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Aim High; Be Resilient; Take Care of Each Other.

Reception Class

 

   

Welcome to Reception - Class 1!

 

    Autumn Term 2019
 ‘OURSELVES’, ‘TRANSPORT’ and ‘HARVEST’

 

Welcome to Class 1. It has been lovely this past couple of weeks getting to know your children and we have been impressed with how quickly this kind and close-knit team have settled into their new routines in the classroom and school.

 

This term we are going to explore mini topic themes of 'Ourselves', ‘Transport’ and ‘Harvest’. 

 

We will be sharing a wide range of relevant books and ‘key texts’ such as ‘The Naughty Bus’ to plan for a wide range of adult-led activities as well as providing continuous provision for the children to explore, discover and play; extending their learning and curiosity further. For more information please look up our Termly Overview Pamphlet (link - after photographs) 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.

 

‘AIMING HIGH’ IN THE CURRICULUM

Literacy                

We will be introducing your child to the single letter sounds from Phase 2 before moving on to Phase 3 of our phonics program, together with some tricky and common high frequency words. They will be encouraged to hold their pencil using the correct grip and shown how to form their letters correctly.

 

We will also support their development of reading by focusing on their skills of blending and segmenting CVC words (e.g. c-a-t) as well as focusing in whole class reading on skills for developing inference (predicting, clarifiying, questioning, summarising), such as 'how a character might be feeling or why a character may have carried out a particular action'?

 

We 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.
Please note that we aim to change your child's home reading book  twice a week.

 

MATHEMATICS

Our aim is to provide your child with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and to build a sense of enjoyment, awe and wonder for the subject. With the support of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) we are using their educational videos to introduce number. There will also be an emphasis on understanding the ‘counting principles’ as a foundation to early calculation. More information on the ‘counting principles’ will be provided during our Phonics and Mathematics Parent Workshop this term and under ‘Parents Information’ on our website.



Please use the link below to explore related activities and games that will support your child with their understanding.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks


LEARNING JOURNEY RECORD
We 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 records of our observations of your child in school and would appreciate your comments.

WOW cards are available to celebrate the steps your child has made in their learning at home and we love to hear and share them with the class. 


We have Dance and Yoga on a Tuesday afternoon and P.E. and French on Thursday afternoons. Please can children have their P.E. kits with them on these days. We have a tray for drinks in the classroom and encourage children to drink water often. We have been pleased to note that their drinks bottles contain only water and that the children have adapted well to refilling these from the resources in school.

 

 

‘BE RESILIENT’

Research has shown that Homework teaches children vital skills such as the developing independence, resilience and self-discipline. It also encourages children to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task. In Class 1, in addition to reading with your child, they will receive some Phonics and Mathematics activities for you to support your child’s learning development at home. This will allow you to have an active role in your child's education and help you to evaluate your child's progress in partnership with the school.

 

 

TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER

 

‘Cultural Capital’ in Class 1 starts from a position of celebrating our unique children. We aim to help and support them to build the confidence and communication skills that they need to speak up for themselves and to grasp the opportunities that await them. In addition, we appreciate and celebrate the cultural environment of our school in a rural setting in the South West of England but also plan for other experiences by celebrating festivals from other religions to teach them about tolerance and diversity, preparing them to be future citizens of England.

 

Through our ‘awe and wonder - big question’ every week we aim to provide opportunities for them to explore and expand on key themes and ideas that will enhance the knowledge that they need to be educated citizens in the 21st Century.

 

Our class bear is called Bobby and he will visit your home one weekend  and returned Monday ready to share his amazing experiences with the rest of the class. Show and Tell bags are also handed out on a Wednesday for our ‘Show and Tell’ session on a Thursday.

 

If your child is receiving additional support for their learning outside of their lessons, they will bring home an 'Outline of Support' slip which will explain to you the area they are having support with and what their focus/target is, together with suggested activities you can do at home to help them. Many children receive additional support at different times throughout their school lives and this is nothing to be worried about. We are giving them an extra boost to help them and any extra you can do at home will aid that. However, if you are concerned or would like further clarification, please do not hesitate in making an appointment to see me. We are always happy to meet parents to discuss their child's well-being or learning. 

 

The children's happiness is of upmost importance to us; we want every child in our class to feel safe, happy and secure. If there are ever any worries, questions or concerns, please do make an appointment to see us or call the office to speak to us. We will always work with you to ensure your child's happiness and well being. 

 

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.
 

Many thanks,


Mrs Michelle Batstone (Class Teacher) Mrs Laura Beer (Class Teacher)
Victoria Evans (Teaching Assistant – Thursday Mornings only) 

Class Gallery 2018 - 2019

Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 1 EAD - Making the surface of the moon
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 2 MD- Making a cube from a net
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 3 C&L - Role-play; Whatever Next!
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 4 MD- Making a cube from a net
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 5 MD - Making a cube from a net
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 6 MD - Finding Doubles
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 7 MD - Measuring ourselves
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 8 EAD - Loving gloop!
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 9 Lit Writing - using our phonics independently
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 10 UTW - Using magnets; invisible forces like Gravity
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 11 UTW - Using magnets; invisible forces like Gravity
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 12 MD - Finding doubles
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 13 MD - Measuring pancake ingredients
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 14 MD- Measuring pancake ingredients
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 15 UTW - Pancake day Yum!
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 16 EAD - Using hands to make dinosaurs
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 17 EAD - Using hands to make dinosaurs
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 18 Lit - Exploring settings for our stories
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 19 Lit - Exploring settings for our stories
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 20 Lit - Exploring settings for our stories
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 21 Writing - Using our phonics indpendently
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 22 UTW - Harvesting apples
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 23 UTW - Autumn Senses Walk
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 24 UTW - A twist! This one is ripe for picking
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 25 UTW - Looking at different varieties of apples
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 26 MD- Measuring our height
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 27 MD- Season sorting
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 28 MD- Measuring for our Flapjack baking
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 29 MD - Order our heights independently, Great job!
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 30 PD - Building our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 31 UTW - Celebrating the festival of Sukkot
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 32 MD - Making Paper Chains in repeating patterns
Class Gallery 2018 - 2019 33 UTW -Celebrating the festival of Sukkot

Class Gallery 2017- 2018

Class Gallery 2017- 2018 1 EAD - Making Puppets for our Class Book
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 2 EAD - Our Space Pictures
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 3 EAD - Our Space Pictures
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 4 LIT - Alien Phonics Obb and Bob
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 5 LIT - Alien Phonics Obb and Bob
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 6 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 7 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 8 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 9 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 10 EAD - Exploring Media and Materials: Bubble Planet
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 11 MD- And they're off 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Blast Off
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 12 EAD- Superheros join everyone on the Moon
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 13 MD- How many planets? Let's Count!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 14 UTW - We are flying past Mars, Jupiter and Saturn
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 15 PSED - Playing together and taking turns
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 16 EAD - Space Play
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 17 EAD - ALL Shining Stars for our Christmas Play
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 18 MD- Problem Solving using the Singapore Bar
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 19 MD - Problem Solving using the Singapore Bar
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 20 UTW - All bandaged up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 21 UTW - Using a stethoscope
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 22 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 23 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 24 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 25 UTW - Say Ahhhhh!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 26 UTW - Using a stethoscope
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 27 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 28 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 29 UTW - When the Nurses came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 30 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 31 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 32 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 33 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 34 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 35 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 36 UTW - Say Ahhhhh!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 37 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 38 UTW - Taking our temperature!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 39 UTW - Can you find a heartbeat?
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 40 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 41 UTW - Bandaging us up!
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 42 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 43 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 44 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 45 UTW - When the Vet came to visit
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 46 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 47 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 48 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 49 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 50 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 51 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 52 UTW - Treating our Pets
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 53 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 54 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 55 UTW Changing States - Making flapjacks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 56 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 57 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 58 Maths - Measuring flapjack ingredients
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 59 Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 60 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 61 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 62 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 63 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 64 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 65 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 66 UTW Festivals - It's Harvest Time
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 67 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 68 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 69 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 70 UTW - Building a Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 71 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 72 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 73 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 74 UTW - Decorating our Sukkah
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 75 UTW - Celebrating Jewish Festival of Sukkot
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 76 UTW - Celebrating Sukkot (thanksgiving for fruit)
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 77 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 78 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 79 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 80 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 81 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 82 MD Counting - Making Numberblocks
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 83 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 84 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 85 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 86 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 87 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 88 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 89 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 90 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 91 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 92 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt
Class Gallery 2017- 2018 93 MD/LIT - Going on a 'Letter' and 'Number' Hunt

WEBSITES

WEBSITES 1 Numberblocks

'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:

  • There is a mapped curriculum running across the programmes, giving attention to detail and ensuring good coverage of early mathematical concepts. One episode for example addresses the key principles of counting as highlighted by Gelman and Gallistel (1979)
  • Each character is made of the relevant number of blocks, e.g. three is made from three blocks. This structure means that they can transform into other numbers (as actual numbers do). For example the characters 3 and 2 can combine to create the character 5
  • The “part whole” structure where numbers can be split (partitioned) into other numbers is exposed. The character five can separate into two and three, or four and one, for example. This structure is very strong in both the Shanghai and Singapore textbooks and many teachers in England are now realising the benefits for pupils of stressing this structure. Those that have been doing so - with Maths Hubs programme projects over the last couple of years - report that this is now having a significant impact on KS1. The Numberblocks use the structure of splitting and combining to solve problems - for example 1 and 2 combine to reach the apples on a tree
  • There is variation in the way a number sentence is represented, sometimes with the equals symbol at the start, and sometimes at the end (strong in Shanghai textbooks). This develops children’s fluency and flexibility in recognising number relationships
  • Images and abstract number sentences are always presented together to help children connect the concrete and the abstract (very important in mastery)
  • Songs and rhymes provide repeated sentences to talk about the maths and repetition to embed learning
  • Precise and accurate mathematics vocabulary is used
  • Connections are made between concepts, for example addition and subtraction.

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)

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