Miss Hickin and Mrs Woodall
We would like to say a huge thank you to all parents for your support and trust in us to care and teach your children. The children have settled back into Reception life well and are eager to learn and explore our new topics and the environment!
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Our topic this term is Traditional Tales
Following our Talk for Writing approach we will be looking at two stories in detail; Gunny Wolf and The Billy Goats Gruff
As well as exploring other traditional tales we know in the environment;
Dates for the Diary:
The children are making good progress with their reading and taking their time to look closely at the letters identifying the correct sound and blending them together to create the words. As well as reading it is important to look closely at the pictures and for the children to discussion what they think is happenning. This provides opportunities for children to extend their thinking and develop their communication and language.
Some possible questions could be...
I wonder what is happening in the picture? I wonder what could happen next? Who are the characters? What do they look like? I wonder how are they feeling? How do you know?
We encourage the children to look at the front cover and predict what they think the story is about, what could happen in this story?
Thank you for taking the time to read with your child at home and sharing your thoughts with us in their reading diaries. Please could we ask that the children have their reading book and diary in their book bags daily.
We have lots of opportunities to encourage writing throughout the indoor and outdoor environment and handwriting lessons. The children are encouraged to write using the cursive script and use their sound mats to form the letters correctly. During this term, we are working on sentence structure remembering our capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Please encourage your children's writing (even if you can not understand it!) they are proud of their effort and feel confident with their writing tools.
All children are working within their chosen phase and being introduced to a different sound daily. We have given all children an EMPTY DVD case with the phase phonemes they are working towards and some High Frequency Words on. Try asking your child to show you what they have learnt in phonics (it is one of our favourite lessons in class one) using the dvd case how many sounds can they recognise? Feel free to record this in their reading diaries. Please see below for links to useful websites to help support their phonic knowledge. The children are encouraged to know the letter sound (phoneme) but also the letter names (grapheme)
We are becoming budding Mathematicians in class one and are focusing on developing our number sense. We do a lot of work on each number and looking at what makes that number? How many different ways can we make the numbers 0-10? How can we represent and show that number? There is a fantastic website (kindly recommended by parents) which supports the learning of these numbers; cbeebies- number blocks.
www.cbeebies.co.uk and search number blocks.