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Maths Passports

This week your child will be given a 'Maths Passport'. This is a card, linked to a continent, which has a range of number facts that your child should learn so that they know the answers instantly. This helps build up their mental maths skills. You will receive a letter which outlines the facts they need to know and you could practise these at home. In school your child will be able to ask an adult to check they know the facts and when they have received 5 ticks they will receive the next card of facts.

 

This Week

It was lovely to see so many of you for our Sports Day last Thursday. We were all so impressed with how well the children performed and how they kept their stamina and smiles going even though it was a bit on the chilly side! The Marathon Mile was also a big success; thank you for your donations towards Sport Relief.

 

As we are only one day away from the Easter holidays please can I remind you use Tapestry to record any special moments that you might have as a family that we could then talk to your child about next term. Photos and videos can all be uploaded as well as text commentary. We are also aware that our children are very 'tech savvy' and would be interested to see the sorts of technology they come into contact with at home e.g. swiping screens on mobile phones/tablets, using simple calculators, using cameras/webcams, using CD players or MP3 players. Share your pictures with us!

 

On our first Thursday back after the holidays we will be having Uganda Day in school where the children will have the opportunities to explore the culture and customs of Uganda. If anyone has any connections with Uganda and has anything they could share with us please speak to your class teacher.

 

Our topic for the first part of the summer term will be 'Dinosaurs'. This is always a vey popular topic and we already know many of the children already have an expansive knowledge of dinosaurs so we are looking forward to learning alongside them.

 

During the holidays please remember to keep reading and practising key words with your child so that they do not lose the learning momentum. A few minutes each day is all that is needed. Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and look forward to an exciting summer term to come.

 

Other Dates for your diary

 

Thursday 29th March - End of term - 15.15 p.m.

Monday 16th April - First day of Summer Term.

Thursday 19th April - Uganda Day

Monday 21st may - Possible School Trip date - watch this space!

Friday 25th May - INSET (school closed to all children)

Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June - Half term holiday

Monday 4th June - First day of Summer Term 2

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SNA - Special Needs Assistant

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood SNA

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

 

This Week

 

Thank you to those parents who are staying behind the gate until it is opened at 08.35 and ensuring children are not riding scooters or bikes anywhere within the school grounds.

 

We have had a busy sporting week so far , despite the weather! On Monday we hula-hooped and on Tuesday we skipped. Today we had a dance session in class where the children had an opportunity to show us their moves to the Sport Relief song. It was huge fun and we were impressed by the variety of dance styles on show.

 

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Sports Day. Year R's Sports day will take place on the school's main playground and the classes will rotate around 6 different activities. We aim to start between 09.00 and 09.15 (dependent upon how quickly the children get changed!) so please wait on the main playground after dropping off your child. Our Sports Day will be finished by our normal break time 10.45. Should your child seem upset at all (some children do find their first sports day a bit overwhelming) please allow the school staff to support them and resist the temptation to rush in with a cuddle. At the end of the session we will ask the children to wave you goodbye before we then take them in to get changed. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to what will be a fun event.

 

Friday 23rd March - Sport Relief Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as a famous sports person for a small donation towards Sport Relief. As part of this day the children will be running, hopping, skipping or jumping a Marathon Mile on a course mapped out on the school field. They will be encouraged to go round the course as many times as possible in a given time slot. Parents are welcome to join in with their child for this event and dress up too! See below for each class' allotted time:

Mole Class - 09.05 - 09.20

Hedgehog Class - 09.20 - 09.35

Dormouse Class - 09.35 - 09.50

 

We had a special visitor in class last Friday. Pilot Steve (aka Mrs Davies husband) came in to talk to the children about his role as both a helicopter and airplane pilot. The children were fascinated by his talk and enjoyed trying on the various items of special clothing he sometimes wears. They asked some interesting questions and we think we have some future pilots in our midst.

 

As you are aware we use Tapestry to record each child's Learning Journey through Year R. We love seeing your contributions too and hope that with a holiday coming up you will be able to record any special moments that you might have as a family that we could then talk to your child about next term. Photos and videos can all be uploaded as well as text commentary. We are also aware that our children are very 'tech savvy' and would be interested to see the sorts of technology they come into contact with at home e.g. swiping screens on mobile phones/tablets, using simple calculators, using cameras/webcams, using CD players or MP3 players. Share your pictures with us!

 

Other Dates for your diary

 

Thursday 22nd March - Sports Day

Friday 23rd March - Sport Relief Day

Thursday 29th March - End of term - 15.15 p.m.

Monday 16th April - First day of Summer Term.

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SEN - Special Educational Needs

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Miss Lees (Final Year Teaching Student)

Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood (SEN)

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

 

 

 

This Week

 

It was lovely to see all the children dressed up as their favourite book characters last Thursday. A fun day was had by all. If you visited the Book Fair, thank you. We always get commission on any book sales and this helps keep our library and classroom book corners well stocked.

 

We have noticed recently that parents and children are coming through the Year R gate onto the Year R playground before 08.35. Please could we remind you that you should wait behind the gate until a member of staff opens it at 08.35 and that children should not be riding scooters or bikes anywhere within the school grounds. This is for health and safety reasons. Should it be raining the gate will be open so that you can wait with your children under the covered area of the playground. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP!

This Friday 16th March at 14.45 is Open Afternoon. This is an opportunity for you come and share all the amazing learning your child has been doing since September by looking at their Learning Journals/Folders and talking about what their favourite learning opportunities have been. Once you have finishing sharing your child's learning journey thus far you will be able to take your child home but if this is before 15.15 please ensure you speak with the class teacher who will ask you to sign a sheet as you leave. This, again, is for health and safety reasons. Please be aware that class teachers may be getting other children (who may not have a parent visiting) ready for home time from 15.05 onwards.

 

Next week we are having a very sporty week so please ensure the children have their P.E. kits in school at all times.

Thursday 22nd March - Sports Day. Year R's Sports day will take place on the school's main playground and the classes will rotate around 6 different activities. We aim to start between 09.00 and 09.15 (dependent upon how quickly the children get changed!) so please wait there after dropping off your child. Our Sports Day will be finished by our normal break time 10.45. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to what will be a fun event.

Friday 23rd March - Sport Relief Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as a famous sports person for a small donation towards Sport Relief. As part of this day the children will be running, hopping, skipping or jumping a Marathon Mile on a course mapped out on the school field. They will be encouraged to go round the course as many times as possible in a given time slot. Parents are welcome to join in with their child for this event and dress up too! See below for each class' allotted time:

Mole Class - 09.05 - 09.20

Hedgehog Class - 09.20 - 09.35

Dormouse Class - 09.35 - 09.50

 

As next week the timetable will be quite different (we are also fitting in some cooking!) we will not be able to do our usual guided reading sessions. We will however encourage the children to change their individual book band books regularly so that home reading can continue and thank you for your continued support with this. It is great to see how well many of the children are doing with their reading now.

 

Our 'cooking' will involve making fruit jellies. We intend to make them on Thursday and then eat them on Friday. If there is a reason why your child cannot partake of jelly consumption please advise your child's class teacher.

Please note if your child is vegetarian or cannot eat certain meat products they will make a fruit salad instead.

 

Other Dates for your diary

Friday 16th March - Open session to share your child's learning 2:45pm-3:15pm

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March - Sports Week

Thursday 22nd March - Sports Day

Friday 23rd March - Sport Relief Day

Thursday 29th March - End of term - 15.15 p.m.

Monday 16th April - First day of Summer Term.

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SEN - Special Educational Needs

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Miss Lees (Final Year Teaching Student)

Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood (SEN)

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

This Week

 

It was lovely to see so many family members on Family Day last Wednesday. Thank you for participating so enthusiastically with the learning opportunities planned for the children and for the valuable feedback which helps us ensure we are constantly improving our home-school partnership.

 

We hope you had fun in the snow last week! For many of our children it would have been the first time they have experienced significant snowfall and they were certainly excited telling us all about it when they returned to school this Monday.

 

Tomorrow we are looking forward to everyone dressing up for our postponed World Book Day. As part of celebrating reading and books, the Travelling Book Fair is set-up in the library. Please do come and have a look at the super range of books available. As a school we receive commission on the books that are bought and this helps us buy books for the library, or for classrooms, to support your children's learning and enjoyment of reading.

 

This week the children have been exploring how the height of a ramp affects how fast a toy car moves and the distance it travels. The children really enjoyed predicting what might happen and then discussing what had happened and the possible reasons why. There are certainly some budding scientists in the making!

 

Phonics and reading continue to be a priority. As well as learning the sounds that each letter represents the children also need to know the letter names and so this is something that could be practised at home. In reading we are now spending more time developing early comprehension skills in addition to consolidating decoding skills. We are encouraging the children to read words they know (i.e. they have successfully learned in their key word box) on sight, so that they start to develop some pace and fluency in their reading.

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be practising activities ready for Sports Day. Please can you ensure that P.E. kits are always in school as we will be practising on days other than our normal Wednesday P.E. slot.

 

Dates for your diary:

Thursday 8th March - Book Day (children to dress up) - See newsletter

Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th March - Book Fair in the library

Tuesday 13th March - Class photos

Friday 16th March - Open session to share your child's learning 2:45pm-3:15pm

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd March - Sports Week

Thursday 22nd March - Sports Day

Friday 23rd March - Sport Relief Day

Thursday 29th March - End of term - 15.15 p.m.

Monday 16th April - First day of Summer Term.

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SEN - Special Educational Needs

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Miss Lees (Final Year Teaching Student)

Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood (SEN)

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

 

 

This Week

 

It has been lovely to see the children returning after half-term full of energy and ready to resume their Learning Journey.

 

So far this week we have heard all the children read and it is great to see the progress they are making both with their reading and the learning of their Key Words. Thank you for supporting your child's reading at home - all our evidence shows that the more often children read and practise their Key Words the faster they progress. Hopefully the booklet you were given at Parent's Evening has helped you with ideas on how to support your child's reading at home. We are always pleased to offer further suggestions so do not be afraid to ask us.

 

Today the children have started consolidating their subtraction skills in mathematics and this will continue tomorrow. We have been showing the children the different resources that can support their maths skills (cubes, number lines, bead strings, number squares and drawing lines or dots on a whiteboard). Next Wednesday during Family Day there will be opportunities for you to see Year R maths in action!

 

Many families have already signed up for a session for Family Day on Wednesday 28th February and we look forward to welcoming you. The sign-up sheets are inside the school reception area of you have not yet signed up. Please remember that we can only accommodate one family member per child during the day and unfortunately cannot accommodate siblings.

 

We are continuing with our topic of Transport and on Friday have planned lots of activities based around the book 'The Train Ride'. The children will be moving from class to class during the day and will have opportunities to do poetry, maths and creative activities linked to the story. We are sure your child will be keen to share their experiences with you an we will take photos to share on the website next week.

 

 

Dates for your diary:

Friday 9th February - Last day of Spring 1  (3:15pm)

Monday 19th February - INSET DAY

Tuesday 20th February - First day of Spring 2 (8:35am)

Tuesday 20th - Friday 23rd Mrs Attenborough/Mrs Martin co-teach Hedgehog Class

                                   Mrs Maylen and Mrs Faye teaching in Mole Class as job-share

Friday 23rd February - Mrs Martin's last day with Hedgehog Class

Wednesday 28th February - Family Day (see separate parentmail for details)

Thursday 1st March - Book Day (children to dress up) - See newsletter

Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th March - Book Fair in the library

Tuesday 13th March - Class photos

Friday 16th March - Open session to share your child's learning 2:45pm-3:15pm

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SEN - Special Educational Needs

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

 

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Miss Lees (Final Year Teaching Student)

Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood (SEN)

 

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

 

 

 

 

 

This Week

 

Dear parents,

Thank you coming to see your child's teacher at Parent Evenings this week.  If you were unable to attend, please see your class teacher to arrange a meeting when we come back from half term holidays.

 

These are the keywords we have been using over the last 2 weeks:

away, ask, put, are, all, full, were, today, push, they, once, school

Can your child use some of these words in a sentence?  These are the last of the 60 keywords.  Can your child recognise these keywords in their reading books without the need to sound them out?  Do they just know them now?  If not, try playing games in order to help your child to recognise them.

 

This week we were looking at the book 'The Train Ride' and the children used their imaginations to paint anything they might see out of the window.  We focused on mixing colours and using primary colours as the base colours from which to mix new colours.

 

In maths we have taught subtraction using concrete resources such as beadstrings, number lines, number squares, counters, cubes etc.  Can your child answer a subtraction word problem?  For example, Billy had a party and 15 children came.  Then 5 children went home.  How many children are still at the party?  Use real resources to help work it out.  Some children could work out these problems using drawings.

 

Tuesday was Internet Safety Day and we talked to the children about keeping safe online.  Can your child tell you what they would do if they saw a pop-up that they didn't understand?  What would they do if someone said something unkind on a forum?  Why do they keep their passwords a secret from other people?

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed having our Multiskills sessions with John.  They have learned how to throw foam javellins and this week were playing Dodgeball.  Children have also practised their ball skills and enjoyed doing this either outside or inside, depending on the weather.  Please do continue to provide an indoor and outdoor PE kit as PE will be continuing on Wednesdays throughout the year.

 

 

Dates for your diary:

Friday 9th February - Last day of Spring 1  (3:15pm)

Monday 19th February - INSET DAY

Tuesday 20th February - First day of Spring 2 (8:35am)

Tuesday 20th - Friday 23rd Mrs Attenborough/Mrs Martin co-teach Hedgehog Class

                                   Mrs Maylen and Mrs Faye teaching in Mole Class as job-share

Friday 23rd February - Mrs Martin's last day with Hedgehog Class

Wednesday 28th February - Family Day (see separate parentmail for details)

Thursday 1st March - Book Day (children to dress up) - See newsletter

Tuesday 6th - Thursday 8th March - Book Fair in the library

Tuesday 13th March - Class photos

Friday 16th March - Open session to share your child's learning 2:45pm-3:15pm

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for supporting your child’s learning.

 

The Year R Team  

Key : CT=Class Teacher      EYA = Early Years Assistant     

SEN - Special Educational Needs

Mole Class - Mrs Maylen (Mon-Weds) Mrs Faye (Weds-Fri)  CT

Ms Smith EYA

 

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Attenborough CT          Miss Lees (Final Year Teaching Student)

Mrs Laverton EYA           Mrs Jobson-Wood (SEN)

 

Dormouse Class -  Mrs Nightingale CT

Mrs Davies EYA

 

SEN support across the school - Mrs Hart and Miss Thurgood

Teaching cover for non-contact - Mrs Reid

 

 

This Week

 

Dear parents,

The children love reading books in class and we have seen an upturn in home reading, thank you! Please do continue to read at home, it makes a huge difference. Here are some of the skills that we have taught and assessed with the children. We would like you to reflect this learning at home. Here are some of the targets in age-related bands according to the childrens’ abilities.

 

  • Listens to and joins in with stories and poems, one-to-one and also in small groups.

  • Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

  • Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together and knows which letters represent some of them.

  • Children read and understand simple sentences.

  • They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

The children enjoyed making boats and exploring different materials, joining methods and boat shapes in order to make their boat float. What can your child tell you about the materials used? Why did they choose these materials? How do they feel? Do they float? Why? Which materials soak up water or are too heavy? You could even make a boat at home and try it out in the bath!

 

Following the traffic surveys last week the children have told us that there are lots of cars in Old Basing and near the school. They realise the problems this causes with pollution and danger to children. We discussed different ways of reducing traffic around the area and how they can make a difference to this. Each class has decided on different ways to do this.

 

We also made a book for Mrs McCarley to take to Uganda next month and the children told the children in Uganda all about our school. Please see separate parentmail about our reading/writing focus for next week.

 

Our keywords this week are going, away, house, love, pull.

Dates for your diary:

Monday 29th January – Sign up sheets for Parent Evenings in the office

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February – Parent Evening 4:30-7:30

Thursday 8th February – Parent Evening 3:30-5:30

Friday 9th February – Last day of Spring 1

Monday 19th February – INSET day

Tuesday 20th February – Start of Spring 2

Wednesday 28th February – Family Day (see further communications)

 

Please see our website http://www.oldbasinginfants.co.uk/ for details of this week and some photos as well as learning opportunities you may want to try at home. Thanks for your support of your child’s learning.

The Year R Team

 

 

This Week

 

The children thoroughly enjoyed having a special PE coach this week. He will be teaching PE outside (weather permitting) every week. Many children had missing items from their PE kits. Please make sure your child has outdoor kit; outdoor PE shoes, tracksuit trousers or leggings, zip up jumpers or tracksuit tops as well as their t-shirt and shorts. If your child wears tights, please also provide socks for PE. We will send notes home this week if you are missing any items.

 

We have had a few ‘accidents’ in Year R recently and have had to change some children. We provide spare clothes to keep the children dry and comfortable and send them home. However, many of these clothes have not been returned. If you still have spare items of clothes (especially tights) please do return them as we are running dangerously low. If you have any spare pants, socks, skirts, trousers or tights donations would be welcomed – just take off the name labels so they don’t come back!

 

Children will be expected to reach ELG (Early Learning Goal) by June this year. In order to do this, children need to be reading at a certain level (we aim for at least 80% of the year group to reach Yellow Band books.  They are also expected to know 60 key words by the end of June. 33 of the 86 children in Year R have reached the halfway point of knowing 30 keywords, which is AMAZING! This is the stage at which we would expect children to have reached by February half term! If your child hasn’t reached this goal we would urge that you practise at home. This is the main way that your child can improve their score.

The ELG for reading is "Children read and understand simple sentences.  They use phonics knowledge to decode regular words (the, away) and read them aloud accurately.  They also read some common irregular words (e.g. are, me, some).  They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

 

We have changed our schedule now so that we hear a group read every day. Please make sure your child has their book bag in school every day as the day may change each week. Children may change their book every morning before register. We hope that the library system will be back up and running by next week so we hope that books can be sent home on Tuesday 16th.

 

Dates for your diary:

 

Monday 15th January – Deadline for Year R/Year 3 places

Monday 29th January – Sign up sheets for Parent Evenings in the office

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February – Parent Evening 4:30-7:30

Thursday 8th February – Parent Evening 3:30-5:30

Friday 9th February – Last day of Spring 1

Monday 19th February – INSET day

Tuesday 20th February – Start of Spring 2

Wednesday 28th February – Family Day (see further communications)

 

We have had a busy week already.  The children have made up their own stories about a penguin and a polar bear and wrote their story (in their own way).  We have had lots of phonics activities and the children have developed their knowledge of trigraphs  (ear, ure, air).  Can your child tell you what trigraph is in 'beard', 'fear', and 'fairy'?  If your child is not confident in trigraphs, see if they can build a word using graphemes and digraphs (e.g. ch-a-t  or c-l-o-ck)  Can they draw 'sound buttons' underneath the word?

Children choosing their level of Phonics game (Monday)

Aidan writing his story (Tuesday).

 

Over the next week we will also focus on addition and subtraction.  We will do this very practically.  See if your child can add two single-digit numbers.  What can they use to help them?  Do you have buttons or cotton buds or pennies they can use?  If your child is able to do this already see if they can add a single digit number to a double digit number.  Do they know their number bonds to 10?   (e.g. 5+5   6+4   9+1)  or their number bonds to 20 (19+1   10+10     20+0   15+5)

 

As always thank you for your support with your child's learning.  Please let us know if you have any questions or queries.

 

Regards

 

The Year R Team

 

 

This Week

 

 

In cooking this week the children made fruit Santas, Grinches, candy canes and Christmas trees.  The children chose their design and then used a choice of strawberries, grapes, bananas and melon.  The children learned how to chop fruit carefully and safely.  They then enjoyed eating their creations.  We will be cooking again next term.

 

The dress rehearsal went very well today (Wednesday) and the Year R children all took part in front of the rest of the school.  The narrators were brilliant and their voices were very clear.  We were very proud of them and look forward to performing in front of parents and relatives on Thursday (2pm) and Friday (9:30am).

 

In phonics we have continued our work on Phase 3 sounds.  The children should be able to tell you digraphs and perhaps trigraphs.  Digraphs are two letters (graphemes) that make one sound, for example 'sh'.   Tooth contains the digraphs 'oo' and 'th'.   Trigraphs are where three letters make one sound, for example 'air'.   Tight contains the trigraph 'igh'. 

 

If you take a look at Education City, you will see that we have allocated some phonics homework.  Just look in 'My City' to access these activities.

 

To improve our number work, please practise counting forwards and backwards from any number.  For example counting from 4 to 14.  Or counting back from 18 to 0.  See if your child can tell you the number before 20, or the number before 16 etc.

 

Due to rehearsals and performance over the next week or so, we will not be able to have guided reading but we will oversee a book change so that you can read at home.  Please continue to read and practise Key words as often as you can.

 

Thank you for all of the effort you made with the costumes.  The children looked amazing!  We will send these home after the last performance.

 

Raffle tickets are on sale.  The children have the opportunity to buy a ticket for the raffle draw.  The school staff all donate gifts for the raffle.  If  you wish to buy a ticket please send 20p per ticket in a named envelope over the next few days where the teachers will keep them safe.  Please don't let your child keep the money in their bag or pocket as the coins will get lost!

 

Dates for your diary this term...

Thurs 14th - 2pm year R performance (anyone can come)

Friday 15th - 9:30am Year R ticket performance

Friday 15th - 3:30pm Rock Steady Concert (for the parents of children who take part in Rock Steady)

Monday 18th - 2pm Year 1 Open performance

Tuesday 19th - 9:30am Year 1 ticket performance

Tuesday 19th - 2pm Year 2 open performance

NO LIBRARY DUE TO PERFORMANCES

Wednesday 20th - 9:30am Year 2 ticket performance

Wednesday 20th - Christmas lunch

Wednesday 20th - Special assembly

Thursday 21st - End of term at 3:15pm

 

Next term:

Thursday 4th January - Back to school for Spring Term.

 

 

As always please do pop in and ask if you have any questions.

 

The Year R Team

 

 

 

 

This Week

 

 

Dylan respected his right to learn by challenging himself to order 8 animals by height.

 

The children are doing very well with their play rehearsals.  If your child is a Narrator please make sure they memorise their lines and speak them loudly for all to hear.  We have been most impressed so far!  A letter will go out this week to give you more details about costume ideas. Please do ask if you are struggling to get a costume together - we do have a small store of costumes and can easily sort out something if we are given enough notice.  Costumes can come in at any time in a named bag.  Please make sure all costumes are in by Monday 11th in the morning as the children need to practise putting on their own costumes.

 

In phonics we have been consolidating the childrens' use of sounds by building words in sound 'families'  For example:

 

a

u

i

 

c a t

 

b a g

 

s a p

 

 

b u t

 

c u p

 

f u n

 

s i p

 

w i n

 

b i t

Can your child read or write CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant)?  Can they sort them into groups?  If your child is able to use digraphs they could extend their learning by creating CVCC or CCVC words - for example  sock, chin, bath, shop).

 

These are the words that we have learned recently.  Can your child use these in a verbal sentence?  See if you can write it as they say it.  Model how to use finger spaces and full stops.

play, saw, there, the, so

 

We have made clay penguins this week and also painted them.  The children did very well at creating their penguins based on a plastic model and they were unsupported in this.  We will be sending the penguins home soon to make space for cards, stockings etc!

 

In Maths we have been ordering animals by height, counting snowflakes (sequins) onto gloves, and practising counting forwards and backwards to 20.  Can your child count backwards from 10 to 0?  Can they do it from 20 down to 10?  What number is one more than...?  What number is two less than...?

 

Due to rehearsals and performance over the next week or so, we will not be able to have guided reading but we will oversee a book change so that you can read at home.  Please continue to read and practise Key words as often as you can.

Nifemi and Poppy were ordering the animals by height and taking a photo themselves.

 

Oliver chose to write his key words.

 

As always please do pop in and ask if you have any questions.

 

The Year R Team

 

 

We had a good turn-out of parents at the open session last week.  Thank you if you were able to come and take a look at your child's journal.  We realise that it is not always possible to take part in this, but you are always welcome to make an appointment to review your child's learning - just ask and we can have the book ready for you!  There will be more open sessions over the year - look out for dates on the regular Newsletters from Mrs McCarley.

 

We have started working on the songs for our Christmas Performance of 'Wiggly Nativity'.  We ask the children what they would like to do in the performance; either saying lines, dancing, singing, or just being a part of a procession.  Based on this feedback from the children we have given parts for the performance.  Every child will get the opportunity to dress up and take part in some way.   Please look out for letters which inform you of the costume requirements - they will go out over the next few days.   Please do ask if you are struggling to get a costume together - we do have a small store of costumes and can easily sort out something if we are given enough notice.

 

Top Tips for parents:

  • Children must have bare feet to be on stage (every child will be on stage at some point, apart from Narrators).  So no tights please!  (unless you cut off the foot part)
  • All costumes in a named bag so that they don't get misplaced or confused.
  • Items such as tails, ears, halo - named if possible for the same reason.
  • Sheep (white or grey leggings, trousers, white or grey top, fur waistcoat, alice band ears)
  • Stars (black leggings or trousers with black tshirt with stars all over or just one star on the front)
  • Angels (white dress, trousers, leggings, tops with anything sparkly!  Wings optional! Halo of tinsel)
  • Animals (e.g. an ox would be brown leggings or trousers with brown top with alice band ears or head mask (above the face so that they can see adequately!)
  • Shepherd - Anything rustic.  Perhaps a crook.  Teatowels non-obligatory!
  • Wise Men - grand clothing and perhaps a crown.  We have some spare if you want to use ours let us know.
  • Please don't stress if you can't find anything.  :0)  We have spare costumes in the cupboard that we can access.  Please let us know ASAP so that we can negotiate with other Year Groups. 
  • If you search the internet you will see some lovely ideas for every costume imaginable.  Take a look if you feel the need to do something unusual or are struggling for ideas.
  • Most importantly, this performance should be fun and exciting for the children.  If you are worried about it please do conceal this from your child as they will pick up on your nerves.  Each child is taking part to their comfort level so please believe us when we say it will be a lovely special experience that you will cherish.  If your child is particularly clingy or has a nervous disposition please try not to sit at the front - this may make them anxious.  Standing at the back is a good idea to create a bit of distance and comfort at the same time.  A cheery wave as you come in, and all should be fine!  We will scoop up any children that find it too overwhelming (it WILL happen!) but please leave us to comfort them and they should be able to get back 'on track'.   Every year we are amazed at how the children perform and they are rightly proud of doing it themselves.
  • If your child has lines, they will be expected to say them without reading, so please practise at home.
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Matilda respected her right to learn by seeking a challenge

 

We have started celebrating children who read at home in a new way - for the last 2 weeks, if a child reads at home they receive a sticker and their name goes on a special 'we have read at home' board.  If you access Bug Club, or a sibling reads with your child,  or even if your child reads environmental print at the supermarket; please do jot this down in their reading records.  We rely on reading records to tell us how much children read at home.

 

Children in Need was a huge success with many children making generous donations (Thank you Mums and Dads!).  A total amount will be shared once we have collated all the money from donations and the money box.

 

We have started our differentiated work on handwriting.  Some children are building co-ordination and hand strength by making letter-style shapes.  These children are having extra support through special 'Write Dance' sessions in the hall.  Some children are ready to write letter shapes using the same medium (goo, shaving foam, sand, etc).  Other children are ready to use pencils and are writing letter shapes on paper.  There are 1-armed robots, long ladders, and curly caterpillars.   See if your child can tell you some of them.

 

Here are some FMS activities that we have used in class that you could try at home...

 

 

In phonics we have been continuing our work on phase 3 sounds with most children, working on digraphs such as 'ch', ,'sh', 'th', 'ai', and 'ng' and the trigraph 'igh'.  Can your child tell you some words that contain these digraphs?  Other children are consolidating phase 2 sounds and should be able to tell you the sound of each letter (google phase 2 sounds if you want to try it out).

 

These are the words that we have learned recently.  Can your child use these in a verbal sentence?  See if you can write it as they say it.  Model how to use finger spaces and full stops.

his, has, come, said, was, by, do, be, no, go.

 

In maths the children have been counting pompom baubles on trees, marshmallows in hot chocolate and many other exciting 'Winter' themed activities.  Some children are working on their accurate counting and recognition to 5, some are working up to 10 and some children are consolidating their knowledge of teen numbers.  

 

Guided reading will take place on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December this week.  Please make sure children have their books and reading records in school every day, as they may be having key words checks on any day. 

 

As always please do pop in and ask if you have any questions.

 

The Year R Team

 

 

 

 

 

This Week

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

 

In 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? 

 

The 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.

 

 

Please 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.

 

 

 

These children are respecting their right to learn.

 

 

 

These children are respecting their right to learn

 

 

 

 

We picked and ate some fruit from our own trees.  Digging for worms and talking about compost. (above)  We were respecting our right to be healthy (Article 24)

 

 

 

Respecting our right to be heard, and the right to play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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