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Venus class

Our Year R class

Welcome to Venus class. The class teacher is Mrs Susie Winchester and the teaching assistant is Miss Court. Mrs Riggs also joins us on a Monday. Ms Helen Cresswell teaches Venus class on Mondays.

Term 4. I hope you all enjoyed the break and it was so lovely to see the sun shining.   

This term our topic is Amazing Animals where our learning will be focused around minibeasts and animals. We will begin by looking at different minibeasts and use the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to base our learning on. We will learn to classify which minibeasts can be called insects, We will look at a selection of books by Eric Carle and will then look at bigger animals that take the children’s interests. We will finish this topic by looking at some mighty animals which have become extinct like and learn how we can care for the endangered animals around today to stop the same happening to them too.  We will also look at some of the work and videos by David Attenborough as we find out about some of the animals we share our planet with.  

Please see the topic overview below for more information but as always we endeavour to follow the interests of the children, as is the nature with the EYFS curriculum. Every Friday your child will also bring home a more detailed outline of things we have covered, or interests we have followed across the week with ideas to support their learning at home too. Please upload anything exciting your child has done to Tapestry too for them to share with their friends at Show and Tell time. 

Our daily phonics sessions will continue and your child will read 1/1 throughout the week with an adult too. This term we will be focusing on the digraphs and trigrahs; or, ar, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure and er. Time will also be spent consolidating our knowledge of the digraphs and trigraphs learnt last term too.  Please do spend 5/10 minutes each day practising the sounds and/or words your child has brought home and/or looking at your child’s reading book at home with them. Please do pop a note into your child’s contact book when you have heard them read as it helps us to keep track of when your child needs their book to be changed. 

Please remember that we are encouraging children to dress themselves independently now and to help with this we would like them to bring their PE kits to school on Mondays. They will bring them home at the end of each week for washing.  Please also ensure your child still brings a coat to school each day even as it finally starts to get warmer.   

If you have any questions I will be available at the school door each day (Tuesday-Friday) 

Thank you all for your support over the last term. Here’s to fun-filled term 4.  

Mrs Winchester