Selling C of E Primary School

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Class R

A Message from the Class Teachers, Mrs Frost and Mrs Earle

 

2016-17 Term 3 - Curriculum Newsletter 

Happy New Year!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for Term 3. On this note, if you have a surplus of toys we would be happy for any donations including dolls and clothes, lego figures and base boards, puzzles and games to enhance learning. We would also love any old buttons, ribbons or materials you may have for our Art and Craft cupboard!

Our theme for the term is “Once upon a time.”

We will be exploring the literary genre of the Fairy Tale and enjoying learning based around these traditional tales. We will be doing lots of writing, story maps, character profiles and creating our own stories. If you have any of these stories at home, we would be grateful if your child could bring them to school as part of our work will involve looking at how versions of the same tale can differ. (Please ensure the book is clearly labelled with your child’s name.) We will be making invitations, wanted posters, cooking gingerbread men, building houses and planting beans and seeds. Exciting stuff!

 In Literacy, we will be consolidating Phase 2 and 3 of the letters and sounds programme with emphasis on segmenting and blending words for reading and writing. The sounds we will be focussing on are :  ar  or  igh  ur  ow   oi  ear  er  air  and  ure   We have introduced hand writing books to develop the correct cursive formation of letters. We will continue to share class books as part of our topic and will be acting out stories to develop creativity and communication. We are introducing guided reading in groups this term to encourage and promote discussion about the plot, characters and setting in the story. As always, individual reading will continue and books will be changed on a daily basis unless otherwise requested. Writing continues to be a daily event with lots of exciting activities to engage the children in mark making, labelling, captions, sentence and story work.

In Maths, we will continue learning the number system, through counting and number games and develop our understanding of addition, subtraction, counting on and back. We will be recording answers using the signs + plus, - minus and = equals.  We will also be working on repeated patterns, 2D/3D shapes and measurement.

P.E. remains on Friday with the usual plea for everything to be clearly labelled, especially shoes and trainers. We will continue to encourage the children to become independent in dressing themselves.

The Home/School books and Tapestry are working really well and we appreciate your comments, news and updates. However, please feel free to come and talk to any of the staff if you have any concerns or questions or just to share good news. Many thanks.

Best wishes,

Mrs Frost, Mrs Earle, Mrs Leader and Mrs Balans.

  

2016-17 Term 2 - Curriculum Newsletter

Welcome back to Term 2. We hope you enjoyed the break and did lots of wonderful things.

We were sad to lose Mrs Lickman to class 1 but delighted to welcome Mrs Balans to class R on a full time basis. Other names you may hear are Mrs Smart, who helps us on Tuesday, Mrs Cassidy, who helps on Monday , Leanne, who is a student with us on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Willmott, Thomas’s mum, who teaches us music on Wednesday afternoon!

Our topic this term is “Magic  and  Celebrations.” We will be learning about Bonfire Night and Christmas and other magical times in our lives. We will also be sharing magical stories ;  The Meg and Mog books, The Snowman, A letter to Father Christmas to name but a few!   We have a few little surprises lined up so could you please send in a clean glass jam jar with a screw top lid for a little project we have up our sleeves. (Sssh, it’s a secret!)

 

In Literacy we will be sharing stories, learning nursery rhymes and developing vocabulary through role play and discussion related to our reading.

 We will be teaching phonics using the DfES Letters and Sounds programme

The sounds we are revising from last term are: s,a,t,p, i,n,m,d ,g,o,c,k

The sounds we will be learning this term are: , e,u,r,l, h,bf,ff,ll, j,v,w,x, y,z,zz,qu, and the digraphs sh,ch,th,ng, ai,ee,oo,oa,

We will be developing the children’s skills in writing these sounds and segmenting them for spelling / blending for reading. If you would like a copy of the letter formation we use or further help in the pronunciation or associated actions, please ask any of us.

We will be sending story/reading books home for you to share with your child which can be changed daily or whenever your child would like a different one.

In Numeracy we will be exploring the number system through practical activities, focused on more/less, addition, subtraction and problem solving. We will continue to develop work on patterns, weight/ measure and money, again encouraging the children to solve simple problems.

Friday is P.E. day .We will continue to encourage the children’s  independent dressing skills. However, we still have many items of unnamed clothing so please ensure everything is clearly labelled with your child’s name, especially shoes/trainers/plimsolls.  As our PE slot is late on Friday afternoon, we will send the children home in their PE kits with their uniform in their PE bags.

Show and tell day. The children are enjoying their allotted Show and Tell Days which will continue as long as we can fit them in to our school day.  However, as we get closer to Christmas and have Nativity songs to learn and rehearsals to fit in, we may have to suspend it but of course, will let you know if this happens. 

Home School Communication:

Please communicate achievements/exciting events/information through our Home School books as they are checked daily

As always, please feel free to come and talk to any of the EYFS staff if you have any concerns, comments, questions or just to share good news!

Best wishes,

Mrs Frost, Mrs Earle, Mrs Leader and Mrs Balans.

 

2016-17 Term 1 - Curriculum Newsletter

 Hello and welcome to our Reception class.

We hope you had a wonderful summer and we are excited to hear about your adventures.

Our topic this term is “Ourselves” and we will be exploring and learning about our bodies, our feelings, favourite foods and celebrating our achievements.

In Literacy we will be sharing stories by Julia Donaldson, learning nursery rhymes and developing vocabulary through role play and discussion related to our reading. We will be teaching phonics using the DfES Letters and Sounds programme and providing opportunities for mark making and writing across all areas of the curriculum. We will be sending story/reading books home for you to share with your child which can be changed daily or whenever your child would like a different one.

In Numeracy we will be exploring the number system through games, puzzles and counting rhymes and providing opportunities for writing and recognising numbers. We will also be looking at patterns, shape and ordering objects by size.

Whilst Literacy and Numeracy are key elements of the foundation stage curriculum, developing social skills, language and communication, creativity and imagination are equally important. We place great emphasis on  encouraging independence in developing relationships, accessing resources in the classroom and confidence to develop a ‘voice’ in the classroom. To help with this, your child has a show and tell day. This will be a 5 minute slot during the day to talk to the rest of the class about a favourite toy or a recent family outing. This helps with speaking and listening skills for the whole class and builds relationships as children find they have similar interests. We will be sending a time table for your child’s turn shortly.

Home School Communication:

Please communicate achievements/exciting events/information through our Home School books as they are checked daily.

We are also introducing Home Interest Books this year and will occasionally ask for a simple task to be completed at home and shared back at school.

 The “Achievement Tree” is up and we would like you to make a leaf sharing your child’s achievements with us. This can take the form of an annotated photo, a picture your child has drawn, anything you’d like to share with us J.

We will be having a Parent Information session about Tapestry, your child’s online learning journal very shortly and will let you know the date asap.

Staffing is as follows:

Mrs Frost, Mrs Leader and Mrs Lickman: Monday-Wednesday

Mrs Earle, Mrs Leader : Thursday – Friday

We are really looking forward to getting to know you all and please feel free to come and talk to any of the EYFS staff if you have any concerns, comments, questions or just to share good news!

Best wishes,

Mrs Frost, Mrs Earle, Mrs Leader and Mrs Lickman.