Wednesday, 22 November 2017

This week we have shared the story of the nativity so the children are familiar for when they are doing their nativity play.

We have started proper rehearsals in the hall for the nativity play. The children are singing beautifully and the children with speaking roles are doing really well. We will send the words home to practise so they can build up their confidence and volume.

We are continuing with phonics and you will get the sounds we have covered on Friday.

We are also continuing to consolidate counting skills, number recognition and ordering of numbers.

The children had a panto workshop yesterday which they absolutely loved.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Week beginning 13.11.17

This week we are continuing with traditional tales and the story is Rumpelstiltskin.

Elements of the traditional tales are beginning to creep into the children's play when they are role playing and also into the stories they are writing which is good to see.

In maths we are working on recognising numbers, ordering numbers to 10 and 20 and working out a missing number in a numberline.

We are continuing with phonics and you will get a sheet with the sounds we have covered this week in your child's book bag at the end of the week. There will also be a name handwriting sheet as well as the talking homework.

We are continuing to learn songs for our nativity.

Don't forget it's and optional non-uniform day on Friday in aid of Children in Need.
Have a good week!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Week Beginning 6.11.17

This week the story is The Elves and the Shoemaker as we are starting to learn about traditional tales. We introduce the children to the language that is used in these stories, the way they are structured, where there are set and the characters in them. We hope that by hearing stories like this the children will start using some of these features when they are writing their own stories. 

We are starting phonics this week where we introduce the children to the sounds. There is a letter about this in your child's book bag.

In maths we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We will go on a shape walk to see which shapes we can spot while we are out and about. We will learn the names of the shapes and their properties.

We are also starting to learn songs for our nativity show. the dates of the nativity are on the website calendar and more details will follow.

The school photographer is here on Wednesday to take individual photos of the children. You will receive a proof of these photos to order from they are ready.

Don't forget parent teacher interviews are taking place at the moment - you should receive a reminder text about these - if you are unable to make your appointment please talk to your child's teacher to rearrange.

Have a good week!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Week beginning 30.10.17

Welcome back!

This week the story we are reading in The Jolly Witch. We thought this story was appropriate this week with Halloween coming up.

We are starting cookery this week and the children will have the opportunity to make cheese muffins and they will bring their individual muffin home.

We are also starting woodwork where the children can design and make something of their choice. We train and supervise the children in this area until they get to know how to use the woodwork bench, tools and wood safely.

Another new thing this week is Squiggle which is where the children will develop their gross motor skills using squares of material to make large movements to music.

In maths we are continuing to practise counting skills to help the children really secure this element of maths. We teach the children to line up objects and make sure they say one number name for each item they touch.

In Phonics we are going to be doing some listening activities so that the children develop their ability to listen carefully which will help when we start teaching individual sounds.

Have a good week!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Week beginning 9.10.17

This week the children are doing more painting but this time they are doing self portraits. The children will also do self portraits using the paint program on the computer and take selfies on iPads so that they experiment with different media.

We will be doing some number work in the form of counting and number recognition of number 1- 10. We will also be listening to stories and checking the children's understanding of what they have heard.

The children will have free flow play everyday both indoors and out.

The children will be going to assembly for the first time this week where they will join with the rest of the school for a celebration assembly which is where different things that have happened during the week are celebrated.

Please come into the classroom on Wednesday after school to see your child's Christmas card design and put in an order for them to be made into cards.

Don't forget we are having a cake sale on Wednesday after school too. Please bring in any donations on Wednesday morning. Thank you in advance!

Have a good week!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Week beginning 02.10.17

This week:
I hate to mention the Christmas word already as it's such a long time away but we have to get prepared in school! The children are painting their designs this week and you will have the opportunity to order their designs to be printed as real Christmas cards so you can send them to friends and family. More details will be on the newsletter which will be sent out this week.

We are continuing with assessments and hopefully by the end of the week we will have finished so that we can see what we need to teach the children over the year. The children are enjoying doing little assessment tasks.

When the children are not painting or doing assessment tasks they will have free play both indoors and out to follow their own interests.

Don't forget there are Reception Curriculum meetings coming up - you will get a reminder text about these.

Have a good week!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Week Beginning 25.9.17

Well we've made it to week 3 and all the children are coming into school beautifully, we even saw a few smiles this morning! It's great to see that the children are getting used to daily routines and school life but obviously tiredness levels are increasing!

At the moment we are assessing the children to see what they can do and what they know. This will continue for the next couple of weeks so that we know what we need to teach the children over the year. We do these assessments both inside and outside as the children are playing.

Now the children are familiar with school we are focusing on them selecting what they want to play with, playing with it and putting it away before they move onto another activity. We are encouraging this inside and outside. The children have also been encouraged to play in both Reception classes and in the outside area so they get used to the space where they can play everyday.

We are sharing a lot of stories at the moment so that the children get used to sitting and listening for short periods of time in big groups. We also discuss the story, predict what might happen next and talk about other books by the same author or with the same theme.

Just a reminder - Please can you go through book bags as there are a couple of letters that need information filling in and returning, Thank you!