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Reception Class

Year R - Mrs. Folkard and Mrs. Reid

Overview Terms 5 & 6

Overview term 5 and 6

In terms 5 and 6 we will be beginning our swimming lessons in Hythe pool.  The children will be swimming in the baby pool area and will have lots of adult supervision both in and out of the pool.  Obviously it would be very difficult to dry and dress the large number of children swimming so please try to help your child be as independent as possible with this.  All clothing, including swimming costumes should be named (we have had incidents of children losing their underwear and putting their uniform on without taking their swimmers off first!) 

In class we will be continuing to use in the moment planning (itmp) to move the children’s learning on during their child led play time.  These moments will be recorded in their observations as before and observations will be sent out at the end of each term via email.  Please be aware that the number of observations may decrease with time.  This is because we try to avoid recording repeated activities and will only evidence significant learning.  As we steam ahead to the end of this year we need to ensure that every child is reaching their potential so please continue to encourage writing at home as much and as independently as possible, as well as simple maths.  Children are currently being encouraged to record the sounds that they can hear in words and many have made great strides in writing single words, this now needs to be extended into writing simple sentences and captions.  The children will record the sounds that they can hear in words and may make some mistakes.  Please do not worry about this or ask children to copy from you, we would rather their writing was generated as independently as possible. 

We will be continuing to learn our phonics into terms 5 and 6.  The sounds are beginning to get more complicated so please continue to practice with your child using the suggested activities and flashcards provided.  Encourage the children to use what they have learnt as much as possible when reading with you.  

We have and will be continuing our forest school activities both in school grounds and out in Brockhill Country Park.  On days when we are heading out and about please be mindful of the weather and send in the appropriate clothing.  Long trousers and a long sleeve top are a must to avoid nettle stings, even in hot weather.  They may also prefer old trainers if the weather is warm instead of wellies and sun hats, drinks bottles and sun cream (in a spray or roll on) are also needed.  A few children are still missing waterproofs and wellingtons. Pplease could these be provided so that no child has to miss out on these valuable activities.

We are looking forward to a busy and productive term.

Mrs Emma Folkard and Mrs Reid.

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 2 simple and we will be sending home an update of the children’s observations at the end of term 3.  On a Wednesday afternoon we will continue with our outdoor learning/forest school 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 now have an added focused task 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 skills and RE.  The children are now demonstrating a sound understanding of the skills in phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds program, therefore we will now begin to introduce the first single letters and sounds of the alphabet.  This will help them to begin to make sense of and read very simple 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 Thursday 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. 

Monday afternoons the class will join Key Stage 1 for a singing session with Mrs Brookes.  They will learn songs for assemblies, Mass and just for fun!

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.  Homework will be given out of Fridays inside their home learning journal, it will also be on the schools website.  Occasionally homework may be posted on the website without the journal going home so please ensure you check the web page weekly so as not to encounter any nasty surprises!!  Homework needs to be handed in for marking by the following Thursday.  Any homework not handed in by Thursday may not be marked before new homework is issued.

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 draw string bags 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 Emma Folkard and Mrs Amanda Reid.

Overview term 1 and 2

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 Reid as TA.  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 week we will select a few children to be focus children.  These particular children will benefit for some extra attention, and observations of their progress during this week will be recorded and shared with parents.  We fully expect parents to engage with us during their child’s focus week either through face to face chats or via email.  Every other term the children’s observations will be sent to you by email and you may add your own observations to it by following the instructions given to you in the induction pack.  ITMP on the observation stands for ‘in the moment planning’ and will detail what the adult did to support the child’s learning.

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 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 phonics, basic maths skill 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. 

Monday afternoons the class will join Key Stage 1 for a singing session with Mrs Brookes.  They will learn songs for assemblies, Mass and just for fun!

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.  Homework will be given out of Fridays inside their home learning journal, it will also be on the schools website.  Occasionally homework may be posted on the website without the journal going home so please ensure you check the web page weekly so as not to encounter any nasty surprises!!  Homework needs to be handed in for marking by the following Thursday.  Any homework not handed in by Thursday may not be marked before new homework is issued.

We will be beginning our forest school sessions in the school grounds very soon so 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 draw string bags for emergencies. 

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

Mrs Emma Folkard and Mrs Amanda Reid.

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