Welcome back to Reception - Class 1!
Spring Term 2019
'SPACE' and 'DINOSAURS'
We hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas holiday with family and friends and that your children are ready for the new term ahead! Last term was an exciting one for your children that saw them take part in many performances of our Christmas Play, sing in our Carol Service and even meet Father Christmas!
This term we are going to explore two mini themes of 'Space' and 'Dinosaurs' and through carefully planned activities, will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. A space ship has even managed to land in the classroom for your children to explore on their return.
For more information please look up our Termly Overview Pamphlet under the Curriculum heading for further information of our 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.
CHARACTERISTICS OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING
We will also be launching our 'Characters of Effective Learning' this term to work in partnership with you to gather even more information on the leaps in learning that your child is making. Whilst the characteristics of effective learning are something that we are already plan and observe in school, we wanted to provide you with more information using some cuddly characters that the children can also identify with that share some of these characteristics. More information will be provided under a separate information pamphlet in the coming weeks. Watch this space!
We continue to provide a variety of reading opportunities every day in school and would appreciate your continued support reading with your child as often as possible. 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.
We aim to change your child's home reading book every Tuesday and Friday.
LEARNING JOURNEY RECORD
We will aim to capture as much of your child's learning as possible through photographs which will share with you, as they not only provide a record of your child's learning, but they are a fantastic memory of your how your child spends their time in school. Some of these will be part of their Learning Journey Record, along with other evidence from school and home. Please feel free to share the Learning Journey Book with your child.
We will also be sending home our 'Long Observations' of your child and would appreciate your comments.
Keep those WOW cards coming in as they are a celebration of the steps your child has made in their learning at home and we love to hear and share them.
If you have any 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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Mrs Michelle Batstone and Laura Beer
Becky Steward (Teaching Assistant Mondays - Thursdays)
'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)