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Weekly Update!

W/C 8/7

Please ensure you have applied suncream to your child before they come to school this term and provide them with a named sun hat and a named water bottle to keep them protected in the warmer weather.

 

Please follow our new Castle Batch Early Years Foundation Stage Twitter account @BatchEyfs to keep up to date on all of our new learning experiences. 

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising all our phase 2 and 3 letter sounds and using them to sound out/blend (read) words.  We are also learning to read some new sight words.

 

 

Maths: We are revisiting many of the maths concepts explored this year by playing maths games.

W/C 1/7

Please ensure you have applied suncream to your child before they come to school this term and provide them with a named sun hat and a named water bottle to keep them protected in the warmer weather.

 

Please follow our new Castle Batch Early Years Foundation Stage Twitter account @BatchEyfs to keep up to date on all of our new learning experiences. 

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising all our phase 2 and 3 letter sounds and using them to sound out/blend (read) words.  We are also learning to read some new sight words.

 

Maths: We are revisiting counting more and less this week. 

W/C 24/06

Please ensure you have applied suncream to your child before they come to school this term and provide them with a named sun hat and a named water bottle to keep them protected in the warmer weather.

 

Please follow our new Castle Batch Early Years Foundation Stage Twitter account @BatchEyfs to keep up to date on all of our new learning experiences. 

 

This week...

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as writing sentences with the sounds 'or' 'ur' 'ow' and 'oi'. We are also learning to read some new sight words.

 

Maths: We are continuing our work on exploring shape this week. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their understanding of shape though construction activities and their play in which the adults will be drawing their attention to the 2D and 3D shape properties such as sides, corners (for 2D shapes), edges, faces and vertices (for 3D shapes). The children will be encouraged to talk about the choices of shapes that they have made in their constructions. We will be chatting about shapes being found in many different sizes, colours, materials and orientations. 

W/C 17/06

 

Last Thursday the children enjoyed a successful trip to the farm in spite of the rain. Thank you to all our volunteers who helped to make the trip with our foundation stage children possible. These first hand experiences really make learning stick and we will be recounting all of our memories of our farm visit in our writing this week.

 

Please ensure you have applied suncream to your child before they come to school this term and provide them with a named sun hat and a named water bottle to keep them protected in the warmer weather.

 

SPORTS DAY: Is Tuesday 16th July.  ALL children will need PE kits and coloured tops.

 

Please follow our new Castle Batch Early Years Foundation Stage Twitter account @BatchEyfs to keep up to date on all of our new learning experiences. 

 

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as writing sentences with the sounds 'or' 'ur' 'ow' and 'oi'. We are also learning to read some new sight words.

 

 

Maths: We are exploring shape this week. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their understanding of shape though construction activities and their play in which the adults will be drawing their attention to the 2D and 3D shape properties such as sides, corners (for 2D shapes), edges, faces and vertices (for 3D shapes). The children will be encouraged to talk about the choices of shapes that they have made in their constructions. We will be chatting about shapes being found in many different sizes, colours, materials and orientations. 


 

W/C 03/06

 

Welcome back to term 6 "G is for Growing!'. 

 

It's 'Active Week' this week! During the week all pupils will do 'The Daily Mile' where the children will be expected to walk, jog or run for about 15 minutes around our track on the large field (10 laps of the track is roughly a mile). Castle and Batch base children have already been doing this in Term 5 in preparation for Active Week and we have been really proud of our 4 and 5 year olds achieving

this!

 

Please ensure you have applied suncream to your child before they come to school this term and provide them with a named sun hat and a named water bottle to keep them protected in the warmer weather.

 

SPORTS DAY: Please can we have ALL PE kits and coloured tops in ready for Tuesday 4th June when we will be having a sports day rehearsal.

 

A reminder that Sports Hero/Sporty clothes/Superhero dressing up is on Friday 7th June.

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as reading sentences. We are also learning to read some new sight words- a word list will becoming home this week.

 

 

Maths: We are exploring pattern this week. Children will be continuing and copying a pattern and talking about what they can see. They will be using a range of resources to create their own patterns and make their own pattern rules i.e I am going to make a red, blue, blue pattern. They will be spotting mistakes in patterns and invited to record their patterns.

W/C 20/05

 

Date for your diary... Maths workshop 6th June 9am. We hope to see many of you there!

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as reading and spelling words with the following sounds... oi/ear/air/ure/er/ai/ee/igh. We are also learning to write the sight words 'the, to, I, no, go, into'.

 

 

Maths: We are continuing our work on exploring parts of a whole. The children will engage in different activities and use a range of equipment to develop an understanding that the whole can be made up of 2 or more smaller parts.

W/C 13/05

 

We are looking forward to some 'Expert' visitors coming to see us this week including a nurse and a police officer. We would still welcome any other expert parents/carers/grandparents to come and share their expertise/hobby with the children, just speak to a member of the team to arrange a visit.

 

Parents/carers, please support your child to practise the formation of letters as they say the sounds. Use the letter mats and sayings that were given to the children earlier this year to support this. 

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as reading and spelling words with the following sounds... igh/oa/oo/oo/ar/or/ur/ow. We are also learning to write the sight words 'the, to, I, no, go, into'.

 

 

Maths: We are exploring parts of a whole. The children will engage in different activities and use a range of equipment to develop an understanding that the whole can be made up of 2 or more smaller parts.

W/C 6/5

The children have really enjoyed sharing their 'I am an Expert' posters and the other children have enjoyed listening to them and asking questions. If your child hasn't already made a poster and brought it in to share please support them to do this so that they can enjoy being an expert too. Any expert parents/carers/grandparents are also very welcome to come and share their expertise/hobby with the children, just speak to a member of the team to arrange a visit.

 

Our Tapestry learning journal has gone live this week! We have had some really positive comments about it so far from parents and children who have enjoyed being able to share their learning experience with family at home.

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revising our phase 3 letter sounds as well as reading and spelling words with the following sounds... ch/sh/qu/th/ai/ee. We are also learning to write the sight words 'the, to, I, no, go, into'.

 

Maths: We are exploring the cardinality of a number and arranging a number of objects in many different ways. We are solving number problems and demonstrating our understanding on whiteboards using graphical representation. We are also exploring parts of a whole.

W/C 29/04

 

Thank you to all those parents who have come to read stories and share their ‘expert’ skills. We would welcome more! Please speak to a member of the Foundation Stage team if you are able to help.

 

We have seen some great 'Expert' posters so far and it's not too late to bring your poster in if you haven't done so already. 

 

Parents/carers, please support your child to practise the formation of letters as they say the sounds. Use the letter mats and sayings that were given to the children earlier this year to support this. 

 

To encourage children to read regularly at home we issue children who have read regularly each week a ‘Golden Ticket’. This is then put into a raffle box and at the end of each term a name from FS/KS1 is picked out of the box. The winner gets to chose a book to take home and keep. The more times a child is given a Golden Ticket per term the more chances they have of winning so please support your child to read daily at home. Some of our Foundation Stage children have enjoyed being winners already this year!

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are writing letters in response to sounds we hear.

 

Maths: We are continuing to compare numbers. We will be using language such as one more, one less. We will also be estimating amounts of objects and representing our estimations using whiteboards and pens and/or objects. 

W/C 23/04

 

Firstly, we hope you've all enjoyed your Easter holiday. We're looking forward to an exciting Term 5 as our theme is 'X is for Experts!' (please see the attached Termly overview 'X is for Experts!' for more information). Many parents and grandparents have enjoyed sharing stories and it has been a valuable experience for our children. For our X is for Experts topic what skills, hobbies or interests could you share? Are you a baker? A gardener? A DIY enthusiast? A hairdresser? Artist? Plumber? etc. Could you come to talk to the class or small group and demonstrate your skills?

 

Holiday Task...

Help your child to create an 'I am an expert...' poster no larger than A3 to show off their skills. What are you good at? Perhaps you're an expert swimmer? Lego builder? Dancer? Reader? Singer? Pet owner? Painter? Healthy eater? Puzzle completer? Star Wars fan? Paw Patrol Fan? 

We are looking forward to the children bringing in the posters for us to celebrate by Thursday 25th April.

Also attached to the update is a copy of the X is for expert poster that was handed out before the holiday for your information.

 

This week...

 

Phonics: we will be revising our Phase 3 sounds  ai, ee and igh but we will focus on writing words and captions using those sounds. We will also be writing our sight words the, no, so and go.

 

Maths: This week we will be comparing numbers both through visual representation (numicon pieces, cubes etc) and corresponding numerals. We will be exploring and discussing our understanding during busy time and as a class.

W/C 01/04

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of our 2 and 3 letter sounds learned so far as well as revisiting the sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on money this week. We will be discussing what we already know about money, setting up a Hot Cross Bun shop in our Rainbow Room, a Perfume shop in our Number Shed outside as well as fishing for coins in our water trays and identifying the coins we catch. We are also continuing to explore the concept of weight using the balance scales.

 

We would like parents/carers to take time to look at coins and money at home and highlight it's use if you go to the shop. How many different types of coins are there? What similarities or differences can you see? (size, colour of coins, markings etc) What happens when you pay for something? Adults could talk to their children about which coins or notes you will or could use to pay for an item? What happens if you give the shop keeper too much money?

W/C 25/3

 

Our chicks hatched last week!!! 4 so far although we may have few more after the weekend. The children were all very excited and have been doing lots of observations. It has been a fantastic experience for the children and has generated many discussions about the life cycle of a chicken. This week Farmer Helen is coming back to collect our chicks.

 

Thanks again to all of the parents/grandparents/carers that have come into school to read a story to the children at the end of the day. It has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate diversity in our Castle Batch community as we have listened to stories read in Arabic, Slovak and English. This week we have visitors who have offered to read stories in Bengali, Czech and French. We would like to invite more story readers who would be welcome to read a story in any language.

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of our 2 and 3 letter sounds learned so far as well as revisiting the sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on measurement and exploring the concept of weight. We will be having lots of discussion about the use of scales and the children will be invited to have first hand experience of this in our cookery workshop as they use balance scales to weigh the ingredients needed.

W/C 18/3

 

Thank you to all of the parents/grandparents/carers that have come into school to read a story to the children at the end of the day. The children have loved listening to the stories and also sharing their favourite books from home with the rest of the class. We aim to develop a love of reading and listening to stories through this and it has been very successful so far!

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of our 2 or 3 letter sounds learned this term as well as revisiting the sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on reading numerals this week and matching numerals to totals of objects.

 

Remember to help your children to learn the sight words from the sheet given out at parents evening. When they have coloured in all of their words they can bring the sheet back into school and show off their skills!

W/C 11/03

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are learning the new sounds 'air' (as in fair) 'ure' (as in pure) and 'er' (as in letter). We are also learning our sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on mental maths this week and developing skills relevant to doubling and halving shapes and numbers. We will be talking about equal parts of a whole during many different activities in all our learning areas.

 

Remember to help your children to learn the sight words from the sheet given out at parents evening. When they have coloured in all of their words they can bring the sheet back into school and show off their skills!

W/C 04/03

 

Last week we welcomed a Farmer from FarmLink to Castle Batch foundation stage. She delivered lots of eggs and an incubator and talked to the children about how to care for the eggs so that some of them might hatch in 21 days time. The children were very excited and are looking forward to observing the eggs over the next few weeks.

 

This week...

 

Farmer Helen will be coming back to candle the eggs (shine a bright light through the eggs) so that the children can monitor the growth of the embryo inside the egg.

 

Phonics: We are learning the new sounds 'oi' (as in spoil) 'ear' (as in hear) and 'ow' (as in cow). We are also learning our sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on mental maths this week and developing skills relevant to addition by counting on from a given number and adding two groups of objects by counting on from the larger group or biggest number on a number track.

 

With World Book Day being celebrated on Thursday we are flooding our learning areas with different books and using our talk time to discuss our favourite books. We will also be talking about the different elements that make up a good book such as the setting, characters and a story line with a problem and resolution.

 

Remember to help your children to learn the sight words from the sheet given out at parents evening. When they have coloured in all of their words they can bring the sheet back into school and show off their skills!

W/C 25/02

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are learning the new sounds 'ar' (as in car) 'or' (as in north) and 'ur' (as in nurse). We are also learning our sight words 'no, go, I, the, to, she, he'.

 

Maths: We are working on mental maths this week and developing skills relevant to addition and subtraction, for example counting on and counting back.

 

Remember to help your children to learn the sight words from the sheet given out at parents evening. When they have coloured in all of their words they can bring the sheet back into school and show off their skills!

WC 11/02

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are learning the new sounds 'oa' (as in boat) 'oo' (as in book) and 'oo' (as in zoo). We are also working on our recognition of sight words 'no', 'go', 'I', 'the', 'to', 'she', 'he'. These are words that can not be sounded out and so must be learned off by heart (by sight).

 

Maths: We are working on mental maths this week and developing skills such as counting on, counting back, ordering, knowing one more and one less and recognition of teen numbers.

 

Please take the time at home daily to revisit the sounds,  letter formation and ditties of sounds the children have learned during phonics in school using the laminated cards the children were given. Revisiting the sounds and letter formations little and often really cements their learning and gives the children a chance to show off their new skills at home!

W/C 4/2/19

This week...

 

Phonics: We are learning the new sounds 'ai' (as in snail) 'ee' (as in tree) and 'igh' (as in high). 

 

Maths: We are working on positional and directional language this week. The adults will be modelling the use of this language to the children e.g. I saw you hiding behind the hedge, then you ran around the crates. Words we might hear the children use and that the adults will model are... above, below, on top, underneath, backwards, forwards, beside, next to, in between, in the middle, behind, in front, close, near, far, down, up, upside down, high, low, inside, outside, inside out, over, under, through, right, left, turn.

 

Book of the week: This week will be reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy

 

Please take the time at home daily to revisit the sounds,  letter formation and ditties of sounds the children have learned during phonics in school using the laminated cards the children were given. Revisiting the sounds and letter formations little and often really cements their learning and gives the children a chance to show off their new skills at home!

W/C 28/01

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of the sounds learned so far to consolidate our learning. 

Maths: We are working on our mental maths, practising our number recognition and 1:1 counting. 

Book of the week: This week will be reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy

 

Please take the time at home daily to revisit the letter formation and ditties of sounds the children have learned during phonics in school using the the laminated cards the children were given. Revisiting the letter formation little and often really cements their learning and gives the children a chance to show off their new skills at home!

 

Below the link to the weekly update is a list of reading books from the 'Pie Corbett Reading Spine'. The list is a collection of age appropriate books from Pie Corbett who is an educational trainer in English. It contains books that are great to read aloud with and to your young readers. In school we explore these books in many ways such as reading them expressively, creating actions to go with the narratives, mapping out the stories (creating a pictorial plan for them), acting the stories out though play, retelling them and adapting them to create our own stories. We also write captions and sentences to go with our favourite parts of the story. At home we suggest you read and enjoy some of these great books with your child, after a while they will know them so well they may even be reading them to you! They may be firm favourites on your bookshelves already but if you don't have any of them perhaps take a trip to your local library. A rich collection of stories that your child knows well will help them to have a love of great stories as well as giving them a platform to create their own!

W/C 21.1.19

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of the sounds learned so far to consolidate our learning. 

Maths: We are working on our mental maths, practising our number recognition and 1:1 counting. 

Book of the week: This week will be continuing our work on 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins. We will be exploring the book in similar ways to last week by reading, acting out, planning, retelling and adapting the story but also using our phonics knowledge to write words and captions from the book.

 

Please take the time at home daily to revisit the sounds the children have learned during phonics in school using the Project X Exploring Sounds books and/or the laminated cards the children were given. Revisiting the sounds little and often really cements their learning and gives the children a chance to show off their new skills at home!

 

2 Litre bottles- if anyone has any empty, clean 2 litre bottles that can be donated to school it would be much appreciated. Please hand them to a member of the Foundation Stage team. Many Thanks.

W/C 14.01.19

 

Happy New Year! The children in Foundation Stage had a good first week back and we were so impressed by the way they came into school in the mornings and settled into our regular routines after a long 2 week holiday. We had a busy start back and began our week with a welly walk to forest school where we explored our maths concept for the week of 'measuring'. We looked for sticks in the forest that were longer, shorter or the same length as our arms. We continued this topic back in our classrooms and outside area too. In phonics we introduced new sounds 'qu' (as in queen), th (as in thank) and 'ng' (as in string), we also revised all the sounds taught previously in terms 1 and 2. Our book for the week was 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We read the book, added actions as we read and retold the story, mapped the story out using pictures and story plans and retold the story. We also adapted the story to create our very own 'We're Going on a Welly Walk' story after our trip to forest school.

 

This week...

 

Phonics: We are revisiting all of the sounds learned so far to consolidate our learning. 

Maths: We are continuing our work on measure, exploring how we can measure objects using non-standard units such as cubes or pens etc.

Our book of the week this week will be 'Rosie's Walk' by Pat Hutchins. We will be exploring the book in similar ways to last week by reading, acting out, planning, retelling and adapting the story.

 

Please take the time at home daily to revisit the sounds the children have learned during phonics in school using the Project X Exploring Sounds books and/or the laminated cards the children were given. Revisiting the sounds little and often really cements their learning and gives the children a chance to show off their new skills at home!

 

2 Litre bottles- if anyone has any empty, clean 2 litre bottles that can be donated to school it would be much appreciated. Please hand them to a member of the Foundation Stage team. Many Thanks.

W/C 3/12

This week...

 

Phonics: We will be introducing the new letters b, f, ff, l, ll and ss and learning the sounds they make as well as learning the ditties that help us to remember how to form the letters. We will also be exploring words that begin with those sounds as well as sounding out and blending words with those letter sounds in.

 

Maths: The children will be exploring finding totals and the adults will be modelling recording using symbols such as + and =. We will be using vocabulary such as 'total' 'count' 'how many' 'add' 'equal' 'same as' 'more' and 'fewer'.

 

Reading books: Please can children keep their reading books and reading record book  in their book bags at all times and ensure that school books are returned to school along with the story bears. If books and story bears are not returned it becomes difficult to distribute them out to other children that need them and our book resources become depleted. Many thanks.

W/C 26/11

Last week we introduced our new phonics sounds g, o, c and k and learned the ditties to help us remember how to form the letters. We explored words that begun with those sounds as well as sounding out and blending words with those letter sounds in. During our maths chats we focused on counting and explored number tracks. We created our own number tracks and used them to count forwards and backwards. We also thought about this terms theme 'Winter, Wellie Walks and Wonder' and what this means to us.

 

This week...

Phonics: We will be introducing the new letters e, u, r and h and learning the sounds they make as well as learning the ditties that help us to remember how to form the letters. We will also be exploring words that begin with those sounds as well as sounding out and blending words with those letter sounds in.

 

Maths: We will be exploring Number Bonds (2 numbers that total another number for example number bonds of 10 would include 1 + 9, 2 + 8, 3 + 7 etc). We will be using different equipment such as our Numicon and magnetic bars to explore this.

 

Spare socks please!!! Over the past term and a half our supply of spare socks has decreased and it is difficult at times to provide children with spare socks to take home should they need them. Please can we ask that if your child borrows any of the spare school uniform that they return it clean as soon as possible. If any of your children out grow their school socks and have any that they could donate to our spares collection they would be gratefully received. Thank you.

W/C 12.11.18

 

The children settled back into school really well last week after their 2 week break and enjoyed our number themed week where we focused on matching numerals to quantities of objects. The children also learned about the letters s, a, t and p and the sounds they make. 

 

This week we are focusing on subitising  (the instant recognition of small quantities) and playing lots of games to develop this skill with resources such as dice and numicon.

 

In phonics this week we are consolidating the letter sounds s, a, t, p and introducing the new letter sounds i, n, m, and d. We are playing letter recognition games, recalling the ditties that help us to remember how to write the letters as well as blending those sounds to make different words.

October Half Term update...

 

What a wonderful first term your children have had in Reception at Castle Batch School! They have settled well and become familiar with the routines and learning environments in our Early Years provision. Please continue to encourage your children to come in independently and say goodbye in the playground. 

 

We have enjoyed many learning experiences and activities with the highlight being our trip to the beach! We are now looking forward to our second term of ‘W is for Winter, Wellie Walks and Wonder.’

 

Please read the attached letter where you will find upcoming dates for your diary. We are also looking forward to seeing the children for our 'Book at Bedtime' on Tuesday 6th November.

 

We hope you are having an enjoyable half term holiday and are looking forward to seeing you all very soon.

W/C 08.10.18

 

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!!!

W/C 01.10.18

 

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. 

W/C 24.09.18

 

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.

W/C 9/9

 

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.

W/C 3/9

 

Firstly we would like to say a big hello and welcome to all of our new Foundation Stage children and their families this term. We are really looking forward to getting to know you all and about the year ahead of us!
 
Each week we will post an update on this page to inform you of the children's learning for the week ahead. This may also include things you can do to support your child as well as information specifically related to whats going on in the Foundation stage classes so please do check in weekly.
 
This week...
We will be playing lots of 'getting to know you' games and settling into the routines of the day. 
For your information, each morning the children will be greeted by a member of the Foundation Stage team at the door, after which they can put their book bags into the boxes in the rainbow room before putting their water bottles in the classroom and hanging their coats on their peg in the corridor. Then they can register for the day by picking up their name card in the classroom and sticking it onto their food choice for the day before choosing an activity set up in the classroom. 
 
A reminder of things to be in school at all times...NAMED waterproofs, wellington boots and PE kit.
Things that need to be brought into school daily...book bags and water bottles.
 
This week the children will be bringing home a book from our reading area in the classroom. This is a book for the adults to read to the children and share. The children will be able to keep the book for a week and then swap it for a new book the following week.
 
We are also looking for empty, clean 2 litre plastic bottles so any that you can send in would be gratefully received. Thank you.
 
We hope all the children enjoy their first week at school!
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