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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. 

Welcome back to Term 2. I hope you all enjoyed the half term break and the children had a chance to recharge their batteries for a fun filled second term with lots of exciting things to look forward to.  

This term our topic is Terrific Tales where our learning will be focussed around the theme of well known or important stories. We will look at our key text which is The Gigantic Turnip as well as a range of traditional tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff and The Gingerbread Man. We will learn how these stories were traditionally told orally and will have fun telling, and recreating props to use to tell our own version of these stories. We will also compare different versions of these stories (some with a more modern twist) and understand the structure of them.  

We will also look at the important (and some true) stories from the past that are remembered today because of the celebrations associated with them such as Diwali, Remembrance Day and Bonfire Night and that’s all before we even mention the big C word at the end of the term. 

So as we near the end of the term we will of course be learning about the importance of Christmas in the Christian calendar and the real reasons it is celebrated. We will enjoy creating lots of Christmas cards and crafts and will also hopefully put on a wonderful Christmas Nativity performance alongside Mars class.  

This term will still continue to build friendships and enjoy working as part of our class community. 

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 each day and your child will read 1/1 throughout the week with an adult 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 books when you have heard them read as it helps us to keep track of when your child needs their book to be changed. 

Now that the colder weather is here, please do ensure your child brings a coat to school each day as we do make use of the outdoors as much as possible. Please also include a hat, gloves and scarf in their bag for when it really gets cold and do remember to send in a pair of welly boots that your child can keep at school if you haven’t already done so.  

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 an exciting Term 2.