14th March 2018
The children in Buttercups and Bluebells have thoroughly enjoyed our Helpful Heroes topic so far. We have found out all about people within our community who help us every day. Our role play area has transformed into a police station and our budding actors and actresses have taken on fantastic roles, developing language and speech skills whilst exploring the topic.
We have been blown away by the fantastic writing we have seen this term! Children have written stories, speech bubbles, police reports, cards, letters, lists and labels and we are so proud of the progress and enthusiasm for writing we have seen. Keep it up, reception!
Literacy: We will continue to practise and develop writing simple sentences. We will be encouraging use of story language, such as ‘once upon a time’ to create short narratives and remembering the spelling of red words, such as ‘the’, ‘said’, ‘I’ etc.
In phonics, both groups are focusing on set 2 digraphs and trigraphs. We are encouraging application of phonic skills in reading and writing, using sounds to spell words and putting these words into sentences. Included in our phonics are opportunities to develop recognition of red words and reinforcement of letter formation.
Maths: Our main focus in maths this week and next is 3D shape. Children have impressed us with their recognition of the shapes and have been able to identify the shapes giving their names. Children are developing their knowledge of the features of 3D shapes and using simple mathematical language to describe them. We are introducing language such as ‘vertices’, ‘faces’ and ‘edges’ and are encouraging children to identify 3D shapes in the environment. We’ll also enjoy creating 3D shapes using a range of media.
In the coming weeks…
We are working towards the exciting outcome to our topic, which is a ‘People who help us showcase’. We will be inviting children from school to come to our showcase and find out about the heroes within our community.
Parent consultations – Tuesday 27th March
If you haven’t yet signed up for an appointment, please send your reply slip back as soon as possible.
Please please please sponsor Miss Bartholomew and Miss Burke for our sport relief challenge. We need your support!
HOW YOU CAN HELP AT HOME: Talk to your child about people who help us within our community. Can they spot a police car, fire engine or an ambulance? Why are they so important? Who else helps in our community? Discuss people such as the lollypop lady, the local vet and the postman/woman and how they play a relevant part in our local community.
Take home task – Please support your child to create a poster about an ‘everyday superhero’. Can they find out about someone who helps us, such as a paramedic, firefighter, police officer, dentist, lollypop person etc? This is due in by 23rd March
A few reminders;
Please keep the wowberries coming in. These help inform our observations as parental input is vital during the reception year. We also love to hear what children have been up to out of school and how they have taken their learning home! Your observations about areas such as your child’s use of technology and comments on their understanding of the world, including those related to family, people and places, past and present and aspects of ‘science’ such as floating and sinking, materials etc.
If your child attends an extra-curricular club, such as swimming, dancing, gymnastics, football, drama etc, we’d love to hear about it! If they have a certificate, please send us a copy, or a photo of them dressed ready for their club. This will also be included in their learning journals and will inform our assessments.
We cannot emphasise enough just how important regular reading at home is for your child. Please spend 5-10 minutes, at least a few times a week, reading and sharing the story with your child, discussing the plot, characters and setting of the story and pointing out familiar words and sounds in the text.
Those that have been reading regularly at home are already reaping the benefits of this practise and we can see the impact of this in reading and writing in school. Please also remember to record in the reading diary when you hear your child read.
If you need any advice or guidance regarding reading, please do not hesitate to come in and see us.
Thank you for all your continued support as always!