Reception - 2020 - 2021
Class Teacher: Miss Thomas
Welcome to Raindrop webpage
This term our project is 'All About Me'
In reception we have project plans for the term that will develop with the children's interests. Initially we will be finding out all about each other including our houses, pets, gardens, family and extended family and family customs. After we have spent the first week settling in, we will be asking the question- Is everyone else the same as me? We will be exploring diversity through this project and helping the children understand how everyone is unique and special. Please have a look at the project planner to see more detail for each area of learning.
PE - PE will be on Thursdays. Children should come to school in their PE kit on their PE day please.
Forest School - Raindrops will be visiting our Forest School area every week weather permitting. Please can wellies be kept in school all week.
Water - Please ensure that your child brings a drink of water (not fruit drinks or squash) to school each day. This needs to be in a labelled bottle that we can keep in the classroom. The children will be encouraged to drink their water several times during the day and have free access to it at other times.
Snacks - Your child will receive a piece of fruit and be offered a drink of milk during the morning each day.
Please remember that due to COVID-19, we do not want children to bring any belongings from home into school.
Reading books will be sent home on a Monday and will need to be returned by Friday . A new book will be issued on Friday to be returned by the Monday so that we are able to leave time between books going to different households. At present, this seems the safest way to send reading books home, but we will review this as the term progresses. The children will be bringing home a word book or a page with words printed on it to sound talk and blend together. Sound talk is sounding out the letter sounds and blending is saying the sounds together to make the word.
Please use these links to watch videos that will guide you on how to help your child blend sounds together when reading.
The children's name writing has really improved and some are now starting to write their name without using their name card. Please could your child practise writing their name at home with a pencil on paper. If they are struggling with this cut the name into separate letters and ask them to rearrange them into the correct order to familiarize themselves with the sequence of letters. Please can you ensure they are following the cursive style on their name card that was sent home before the summer holidays. If they are struggling to put pressure on the page with a pencil then strengthening the hand muscles is the next step. Playing with small lego pieces, using pegs and playdough will all help to strengthen the same muscles they use for writing.
I have found a good maths APP which we use at school to support some children. It is called 'Maths,age4-6' . The APP icon is red and it has a tick and a hot air balloon on it. Completing the number activities on this APP will really consolidate their learning in maths and also help with their concentration and accuracy when counting. TIP: When the number activity asks the children to count the spots I always remind them that there are five in each line and so you only have to start counting after 10 as two lines (5 and 5) make ten. Use your fingers as a visual aid to remind them.
We will be creating Harvest and Christmas performance pieces which you will hopefully be able to access. Children who do not have permission to be filmed will not be in any recorded media.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the photograph of the Bug Hotel the children made. They had a fantastic time creating it and have had even more fun finding insects to go in it!
Now you are using the Seesaw APP so well, news will be posted on the notification part of the APP to keep you updated with new learning and give you more ideas on how to support your child at home.
Thank you to those parents who have emailed me to say how much they are enjoying the APP.
Do contact me through the class email address if you have any further questions or queries.
Useful Resources- click on the links below
Phase 2 sound cards
Tricky words phase 2
A great website to use for Forest School and outside activities is the nature detectives website.
There is a great website to look at "50 things to do before you are 11 3/4"
I wonder how many you can tick off?
Please see below the link for the letters and sounds video showing how to articulate the phonemes
ICT Games - A great selection of Literacy and Maths Games including 'Save the Whale'