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We hope you have had a lovely half-term holiday and your children are ready for Spring 2 .This half term we are thinking about 'Growing'.  This theme will include activities based around the traditional stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip. The children will have the opportunity to grow plants and vegetables, thinking about what plants need to grow and how to take care of them.  We will be thinking how people grow and change, looking at our photographs of when we were babies to the present day. There will be a focus on animal life-cycles including frogs. The children will go for a visit to the local allotments to see how people grow vegetables and other plants. We will be going for walks around the school grounds looking for and collecting on a sticky card things which tell us Spring is on the way. There will be a focus on language and communication skills and social skills. The social skills will include thinking about sharing our toys, taking care of our classroom and toys, having kind hands and being helpful.

There will also be a focus on 'handgym' activities which are designed to help the children's hands be ready to hold writing tools. These activities will include, playdough, threading, putting pegs on a plate, using tweezers to put small objects in pots and winding up toys. We will follow the WriteDance scheme, where children have the opportunity to move to music and then draw patterns while listening to the same piece of music.

Each week there will be a focus on a number, a colour of the week and a sound of the week. We will be singing lots of counting and action songs to introduce the children to numbers and counting.