Spring Term in Ants Class 2018


Welcome to a new term in Ants Class. The children have come back from the holidays full of energy and keen to learn. We have been spending the first few days getting to know each other and getting back into the routine of school life.


The teaching in Ants Class is shared between Mrs Symmons on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Ms Meakin Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs How teaches Music and RE on Monday afternoons when Mrs Symmons is with Y1 in the wildspace.


This term our topic is bears. We will be looking at lots of different Teddy Bear stories, investigating teddies new and old and finding out about real bears in the wild. 


Each day the children will be taking part in phonics sessions which develop phonic skills; our focus this term will be vowel sounds such as ‘ee’ and ‘oo’. The children will learn to read and spell ‘tricky’ words and we will continue to work on the correct formation of each of the letters.


Our daily maths activities consist of practical sessions in which the children will be developing a deep understanding of maths concepts through talk, construction, drawing and writing.   We will focus on recognising and ordering numbers, counting, solving problems, exploring 2D and 3D shapes, measurement and recognising and creating patterns.


We will be learning about the festivals of Chinese New Year, Holi and Easter and celebrating Mother’s Day.


Our Outdoor Learning sessions will continue to be on Tuesday mornings. This time offers the children opportunities to undertake learning in the Wild Space and is complementary to learning in a traditional classroom environment. Sessions in the Wild Space are not always organised for specific learning outcomes; they are led by the learner’s interests and imagination, whilst developing self-esteem, confidence and social skills in a nurturing cooperative environment. It is also hoped that through Wild Space sessions children are able to develop a lifelong love and understanding of the natural world. These sessions will take place whatever the weather so warm, waterproof clothes are essential.


We will continue to send home reading books for you to share with your child and to help support their reading.   Please sign and/or comment in their Reading Record book when they have read with you, even if it is just a few pages. The children will put their reading books in a box at the beginning of the day so that new books can be sent home at the end of the day.  


Most weeks we will send home an optional home task that will either be a literacy, maths or topic based activity for you to enjoy doing with your child.   There will also be opportunities throughout the year for you to come into school and share in your child’s learning.


We will be having P.E. once a week. Please ensure that the children have PE kit which includes suitable outdoor footwear. Also please make sure all items are clearly labelled so that lost and mislaid items are quickly returned. 





 Things to Remember


  • All children need indoor and outdoor shoes.

  • In Ants Class we have a snack time, meaning that the children sit down and have a drink and something to eat before morning break. A range of fresh fruit or vegetables is available throughout the week in school. Your child may bring in their own snack if they wish, which should consist of a piece of fruit or vegetable, breadstick or rice cakes.

  • All children are encouraged to drink water regularly. Please ensure your child has a plastic bottle or a plastic cup with their name on in school.

  • Please keep us informed of any changes to your child’s regular going home routine.

  • Please could you ensure all of your child’s clothes are clearly named, including P.E. kits.

  • All mums in Ants Class are invited to a Mother’s Day Tea on Monday 12th March at 2.30pm – there will be more information closer to the date.


Finally if you have any worries, concerns or questions, please do come in and discuss them: you are most welcome.


Mrs Symmons, Ms Meakin and Miss Mann