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Autumn Term 2 2019

What changes do we see at this time of year?


This half term we will be exploring the question, “What changes do we see at this time of year?”  The children will be finding all out about animals that hibernate and exploring the reasons why this occurs.  We will be focusing on bears using the books 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?' and 'Polar Bear, Polar Bear what do you hear?' The children will be encouraged to use story language both when discussing texts but also to develop their emergent writing.


We will be looking at the changes that occur at this time of year, including the different colours that can be seen and the changes that take place with the weather.  The children will find out how they might be able to help birds and creatures at this time of year. We will be practicing lots of art techniques such as leaf printing, using natural materials to create pictures and colour mixing. We will focus on differences between warm and cold colours as well as choosing media and materials to make their own models and sculptures.


We will be continuing to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds, so that the children can use their phonic knowledge when reading and writing. In addition, we will be teaching the children “Tricky Words”. We will be encouraging the children to build their independence with reading and writing.


Letter and number formation will be key to developing this independence. We look forward to meeting parents at our ”Reading Meeting” on Friday 22nd November at 2.30 p.m. when we will be able to explain how we teach reading and the role of home reading books.


Our number work will continue to focus on recognising and ordering numbers. The children will be involved in problem solving activities to develop their understanding of number and number operations. They will be given opportunities to explain their reasoning, for example, being able to answer the question 'how do you know?' We will also be using games such as snakes and ladders to encourage quick recall of dice numbers and counting on. The children will also develop their knowledge of 2D (flat) and 3D (solid) shapes and explore patterns in the environment.


As the half term comes to a close the children will be looking forward to celebrating their first Christmas in school. They will find out what Christmas is all about and how it is celebrated.  They will also join in the celebrations and Christmas performances in school.


P.E. days -

RS Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon 

RD Thursday afternoon and Friday morning





Autumn Term 1 2019

Welcome to Bawnmore!


We enjoyed meeting you all during our home visits and look forward to helping your children to settle happily into the life of our school. We would like to invite you to our new parent’s meeting on 4th October  at 2.15pm when we will describe to you  what your children do during a normal school day and show you photographs of their first weeks at school.


Our first topics will be ”How do I feel?” and “What do I know about me?”

Thank you for talking with your children about how they feel in the mornings. We will be continuing to explore how to describe our feelings over the next few weeks. The children have responded very positively to our morning routine of placing their name into the appropriate feelings' bag. They are beginning to talk about which zone they think they are in and why.

As you are aware, we are taking part in a government baseline assessment trial. We will spend some time getting to know each child and finding out where to start their new learning.


During our activities we will be concentrating on settling the children into school so that they feel  safe and secure, know the daily routines, where equipment is stored, and begin to make new friends. We will also be encouraging the children to take care of their own belongings and needs. We will be talking about what the children enjoy doing, how they spend their spare time, their families, and what makes them special.


Our daily literacy lessons will begin by introducing the children to the characters and stories from our reading scheme “The Oxford Reading Tree” and they will learn how to read the first “key” words including all the character’s names. They will also begin to learn new phonemes as part of Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 1. We will start our “Funky Fingers” and “Dough Gym” activities to develop pencil control and letter formation, and we will work on hearing sounds and recognising their different letter shapes.


Our maths activities will focus on counting, recognising and ordering numbers as well as starting to find one more/less.  The children will use shapes to explore patterns and they will be involved in problem solving activities to practically develop their understanding of number and number operations. We will also encourage them to explain their mathematical thinking to an adult.


Towards the end of the half term the children will take part in their first Harvest Assembly on Friday 18th October at 9.05am

You will have the opportunity to attend a parents evening on either the  17th or 22nd October but if you have any general concerns or queries regarding your child we are always happy to speak to you. It is easier to speak after school when we have more time, but if you have a concern that may affect your child in school on that day then please speak to us in the morning.


RD - Friday morning and Thursday afternoon









Phonics - Phase 3 grapheme stack 2