First of all, we hope that you have had an amazing half term holiday!
The first term has been extremely busy for Poldhu! Lots of wonderful learning has taken place inside and outside the classroom. Not only have the children been developing their Phonics, English and maths skills, but they have also been becoming more and more independent each day. They are beginning to be able to put their own jumpers, cardigans and coats on themselves even though zips and buttons are still a little tricky for some of us! I wonder who could practise getting dressed in the morning before school by themselves! Not only are children becoming more independent, but they are also becoming more confident. It’s been an amazing first half of the term, watching your children begin their journey at Gwinear.
I must say, thank you so much for encouraging our whole school ethos for a love of reading at home. It’s wonderful to see so many children in Poldhu so excited to read every night and change their books every day. At home, you may have noticed that your child will be able to recognise a range of letter sounds and may even have started blending these sounds together in order to read the whole word. Don’t forget to ask them questions about the books that they are bringing home in order to develop their understanding and comprehension skills. Keep it up, Poldhu!
Now that we have settled into our classroom routines and learnt ‘All About Us,’ we are looking forward to our next topic ‘Celebrations.’ With Miss Rowe, the children created a topic map of what they already know about celebrations. We are launching our topic with Diwali where the children will learn how different cultures and religions celebrate. Other celebrations that we will be exploring are: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Autumn, Birthdays and finally Christmas.
Within class we follow the ‘Letter and Sounds’ phonics scheme, allowing all children to access and practise their sounds and become confident and competent readers. If you wish to find any more information on our current topics and curriculum please look at our topic web and class timetable.