This week our positive recognition board has had the focus 'I can care for others'. The children have been looking out for other children demonstrating acts of caring and sharing the examples they have seen with the class.
During phonics we have been playing listening and rhyme games. During our 'maths chat' we have been exploring the Numicon maths resource and some of the many games that can be played with the resource. The children have enjoyed exploring the Numicon during 'Busy Time' too.
We would like to draw your attention to our termly school reading reward that some of you may already be familiar with. Each week teachers check the reading records and add names to a box of children that have worked hard to read as regularly as they can at home. At the end of the term a name is picked from the box and that child wins a book to keep in recognition of their hard work. A teacher can add a child's name more than once per term if each week they demonstrate regular reading and therefore this increases their chance to win. Happy reading!!!
This week we are playing rhyming games during phonics and finding pairs of words that rhyme. During our Maths chat we are continuing to sing number songs. We have been thinking about what is happening to the numbers/objects during the song, are there more or less objects? Is the number getting bigger or smaller? Which number do you think will be next in the number song? The children were interested last week in building things and knocking them down so this week we are estimating how many things we might need to build a tower before it falls over. Were our estimations correct?
Class Contract- The children have talked about rules we might need in order to have a happy and successful day at school. They have collectively come up with 3 important rules which make up our class contract. They are...
-We care for ourselves.
-We care for others.
-We care for our environment.
This week our star board is linked to our contract and has the target 'I can care for others'. In the Foundation Stage at Castle Batch we praise the good choices that children make and "catch them being good" by acknowledging the behaviour we see to individuals and in group or class situations. Some children need support to make the right choices and our focus is always on talking through those choices or situations to enable children to do their best learning, sharing or to resolve conflicts etc.
PE kits- Thank you for providing all children with named PE kits. We are aware that some kits became a bit muddled during our first PE experience and we will be sorting them out with the children soon.
Bedtime stories- The Story Bears have had a wonderful time coming home with the children and listening to bedtime stories. We can't highlight enough the importance of having a daily reading experience, and what better way to do this than to share time and a story with your child.
We are looking forward to having the children for their first week of full days! When the children self register in the morning they put their name card up on the lunch menu board in the classroom. To help them know which colour they need to place their card on (red for meat option, green for vegetarian, yellow for salad and blue for packed lunch) we will be writing the daily menu choice up on the door to the rainbow room. Please could parent/carers help their child become independent in the morning by reminding them which colour card to place their registration card on before they enter the rainbow room. The menu options can also be found on the school website by selecting 'parents' and then 'lunch menu'.
This week the children will be bringing a story bear home on their Guided Reading day. Story Bear comes with a care notice on him which asks children/parents/carers to share a story with story bear that evening and then return him to school in the child's book bag the next day. If Story Bear is not returned the next day another child will not be able to take one home. We hope that the children will enjoy sharing their reading time with Story Bear.
We are also continuing to talk about ourselves at talk time by sharing our 'This is Me' posters, play listening games during our phonics session and sing number songs during our maths session.
Weekly Update 17.09.18
We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled in when coming into school and putting their things away independently. As you know this week the children are coming into school altogether. As you can imagine 60 children coming in with their parents and carers at the same time makes for a very busy Rainbow room, classroom and corridor area so we are encouraging children to say goodbye to whoever is bringing them to school at the Rainbow room door where they will be greeted by one of the team. We appreciate that there may still be children that need extra support and encouragement to take this step but if your child is happy to come in independently it would be greatly appreciated.
This week we will be focusing on getting to know our new classroom friends and continuing to practise the routines we have learned so far in our classroom, rainbow room and outside areas.
We will also be playing listening games during our daily phonics session and continuing to sing number rhymes.
This week we will be exploring our school grounds and going on a blackberry picking walk. The blackberries are then going to be used to make blackberry crumble in our cookery workshop. By the end of the week each child will take home a piece of the crumble to enjoy.
We are listening to lots of stories as a class, learning to be a good audience as the stories are being told and sharing our ideas about the stories by taking it in turns to talk and listen to one another.
We will be learning and singing number songs as well as continuing to share our 'All About Me' posters with the class during talk time.
Please also read last weeks update (03.09.18) and remember to visit this weekly update link every week to view information about what your child will be learning in school each week as well as other messages related specifically to the Foundation Stage classes.