Welcome to Reception
Class teacher:Miss Thasan Nursery Nurse:Miss Whitby
Welcome back everyone. We hope you had a restful half term break and are ready for the exciting weeks ahead. We are so happy with how well Chestnut Class have settled in to school.
Our topic for this half term is Colour. We will be doing lots of fun and creative activities linked to colour themes, such as colour mixing.
This half term in literacy, we will be doing shared reading and lots of fun and creative activities around our big books' The Jigaree', 'The Monster's Party' and 'Smarty Pants'. We will also continue individual reading sessions in which the children will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events.
Children will be given a word pack with some focus words from our big book in the next few weeks. Please help you child to make sentences with their word packs. Please also support your child in reading at home every day and write a short comment in their reading diary.
We have just started sound work on Letters and Sounds Phase two, and have fun phonic activities everyday. We are practising segmenting and blending our words to help us with our reading and writing. The sounds we have learnt are on our windows. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page.
All the children will be encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas with their classmates. Children will be supported to speak in full sentences and use as much interesting vocabulary as possible. Our talk topics for this half term are : All saints, Remembrance day, Solving problems, Anti-bullying, Advent, Children's choice and The meaning of Christmas.
The children will be given lots of opportunities to write and draw, and we shall be encouraging them to form all the letters correctly. If you would like to help your child with letter formation please refer to the pre-school booklet you were given. Those children who are not quite ready for writing will practise fine motor control and mark making in a variety of media.
Everyday we will be doing problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. This will include encouraging the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order, copy and make their own repeating patterns, making sets of different objects and discussing the methods that they have used. We will also explore and talk about 2D shapes and their properties.
Please practise number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away with your child at home.
Our RE topics this half term are Welcome and Birthdays.
We will also be learning about Baptism and will be visiting St Peter's Church to participate in the Baptism of our class dolly with Father Sean.
Please provide your child with PE shoes in a PE bag to be left their peg. Please do remember to clearly label all your child’s uniform (especially jumpers and cardigans) and PE shoes with their name.
The children have lots of opportunities to use computing to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. We will be using Purple Mash to support learning at school. Please take the opportunity to explore this program with your child at home. You will find your child's login details on the back cover of their reading dairy and the link is at the bottom of our class webpage. Children will also learn through the use of fun educational websites such as topmarks, phonicsplay and cbbc.
We try to cook every week and would appreciate a weekly contribution of 20p to go towards the cost of ingredients. This can be placed in 'the postbox' money box on the left shelf as you come in to the classroom.
The children are provided with fresh fruit as a mid-morning snack. Please help us to encourage them to eat this. We like children to have constant access to water. On their first day of school your child will be given a water bottle to keep in class. Please refill this daily and make sure they remember to bring it to school.
Please feel free talk to us after school if you have any questions or queries, or arrange an appointment at your convenience.