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Welcome to Early Years

Welcome to Reception 2021 - 2022

Sycamore Class Teacher: Mrs S. Dodd
Beech Class Teachers: Mrs G. Summers (Monday - Wednesday); Mrs C. Williams (Thursday, Friday)

The children have now been introduced to all of our school values, this term we shall look at each value again as a school and in our classes. Value awards will continue to be awarded in celebration assembly on a Friday.

Respect Resilience Responsibility Compassion Curiosity Trust

What are we doing this term?

This term we shall be exploring the marvellous world of minibeasts and looking at the author, Julia Donaldson. The children shall be looking at different life cycles, learning about minibeasts and their habitats.

Maths

In maths we will continue to use Numberblocks to support our learning in maths. The children will be deepening their understanding of number using resources such as ten frames, numicon, number tracks and number games. We will continue to explore the concepts of addition and subtraction, embedding our number bonds to 5 and 10. They shall be looking at the concepts of fewer than and more than. The children will continue to develop their subitising skills of standard and non-standard dice patterns. We shall continue to teach and encourage the children to use stem sentences in Maths to help them explain their understanding.

Story Time and Tales Tool Kit

We will be enjoying and exploring a range of different stories and non-fiction books based around our topic 'Minibeasts' with a specific focus on Julia Donaldson. The children are doing a great job at writing. We shall be promoting this using Tales Tool Kit. As always in Tales Tool Kit sessions, we will be modelling, scaffolding and teaching the writing of our own stories.

Phonics

In term 5 we will be reviewing all the sounds already taught with a focus on embedding all the diagraphs from term 3. The children will now be working at Phase 4 where the focus is on CVCC and CCVC words.

The children will be learning new tricky words this term, so please continue to practice the tricky words from previous terms and these new ones.

is

I

the

put

said

so

as

and

has

pull

have

like

his

her

go

full

some

come

no

to

into

push

love

do

she

he

we

me

out

today

be

of

they

you

were

here

was

my

by

all

little

says

are

sure

pure

what

there

were

one

Please remember there is a series of PowerPoints and videos on the Little Wandle Website (https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/) that provides support for parents on how to help your child at home with their reading and writing. Please feel free to come and ask any questions you may have.

Reading

The children will continue to bring home a reading book from our big cat series. This book is matched carefully to the level that your child is working at. They will also continue to bring home a book for pleasure. Please support your child with their reading and sign their reading record daily.

P.E.

We will be continuing with our Welly Walks on every other Tuesday so please can you make sure the children have a named pair of wellies in school and a coat on wet or cold days. We may sometimes take the children off site.

In PE lessons the children will be completing a unit in speed, agility and travel and a unit developing their co-operation and problem solving skills.

PE kit remains in school for the term. PE lessons for both classes will be on Fridays.

Outdoor classroom

All topics involve lots of learning in our outside classroom, so please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather. We have wellies in school for them to use during LTP (Learning Through Play) sessions.

Homework

Thank you for all the support you are giving your children with any work sent home. Please continue to listen to your child read daily and record it in their reading diary. Please don't feel you have to read the whole reading book each day - a few pages a day with plenty of talk about what they have read is more beneficial than trying to read it all! Please refer to the front and back covers of their reading book for support and ideas to help you when reading with your child.

The children love story time in school so please, when you can, snuggle up and have a story together. We will continue to send a phonics activity home daily to help consolidate the children's learning in school.

Well done all of those children having a go at Numbots, please continue to support the children with this as it helps to embed our learning in Maths.

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