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Week Beginning Monday 20th November

Next week in phonics my group will be learning the following sounds: sh, ch, th and ng. Mrs Wragg and Mrs Ringham's group will be practising g, o, c and k. At home you could play the usual games to practise these and also spot them in books and around and about. 

Some children need to practise counting things which can't be moved to 20, so you could count things in books and think about counting them in an order so you don't get muddled up. In maths next week we will be learning about height and length and will be putting things in height order. You could measure your child's height and mark it off on a chart, compare the height of your children, or draw around your feet and measure how long they are in lego bricks! 

We will be baking apple cake next week too and continuing our cafe theme. The children have also really been enjoying playing schools and vets so we will have these activities out too. One mum had a brilliant idea that she is going to do: get her child to write Christmas cards as a good way of practising his name! I thought I'd suggest that idea to everyone as it is a great way to practise name writing. 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Week Beginning Monday 13th November

Next week it is Friendship Week and Children in Need. There will be lots of activities around school and we will be reading a book on friendship too. 

My phonics group will be learning the following sounds: y, z, zz, qu. Mrs Wragg/Mrs Ringham's group will be doing i, n, m, d. At home you could play on phonicsplay or Nessy, spot sounds in books and around and about and practise bending, eg go and get the c-u-p, cup etc. 

In maths we will be working with numbers to 20 and will be putting them in order. You could write the numbers to 20 on post it notes and put them in order with your child. You could talk about the teens numbers and the difference between 12 and 20. 

We have started to let the children choose their own reading books this week. We will be changing them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you want your child to keep their book for longer or to change it more often, please let us know! Thank you! 

Have a lovely weekend! 

Week Beginning Monday 6th November 2017

This week I have been assessing the children on phase 2 phonics: on the sounds they know, the tricky words and how they are coming along with blending and segmenting. I will be sending a copy of these assessments home for you to see so that you can see how they are getting on. You will also see any letter sounds that they don't know yet, so you can practise these with them at home. You could use the phonics play website or download the Nessy app as a fun way to practise. Please don't worry if your child doesn't know many of the sounds yet, if that is the case, we will be going over the sounds with them again, but it would be great if you could practise at home too. Some children can read most of the letter sounds but can not blend for reading yet, which again is normal at this stage. We will continue to practise blending and segmenting every day in our phonics sessions. From next week, there will be two phonics groups. Mrs Wragg/Mrs Ringhman's group will be doing s, a, t and p next week and my group will be doing j, v, w and x. 

In Literacy we will be having a cooking theme and we will be making apple crumble, following and reading a recipe. The children will also be able to eat the apple crumble afterwards! You could talk to your child about healthy eating at home and also about how to follow a recipe.

In maths we will be learning about time; we will be using the timers to see how many things we can do in 1 minute and also learning the days of the week. You could talk about clocks and time at home and point out the clock at different times in the day. 


Week Beginning Monday 30th October

The week after half term we will be learning about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night and will be doing lots of art and crafts based around this. The role play area will be turned into a café with a Bonfire Night theme. Instead of phonics sessions, I will be doing a phonics assessment on phase 2. We will start phase 3 the week after that. In maths we will be learning to subtract practically, for example 5-3 by starting with 5 counters and taking 3 away. At home you could do some practical subtraction and talk about why we need to subtract in real life. You could play on phonicsplay phase 2. Keep hearing your children read and also reading to them. Most of all, have a good rest over half term!

Week beginning Monday 16th October

Reading Records

I have sent home a reading book and reading record for every child. Please read with your child at home little and often; maybe for 5 or 10 minutes every other day and record this in the reading record to share with us at school. At the moment your child may be able to point out some of the letter sounds we have been learning. Some of them will be beginning to blend to put the letters together into words. There is guidance on how to help with this in the reading record. We change reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but if your child wants to change them more frequently, they can if you let us know. We change sharing books on the same days, and library books just on a Monday. Children start on pink reading books, moving up through red, yellow and then blue. The expected level for the end of Reception is yellow, where blue would be exceeding. Please continue to enjoy reading to your child as well! 

Next week we will be learning about the festival of Diwali. We will change the role play area and do many arts and crafts activities to fit in with this as well as reading the story of Rama and Sita. At home you could find out all about Diwali. In maths we will be learning about 2-D shapes (circle, triangle, rectangle including a square). You could go on a shape hunt at home! In phonics we will be learning the following sounds: l, ll and ss. You could play on phonics play at home or download the Nessy app which is great for practising phonics. 

Week beginning Monday 9th October

Next week we will be continuing our gardening theme and will continue to plant the bulbs and role play in the garden centre. We will also be going on listening walks in Literacy and focus on listening skills in general and also listening as practise for phonics. In phonics, we will be learning h, b, f and ff as well as practising blending and learning the phase 2 tricky words: no, go, to, the and I. You could play on phonicsplay at home, phase 2. You could also go on a listening walk at home or in the garden. See what you can hear when you are really quiet. Your child could then draw everything they heard. In maths we are going to introduce adding by counting the two groups. If we did 3+2, we would get 3 counters, then 2 more, then count how many altogether. You could begin to explore this with your child at home. 

Have a lovely weeekend, thank you again so much for all the lovely plants! 

Week beginning Monday 2nd October

Next week is Harvest Festival and our theme is gardening. Thank you so much for sending in some seeds, plants and bulbs; we are looking forward to planting them next week. We will be reading How to grow a dinosaur to continue the gardening theme. In phonics our new sounds will be ck, e, u and r. You could go on phonics play again to practise these. In maths we will be learning how to estimate before we count and counting actions such as claps and jumps. We will practise writing the numerals and some children will be ordering numbers to 20 and beyond! You could write numbers at home and ask your child to clap or jump that many times! 

Week beginning Monday 25th September 2017

Next week we are having a fairy tale week, starting with an exciting assembly on Monday morning! The story we are focusing on will be The Three Little Pigs. Perhaps at home you could read some fairy tales to your children and talk to them about the stories. 

In phonics we will be learning g, o, c and k. You could spot these sounds in books over the week and play on the phonics play website at home. 

In maths we are going to be looking at the numerals to 10 and 20 and starting to put the numbers in the correct order. You could practise reading numbers at home and perhaps write them on post it notes and then order them. 

Week beginning Monday 18th September 2017

The children have now had a few whole days in schools and have settled in well; I hope they are not too tired when they arrive home! Please have a look at the photos section to see some of the things they have been up to.

Next week our theme is The Little Red Hen. We will be reading this story and doing activities based around it, such as acting out the story, constructing a windmill and thinking about how to be a good friend. There will be Red Hen play dough activities and hen crafts to practise scissor and fine motor skills. In maths we will be practising counting accurately and doing some problem solving connected with this. In phonics so far we have learned the sounds s, a, t and p. Next week it will be i, n, m and d.

Possible things to do at home:

Write each letter sound on a post it note and ask your child to show you the Jolly Phonics action. Ask them to think of words which start with each letter. Maybe even put some of the letters together to make simple words eg sat, pin, pat etc. The Jolly Phonics website will show you the way we say each sound and the action to go with it. The Phonics Play website has lots of useful interactive games. We are currently learning phase 2 sounds.

Practise counting different objects with your child. Ask them questions about how they are doing it. Even ask them what one more or less would be.

Keep reading stories to your child. Perhaps ask them to spot letter sounds in the book or around and about.