Sunny Bank - Kipling Class Newsletter


This term we will be learning about why Earth is such a special planet as it is the only planet where plants and animals are found. Our new topic is called ‘The very hungry caterpillar’, it covers growing plants including plants that will attract insect such as butterflies, the life cycle of a butterfly and animals and their young. During the topic we will also be talking about where different animals live.

Please continue to encourage your child to bring any information that is relevant to our topic to school as we love sharing this with the rest of the class.

Topic words

Our focused words for this term are: adult, young, baby, big, small, grow, change, life cycle, habitat


This term we will be continuing to develop the children’s ability to recognise and use letter sounds for reading and writing. We have taught all letter sounds (phonemes) for the 26 letters of the alphabet and have also introduced letters that, when found together, make a new phoneme e.g. ch (church), sh (shop), ee (feet), oa (boat), igh (night).

You can support your child at home by:

Continuing to play games identifying the beginning, middle and end sounds in short words e.g. cat, fin, pen, dog, coat, toad, meet, light, shop.

Playing word bingo or snap games

Encouraging your child to write lists, cards or letters to friends and family.

Over the term, we will be continuing to work on counting, number recognition and ordering numbers to 20. Alongside this, we will be working on simple addition including doubles and counting on, subtraction including halving and counting back as well as naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes, using positional vocabulary and measuring length and distance.

You can support your child at home by:

Counting forwards and backwards to 20, starting at different numbers e.g. from 6 or 8

Asking your child what one more or one less than a number is

Playing counting games

Playing numeracy games on the computer. Cbeebies has lots of good games.

Playing subtraction games e.g. giving your child 6 oranges and asking them to take 2 away.

How many are left?

Talking about the shapes of everyday objects such as tins and boxes.


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

Sun protection

Now that the weather is getting warmer, please can you ensure that if you send in a sun hat, that this is clearly labelled.

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