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Welcome back!

 

I hope you are all ready for the up and coming academic year.

 

In the first few weeks we will be welcoming last year’s Pre-Reception children full time as Reception.  I am sure that the children will be as supportive with them, as they are with the rest of the class and they will soon feel like they have been full-time all along!

 

Our main topic this term is ALL ABOUT ME – We will be looking closely at the human body, how we grow and how our body works. As part of the History strand of the topic, we will also look at the history of nurses through time, focusing in particular on Florence Nightingale, and learning about important nurses through time and comparing the ways that nursing has changed over the years.

 

Literacy:

To tie in with the main topic this term, the children will begin by writing an ‘All about me’ fact file. Learning that writing is used for different purposes and displayed correctly according to their purpose. We will then look closely at stories with settings familiar to the children focusing on authors such as Jill Murphy (Five Minutes peace and Peace at Last) and then Shirley Hughes (Alfie). We will also spend some time looking at acrostic poems and Non-fiction texts about the human body, which will result in the children writing their own versions of the different texts.

 

Reading

Please ensure that you listen to your child read as often as possible. It really is crucial at this point in their learning life, and will make a huge difference to their attitude towards learning and their confidence. Children who learn to read quickly at this early stage are significantly more successful later in life!

We use a variety of reading schemes to teach reading including Floppy Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Rising Stars.

We use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics to teach phonics.

 

Maths

We will be looking at several topics in maths this term, covering areas such as:

*numbers and the number system

*shape, space and measures

*calculations

 

We will also be continuing the work with the Maths Passports – Please see your child’s Home/School book for their current targets. They will need to practise at home to extend their success further!!

 

Reminders

Please remember to check your child’s Home/School book regularly as we put any important messages in there for you. I have also be put in the children’s targets for this half term.

 

Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school at all times. This should consist of a white round neck t-shirt, navy blue shorts, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and sturdy trainers.

 

Independence

In class 1 we are currently trying to encourage as much independence as possible when it comes to getting changed for PE and changing shoes for playtime.  With this in mind, can I please ask that you encourage your child to get dressed as independently as possible at home. Writing your child’s name in each piece of clothing is also essential to ensure that we get them back to the rightful owner.

Please also be considerate of the children's ability to tie shoelaces when buying school shoes. We have had a sudden influx of children coming into school with laces, and while we would never let a child struggle, we are wasting lots of learning time tying laces for the children. Especially after playtime and lunch time when the children have changed their shoes to play on the field. Velcro shoes are much easier for the children and they support the independence in dressing that we are encouraging.

 

 

If you have any questions or wish to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to either come in to see me or ring me at school.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Miss Childs

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