16/11/18

This week the children have –

  • Blended and segmented sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Looked at the book ‘Jungle Animals’
  • Explored the number 8
  • Started to paint pictures of jungle animals and written labels for their pictures
  • Made footprint butterflies for our school display, following our learning about choosing respect (kindness)

Next week the children will be –

  • Blending and segmenting sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Learning a freeze-frame technique to show parts of the story of Romeo and Juliet (whole school learning)
  • Watching Gnomeo and Juliet following our learning about Romeo and Juliet
  • Exploring the number 9
  • Guided Reading
  • Completing paintings of jungle animals
  • Finding 1 more and 1 less than numbers to 10 (and 20)

9/11/18

This week the children have –

  • Blended and segmented sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Read the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’
  • Explored the number 7
  • Completed a Guided Reading session
  • Made poppies for our school display
  • Played imaginatively in our Goldilocks and the Three Bears role-play area

Next week the children will be –

  • Blending and segmenting sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Exploring labels in the books ‘taps and pans’ and ‘jungle animals’
  • Exploring the number 8
  • Painting their own pictures of jungle animals
  • Writing labels for their jungle animal paintings

2/11/18

This week the children have –

  • Blended and segmented sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Read the story of ‘The Gruffalo’
  • Explored the number 6
  • Found two numbers that total 6 (ways of making 6)
  • Been writing about where they would hide from the Gruffalo (Guided Writing)
  • Made ‘Gruffalo Crumble’

Next week the children will be –

  • Blending and segmenting sounds to read and write words with familiar graphemes
  • Reading the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’
  • Exploring the number 7
  • Making poppies for our school display
  • Playing imaginatively in our Goldilocks and the Three Bears role-play area

We will be making poppies for the school display next week so please send in a bottle, if you have not done so already.

For the next few weeks, we will be practising blending and segmenting sounds to read and write words with the graphemes/letters we have already introduced. Please continue to support your children at home to form letters correctly.

26/10/18

This week the children have –

  • Learned to write the graphemes/spellings ‘k’, ‘l’, ‘r’ and ‘u’ and say the sounds/phonemes
  • Learned about how postal workers and recycling officers help us
  • Explored the number 5
  • Matched groups of leaves to the correct numeral
  • Looked for familiar graphemes (letters) within a text (guided reading)
  • Printed with leaves
  • Created fact files about different people who help us in the community

Next week the children will be –

  • Reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’
  • Exploring the number 6
  • Blending to read words with familiar graphemes (say the sounds and read the word)
  • Chopping fruit for a ‘Gruffalo Crumble’
  • Finding two numbers that total 6 (ways of making 6)
  • Writing about where they would hide from the Gruffalo!

We would like to start ‘Show and Tell’ sessions next week (31stOctober). This will be held every Wednesday. The children are welcome to bring in a special item (nothing too large or expensive) to show to their friends. Alternatively, they might have a special event to talk about.  Show and tell items must be placed in the class show and tell box at the beginning of the school day.

Thank you for supporting your children to practise letter formation at home.  This week’s letters are attached below.

5/10/18

This week the children have –

  • Learned to write the graphemes/spellings ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘g’ and ‘h’ and say the sounds/phonemes
  • Learned about how police officers and paramedics help us
  • Explored the number 3
  • Created collage pictures of the things we saw on our nosey walks around school
  • Written labels for their collage pictures
  • Completed their shape pictures

Next week the children will be –

  • Learning about how firefighters and nurses help us
  • Exploring the number 4
  • Practising writing their names, forming the letters correctly
  • Creating shape patterns

Thank you for your support with helping your children to practise forming letters correctly. Please find attached a sheet that shows you how to support your child in forming the letters that we have taught in our phonics sessions this week.  You can also refer back to the sheet sent with last week’s update.  It is important that the children practise forming letters as often as possible at home.  You could practise forming the letters with pencil and paper, paints, chalk on the floor, finger in flour/rice or with your hand in the air.

 

Thank you.

28/9/18

This week the children have –

  • Learned to write the graphemes/spellings ‘t’, ‘n’, ‘o’ and ‘p’ and say the sounds/phonemes
  • Learned about the people who help us in school
  • Explored the number 2
  • Learned to tell a story using pictures
  • Started to create pictures by cutting and sticking shapes
  • Been on a Nosey Walk around school

Next week the children will be –

  • Learning about how police officers and paramedics help us
  • Exploring the number 3
  • Creating collage pictures of the things we saw on our nosey walks
  • Writing labels and captions for our collage pictures

Thank you to those who have donated materials for the collage pictures.  If you have any donations and have not yet brought them into school, it is not too late!

Please find attached a sheet that shows you how to support your child in forming the letters that we have taught in our phonics sessions so far.  It is important that the children learn the correct formation of each letter.  You could practise forming the letters with pencil and paper, paints, chalk on the floor or with your hand in the air.

 

21/9/18

This Week the children have –

  • Learned about the people who help us in school
  • Explored the number 1
  • Completed their first piece of writing in school
  • Started to create pictures by cutting and sticking shapes
  • Completed their first painting for our classroom displays
  • Continued to share their pre-school learning journeys and family/summer holiday sheets

Next week the children will be –

  • Continuing to learn about the people who help us in school
  • Exploring the number 2
  • Learning to tell a story using pictures
  • Completing pictures by cutting and sticking shapes
  • Going on a Nosey Walk around school

We have had such a busy yet fun week and we are so proud that most children are coming into school by themselves.  This week we have started teaching phonics and early reading skills.

Sharing stories with children is important in early reading development, and we would like to invite parents and grandparents to volunteer to come into school to read with the children.  If this is something that you will be interested in doing, please come and speak to a member of the Foundation Stage staff.

Please could you check at home if you have the hard plastic wallet that we sent home with the children on their last transition visit before the summer.   These wallets need to be kept in your child’s book bag.

In the next few weeks, we would like to create some collage pictures with the children.   Please could you send in any suitable materials e.g. different types of paper, card, fabric, wool etc for the children to use.

14/9/18

This Week the children have –

•Played maths games

•Cut out their photograph and written their name for the class welcome board

•Started to share their pre-school learning journeys and family/summer holiday sheets

•Attended whole-school assemblies for the first time and had their first PE lessons

Next week the children will be –

•Learning about the people who help us in school

•Exploring the number 1

•Completing their first painting for our classroom displays

•Continuing to share their pre-school learning journeys and family/summer holiday sheets

•Practising cutting skills and name writing

Thank you for your support in encouraging the children to come into school independently. To ensure that a settled start to the school day continues, we would like all children to be coming into school independently within the next week.

Thank you for confirming your child’s collection arrangements during our meetings. Just a quick reminder that any changes must be communicated to the class teacher. A message can be passed directly on to the teacher in the morning, or through the office during the school day.

7/9/18

The children have had a brilliant start to school.  We have been so pleased with how well they have settled into the school routines.  Many of the children have started to come into school independently and we would like to encourage all children to do so as soon as they are able.  This will support our prompt start of our Movement for Learning sessions, which will commence once all the children are in school full-time.  This session supports fine motor development and handwriting.

As the children are so settled, we would like to start PE lessons next week.  Please could you ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school.  If you have any queries, please speak to a member of staff.

We appreciate your support with naming clothes and could we please ask that water bottles contain only water, not squash or juice.

 

13/7/18

We have come to the end of a very busy and successful year in Foundation Stage.  We are very proud of the children and all that they have achieved.  Our weekly update provides us with a good opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the year.  Thank you again to the parents and other family members who have given their time to hear readers, change books and support handwriting.  Without this support, the children would not have had as many opportunities to practise their skills.

We hope that you have a restful and fun summer, but would encourage the children to continue their reading and writing over the holiday.  We have put three reading books in each child’s book bag.  The local library is also a good place to find suitable reading material.  The children could take part in this year’s reading challenge that was introduced in an assembly this week.  Keeping a diary of your summer adventures would be a good way for your child to practise their writing.

Thank you for all of your lovely messages, cards and gifts.  We have thoroughly enjoyed working with your children and we wish them further success in year one.