Happy New Year!
I would like to thank you all again for your support and overwhelming generosity.
I hope that you have had a lovely break and are feeling rested, ready for the New Year! The children had a great start to school and there are some very exciting things coming up to look forward to! Bellow, I’ve given some reminders of everyday routines, as well as some new ones that we will be including this term.
As always, if anything seems unclear or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.
- Book bags should be brought to school everyday. Please ensure that you are practising the letter sounds and reading with your child everyday. Please write in their reading record; the date, title and your initials are sufficient if you’re pushed for time.
- To further develop, support and encourage your child’s reading and writing, your child will be given a word bag this term. Some words cannot be sounded out phonetically such as ‘was’ and ‘said’ and simply need to be learnt. The words in the bag will include such tricky words as these, as well as words that can be sounded out. When your child receives their words, please look at them with your child on a daily basis, along with their phonic sound book.
- We have noticed that some children have new clothes, which are not named. Please name all of your child’s clothes and belongings clearly (it saves a lot of confusion).
- On Friday we have P.E. Your child will need a P.E. kit in school (this includes: plimsolls which they can put on independently, shorts, and a t-shirt). They will bring it home every half term and it needs to be brought back to school at the start of the next half term.
- To encourage the children to play imaginatively and cooperatively at playtimes, they may bring in a small pocket toy. Nothing too valuable please as things do occasionally get lost or broken. If possible, please write your child’s name on their toy.
- If your child is unwell please keep them at home, illness spreads very quickly. Remember to phone the school, and I also need a letter from you, which your child can bring in, when they are well enough to return to school.
- If your child needs to take any medication at school, you need to fill out a form from the school office and leave the completed form with the medication at the school office in the main building.
Children must not have medication in their book bags.
- School starts at 8.55am.
In order to help foster independence we would like to ask that all adults say goodbye outside in the playground and do not come in to the school building.
- Please collect your child from the back door at 3.25pm. Please let us know if someone different is to pick your child up, or if they are going home with a friend.
- On Tuesday we have ‘Show and Tell’. This is a chance for your child to bring in something of interest, i.e. something they have made at home, or maybe a souvenir from a family holiday or day out, show it to the class and talk about it.
No toys or hairbands please!
- We have a ‘congratulations board’ in school, which is a way of celebrating achievement, so please let us know if your child has won something or made a special achievement outside of school.
The Foundation Stage curriculum is organised into seven areas, three prime areas and four specific areas. We also will be teaching R.E. This term in Reception our topic is ‘Dinosaurs’. This means that I will be including dinosaurs in the 7 areas of learning and development (which the children should hopefully enjoy!)
Here is a summary of what the children will be covering within the 7 areas of learning and development:
Personal, social and emotional development
Thinking about how to stay safe.
Identifying factors that affect our health; diet and exercise.
Exploring feelings, likes and dislikes and how to be kind to others.
Communication and language
Hearing and identifying initial middle and final sounds in words.
Practising letter names and sounds.
Reading and writing our own names.
Using phonics to read and write high frequency words.
Holding and using a pencil comfortably and forming letters correctly.
Understanding how story book language works and telling our own stories with props and objects.
Responding to music with movement.
Throwing, rolling and catching.
Saying and using the number names to 10 and beyond in songs and familiar contexts.
Finding one more or one less than a number.
Using language to describe 2D and 3D shapes.
Creating patterns with shapes and exploring symmetry.
Exploring time and capacity.
Understanding and using language of more or less, longer or shorter to make direct comparisons of two lengths.
Using words such as bigger and smaller to describe size.
Understanding the world
Asking questions about aspects of the world such as the place where we live or the natural world.
Talking about some of the things that we have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
Talking about why things happen and how things work.
Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
Expressive Arts & Design
Exploring movement in response to music.
Taping out simple repeated rhythms.
Exploring how sounds can be changed.
Exploring colour and how colours can be changed.
Describing the texture of things.
We will be looking at lost and found stories in the Bible with a focus on Jesus as the good shepherd. We will also be learning about Easter symbols and food