Kipling Class Newsletter Term 1

Topic work

Our topic this term is ‘Do you want to be friends?’. This topic encourages the children to think about how to make new friends. How to be kind and helpful to others as well as to think about the people who help them both at home and school. To help develop your child’s co-operative skills and their ability to following instructions you might like to play games involving taking turns such as board games or listening games such as Simon Says. Thank you to all those parents who have sent in the shoe box with precious items in them. We will be spending time over the next week encouraging the children to use the objects to talk to others about these as well as about themselves and their families.

Literacy and Numeracy

Sitting and enjoying a book is one of the most important things you can do to encourage children to read. This term, in addition to reading books to the children on a daily basis, we will be working on developing important early reading skills such as looking at the front cover of books and encouraging the children to talk about what they think the story might be about. When they ‘read’ books to us we will support them to use the pictures as we point to the words. Twice a week we will send home reading books, please could you share the book with them then write a comment in their Yellow Reading Record book. Please remember to return your child’s book to school everyday .

To help your child develop as writers we will be providing lots of opportunities for them to mark make using a wide range of materials for example chalks, pencils and paint. To develop the finger control needed to hold a pencil we will be providing activities such as rolling and pulling playdough or cutting with scissors.

In Numeracy we will be working on counting. This will involve teaching children to say numbers in the correct order 1,2,3,4 ...20. Putting objects in a line before counting them and then pointing to or touching each object as they recite the numbers aloud. Finally, to learn to stop counting when they reach the last object. Alongside this we will be working on number recognition to 10, and for those children who can already do this, number recognition up to 20.

You can support your child at home by:

  • Encouraging them to spot and identify numbers around them e.g. on car registration plates, prices of items in the supermarket, on coins, clocks etc

  • Counting everyday objects e.g. How many apples in the fruit bowl?

  • Can you give me … bananas?

  • Playing board games with your child


Our PE days will be Monday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has black shorts, a white T-shirt and plimsolls and that all of these items are clearly labelled as this helps when children are changing. Also, if your child wears earrings these need to be removed before school on PE days.

To be the best we can be

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