This half term we will be focusing on learning the sounds of the letters, how to form them correctly and how to blend them together to help to read.
This half term we will start to learn our numbers, we will learn to read, count, write and begin to understand the value of numbers.
Topic 1 - Chattering Children
Language and good communication skills are one of the most important life skills we can learn. The ability to connect with people and to effectively communicate our ideas to others will affect our personal relationships, our confidence and feelings of self-worth, and our cognitive development. By talking we can communicate and negotiate our needs and wants successfully. We need to feel that we are heard. When you are able to take part in the thinking and learning that is going on in the classroom, your knowledge tends to stick as you are an active participant in your learning. Chattering Children invites children to explore language through play. The aim of the unit is to remind you of the value of talk and the importance of using words.
Week beginning 5th October
It has been another super week of learning for our reception children. We are so proud of how well they are all working together and enjoying their learning.
In English this week we have learnt 5 new sounds! We have been practising writing these sounds with special finger paint brushes. We have also been labelling some pictures. Lots of us are hearing the initial sounds in words, for example 'p' pin. Some of us have been able to hear and write the 3 sounds in each word.
At home you could continue to practice this by labelling things around your home like your toys. Adults could encourage the children to think about what letter sound they hear first in each word and write these. Maybe you could have a go at writing all the sounds you hear in each word.
Don't forget to keep practising with your sound cards and making words to read.
The sounds we have learnt this week are:
In maths we have focussed on the number 3. We have practised forming the number correctly as well as using the part part whole method to find different ways to make 3. We used the Numberblocks to compare the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We discussed how 3 was greater than 2 and 1 and that 1 was less than 2 and 3.
At home you could make sets of 1, 2 and 3 and compare these at home, encouraging the language, more than, greater than and less than.
Week Beginning 1st October 2018
First of all we would like to say thank you so much to all our families that joined us this week to find out how we learn our letter sounds in our phonic lessons. The website we used was
Currently, your children have their reading book changed weekly, please ensure that reading books and reading diaries are in reading packets every day. Could we also ask that when you have read with your child that your write in their reading diary so that we know how they are getting on at home.
In English this week we have continued to learn 5 more letter sounds. We have been helping 'Fred the Frog' read words using the sounds we have learnt.
At home please practice forming these letters correctly, you could use your phonic cards to practice these sounds, make words for your child to read and encourage your child make words using the sounds, for example, dog, mat, dig, pin, etc.
In maths we have been using the part part whole model to begin to find ways of making 2.
At home you could use string or similar to make a part part whole model and practice finding ways of making 2. You could also practice writing the number 2.
Week Beginning 24th September
In English this week we have started to learn to read and write some of our letter sounds. We have practised writing the letter sounds in lots of messy things like shaving foam and cornflour.
At home please could you practice writing these letters, making sure that they are formed correctly. Below are the sound cards with the rhyme to write each sound.
In Maths we have been exploring the numbers 1 and 2. We have learned how to read, count, write and make sets of the numbers.
At home please can you practice making sets of 1 and sets of 2 using items from around your home. You could also practice writing the numbers, we know that when we write our numbers, we start at the top.
We have started our IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum) journey this week. We have introduced ourselves to our puppets 'Carlos', 'Ringo' and 'Kimberly'. We have shown the puppets around our classrooms and outdoor areas and told them where to find things.
We have written labels for the different areas of the classrooms.
Week Beginning 17th September
This week we have continued to find our way around our new classrooms.
We have worked with our teachers, showing them what we know.
Next week we will start learning all about the number 1 and some of our letter sounds. We will learn the name of the letter, the sound the letter makes and how to write the letter with the lead in and lead out.
At home you could support your child by practising writing their name with the lead in and lead out, a copy of these letters can be found in your welcome pack from Thursday's meeting.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week Beginning 10th September
Our first full week at school completed! You should be so proud of us all! We are settling in very well and we are getting to learn our new routines and where things go.
We have had so much fun making new friends!