Welcome to our Reception class!
Mrs Kemp, Mrs Burgess & Miss Clarke
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. The children have arrived back into school happy and ready to start the new term ahead.
This half term we are reading traditional tale themed books based around the text, 'The Foggy Foggy Forest,' by Nick Sharratt. We are starting with ''Little Red Riding Hood,' and then be moving on to 'Goldilocks and Three Bears.' We will also be reading 'The Three Little Pigs,' 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and their alternative versions, such as 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.'
We are continuing our Read Write Inc sessions and the children will be practising segmenting, blending and writing words with 3 sounds, such as, 'bell' and 4 sounds, such as, 'frog.' The children love our celebrations, the FAN-tastic wave, the marshmallow clap and the disco cheer are our new favourites.
Our reading area is enhanced with a talking stories CD player. Up to six children at a time can enjoy listening to familiar stories, visualising them as they listen. We will discuss what they think the characters and setting look like and be practising using any new vocabulary they have heard in a sentence. We have also added masks from the stories and a puppet theatre to help with retelling them.
We will be doing lots of addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and sharing this half term. We will be bunching straws into groups of ten and ones and using these to see the value in 2-digit numbers as we become more confident with numbers up to 20 and beyond. The children will have a 'Talking Partner' to work with during carpet time to help solve mathematical puzzles and problems.
Emotional health and wellbeing
The children in Amethyst Class will be continuing trying new things as part of Wellbeing Wednesdays. So far, they have enjoyed baking, working as a team with the parachute and creating compositions with their musical instruments. They also love to participate in Philosophy for Children activities where they have the chance to discuss their ideas and make decisions. Using our in class 'Worry Monster' and bubbles, the children have an opportunity to talk about their feelings and worries, imagining their worries inside a bubble, watching them float away before popping them.
Routines in Reception
Our P.E. lessons take place on Wednesday (or Tuesday afternoons during Spring 1) but if the weather is fine we may venture out at other times. Please ensure that your child has a P.E. kit with shorts, t-shirt and pumps at school. Tracksuits may be worn when the weather is cold. Children should have their hair tied back and earrings must either be taken out or covered. Please send in some micropore tape or plasters to cover their earrings. Also, the children are encouraged to bring labelled water bottles to access during the day.
In school, alongside 1:1 reading with an adult, children will also take part in 'Guided Reading.' This is where they will work with an adult in a small group, all reading their own copy of the same text. We try to read with the children as often as possible at school and ask that the children read with an adult at home as often as possible too. The children need to bring their school planner diaries every day.
As part of our recent science week in school, Amethyst class read "The Enormous Turnip." We identified different vegetables and planted cress seeds. We also completed a range of outdoor learning activities, including painting the shed with letter sounds and digging in the school garden.
www.phonicsplay.co.uk -- some nice games for practising phonics
www.topmarks.co.uk- maths games to play at home
www.cbeebies.co.uk -- the games are super for the children to practise their mouse skills on a computer