Welcome back to Reception - Class 1!
Summer Term 2018
'GROWING' and 'UNDER THE SEA’
We hope you enjoyed a lovely Easter Break and that your children have had a visit from the Easter Bunny and have received eggs. At the end of last term we shared with them the significance of Easter eggs as the symbolism of ‘new life’ and in celebration of an important religious holiday as part of their curriculum of ‘Knowledge and Understanding of the World – People and Communities’. We were also invited to Scallywags and enjoyed taking part in their Easter celebrations.
This term we are going to explore two mini themes of 'Growing' and 'Under the Sea' and through carefully planned activities, will cover both the Prime and Specific Areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We are hoping to team up with Scallywags one hour every week for the next half-term and grow some vegetables that the children may be able to enter in local Produce Shows.
For more information please look up our New Termly Overview Pamphlet (link - after photographs) 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.
We have been promoting a ‘Growth Mindset’ with your children all this term through activities and assemblies. A Growth Mindset is 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 have shared our ACHIEVASAURS.
These are dinosaur characters that are examples of the learning dispositions we are trying to promote. You may have heard 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 (under Characteristics of Effective Learning) which expands on the three main areas of Creating and Thinking Critically namely, ‘Having their own ideas’, ‘Making links’ and
‘Choosing ways to do things’, with some statements in child speak to help understanding.
Can you please use the ‘WOW’ cards to let us know of any observations you have made of Active Learning at home?
We have introduced your child to Phase 2 and Phase 3 letter sounds and will continue to work through Phase 3 of our phonics program. This will include split digraphs (two vowel letters making one sound that are split by a consonant. For example, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e and we will be reinforcing these through games and activities. We will also continue to support the skills of blending and segmenting for development of reading and writing as well as reinforcing tricky words such as they, all, and are
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.
The children have enjoyed watching our educational videos of ‘numberblocks’ that support a deeper understanding of number. Please use the link below to explore related activities and games with your child.
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
Katy Scrivener (Part-time Teaching Assistant Mon-Wed all day)
Sarah Kemsley (Part-time Teaching Assistant Thurs and Friday mornings)
Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites.
'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)