Peacocks Class

Peacock Planning letter: Autumn Term 1/2 2022

We have had a fantastic first week at school, the children are so lovely and we are really looking forward to working with you all to give your children the best possible start to their school life. They have all settled into school so well and I am already very proud of them all.

For the next few weeks the children will be learning all of the school routines and rules and getting to know myself, Mrs Duncan, Miss Keenan and each other. It is important for myself and Mrs Duncan to learn each child’s individual characters in order to plan activities that are relevant to their development and so we will be asking the children over the next week to help us plan what activities they would like to see this term.

Our topics this term will be: ‘Good to be me’ and ‘Our wonderful World’.

Geography/History

We will be thinking about our families, who lives in our houses, where we live and our addresses. We will talk about our homes and how other people live in different homes. We will be looking at maps to see where Framfield School is and we will be discussing our community and who lives in it.

Reading

This year we are aiming to hear your child read at least 3 times a week but we need your help as well! We would like all children to read at home each night. This includes reading a book independently, listening to you read a book or reading with / to you or another family member. Reading should be fun and not a chore, if your child is tired or not keen, do not worry, leave if for the time being and try again later. Please record in your child’s reading record that they have read their school reading book.

Mathematical Development

This term we will be following the White Rose curriculum: We will spend a couple of weeks getting to know your child and then we will focus on topics called ‘Just like me’, ‘It’s me 1,2,3!’ and ‘Light and Dark’ – each topic is taught over 3 weeks and has a number focus and suggested links to measure, shape and spatial thinking.        

School Trip

We are very excited to announce we have organised a school trip to Lewes castle with our partner school Blackboys. This will be a valuable trip getting to know our peers at Blackboys School as well as learning about how people in the past lived. We will then be able to look at the map to see where Lewes is in relation to Framfield School. Back in class we will then use this experience to set up a role play castle, draw pictures, write sentences and share non-fiction books about castles.

Phonics

This year we are introducing our new phonic programme – Sounds Write. Next week (Wednesday 21st) we have an exciting parent workshop for you to attend to know all about this new scheme. Please do not worry if you are unable to attend, parent handouts will be available and the powerpoint will be added to our school website.

Writing

Our writing focus for the children this term is to learn and gain confidence using their phonics and use this knowledge within their reading and writing.

PE

Our P.E. lessons will take place on Monday morning with Wayne our outside coach and on Thursday morning with myself and Mrs Duncan. Please make sure your child has their full P.E. kit for these days and it is clearly named.

RE

The first half of the term we will be thinking about God and learning about Harvest and in the second half we will be looking at the story of the first Christmas.

Homework

The children will be coming home with homework books on Friday. Inside you will find log in details to Mathletics which is an online maths scheme for the children to work on at home. Homework will always be linked to the learning we do in class that week and gives you a chance to sit and talk with your child about their learning. 

Wanted

Small cardboard boxes for our junk box modelling station – kitchen rolls tubes, small cereal boxes. (sorry no egg boxes, milk cartons, toilet rolls or any packages that might have had nuts in.)

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to come and speak with me after school or make an appointment via the office.

On a final note if anyone is able to offer any time to read with children each week please let me know. Also, if you have any interests, occupations or skills that might be linked to our learning and you are happy to come in at some point this year and talk to the children please do let us know.

Many thanks,

Mrs Kent