Welcome back to spring term!
We have a lot to look forward to over the coming months. Our topics this term are ‘Weather’, ‘Dinosaurs’ and “Journeys”. As part of these topics we will explore different countries, clothing, prehistoric creatures and ways of travelling. We are also planning to go and visit the Peterborough museum to learn everything about “Under the Jurassic Sea”.
We are planning on doing lots of investigation work: measuring the rain, digging out some bones to explore, collecting data about different modes of transport.
Also, we hope to do a local winter walk to explore and investigate different features of winter. You will be informed nearer the time when the children will be on walks outside the school site. So please watch the notice boards for dates as we will need your help!
Are we there yet?
This term we are beginning to follow the Cornerstones Curriculum which is used throughout the school. Our first topic is called ‘Are we there yet?’ We will be exploring a variety of holiday destinations through our Travel agency in our role play area, where children can talk about the weather and book different holiday destinations. They will also think about what to pack in their suitcases if they are visiting hot or cold places.
Children will also have opportunities to develop their Language and Communication skills providing the Weather forecast in our News Centre, where children can film themselves and share their experiences.
As you will have seen at our Parents’ meeting, the children all have an online learning journey with Tapestry. It contains lots of observations, photographs, some videos and pieces of work to demonstrate your child’s learning and progress. We would love you to continue to contribute with any development you think your child has made outside of school as there can be things we miss! For example, you could write a quick note to say they managed to do their coat up, or that they tried a different type of food for the first time.
You could also add any photographs or comments you would like to your child’s learning journey and of course don’t forget to leave your feedback in your child’s profile.
If you have any problems logging on please let us know.
Thank you for your support completing the class homework. We are looking forward to seeing all of your ‘Family tree’ posters that the children have designed.
Phonics and Reading
As you already know this year in Foundation Stage children will learn their phonics sounds by being inspired by the Phonic Fairy, the children are taught the sounds of the letters through the StoryTime Phonics programme and whole class teaching. Each sound is linked to a real book and has an action to help the children remember and relate the sound to the book.
StoryTime Phonics follows the phases of the Letters and Sounds document. Alongside learning the sounds, the children are taught to read and write Tricky Troll and Fairy words (common high frequency words). They are taught the skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for spelling.
In Reception class we recognise that reading is the keystone of learning and therefore it is vital that every child becomes a reader.
Children will continue to have their reading books changed twice a week either on a Monday and Thursday or a Tuesday and Friday.
Children also read 1:1 at least twice a week. This term we are introducing Guided Reading sessions, where children have the opportunity to:
- establish fundamental skills necessary for proficient reading
- identify weaknesses and strengthen specific skills
- improve attention to detail
- build fluency
- expand vocabulary knowledge
- develop reading comprehension skills
You may also find that your child brings home some flashcards with sounds to practise. These are sounds that the children are finding a little tricky in school. Please use the flash cards to test their recognition of the sounds regularly.
Other classroom Information
PE kits need to be in school at all times please but our planned PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please make sure all PE kits and school uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
It is important that your child has their school water bottle in school at all times - please ensure these only contain water.
Please don’t hesitate to come and see us to discuss any of the above or if there are any problems or questions you have. We want all of the children to continue be happy in school, as well as enjoying a productive and successful term.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Mrs Lopez (class teacher)
Mrs Ward (teacher SENCO)