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Notices

School closed to most pupils

Your child should complete school work from home. Your child's class teacher has published a timetable below that gives you an outline of what your child should be doing while learning from home.  In addition to this teachers in Reception have organised a range of activities to support you with home learning over the week.

  • Teachers will use Microsoft Teams  to live stream phonic sessions daily
  • Your child will be invited to 'two check-in' sessions with a member of staff and some of their classmates over the week. 

Please check your child's Teams account for invitations to the daily phonic sessions, the check in sessions and the live stories.

Next steps 

  1. Read our ‘How to’ guide for how to access your child’s Microsoft Teams email and password. 
  2. Watch our ‘How to log on to Microsoft Teams video (3.5 mins) 
  3. Watch our How to use video call settings short video (2mins) 

Key worker and vulnerable pupils

Your child should come into school as usual, please make sure you have booked their place on MCAS via the 'clubs' booking. Children should attend school everyday, They will be taught by Ms Karim.

Remote Learning - Weekly timetable

Your child is expected to follow the weekly learning that is happening in school and complete a daily Phonics lesson and Literacy and Maths task each week.  It is important that your day reflects the nature of our Early Years and work is balanced with lots of opportunities to play and hear stories being read. 

 

Below is a timetable you can follow if your child is self-isolating then your can use this as guidance for home learning whilst your child is not in school. 

 

9.30-10.00 

10.00 – 11.30 

 

11.30 – 12.00  

 

1.00-1.30 

1.30 – 3.00 

3.00-3.30 

Mon 

Live Phonics/key words

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths activity  

Lunch time – 12.00 – 1.00 

Live story/Poetry time  

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading 

Tue 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Writing/mark making activity   

Live story/Poetry time  

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

Wed 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths activity  

Live story/Poetry time  

Play 

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

Thur 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

 

Writing/mark making activity   

Live story time/ Poetry time 

French PE  Music 

Fri 

Live Phonics/key words 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Maths Activity  

Live story/Poetry time 

Play  

 

Scheduled catch up session  

Reading  

 

 

  • Phonic activities - You will receive invitations to live phonics lessons on Microsoft Teams. If you can not access them at the time, see links at bottom of notice board and instagram for Lists of sounds to practise (class teachers will communicate what RWI set sounds to focus on.)
  • Play activities – pupils are encouraged to direct their own play following their interests. 
  • See below for Maths & Writing/Mark making activities.
  • Story time – links to live story time will be added to your child's Microsoft Teams, if you can't access these there are links below to much loved stories read by our staff .
  • Reading – follow routines with books sent home in book bag.

 

Reception Instagram account     

A bank of resources to support your child's learning at home, including phonic activities and key word lists. Check out our Instagram story each week where we link the learning that is happening in school. Click on the link below 

 

Reception Instagram Page - EYFS World

 

 

Other Notices

Mathematics

Week commencing: 25/1/2021

This week in maths we will build on our learning of shapes last week.

Mathematically, the areas of shape and space are about developing visualising skills and understanding relationships, such as the effects of movement and combining shapes together, rather than just knowing vocabulary. Spatial skills are important for understanding other areas of maths and children need structured experiences to ensure they develop these. Here, the focus is on actively exploring spatial relations and the properties of shapes, in order to develop mathematical thinking.

We will be focusing on developing children’s spatial awareness and shape awareness by focusing on two questions:

  • What shapes can you make with other shapes?
  • What shapes can you make from folding a piece of paper?

In class we will start be looking at 2D shapes in different sizes, colours and more importantly different orientations.

We will discuss the shapes and make explicit that these factors do not change the shape.

A triangle is still a triangle even if it is big, small, turned upside down or green!

We will do this for each of the 4 main 2D shapes.

We will then look at ‘What shapes can you make with other shapes?’

For example:

What happens if I put ……?

  • 2 squares together = oblong
  • Lots of triangles together =  bigger triangle
  • 1 put 2 semi-circles together = circle
  • 2 oblongs together = square
  • 2 triangles together = diamond
  • 4 squares together = bigger square
  • 4 oblongs = bigger oblong
  • 6 triangles =  a hexagon

 

Children will have opportunities to do this practically and talk about what they have found out.

We will also talk about which shapes work better and that some shapes cannot be used e.g. a  circle because it is curved and there are gaps when you put them next to another shape.

 

Then we will ask the children about ‘What shapes can you make from folding a piece of paper?’

We will model folding 2D shaped paper.

Will discuss what happens when we fold these shapes

For example:

‘When I fold a ….. it turns into a ……’

  • Square =  oblong
  • Oblong = square
  • Triangle = a smaller triangle – depends where the fold in the triangle is!
  • Circle  =  semi-circle

 

We will help the children to make links to the previous question: What happens when you put different shapes together? e.g. When we put 2 oblongs together, it made a square. When I fold a square it made an oblong.

When we put 2 squares together, it made an oblong. When I fold an oblong it made a square.

 

To complement this learning and introduce some new ideas to the children we will tell them about tangrams and origami.

 

Supporting your child at home: 

If you have any 2D shapes use these, if not you can make some out of card or paper or look for items around the house that are oblong or square and try putting them together. The shapes will need to be the same size e.g. if you have two books – (oblongs) make sure that they are the same size. Then ask your child the question:

  • What happens if you put them together?
  • What new shapes have you made?

Does this work for every 2D shape? What happens if you put two circles together? You could use plates for this example!

 

Using a piece of paper or card that is a square or oblong, let you child fold it and see what shape they have made. Your child may need you to demonstrate where and how to fold e.g. making sure corners meet so that the paper is folded correctly in order to make the new shape.

 

This activity is all about fun and exploration and helping children to see that we can make new shapes by adding shapes together or folding shapes.

Next week in maths:

We will be learning about Number Bonds to 5.

 

English - Writing

Week commencing: 25/1/2021

This week we will be reading the story of Red Riding Hood.

We will be looking at the different characters in the story:

  • Red Riding Hood
  • Wolf
  • Grandmother
  • Wood Cutter

We will focus on writing sentences to describe each character.

We will talk about what a sentence is and recap what an adjective and think of some words to describe each of the characters.

We will be retelling the story of Red Riding Hood and using a story ‘s’ to remind children that every story must have a beginning, middle and end.

We will also be learning facts about wolves. The children can then write some factual sentences and share what they have learnt about wolves.

Supporting your child at home: 

Read the story of Red Riding Hood (or another fairy tale) and ask your child to retell the story in their own words.

The could have a go at writing the story and have a sentence for each part of the story.

For example:

Beginning

Once upon a time Little Red Riding Hood went to visit her granny.

Red decide to walk through the dark forest.

 

Middle

The wolf was very hungry.

He saw Red and thought she looked tasty!

Wolf pretended to be granny.

 

End

The wolf tried to eat Red.

A brave woodcutter came by and chased the wolf away.

Granny and Red lived happily ever after.

 

You may want to focus on writing animal facts about the wolf or another animal that your child likes.

Find out some facts about an animal and encourage your children to write some sentences about it.

For example:

Wolves are wild animals.

Wolves are carnivores.

They eat deer and moose.

Wolves have sharp teeth.

A wolf is very strong.

A wolf can run very fast.

 

Next week in English:

We will be reading The Gingerbread Man.

 

English - Phonics/Reading 

Phonics is the way we teach children to recognise the sounds in words. It helps your child to learn to read and is an essential part of your child’s education.

In school we teach children to read through linking letters and sounds using a published programme called ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI).  There are a range of online resources you can use to support the teaching of phonics at home. 

 

Additional Phonic Resources 

All our Phonics sounds are in the video below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6SvZscxgg

 

Skywriter                    

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/skyWriter/index.html

Help a hedgehog         https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/helpAHedgehog/index.html

Phonics Bloom           

 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/fishy-phonics?phase=2

Phonics play               

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase3Menu.htm

Forest Phonics            https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/forestPhonics/index.html

 

Story Time

While children are learning to it is also important for them to hear lots of stories being read to them.  We encourage you to read aloud to your child and listen to your child read daily.  To provide your child with the further opportunities to hear stories being read check out the story time videos below:

Story Time with your teachers: 

 

Please see our curriculum overview to find out what your child is learning now and how that fits in to their wider learning:

PE, Music & French Lessons 

If your child is accessing learning from home then check out the timetable in your child's class notebook on Teams.  If you click on the subject links on Thursday afternoon it will take you to the lessons that our specialist teachers have filmed for the Reception children. 

 

 

Virtual Support for Families 

 

In previous years we have invited parents into school to attend our drop in sessions. During these sessions we work with parents and demonstrate strategies and activities that they can replicate at home to support their child.  With the current climate we are unable to invite families into school so have put together a number of videos that can be used as a support resource.  During this term we will focus on Phonics - please see the videos below, your child's class teacher may direct you to the videos that will support your child. 

 

Guidance on reading books that come home: 

 

Inside your child's book bag 

Sound Blending Book

My Phonics Book

 

Phonics: 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 1

Set 1 Sounds - Video 2 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 3 

Set 1 Sounds - Video 4 (digraphs) 

 

Set 2 Sounds - Video 1 

 

Set 3 Sounds - Video 2 

Coats, hats, scarves and gloves

As the weather gets colder, please ensure your child comes to school wearing a warm coat. We want all the children to enjoy playing outside in the winter.

Any additional items of clothing such as hats, scarves and gloves must be named, as children can find keeping track of these items a challenge.

 

Reception hearing tests

Letters were sent out on Friday 27th November, regarding a hearing test which will take place in school. 

 

The nurse will need your child`s NHS number which can be found in your red book.

Letters can be given back to class teacher, with information needed.

 

More information on school website when the date is confirmed.

 

Understanding the new Early Years Framework 

This September our Early Years became early adopters of the new Early Years Framework that will become statutory in school in September 2021.  Each week we will post a document to help you better understand each aspect of learning. This week our focus is Mathematics - Numerical Patterns. 

Capturing 'Wow moments' at home

Early Years compromises of seventeen aspects of learning with skills that pupils need to achieve before the end of their year in Reception.  We value contributions from parents/carers of moments of achievement that have happened outside of school.  Click on the link below to access our wow moments cards.  If you observe your child achieving something new or wonderful then cut out the card, record the moment and pass it onto your child’s class teacher.  The wow moments are stuck in your child’s learning journey and support assessments throughout the year.  Feel free to send in as many as you would like, parents/carers usually complete a page of wow moments each half term. 

 

Reading and Reading Records

Please write a comment in your child’s reading record. Let us know how they are reading and progressing. 

If you have any questions please make a note in the reading record, the class teacher will get back to you with a response. It is really important that you read with your child regularly, support from home makes a huge impact on your child’s learning.

 

If your child is still in the early stages of reading, they will be focusing on learning the sounds of the alphabet. In the reading record you can write the sounds you have been working on and how your child has  responded to the activity.

 

If your children is reading the Sound Blending books (lilac books), the focus is on learning to blend cvc words. CVC means 'consonant, vowel, consonant', words like – cat, dog, mum, dad, pot, man, sit etc. This skill can take a while to acquire, patience and persistence is needed. Often a child will sound out the word but cannot blend, when the adult sounds it out for them they will often hear the word and then say it. 

Remaining positive and encouraging your child to try again at this point helps, so they can try again until they have learnt to blend.

 

If your child is reading the paper book called ‘My Phonics Book’, the teacher will focus on one page at a time, each week. 

This stage of reading helps to prepare the children for reading sentences before they move onto the next level of books.

The guided reading session uses each page to focus on:

  • a set of sounds
  • some key words
  • reading simple sentences
  • a comprehension question
  • ‘holding a sentence’ e.g. to practise saying a sentence, rehearsing it and being able to repeat it back (memorising the sentence)

 

If your child has a reading book e.g. red, green, purple etc. The books contain lots of useful pages with sounds to practice, key words to read and some comprehension questions, as well as the stories. 

 

Book bags 

Every week your child will have a book bag with a picture book and one or two reading books.

Your child has chosen the picture book, they are not expected to read this independently.

This book is purely for enjoyment and an opportunity for you to share a book with your child. 

The reading book your child receives will link to the phonics baseline assessments that the teachers completed with each child.

Your child will have an opportunity to read through their book with their class teacher during their guided reading lessons. Guided reading lessons happen everyday, where the teacher will read with a different group.

Some children that are in the earlier stages and are beginning to learn their sounds will receive a sheet with the sounds to focus on. The sheet also contains ideas of how to support your child at home.

The class teacher will write the title of the books in the reading record.

Your child must bring their book bag  to school everyday with their picture book, reading book and reading record. Each day the teacher will focus on a different group and change their books once a week. We look forward to reading your comments in the reading records.

Home Learning

Every Friday your child will receive some home learning linked to their phonics lessons that week. This will allow you to see what sounds your child has been focusing on in the lesson.

The home learning can be kept in your child's bookbag so you can revisit the activities at home if needed. 

Please support your child with learning the sounds. Thank you in advance.

Forest School

Please note the day change for your child's class.

Please send in wellies for your child. These can be kept at school on the coat trolleys.

The first lesson will introduce the children to Fielding Forest e.g  rules and boundaries for keeping safe and respecting our environment.

RH - Tuesday am

RS - Tuesday pm

RP - Friday am

RF - Friday pm

Occasionally we do change our days depending on the weather and school events.

Reception Recommended Reading List - 40 Books for Reception

Reception Assessment

The Early Years framework compromises of seven areas of learning. 

 

The areas are divided into seventeen aspects of learning. These provide pupils with an Early Learning Goal for each aspect that they work towards during their time in Early Years. In the summer term of their Reception year, assessments will determine whether they have achieved a good level of development. 

 

Click on the links below if you are interested in exploring each area of learning and finding out what skills your child needs to achieve within each area of learning. 

 

 

Phonics Workshop

Calendar

Letters

Specialist subjects

Contact Details and Useful Links

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