the past and will be coming home with different children each day from next week. If it’s your child’s turn, please sit and help them write a couple of lines describing what they got up to in your home. Support and encourage them to be as independent as possible with this. They can also draw a picture or stick in photographs to show what they got up to.

These are not intended to be an extra thing to worry about, so please don’t feel you have to write lots. It is a nice way of linking home and school, developing confidence, and writing for a purpose. The children all enjoy sharing their experiences with the class and this also helps to further develop their confidence in speaking and listening.

Learning Journeys

Please send these in as soon as you can and I will return them with feedback. I look forward to finding out all the exciting things you enjoyed over the festive season.

Outdoor Area

We will continue to use our Outdoor Area as much as possible. Please make sure your child is prepared for all weathers – named waterproofs should be kept on your child’s peg to enable them to fully enjoy their time outdoors.

It’s that time of year when coughs and colds are around. Please can everyone bring in a box of tissues.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask – the best time is at the end of the school day.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Miss G. Hunt