Welcome to Hawks Class!
As part of our topic we will continue with the theme of our Humans by looking at our bodies and how we grow and change as part of our 'Myself and My Body'. This will continue to include lots of time looking at our bodies, to help me at home with this element of learning you can: 
  •          Exploring different textured surfaces with our body parts such as hands and feet e. 'fur'               'sand' 'bubble wrap'. 
  •          Foot spa/massage
  •          Body art

We will also be looking at our senses as part of our body learning. We can also be supported in this through home learning such as:

  • For taste - Food tasting -  sweet, sour, bitter and salty
  • For touch - A variety of items with different shapes and textures were put in a box and covered with a blanket
  • For smell -  introduced the children to a range of fragrances to sniff in order to focus on smell
Here a few ideas for reading at home to explore the senses: 
  • See Inside Your Body

    by Katie Daynes and Colin King

    Bright, colour illustrations and diagrams display all the major organs of the human body and are accompanied by witty, clear and informative text. There are more than 50 flaps which children can lift to reveal extra detail.

  • Why Do I Sneeze?

    by Madeline Tyler

    Fun illustrations and entertaining text help to explain why we sneeze and the mechanisms required, plus weird and wonderful sneezing facts.

  • My Big Book of the Five Senses

    by Patrick George

    Embark on a voyage of visual and sensory discovery: What feels nice to touch? Can you hear a bee buzzing or your heart beating? Or enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass or flowers? Do you prefer the taste of something salty or sweet? What can you see in the clouds?

  • Parts

    by Tedd Arnold

    There’s fuzz in his belly button, his toes are peeling and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces the narrator of the awful truth – his parts are coming unglued

As part of exploring our senses we will use lots of foods to help support this aspect of development. Below are some examples of different ideas we will be engaging in within school and some which you could replica at home - whilst having lots of fun! 
We have 9 boys and 5 members of staff in the Hawks team.
Our children range between Year 3, 4 and Year 5. 
The class teacher is Sami-Leigh and the support staff are Alicia, Mel, Hayley and Ailish.
On our class page you will find lots of different sections to help you engage with your child during with home learning (Remember to take lots of pictures - we love looking at them on the IWB as a class to celebrate the children's achievement) such as:
Topic (Music / Science / PHSE)
Our aims over this term:
  • Develop effective communication
  • Enhance and encourage social skills including sharing and working alongside our peers
  • Building different relationships with different people around school.
  • Independence skills
  • Attention and engagement skills
In PHSE we will continue learning about the different emotions we feel and how they change our body. For example: when we are happy, our faces smile / when we are sad we might start to cry. It is such a big part of our curriculum to support our children with their emotional understanding and regulation. It is important to us as a school and the child that they can understand the emotions they may feel and they are able to communicate and regulate them. 
Please use the Powerpoint below to talk through the different emotions with your child. 
The mathematical concepts this term are;
number, shape, size & capacity. 
  • Number exploration in sensory bins
  • Number hunt - Can you recognise numbers in the environment? Local shops / in the home! 
  • How many ways can your child represent a number?
  • Playing number based games: Snakes & Ladders 
  • Number formation - use resources such as paint, bingo markers, felt tips, play-dough to write numbers.
  • Can your child help counting things around the house? For example: counting the shoes.
  • Collect pebbles whilst our on a walk and make number pebbles / stones to use as a maths resource. 
  • Can the children sequence these number pebbles? 0-10   10-20   or even backwards 10-0
  • Use a glove and rice / flour to create a sensory hand to represent numbers. 
  • Understand and use the terms lots and one.
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
  • Cut out scrap pieces of paper into different shapes (children can help depending on ability). Let the children make a replica of their home, a rocket or any other designs the children would like to make.
  •  Build different shapes with collected stones.
  •  Chalk different shapes on the pavement. 
  •  Dried pasta / cocktail sticks and play-dough to create different 3D shapes.
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
  • Can you find small & big objects around your home. One of our children used their PJ Masks characters to show this concept at home - What a great idea :) 
  •  Build big lego towers & small lego towers
  •  Line the shoes in small too big size order or big too small.
  •  On a walk find small leaves and bigger leaves.
  • Cut straws into big and small and trace around to investigate which is the biggest? smallest? 
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
Try exercising some of these key vocabulary (displayed on the word mat below) at home with your child. This will encourage and support them to understand the concepts of this vocab. Below are some ideas in doing so for you to try at home...
  •  Fill different bottles (used fruit shoots) up with different coloured fluid liquid and allow children to fill other bottles up.
  •  Use lego / porridge oats / flour and other materials or resources as a replacement for water to fill different containers to different capacity levels. 
  •  Use colouring / whiteboard pens to represent full / empty / half full on hand drawn glasses. 
  • Capacity bingo
Uploaded below are some images to demonstrate these ideas: 
In this section there are lots of ideas and website game links to support your child with their phonics and literacy at home. Some general ideas for phonics learning at home are: 
  • Writing letters from the alphabet in different sensory bins such as oats / glitter / sand etc.
  • Phonic tubs - use different objects of reference such as an apple for the letter 'a' for children to identify the initial sound. 
  • Mark making in different sensory materials.
Reading with your child:
Enjoy some of your children's favourite books with them. Here are some suggestions and questions you can use whilst reading to your child...
  • Encourage children to turn the pages independently
  • Ask children to point to the different characters / pictures in the story
  • Ask children to recall the story.
  • What might happen next? 
  • Who is your favourite character? Why?
  • What do you think will happen in the end?

Open a book and you will find, 
People and places of every kind.
Open a book and you can be, 
Anything that you want to be.
Open a book and you can share,
Wonderful worlds you find in there.
Open a book and I will too, 
You read to me and I'll read to you.