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Forestdale Primary School

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Half Term 2

Our Topic

As an inclusive school, we believe that it is very important to explore different cultures and religions in our curriculum. This half term, in F2 we will be looking at all kinds of cultures and the special days they celebrate.

We will use story books and songs to help us learn this half term. We will also be creating a lot of masterpieces to brighten up our classrooms and your homes.

We will start off the halt term by looking at Halloween and Bonfire Night, exploring some of the history of the celebrations. We will explore our senses a lot through this celebration – what do pumpkins feel like? What do pumpkins taste like? What do fireworks sound like? We will especially look at the safety aspect of Bonfire Night whilst having lots of fun producing fabulous art work!

We will learn all about Remembrance Day and why it is very important to our country’s history. We will learn about the symbol of the poppy and what it represents.

We will then move onto exploring Diwali, we will learn about the story of Rama and Sita and how it led to the festival of light. We will explore henna and rangoli patterns and try to recreate some ourselves!

Then it will be time to get excited for Christmas! We will explore the nativity story, and learn all about Jesus, Mary and Joseph. We will dress the Christmas tree, create decorations, explore Christmas cooking and even pretend to be elves to help our friend Father Christmas.

All of this whilst singing every Christmas song we possibly can!

There will be lots of opportunities for us to explore, prepare and taste lots of food from around the world in this topic. Each week we will inform you of any cooking taking place, please inform a member of the EY team if you have concerns about allergies or religious dietary requirements.

 

In Phonics, we are still going to be exploring Phase 2 letters and sounds, however we are going to have a big push on readingwriting and spelling words. It is very important that you use your home reading and phonics homework books to secure the learning that your child has been doing at school.

Please return all book bags with the green phonics books during the first week so they can be updated with new homework. Thank you.

 

In maths, we are going to be looking at the number 4 and 5 whilst looking at shapes with corresponding sides. We are going to consolidate our knowledge of these numbers by learning what numbers add to make 5, different ways of representing each number and one more and one less to 5.

 

Our Talk for Writing story is Little Red Riding Hood. We will learn to tell the story orally, then we will begin to draw the story using different symbols and pictures, we will then learn how to write the story ourselves before making up our own!

 

 

All parents have been given a Tapestry login to access your child’s learning journey. Thank you if you have logged in and interacted with us through the app. Remember that you can upload about your child from home too! Any special days, anything they make or draw, things they spot in the environment and loads more can be shared with us via Tapestry. We love to see the things you’re up to at home!

If you do not have a log in or can not access the app with the password given, please do let us know.

 

 

Our PE days have increased this half term – your child will need to wear PE kits on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please dress your child in their PE kits before coming to school as they cannot get changed when in school due to COVID restrictions. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather on these days, for example leggings/trousers instead of shorts on rainy days. Earrings and jewellery must be removed for PE sessions – we are not allowed to remove them for your child. If they are not removed, unfortunately your child will not be able to take part in PE that day.

Awards

Awards we have received so far.

  • Primary Science
  • Healthy Schools
  • Health for Life
  • Artsmark Award
  • EEF
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Music Mark