Welcome to Reception and year 1!
Class teachers – Mrs Colwell and Mrs Jenkins (Tuesday am)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Motley and Miss Gittings
We have had such a busy few weeks since getting back from Christmas. All the children have settled back well and are busy working their socks off!
In our Reception class we have a fun and creative curriculum that covers all the seven areas of learning:
Personal, social and emotional development
Communication and language
Understanding the world
Expressive arts and design
We enjoy a range of activities that involve lots of play and practical hands on learning. The environment provides a secure, friendly and stimulating yet structured environment in which children can develop independence and skills at their own pace, whilst always having access to the provision of new opportunities and experiences.
They also have a range of adult led group sessions that provide the children with supported learning and challenge.
We display all the learning that takes place during the week on our achievement boards, please share these with your children at the end of the day. They love to talk about what they have been up too. Also each child has their own learning journey which is always available for parents to look at.
Mrs Colwell is always available to talk about any queries that may arise, offering an open door policy so please don't hesitate to ask anything.
Our PE session are on a Monday afternoon. We have a sports coach who comes in and demonstrates ball games and activities with us. It is really important that you label EVERYTHING. Whilst changing for PE, kits often get mixed up and put in the wrong bags and if it's not labeled it's very hard to work out whose it is.
We love to hear about all the special achievements and new things you have been doing out of school. Please use the 'Wow sheets' to share this news with us, however big or small.
Just keep it in your child's book bag and we will check them each week.
All children will have story books to share with you at home, when your child is ready we will introduce keyword sheets and a reading book.
Individual reading books and Reading Diaries. Please remember to ensure your child has their book bag in school every day. Please try to read with your child every night and write in the reading diary.
We will continue to review keywords in school with each child independently every at least twice a week and send home a new set when we feel your child is ready. Memorizing high frequency words greatly helps children’s reading fluency. If you wish to extend your child you may wish to practice writing the words.
Year 1 Spring 1 2018
In English this term we are writing for a range of purpose, we are writing letters, fact files, stories, poetry and instructions. We are busy learning how to make our writing more interesting by using adjectives and expanding sentences. We are enjoying our dough discos to help with our fine motor control.
In maths we cover the different areas of
Number: Number & Place Value
Number: Addition & Subtraction
Number: Multiplication & Division
Geometry: Position & Direction
Geometry: Properties of Shapes
This term’s focus is plants. We are learning about what is living, non living and never lived.
The children will continue to learn about the weather associated with the seasons. Please come in and see our ever changing seasons display.
We are learning about toys from the past and comparing them to modern day ones. We will be asking parents soon to share any old toys they still have.
Over the term the children will be learning the basics of using a computer. They will be logging on independently and learning about coding on the iPads.
This term we are focusing on sculpture. Using natural resources, clay, junk modelling and modrock. We will be looking at famous artists.
• master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing
and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination,
and begin to apply these in a range of activities
• participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
• perform dances using simple movement patterns.
• use their voices expressively and creatively by singing
songs and speaking chants and rhymes
• play tuned and untuned instruments musically
• listen with concentration and understanding to a range
of high-quality live and recorded music
• experiment with, create, select and combine sounds
using the inter-related dimensions of music.
This term we will be learning about being kind and caring for others.
How parents can be involved in home learning
Practising key words (reading and writing)
Practising letter and number formation using the continuous cursive style.
Cooking to support fine motor and mathematical skills (mixing, chopping, measuring)
Helping the children to learn their 2’s, 5s and 10 times tables