Welcome to Rainbow Class
Your class teacher is Miss Brassington and the TAs are Mrs Pais and Mrs Cooper.
The reception school day starts at 9.50am and finishes at 3.10pm.
Our PE day is on a Thursday. Please come to school wearing your PE kit. Please make sure to still bring a jumper and a waterproof coat on PE days as we will still be spending time outside throughout the day, as well as having our actual PE lessons outside.
We started the term with a project on crosses. We were learning all about 'Holding Crosses'. The children had a chance to hold the cross in their hand and talk to God. We decorated our own crosses.
We then went on to learn about God's love for each one of us and we listened to the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet - He wanted to show them how much he loved them. We took part in our own Godly Play and washed each others feet.
Phonics homework books go home on Fridays, they are expected back on the following Wednesday. Please practise the letter sounds every day.
Talk homework is sent out weekly - this homework should be easy to fit into your routine eg a chat around the dinner table. Usually this homework will be to prepare a child for a new subject we will be covering or to consolidate learning that has been happening over the week.
Reading and Phonics in Reception Classes
The children read their guided reading books with an adult three times a week. They do this in a small group and with a different focus each time. Initially we walk through the book. We look at the title, the characters, the blurb on the back and talk about the pictures. Then we will see what the children can recall and will talk in more detail about the story, read the words (looking for words / sounds that we know). All they children have opportunities to contribute, offer ideas and predictions and answer questions. On our final session we will complete a worksheet related to the book.
We change home readers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Occasionally they may bring home a book that they have had before (it can boost their confidence to feel secure with a book).
Please spend time with your child each day looking at the book. Ask them questions to prompt them to look at the details. Sometimes you could tell the story for them to model the kind of language we are trying to encourage them to use.
As they start coming home with books with words, encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to sound out the letters and blend them to make a word. They will use the pictures to help them work out what the words say – this is fine.
Please sign to show that you have read the book and put it in the book bag.
Guidelines for reading with your child
High Frequency Words
There are over 50 high frequency words (words which the children will come across regularly in their reading and writing) that we would like the children to know by sight before they leave Reception. Some of these words are phonetic (which means the children can sound them out) other are “tricky” and will just have to be learnt.
We will send home tricky words as part of phonics homework. A sticky label on a page will indicate the tricky words we are learning that week during phonics. You may find it useful to write them out on individual pieces of card. It would be good for the children to practise writing these words too as it will help them to remember them when they want to use them in their writing.
We are aware that all children learn at a different pace but would encourage you to spend time working with these words every day to ensure that your child does not fall too far behind.
Meet the Teacher Zoom Meeting
Please find all the information from the meeting in the PowerPoint.
Autumn Term Curriculum Letter
Yearly Curriculum Overview
Here are some links to some Phase 2 Phonic games that you could play at home.
As we learn more sounds we will put new games up for you to try.
Alphablocks is a good programme to help your child with phonics. Please find videos below to help with the first sounds we will be learning in class.
Ideas for Home Learning if you are unable to attend school.
Reading books together and talking about books
Spend time looking at books together. Talk about what you see in the pictures, about what is happening and what might happen next. Talk about how the characters might be feeling. Ask the children if they liked the story, what did they like best?
Play I spy, make and identify animal sounds, listen to and identify sounds in and around the house.
One of our first targets in Reception is for the children to learn to write their names forming the letters correctly. That means a capital letter at the start and lowercase letters for the rest. Correct formation is really important - they will be writing their name for years to come!
Look for numbers in the environment, on doors, buses etc. Count as you climb the stairs or as you set the table. Practice counting up to 10 and beyond.
Practice putting on their school jumper and taking it off independently. Make sure your child know how to use a knife and fork - fingers are not acceptable for most foods!
Fine motor control
Lots of activities to get their fingers working and to build up strength to support pencil control.
Spend time drawing, colouring and cutting (it is important children know how to hold scissors correctly and use them safely)