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Wednesday 13th March 2019

 

We had a great time last week doing all our Book Week activities. Thank you so much for the effort you went to providing book character costumes for the children to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th, they all looked amazing and enjoyed telling each other about their favourite book characters.

 

Sport's Day is fast approaching (Tuesday 2nd April) and in preparation we are practising the activities the children will take part in on that day. From now on ALL of our P.E. sessions will take place outdoors and so the children will need to have trainers in their P.E. kits. If possible please provide trainers with Velcro fastening rather than laces as these are easier for the children to manage independently. The children are fine to the wear shorts and t-shirts they currently have in their bags but providing a warm top would be useful for those chilly mornings. Some children seem to be missing parts of their P.E. kit so please check to ensure your child has appropriate kit in school as we do not carry spare kit. Further details about Sport's Day can be seen in the recent Parentmail sent out by Miss Fish.

 

On Friday 22nd March we are holding an Open Afternoon from 14.45 - 15.15. This is an opportunity to come into the classroom and look through your child's Learning Journal and to talk to them about all the learning they have undertaken so far. On this occasion the class teacher will not be available for individual progress discussions but should you feel you need to speak with the class teacher please make an appointment for another day. On this afternoon, once you have finished looking at your child's Learning Journal, you are free to take your child home but please ensure you sign your child out with the class teacher. Please be aware that the session finishes promptly at 15.15 when all children and parents should vacate the classrooms to make way for the various after school clubs that take place.

 

As part of our Space topic we would like your junk (aka recycling) so that children can create junk space rockets. Small cardboard boxes and clean yoghurt pots/plastic bottles would be gratefully received. Please do not send in metal tins as even pull-top cans can be left with sharp edges. Please send your 'junk' in in plastic bags as this makes it easier for us to store. Thank you, in anticipation.

 

Mrs Laverton is also still on the lookout for large wooden cable reels and wooden pallets for our Outdoor Learning Area. If you are able to provide any such items please liaise with Mrs Laverton in Dormouse Class.

 

Just another plea about dropping off your children in the morning. By now all children are more than capable of coming in and independently putting away their things and we positively encourage them to do this as this is what will be expected of them in Year 1. Unless you need to speak to the class teacher, please leave the classroom as soon as your child has bid you goodbye and by 08.50 at the latest, so that the teachers can settle the children ready for doing the registers and preparing for the day's learning. The Year R playground should be vacated by 08.50 so that we can shut the gates. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

 

 

Thank you,

The Year R Team

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Mrs Davies (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                             Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

 

 

6th February 2019

 

And as quickly as it came, it is gone...the snow! It was lovely to read and see on Tapestry how many of you spent the snow day last week. It looks like a lot of fun was had (although we suspect the children enjoyed it more than the adults!) 

 

It was lovely to see so many family members in school yesterday. Hopefully the messages of Safer Internet Day were clear and easy to understand for the children but should you need to discuss these with your children at home there are some documents in the E-Safety folder on the Parents page of the website that will help you. They are relevant for a range of ages of children too for those of you that might have older children.

 

We have had  quite a few enquiries about the Key Words that the children bring home in their book bags. The words are checked in class at least once a fortnight and the expectation is that the children can read the words on sight without sounding them out. This then helps them with their reading as they start to recognise more words. In the front of the green Home School Communication Book there is a list of all the words the children should be able to read by the end of Year R; if your child knows the words in their pot and can identify them in their reading then please feel free to learn some of the words from this sheet. Please do remember to write in the book when the children have read or practised their words at home. Thank you.

 

We have been learning about money in our maths sessions recently. This is always a hugely challenging concept for children to understand especially in an age where we all use cards and contactless means of paying for goods. It would really help the children's understanding of the value of coins if they could perhaps play with them at home and engage in pretend 'shopping'.

 

Now that we are half way through the year please encourage your child/children to sort themselves out and put their things away on their own when you drop them off in the morning. Once they have put away their things they can come for a final hug and kiss before then settling down ready for the register. 

 

Thank you,

The Year R Team

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Mrs Davies (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                             Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

 

23rd January 2019

 

It is hard to believe we are already two thirds of the way through January! The children are thoroughly enjoying our topic on Castles, Knights and Dragons. All of the learning opportunities are linked to the topic and so the children have been busy making knight's shields, painting caves for dragons and creating their own dragon or mythical creature. They have also been having a go at writing castle-based stories and practising counting eggs into dragon's nests. Next week all of the activities will be based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

 

Thank you for the support you are giving your children with learning their key-words and reading at home. It is very noticeable how quickly the children's learning progresses if they receive that support. Please remember to record in the green Home School Communication Book when you have read with your child or practised their key-words with them. The children continue to read with the class teacher once a week during Guided Reading and they do their key-words with the Early Years Assistant at least once a week and sometimes more depending on the need.

 

Everyday in class we also do MegaMaths. This is a short, whole class, activity during which we practise counting, the recognition of numbers and the value of numbers, in addition to learning about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. These simple activities are ones that you can do when out and about with your child to reinforce their mathematical knowledge. In particular, understanding the value of numbers is really important. Lots of children can count by rote to 100 and beyond but do they understand what 20, for example, is in terms of objects.

 

Those of you who came to the English Curriculum meeting last week will recall Mrs Maylen talking about topic vocabulary lists. On the Year R webpage we have added the Castles Vocabulary List for you to share with your child and help them learn some of the new vocabulary.

 

It is good to see the children coming in all wrapped up warm in the mornings. They are really good at getting themselves all togged up at break times and at the end of the day and this is helped greatly if their clothing is named. Please remember that your child should bring their reading book and key-words in every day as well as a bottle of water.

 

We are keeping our fingers crossed that we don't get enough snow to close the school but enough for us to have some fun outside. If it does snow please ensure your children have their wellies in school as we would want to go outside and enjoy it!

 

Thank you,

The Year R Team

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Mrs Davies (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

19th December 2019

 

We hope you all enjoyed the performances of 'Happy Birthday Jesus' last week. The children certainly enjoyed showing off their drama and singing skills and are still singing the songs now. We are sure you were as proud of them as we were. Thank you for your support with learning lines and making costumes.

 

On Monday 7th January, during the first week back in 2019, we will be taking the children out to the 5-ways crossing on Milkingpen Lane, in order to undertake a traffic survey as part of our on-going topic of Transport. Please ensure your child has a coat and wellies in school on that day as unless it is pouring with rain we will be going out. If the weather is too horrendous the survey will be done on Tuesday 8th.

 

Later on during the first week back the children will be doing some 'cooking'. They will be making traffic light themed savoury crackers so it would be great if you could ask your children to identify the colours of a range of different fruits and vegetables and ask them which ones might be appropriate to make the traffic light colours. The children will be focusing on safe cutting skills during this activity and will be supervised at all times!

 

We are sure you are looking forward to the upcoming holiday and the children will certainly enjoy the rest as they have had a very busy term. If possible it would be great if you could continue to both share books and read with your child during the holidays and see if they can find their key words in books or when out and about. This helps keep the momentum of their learning going - just a few minutes a day all helps.

 

It just remains for us to say thank you for all your support throughout this first term and wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

 

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Mrs Davies (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

 

 

7th November 2018

 

Our topic for this half term is 'Nature' and so all of our learning opportunities will be linked to this topic.

 

The children have already been on a 'Welly Walk' and have collected some of the vast array of leaves from different areas of the school grounds. The children  talked about what they noticed about the outdoor environment at this time of year and the changes that have occurred. They then went on to do some maths, counting the different amounts of leaves of different colours. These are all activities you may be able to replicate at home and get your leaves picked up for free! (Not that we condone child labour of course!)

 

The children are continuing to do Guided Reading on a regular basis and are bringing books home to share with you. Please could you remember to write in the green Home/School Communication book when you have shared/read the book with your child. This way we can see that the children are reading at home, in addition to reading in school. We will be allocating books on Bug Club in the next few days so that the children will be able to enjoy another reading opportunity.

 

Many of the children are now enjoying some of the sporting opportunities on offer in our after school clubs. There are still some children who find it tricky to undress and dress themselves so the more this can be practised at home the more independent they will become. Please can you ensure that P.E. kits are returned to school the day after a club so that they are in school for when we do P.E. in class. Thank you.

 

Just a reminder that the school photographer will be in school on Friday for children to have individual photographs taken. We will do our best to keep them clean and tidy until after the photos!

 

Next week, as a whole school, we will be having a Science Week and also on Wednesday having a Whole School Writing Day. We are sure the children will have and exciting and interesting time learning science-based facts and skills and will be keen to share their experiences with you at home.

 

Finally a request from Mrs Laverton for our Outdoor Learning area. We are looking for some wooden cable reels like this:

 

If you know of anywhere where we can obtain any of these please see Mrs Laverton in Dormouse Class.

 

The Year R Team

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Miss Smith (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

17th October 2018

 

It is hard to believe that it is half term next week - the time has certainly flown and all of the children have settled into their school life brilliantly and had a busy and exciting time.

 

The children had their first experience of getting changed for P.E. today and did really well. At the moment the children only need a pair of shorts and a t-shirt in their P.E. bag. Please check that these items are in their P.E. bags and are named. Most children were able to undress and dress themselves independently and we are always happy to help with tricky buttons and ensuring clothes are the right way round but we do expect all children to be able to do most of their personal care independently. Since P.E. kits have only been worn once they will remain in school ready for the next half term.

 

Following on from the children sharing their 'Talking Bags' with us many children are starting to bring in items or toys to 'Show and Tell'. In order to ensure children get equal opportunities for Show and Tell experiences after half term the children will be selected, usually two per week, to take part in a Wednesday 'Spotlight' session. When it is their turn the children will be able to bring items in and talk about them in front of the whole class. A display is made for each child for the whole week. When it is your child's turn you will be given a letter explaining this in more detail. In the meantime we would ask that children refrain from bringing toys into school.

 

Just a reminder that the School Communication Book does not need to be seen by the class teacher every day. If there is an important message that the teacher needs to read, pertinent to that day, please place it in the box provided. The books will otherwise be read and comments made when your child reads with the class teacher or does their key words with the EYA.

 

It is lovely to see how many children are now putting away their water bottles, coats and book bags independently when they arrive in the morning. After half term we expect that all children will be able to do this. You are still most welcome to come into class but please encourage your child to put away their things. Many children like it if you wait by the door for them to sort themselves out and then they can come back for a goodbye kiss and cuddle.

 

As we head into late Autumn and early Winter please ensure your child has a coat in school every day. We go outside even if it rains and some children today did not have coats! We will also be doing a 'Welly Walk' after half term around the school grounds and so if you have not yet brought in wellies for your child please do so after half term, thank you.

 

It just remains for us to wish you all a peaceful and relaxing half term and we look forward to seeing everyone refreshed on Tuesday 30th October.

 

The Year R Team

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Miss Smith (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

19th September 2018

 

Wow! It is hard to believe we are already half way through Week 3. The children have settled in well and those that are now full-time are managing to stay awake in the afternoons, although we suspect by the weekend you will have some tired children! We have been impressed with how many children are already coming into class and independently putting away their things in the morning. It is amazing how quickly they pick up on routines.

 

Many children have already brought in their canvas 'Talking Bag' to share with the teachers .and we have enjoyed finding out about the things that are important in the children's lives. Some children still need to bring in their bag to share and we look forward to these coming in during the next week or so. Once your child has shared their bag they will bring it home and do not need to bring it in again. Other opportunities for 'Show and Tell' will be provided through a 'Spotlight' session which you will receive a letter about when it is your child's turn.

 

We have been lucky with the weather so far but as we head towards more changeable autumn weather it is important that ALL the children have named wellies in their classroom boot box. They also need these when playing in the Mud Kitchen during Outdoor Learning.

 

Please can we ask that you ensure your child brings a named water bottle to school everyday. We do provide plastic cups for when children do not have a bottle but we are trying to reduce our plastic consumption.

 

We look forward to seeing many of you this evening at our Year R Curriculum event. Please do remember that we are always available at the classroom door at both ends of the day should you have any queries.

 

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Miss Smith (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Year R page!

 

This page will be updated once all of the children have started school. In the meantime, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year R Team.

 

Link to the Primary Menu page: https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/primaryschools/menu

 

Year R Team:

 

Mole Class - Miss Grainger (Teacher) and Miss Smith (EYA)

Hedgehog Class - Mrs Davies (Teacher) and Miss McMahon (EYA)

Dormouse Class - Mrs Maylen (EYFS Leader and Teacher - Monday and Tuesday),

                        Mrs Attenborough (Teacher - Wednesday - Friday) and Mrs Laverton (EYA)

 

 

 

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