Term 5, Week 2

Hello everyone and welcome to Term 5 week 2. It has been lovely to have a more ‘normal’ start to the new term! We have been busy this week settling back into the routines of the school day and remembering our school rules. We are excited to have started our new topic ‘In the Garden’! The children have been enjoying playing in our new ’Garden Centre’ role play areas and have all planted a bean so that we can observe the roots and shoots grow. These will eventually need to be transferred into pots of compost. Thank you to everyone who has already brought one in. 

Talking about plants, selling plants and making plants!


PE Kit:

Please remember to send children in their PE kit on the days that they have PE lessons:

Class 1 – Monday

Class 2 – Wednesday

Class 3 – Friday.

The children should also wear their PE kit if they are going to Shine after school.

Reading Books:

Children should now be bringing their book bags (reading folders) to school every day. We will give all children a new book on Monday and all the books will be collected in again on Friday to be quarantined over the weekend. This enables us to have enough books for everyone the next week.

Usually your child will have the same book all week to develop their fluency, expression and comprehension skills. Occasionally this book may be changed during the week after reading in school. Please remember that you still have access to all the books on the Active learn ‘Bug Club’ .

This week’s Learning 

The full plans are available here if you are isolating at home.


We continue with our Jigsaw sessions on Healthy Me. This week, we will remember how to stop germs and Covid as we are learning about the importance of keeping clean

We will also continue to do daily wellbeing activities.

Communication and Language

We will be supporting role play in our garden centres and modeling the use of appropriate vocabulary and phrases related to buying and selling. Through reading fiction and non fiction books we will learn the meaning of new vocabulary related to gardens and growing. 


Gross motor skills: This term we will be using Jasmine Real Gym for our PE lessons. This week we are focusing on low apparatus work.

Fine Motor Skills:  This week we will be making writing patterns to support the formation of the ‘curly caterpillar’ letters.



Over the next few weeks we will be revisiting all the digraphs and trigraphs we have learnt so far. 

This week we will focusing on oa, oo, ar

We will also be practicing spelling the tricky words They, all


This week we will be reading with the children 1:1 or in small guided reading groups.

Please remember to try and read with your child for 10 minutes every day.


This week we will be writing a set of instructions on how to plant a bean. 


This week we will continue to learn all about numbers to 20:

  •  Recognising the numerals
  •  Ordering numerals to 20
  •  Counting to 20 and back down from 20
  •  Knowing one more and one less to 20
  • Counting objects to 20 in different ways.

We will continue learning about pairs and about doubling numbers and will also be sharing things fairly into or more groups and comparing them using the vocabulary more and fewer.

In our role play area we will be using money to shop in our Garden Centre and continuing to look at and sort different coins. We will be using small coins to make amounts up to 10p / 20p.

Understanding the World

The World

Making observations of growing beans using careful drawing in our class Looking at plants book. Talking about germination 


We will be using Number Gym in class this week and children will have a chance to use the Ipads.


Continuing “How should we live our lives?”, we will talk about different holy books for different religions, and listen to a story about saying sorry and forgiveness.

Expressive Arts

This week will be using a range of recycling materials to create a giant beanstalk. If you think you have any suitable recycling materials at home ( not plastic) you would like to donate, we would be grateful. 

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