Soft start and drop off
Please feel free to join your child on the carpet or at a table during the soft start each morning which runs from 8:45 to 9am. Soft start is an important part of the day and helps your child to feel settled and prepared for a day of learning. Please encourage your children to put their things away by themselves before collecting a whiteboard and pen and sitting on the carpet. It is important that the children know where their personal belongings are so that they can locate them easily at key times during the day.
No toys to be brought in from home please.
In reading records each week class teachers will indicate the key word list your child is currently learning. In school your child will read their list to the class adult once a week and if they can correctly read all of the five words on that list they will progress to the next list. Please do move onto the next list when your child is ready. After each daily phonics lesson we will also be practising the words. Please find below a copy of the key words if you need additional copies throughout the year. Any questions please feel free to speak to your child's class teacher.
Each Reception class will continue to visit the Fielding Forest once a week. We ask children to bring in a pair of wellington boots on their allocated day as it can get a little muddy! Also there are a few brambles (which you would expect in a forest) so on this day I would avoid any bare legs. Our Fielding Forest lessons are loved by our children as it gives them the opportunity to take their learning outside and to explore nature.
Please see the allocated day for each class:
Monday - RF
Tuesday - RS
Wednesday - RH
Friday - RP
Please put a spare set of clothes in your child's bag in case they have an accident or get wet. Can we also ask for any borrowed clothes to be washed and brought back to school please so we have them for next time.
We would like you to share with us all the fantastic things that your child does outside of school. Wow notes are a simple and fun way for you to share with us some of the amazing things your child achieves. Just print of the document (found below in support material) and then fill in any special moments. It might be something that they said that has taken your breath away or how they have helped around the home. A new skill such as riding their bike or an achievement in a club outside of school. All Wow notes will be stuck in your child's Learning Journeys and will be used to inform our ongoing assessments. We look forward to seeing your Wow notes soon.
Please remember to complete and return your child's Technology notes. These notes support the class teachers with assessments and it is lovely to read about the different ways your children use technology at home.
The book bags will be sent home each day with your child. Please read with your child as often as possible. Please return your child's book bag to school each morning.
Books will continue to be changed once a week for your child, it is encouraged for you to reread the same book with your child to secure key words and to develop comprehension skills. Parent comments in reading journals are encouraged and help support our assessments in school. We will also send home a sharing book of your child's choice once a week. Please try to empty your child's book bag at the end of each week as the wonderful work they do in class soon builds up and makes it tricky for them to fit new things in at the end of the day. Please only keep the current weeks phonics worksheet in your child's bag so that it can be looked at when they read. The rest can be stored at home.
Please continue to send in clean and dry recycling so that the children can use it for junk modelling. We have a Challenge Day on Friday 9th February and we will be building junk model boats. We need as much of your recycling as possible by then!
Please see the lists on classroom doors for your child's assigned week to bring in their show and tell. If you have missed your week please do not worry you are welcome to bring something in the following week.
Our chicks have now grown into beautiful hens. They have begun spending time outside during the day. Once their chicken coop is ready they will be moved to the school kitchen garden on the field.
During our Forest school lessons we have been preparing the soil and planting wild flower seeds.
We have begun our new topic: Who are all these famous characters in our books? The children have been discussing their favourite fairy tales and characters.
Maths: This week we have been exploring weight. The children have been comparing the weight of 2 or more objects using their hands. They have also begun using the balance scales and multi link to weigh objects.
English: This week we have been retelling our journeys to school in the style of fairy tales. We have also had a go at writing questions about what we would like to find out about different fairy tales.
Maths: Next week in Maths the children will be estimating amounts and checking by counting how many they have. At home, you could challenge your child to make sensible guesses about how many: spoons are in the drawer, pens are in the pot, books are on the bookshelf. Then get them to check their estimate by counting the objects.
English: This week we are going to begin by reading, 'The Jolly Postman.' We will then read different versions of 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' The children will try retelling the story. They will then write 'Wanted' posters for Jack, descriptive sentences about the giant and finally pretend to be estate agents and sell the giant's castle!
Home learning will be sent home on Fridays. It will be based on the phonics each child has been learning during the week. Please take the time to complete this with your child as it will help them with their learning. Home learning does not need to be returned, you may wish to store it in a file at home to refer to with your child during the year.
Supporting your Child at Home
Each week we will update our notice board to inform you of the learning that has been happening in Reception that week. We will offer suggestions of how you can support identified areas of English and Maths at home.
We will also include the learning that will be happening in these areas during the next week so you have a clear idea of what is ahead.
Mathematics - Numbers
• Plan a picnic and let your child decide how many sandwiches and bananas you will need.
• Make a number line using birthday cards.
• Play number snap or bingo with numbers that your child has cut out of a magazine.
• Sing number songs where your child has to count backwards like “Five Little Ducks” or “Ten Fat Sausages”.
Mathematics - Shape, space and measure
• Sort out the pairs of shoes so that they go from small to big.
• Make patterns with buttons or lids, like “big, small, big”.
• Allow your child to give you instructions for an obstacle course, like “Go under the blanket”, “Go through the tunnel” and “Go behind the chair”.
Please see the materials and video links below with ideas of how to support your child in maths.