Koala Class Autumn Term 2021

September 2021


Dear Parents and Carers,


It has been lovely welcoming everyone back to Koala class after the holidays and getting to know the children who have joined us this term.  The children are settling in well and re-establishing their friendships and making friends with their new classmates and the adults in class.  We are beginning to establish our class routines and look forward to a busy and very positive Autumn term.  


We have lots of exciting things planned for the year ahead and we are looking forward to lots of fun and learning. The theme for this term is ‘Toy Shop’. Here is a list of the books we will be reading this year: ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey; ‘Kipper’s Toybox’ by Mick Inkpen; ‘Just Like Jasper’ by Nick Butterworth; ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes; ‘The Toys’ Party’ by Roderick Hunt; ‘That’s Not My Teddy’ by Fiona Watt; ‘Where’s My Teddy?’ by Jez Alborough and ‘This is the Bear’ by Sarah Hayes. Please do read them with your child at home if you can.


In English our focus will be on learning phonics and developing language and communication skills, with an emphasis on listening, speaking, signing and using PODD books and high tech communication devices.  We will also focus on individual physical development and expression, including dance, and PE sessions taught by specialist teachers.  In combination there will be a strong emphasis on personal, social and emotional development. We will be reading stories, cooking, gardening, using rhymes, playing games and singing songs with links to our topic. Your child will have the opportunity to share their reading books with their teacher and/or a Special Needs Assistant each week. This will be marked in their reading diaries and books will be changed as appropriate.


In Mathematics children will be learning: to count reliably at least 20 objects; read, write & order numbers & numerals from 1 – 20; estimate the number of objects & check by counting; say 1 more/1 less to 20; use ‘more’ & ‘less’ to compare two numbers; add two single digit numbers and subtract by ‘taking away’ from a group of objects. You can support your child by playing counting games, completing maths jigsaws, baking, looking at shapes in the home and environment and recognising numbers. 


Thank you in advance for your support.  We look forward to discussing your child’s progress at their PSP (Personal Support Plans) and Annual Review meetings.


With Best Wishes,

Dorota Witkowska (class teacher) and 

Sylwia, Nadine, Debbie and Mila.