Welcome to

Miss Clarke and Miss Parish are our class teachers

The Early Years Support Staff team are Mrs Ward, Mrs Eagles, Mrs Hobbs and Mrs Dootson.

Our topic this half term is ‘Reach for the Stars’.  We will be reading lots of fantastic books including Astro Girl, Whatever Next, The Way Back Home and Room on the Broom. Our poetry will be coming from the Zim Zam Zoom collection. We will also learn about Divali, Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, Remembrance and Christmas. We are looking forward to our ‘Wriggly Nativity’!

Phonics

The children will continue to learn and review the Phase 2 sounds using the Phonics Fairy stories. Children take part in daily phonics sessions to practise orally blending and segmenting words and we are thrilled to see some of this work in their writing.

We  also continue to learn the ‘tricky’ words with our tricky troll. The children know that these are the words we can’t sound out and we have to “train our brain” to remember them! There is a great song on YouTube by Epic Phonics to help remember these, please follow this link

Check out these great websites for lots of phonics learning fun!

Maths

The children in Reception are using Ten Town to really understand the value of each number. Ten Town is an online platform. Children visit the Ten Town island and meet ‘number’ characters along the way. Everything about a Ten Town character relates to their number, so Fiona Five, the Paralympic athlete, eats five portions of fruit and veg every day, and Nina Nine, the builder, has nine tools in her tool box.

Children have lots of opportunities to learn basic mathematical skills in all areas of the classroom and outside including the role play area, water and sand.

Children are encouraged to use mathematical language for estimating and comparing size, length, height, weight, distance, time, money. We are learning the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

Learning at home

TAPESTRY: We hope you are finding Tapestry useful. It is a great way for you to share children’s learning at school and at home.  We ask that every child has an account linked to home. Thank you for your support with this – 96% of our parents are activated!

Reminders

Name everything!

Please could we ask that you name all items of clothing, including ties. Naming your child’s clothes and belongings is also a great way for children to become more independent, recognising their name and looking after their own things.

Jewellery: We strongly recommend that children do not wear any jewellery to school. If your child has newly pierced ears please provide plasters or Micropore tape to cover their ears during PE sessions.

PE: PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your children come to school in their PE kit on these days. Also, please remember to tie back long hair and remove earrings. Thank you.