Mrs Kemp, Mrs Burgess & Miss Clarke
We are looking forward to welcoming the children into school happy and ready to start the new term ahead.
During the Autumn Term, our topic is 'Magical Me.'
To find out more about the children, we will share the stories, 'You Choose' and 'Just Imagine' by Nick Sharratt, imagining a magical world of kings, castles and dragons and read 'The Foggy Forest,' joining Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and many more on their adventures.
During this first term, we will introduce our Wellbeing Wednesday activities. These are activities chosen from our Reception Resilience Passport and we will also share with the children our Growth Mindset I CAN lessons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWp6kkz-pnQ
In Amethyst Class, we will begin to build our Emotional Health and Wellbeing (EHWB) Toolkit using the Zones of Regulation framework to give ourselves the skills to self-regulate and manage emotions. Our Class technique is 'Worry Bubbles.' We also have access to 'Calm Creatures' and our class Worry Monster in our Calm Corner.
Over the next few weeks, we will be starting our Read Write Inc sessions and the children will be learning the individual letter sounds called 'Speed Sounds' by sight and practising blending them together to read words, 'c-a-t = cat.' Reception will get off to a flying start with their reading – segmenting and blending new 'green' words that they come across, recognising tricky 'red' words and beginning to build up fluency. We will share with the children our special celebrations, such as the alligator chomp, the karate cheer and the cheese grater.
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 it 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 and a puppet theatre from the stories to use when retelling them.
We will be doing lots of subitising and counting using Numberblocks, numicon, compare bears, straws and cubes. We will play lots of games to help us to read and write numbers to 10. The children will have a 'Talking Partner' to work with during carpet time and work together using Kagan Cooperative Learning Strategies to help solve mathematical puzzles and problems. We will also be learning to name some 2D and 3D shapes, recreate shape patterns and build models.
Routines in Reception
Our P.E. lessons will take place on Monday and Friday. Please come to school dressed in PE kit on these days. Also, the children need to bring a labelled water bottle everyday.
Reading at home
We read with the children through individual, guided reading and whole class reading. We ask that the children read with an adult at home as often as possible. Ten minutes a day really does make all the difference. Please ensure reading diaries are in school every day.
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