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Owen was respecting his right to be healthy by drinking water (Article 24)

 

Don't forget that it is Children In Need on Friday 17th November. The children can dress in whatever they wish for that day. If they want to wear spots they can, but they don't have to. Please make sure their costume or clothes are practical for outside learning and that they can fit a coat over the top! There is a £1 fee to wear non-uniform. Please hand £1 to your teacher and these donations will all be sent to Children In Need. Please also remember that if you find any 'old' money - tatty tenners, floppy fivers and round pounds - please use the donation box at the office.

 

Monday 20th November at 2:45pm is our open session where you are welcome to come into the classroom and take a look at your child's work. Please arrive at the usual door a half hour early and we will let you in and your child can lead you to their book. When you have finished looking at their work you can sign your child out with an adult from class and exit via the outer door.

 

We realise that some parents may forget about this and panic when they turn up at 3:15pm. However, we have staff meeting straight after school and you won't be admitted to the classroom after 3pm. There will be other open sessions to watch out for.

 

During guided reading we hear the children read and the children take these books home. If your child has been moved on to Pink band, the children can change their book at the beginning of the day and they can do this as often as they like.

 

In phonics this week we have learned the following sounds.. The children should be able to tell you the letter name, the sound it makes and the action that accompanies the sound.

j, w, x, y

 

We have also practised these keywords. Your child should be able to recognise these on sight and not have to sound them out. They may be able to use them in a sentence.

 

my, you, of, like, said

 

  1. maths we have been working on our knowledge of teen numbers as well as practising counting using 1:1 correspondence. Can your child choose a number between 11-19 and tell you 3 things about this number? E.g. what is the number before it? What is the number after? How many tens are there?

 

  1. children thoroughly enjoyed writing day on Tuesday. They 'discovered' the story of the Three Little Pigs by finding clues around the outside of the school. The children then came in a retold the story to an adult and then wrote in whatever style they wanted. The writing was completely child led and independent and gave us a good idea of what they have learned so far this year. Every single child wrote something and they were enthusiastic and can't wait for the next writing day! Here are the stages of writing. Some children will be at stage 1 and some will be working at 2, 3, or 4.

 

 

  1. continue to read as much as you can at home. We will be starting a new reward system for those who are reading at home, so if you read Bug Club, any books, comics, magazines, environmental text then do pop it in their reading records. Even a quick date and signature if you are in a hurry. Please also keep practising keywords and sounds as this makes such a difference.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The Year R Team

 

 

This Week

Ruby was respecting our right to be safe by tucking her chair in (Article 36)

 

We had a busy day with Family Day this week. Thank you to everyone who came along on the day. There were a maximum of 10 adults per session and this avoided an overly full classroom! There will be two more Family Days over this academic year. The children enjoyed hearing the story 'Welcome' by Barroux and having discussions about their right to shelter and the right to a family.

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed writing letter shapes in sand, glitter, slime and foam. We looked at "long ladder" letter l, "one armed robot" letter r and "curly caterpillar" letter c. Can your child write these letters using water and brushes, chalk, fingers in sand etc. This is what they should look like. Each cursive letter begins on the line.

Image result for cursive lImage result for cursive letter r lowercaseImage result for cursive letter c

 

We have learned the following keywords this week;

to, the, me, we, she

We are focusing on phonics to make sure that all children are secure in their sounds. Please take a look at the phonics songs and games on Education City as they really help children to learn them. By the end of Year R most children will be expected to know all of the alphabet sounds and names as well as the main digraphs (secure in Phase 3).

 

Try going through the alphabet in this way...

"My name is A [ai] and my sound is a [a]. My name is B [bee] and my sound is b [b] my name is C . [see] and my sound is c [ck]. It helps to use the Jolly phonics actions to differentiate between name and sound. The alphabet song is a really good way of practising the letter names.

 

 

This Week

 

The children had their first PE lesson this week and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! They learned to negotiate space whilst moving around the hall. A major part of our learning came from getting changed back after PE. Lots of children had difficulty with buttons, tights and socks. Please do practise this at home and ask your child to put on their own clothes, even if it takes a lot more time! If your child is at football club, please do practise changing as we only have one adult in class on a Wednesday afternoon and the children need to be a bit more independent in their dressing skills!

 

Don't forget it is Family Day on Tuesday 7th November. If you want to spend an hour in class with your child please sign up at the office. We can only allow one adult per child but there will be other Family Days throughout the year. If you haven't signed up you won't be able to come...

 

When you practise keywords, make sure the children read them out of order! They should not read them in order of "you can see" - they memorise this too easily!

 

The children have created their Class Charters which describe their rights. They have learned that all children have rights under the United Nation's Charter for the Rights of a Child. (UNCRC). Every child has the right to:

  • be safe
  • learn
  • be healthy
  • play
  • be heard

Can your child remember some of their rights? How can they stay safe? What can they do to stay healthy? etc.

 

We are focusing on phonics to make sure that all children are secure in their sounds. Please take a look at the phonics songs and games on Education City as they really help children to learn them. By the end of Year R most children will be expected to know all of the alphabet sounds and names as well as the main digraphs (secure in Phase 3).

 

Try going through the alphabet in this way...

"My name is A [ai] and my sound is a [a]. My name is B [bee] and my sound is b [b] my name is C . [see] and my sound is c [ck]. It helps to use the Jolly phonics actions to differentiate between name and sound.

 

We have continued our work on number and have learned about the numbers to 20. What numbers can your child see in their environment? Can they tell you 'one more' or 'one less' than this number?

 

If your child walks to school (either all of the way, or part of it) please remember to hand in their walk to school cards for October. We will be celebrating these on Friday so we need them to be handed in by Thursday. Even if they walk once a week, it still counts!

 

As always please ask if you have any questions or need clarification.

 

The Year R Team

 

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