Welcome to Reception - Class 1!
Autumn Term 2018
'OURSELVES' and 'PEOPLE WHO HELP US’
We hope you enjoyed a lovely Summer Break and that your children have enjoyed spending time with their family and friends.
This term we are going to explore two mini themes of 'Ourselves' and 'People who help us' and through carefully planned activities, will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
For more information please look up our New Termly Overview Pamphlet (in the Curriculum Area) providing further information of our curriculum planning for all areas of the Foundation Stage together with ideas that you can share with your child at home to support them with their learning.
The school is committed to promoting a ‘Growth Mindset’ with your children - a belief that personal ability can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. To support your child’s knowledge and understanding, we will be sharing our ACHIEVASAURS. These are dinosaur characters that are examples of the learning dispositions we are trying to promote. You may hear your child saying that they have been a ‘Thinkodocus’ or a ‘Tryatops’, among others, and wondered why!
How can you help?
Please see our parents guides (after the Class Gallery) which expands on the three main areas of Playing and Exploring, namely, ‘Willing to have a go’, Playing with what I know’ and ‘Finding out and exploring’ with some statements in child speak to help understanding. For example, your child might show a curiosity about objects, events and people, or use their senses to explore the world around them, engage in open-ended activity or show particular interests. They may also pretend objects are things from their experience and represent them in their play, e.g. using an experience of visiting the doctor, a child may use a funnel, placing it their ear and on a teddy’s chest and tell you that they are “listening to teddy, he is sick”.
We will send some ‘WOW’ cards home and would be grateful if you could to let us know of any observations you have made of Playing and Exploring at home?
We will be introducing Phase 2 and Phase 3 letter sounds this term as part of our phonics program. Your child we bring home a 'sound book' which will detail each new sound they have learnt that day. Please can you support them to practice writing and saying the letter sound. You can also draw or stick pictures that begin with the initial sound they are learning, for example, Snake for 's'. We will also support the skills of blending and segmenting for development of reading and writing as well as teaching them tricky words such as I, no, go, to, the, into.
We continue to provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your support reading with your child as often as possible. The school reading policy for reading homework is at least 3 times a week. This can be through hearing your child read the books we send home, using and sharing books from the library or reading stories to them at home. Please make a note in their reading record when they have read with you so that we know if we need to change the reading book.
We aim to change your child's home reading book every Tuesday and Friday.
The children will be introduced to our educational videos of ‘numberblocks’ that support a deeper understanding of number in addition to activities that enable children to master the deeper mathematical concepts. Please use the link below to explore related activities and games with your child.
WATCH THIS SPACE for details of our Early Phonics and Early Mathematics Parent Information Evening happening this term!
If you have any further queries please don't hesitate to come and talk to us either at the beginning or end of the day, or if you think you would like a longer appointment, please ring the office to arrange.
Mrs Michelle Batstone and Laura Beer
Becky Steward (Teaching Assistant Mondays - Thursdays)
Megan Doidge (Work Placement Trainee Teaching Assistant - Friday)
'Fast forward nine months and the fruits of our work, Numberblocks, is now being broadcast on the BBC’s CBeebies channel. There are 30 five-minute programmes - one every weekday morning for six weeks - which gradually build deep understanding of the numbers between one to five, with an element of mathematics being integral to each episode, and not just an add on. Here are some of the ways in which we tried to embed mathematical rigour into the characters and the stories:
Working with talented animators and creative storytellers and songwriters has been a privilege for me, and all the more so because they took the maths in every episode seriously.
I’m sure that children watching the series will benefit enormously, and I’d encourage teachers to consider taking a look at these programmes and considering how they might use them as a resource to support teaching.
Debbie Morgan is Director of Primary Mathematics at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)