Hello from Reception this week!
We have been continuing our bear topic by reading books about Paddington Bear. We have written new adventures for Paddington to go on as well as “Please look after this child” labels. As part of Science week, we have learnt about water, floating and sinking objects in our water tray, and practising using vocabulary about capacity (full, half-full, empty). You may like to continue this at home, perhaps at bath time, using house-hold containers.
We keep spare clothes in school for small accidents; however, our supplies of pants, socks, shorts and trousers are running low. Please send in any that you have borrowed, or perhaps you have some that your child no longer needs/ fits. All spares will be gratefully received.
We always need volunteers to listen to children reading. This is a lovely opportunity to support the children in our class. Please do let us know if you are available; even if it is only for an hour, your help will be greatly appreciated.
Well done to everyone who has helped their child with their “Red Words”. It is making such a difference to the children’s reading and understanding. Keep up the good work!
Dates for your diary:
Friday 23 March 2-3pm Parents in school craft afternoon
Tuesday 27 March 1-3pm Local walk – We’re going on a bear hunt
Home learning -
In preparation for our craft afternoon, please send in any materials that could be used to create Bear Hunt scenes in shoe boxes. For example, white material, net, cotton wool for the snow storm. The scenes are:
Long, wavy grass
Deep, cold river
Thick, oozy mud
Big, dark forest
Swirling, whirling snowstorm
Narrow, gloomy cave
Read Write Inc Phonics
We teach phonics through a fantastic scheme called Read, Write, Inc. Your child has been learning what the phoneme (mini sound) looks like, sounds like, how to say it correctly, what objects start with the letter and how to write it correctly. We also segment and blend simple words so that we can read and spell them.
We are extremely proud of the progress they are making so far!
Please do continue to help your child practise their phonemes, by looking at the phonics flash cards that we send home. The websites below may be useful for you to find out more about RWI and other aspects of phonics:
Take a look at this introduction to RWI phonics-
To hear the sounds that each letter makes-
We have some really super readers in Reception! Our aim is to have every child reading at home each evening to a parent/ grandparent/ older brother or sister and some of you are achieving this already! If you are finding reading at home tricky, please do come in and chat to us about it and we will see if we can help.
Our topic for Spring 1 was "Superheroes and people who help us".
The children wanted to learn about real-life people who help us, such as teachers, people in our school, police, fire fighters, doctors and nurses, vets and our local librarian. They were also interested in superheroes, and planned some transformations of our role play area and reading dens. We were visited by lots of different people who help us. Have a look at their photographs below.
We will keep you updated with all the information that you will need each week. So, please come back and read our class news on a regular basis!
Thank you for your continued support
The Early Years Team