Term 2 Learning Behaviour: Curiosity and Questioning
As a school, we will be concentrating on a different learning behaviour each term.
This term we will work on:
Curiosity and Questioning
This term we will encouraging children to be curious little learners. We will learn what a question is and why it is important to ask questions. We will praise and develop children's curiosity and help them to ask and answer their own questions on what they think is important and on the matters they want to know more about.
We will develop this learning behaviour in all areas of our curriculum but particularly through Science and Knowledge of the World.
You can help at home by also encouraging your child to ask questions about the things that interest them and praising them when they show they are curious about their world.
Term 2 - Winnie the Witch
This term, our learning will focus upon Winnie the Witch! We will read the stories and learn the science behind some of those thought provoking questions. Why can't people fly like witches? How do some animals fly? How do they stay in the air? What is gravity? As well as the children's own thoughts around the Winnie the Witch stories.
In Maths this term we will continue to recognise and order numbers to 10 and beyond. We will also work on recognising and describing 2D and 3D shapes.
In Phonics this term will complete Phase 2 then move on to Phase 3 which will include the letters j, v, w, x, y and z.
We will then move on to digraphs (sounds with 2 letters) such as qu, ch, th, sh.
We will continue sending home sounds to learn as part or our weekly homework activities.
Please spend time learning these sounds including how to form them in writing.
Owls will continue to bring home a book to share with you. Please remember to record every time you read with your child in their Reading Record. Books are currently changed once a week, this gives plenty of time for you to:
* read the story to your child first
* discuss the pictures
* talk about the characters, their reactions, why they behave as they do
* allow your child to read to you, encouraging them to use their phoneme fingers
* ask your child to read the book through a 2nd or 3rd time to help boost their confidence
* pick out individual words out of context, encourage your child to use their phoneme fingers to sound them out
* think of a new ending for the story or make up a new story about the characters
In RE this term, we will learn about special times. We will discuss the Hindu festival Diwali as well as the important Christian celebration, Christmas. We will consider why these times are important to us and why they are important to others.
Our PE day is a Tuesday and will be taught by a specialist sports coach, we will begin with 'Games'.
Please make sure PE kits are clearly labelled and in school everyday.
Show and Tell:
Parents will be informed when it is their child’s turn for Show and Tell. It takes place on a Friday afternoon and children can bring in something related to the topic. This term it would be nice if the children could bring in something they are curious about. Perhaps it could be a book about space or a model of a dinosaur they would like to learn more on - absolutely anything that sparks their enthusiasm and makes them ask questions. If they could also share a question they would love to know the answer to related to their object - that would be brilliant!
Remember water bottles (filled with water only please), PE kits, book bags and reading records need to be in school every day. Please also make sure all belongings are clearly labelled with your child's name.
If you have any worries or concerns, we are always happy to help!
The Owls Team