Welcome to Reception
Class teacher:Miss Thasan Nursery Nurse:Miss Walsh
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we wish you all the best for 2019.
Our first exciting new topic of the year is Growth and Ourselves. We will be doing lots of fun and creative activities linked to themes on growing and our bodies. We will be talking about differences as we grow, naming main external body parts, learning about our 5 senses and playing lots of practical scientific games.
This half term in literacy, we will be doing shared reading and activities around our big books, which are: Meanies, Look for me in this ABC, and At the weekend . Please continue to help your child to use their word packs regularly. Children will be given a bookmark of 10 words to learn in a couple of weeks. This will support them in learning their focus words from our big books and their tricky words.
We will continue doing individual reading sessions in which the children will be encouraged to talk about the pictures, characters and sequence of events. Please don't forget to write in your child's reading record on a regular basis.
We are now commencing Letters and Sounds Phase 3, and have fun phonic activities everyday. Phase 3 introduces CVCC words, as well as teaching CVC words. If you would like some ideas of what you may do at home, please find a link at the bottom of the page. We will continue to practise our Phase 2 sounds, and also segmenting and blending our words to help us with our reading and writing. Please encourage and support your child to use their phonics when reading and writing at home, in order to consolidate what they have learnt at school.The sounds we have learnt are on our windows.
The children have lots of opportunities to write and draw. We encourage children to form their letters correctly when writing. Please continue to support children in forming their letters correctly at home, according to the school's handwriting policy. We are also working on the correct use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces when writing.
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: Getting on and falling out, and Keeping safe and well.
Every day we have problem solving, reasoning and numeracy activities. We are continuing to teach the children to recognise, say and use numbers in the correct order. We are exploring mathematical vocabulary such as more and less, tall and short, before and next etc. We are learning to copy and make repeating patterns, make sets of different objects and discuss the methods used. We are exploring and talking about 2D shapes and their properties.
We have also begun basic practical adding and taking away, and have started to record our answer. Please take any opportunity to reinforce number recognition, counting and basic practical adding and taking away.
Our RE topics this half term are Celebrating and Gathering. We will work on how children celebrate different events in their lives and how the parish community gathers to celebrate together. Children will discuss how they feel when they come together with friends and family, and learn how the church community gathers to celebrate the Mass.
In PE we are focusing on gym and dance. Our PE days are Monday and Thursday.
The children will continue to use ICT to support their literacy and numeracy skills as well as creative work. Please continue to explore Purple Mash with your child at home. Children have also enjoyed learning from websites such as topmarks, phonicsplay and cbbc.
We try to cook once a 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. We have cooked lots of delicious treats, including jelly, biscuits, cupcakes, fruit kebabs and much more.
The children are provided with fresh fruit as a mid-morning snack. We like children to have constant access to water. Please refill your child's water bottle 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.