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Year R - Mrs. Folkard and Mrs. Hill

WELCOME TO YEAR R

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 5 & 6

Firstly, I would like to congratulate and thank you, as parents, for all your efforts in supporting your children’s learning. It is truly wonderful to have them all back together again and to listen to their chatter as they play.
Things are obviously slightly different to previous years and some things may have to be adjusted as and when coronavirus restrictions change.
In terms 5 and 6, 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 “Evidence me” and we would actively encourage you to continue to send us evidence of your child’s learning at home. On Thursday afternoon we will continue with our outdoor learning/forest school activities in the school grounds. Usually, at this point, we would be venturing out into Brockhill Park for these sessions and asking for parent volunteers. However due to the current restrictions this will not be possible. When restrictions relax, we may be able to adjust this. Please 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 now have added focused tasks afterwards which will be directly related to the main session. This will give children the opportunity to practice, hone and demonstrate their understanding. In these sessions we will be learning phonics, basic maths and English skills as well as RE.
The children are now able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the skills in phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds program and have a good grasp on the first sounds taught during phase 2. The children have been assessed on their phonic knowledge and understanding and will be grouped to ensure more targeted learning. Some children will be offered intervention activities if they need more support in learning the sounds. In term 5 will begin to introduce the digraphs recommended by phase 3 of Letters and Sounds. This will help them to begin to make sense of more complex and longer words. Please take note of the phonics activities provided and continuously practice the skills and sounds at home.
This term 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 Monday 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.
Mr McConnell has reintroduced face to face assemblies in Key Stage bubbles and so the children will participate in a short assembly on Monday and Wednesday.
Please try to hear your child read as regularly as possible and record it in their reading record book. We will listen to the children read at school on a regular basis and will record our observations in their green reading record books. Their reading books will be changed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so please ensure that they are in the book bag every day. Children are engaged in an extensive range or reading and phonics-based activities throughout the day and have free access to the class library. Each day we also have a 30-minute quiet reading session where children are encouraged to explore a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
We have a small stash of spare clothing for accidents however please make sure that your child has spare socks/tights and underwear in their bag for emergencies.
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 or phone the school office.
Mrs Folkard and Mrs Hill

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW - TERMS 1 & 2

First of all I would 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 Teaching Assistant.  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 adults 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. 

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 and RE.

Every Wednesday 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.  On Thursdays the children will 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. 

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 at least once a week and their books will be changed Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so please ensure that they are in the book bag every day.  For children that are self-isolating home learning will be on the schools website under reception class’ page. This is also the ideal place to find out what we will be covering in the upcoming week, as the self-isolation plans follow the same objectives and activities that we will do in class. 

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

Mrs Emma Folkard and Mrs Bethany Hill.

 

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