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Year R - Mrs. Folkard & Mrs. Hill 

RHE LETTER

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WELCOME TO YEAR R

Overview term 3 and 4

Firstly I’d like to say what a pleasure the year has been so far.  The children are making great progress and have come together as a team over these first few months and you, as parents, have been very supportive.

In terms 3 and 4 we will continue to learn through play, with children having access to resources both inside and out.  Any significant learning will still be recorded via the Evidence Me App and we will continue to send you updates. On Thursday afternoons we will continue with our outdoor learning activities in the school grounds, so please do ensure that the children have their waterproofs and wellies in school ready to go!  It might also be wise to provide a hat and gloves for those particularly cold days.  Our adult led sessions will include English, this term focusing on Traditional Tales and next term Fantasy, Maths following the Whiterose maths program and for phonics we will be using the new Unlocking Letters and Sounds SSP.  We will also begin intervention programs to support children in areas where targeted learning is needed.  Our RE sessions will continue to using Come and See and this term we will be looking at the topics Celebration and Gathering, next term Growing and Good News.  Our RHE program is provided by Ten Ten and this term we will be concentrating on Emotional Well Being through a range of stories and activities and in term 4 we will concentrate on Religious Understanding. 

In term 3 and 4 will also be taking part in ‘Helicopter stories’.  This is a combination of verbal storytelling and story acting.  The aim is to develop children’s speech and language, give them a good understanding of narrative and eventually encourage them to write for themselves.

Every Tuesday the children will be involved in a P.E session and therefore need to have their P.E kit in school in anticipation of this. 

As we will now be following a new phonics program the books that are sent home will be geared towards your child’s personal phonics understanding and the phonemes that are being taught in class.  This term we will also be encouraging the children to take a book from our class library to share with you at home.  These are for discussion and sharing stories and we do not expect your child to read them independently.  It is important that these are returned to school when you have finished with them, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate we do not have an unlimited supply of books!  Please try to hear your child read as regularly as possible and record it in their reading record book.  We will attempt to hear the children read twice a week in school.  If your child has read their book 3 times and there is proof of this in the green record book, we will change it for a new one.  Book change days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so please ensure that they are in the book bag every day and that you sign the green reading record book.  Homework will be available on the school’s website should you wish to consolidate the weeks learning at home. 

Whilst we have a small stash of spare clothing for accidents at school please make sure that your child has spare socks/tights and underwear in their school bags just in case.

Finally we have a small request, if you have any girls uniform that your child has grown out of (dresses, skirts, tights, knickers, socks etc) we do need some for the emergencies bag (we have plenty of boys clothes) and also we are hoping to add more challenge to our range of bikes, if you have an old two wheel bike or balance bike that is gathering dust we’d love to hear from you!

Please remember we are always here to help so don’t hesitate to ask, email or phone the school office.

Mrs Emma Folkard and Mrs Bethany Hill.

 

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 1 & 2

Overview term 1 and 2 Reception 2021 - 2022

First of all, I’d like to say welcome to all of the new families joining us this year and welcome back to the familiar faces! This year in reception the class will be led by Mrs Folkard with Mrs Hill as TA and Mrs Race, who is a Teach Direct student. We are very excited to be working as a team and getting to know this new group of children.

The reception year of school is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and will, primarily, be taught through play. We will be taking a ‘planning in the moment’ approach to learning. This involves the adults observing children, identifying what they are demonstrating in their play, interacting with the children (either asking questions, engaging them in conversation, offering a resource or demonstrating a skill) and finally observing again to see how the child reacts to the adult’s input. Every day the children’s observations will be sent to you through Evidence me and you can also add to their profile by sending observations through the Evidence me app.

This year the government has introduced a statutory Baseline Assessment. We are required to complete this assessment within the first 6 weeks of the children starting school. It is an assessment that takes place on a 1-2-1 basis, with set questions and resources. The results of this assessment will be held by the DFE and will be used to measure progress when children leave the school in year 6.

Every day the children will have a few short carpet sessions, building up in length as the year progresses. In these sessions we will be learning about a particular story, phonics, basic maths skills, RHE (Relationship, Health, Education) and RE.

Every week the children will be involved in a P.E session and therefore need to have their P.E kit in school in anticipation of this. Once a week the children will also be doing outdoor/forest school activities in the school grounds and as the year progresses, we will go further afield into Brockhill Park for these sessions. Please ensure that all children have waterproof clothing and welly boots as soon as possible. They also need spare socks/tights and underwear in their bags for emergencies.

Try to hear your child read as regularly as possible, 4 times a week would be ideal, and record it in their green, reading record book. We will attempt to hear the children twice a week and their books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, if you have indicated in the green reading record that it has been completed. Please ensure that the books are in their book bag every day.

Please remember we are always here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask, email or phone the school office.

Mrs Emma Folkard, Mrs Bethany Hill and Mrs Gemma Race.

 

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