We use the Jolly Phonics programme to introduce your child to the sound of the letters of the alphabet. For the first few weeks, we will focus on speaking and listening activities (Phase 1) to prepare the children for this important level of learning.
Formal phonic and key word teaching will commence this term, when the children are ready. Each week we will try to look at three or four graphemes (written representations of the sound) and at the end of each day your child will bring home their Sound Book to practice with you at home.
Please encourage your child to practice letter sounds and names at home as this is an ongoing process and supports the development of early reading skills.
If you would like any advice on practising sounds at home, please do let me know and I will be happy to explain further.
All of our teaching and learning will be structured around a cross–curricular, practical theme in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
P.E. will be on Monday afternoons. This term, the children will arrive at school in their P.E. clothes.
For P.E., your child will require: blue t-shirt, white shorts, white socks and black daps. If your daughter wears tights to school, please could you put a pair of socks in her P.E.bag.
Please could you ensure that every single item of clothing and footwear (uniform, P.E. kit and Forest School kit) is clearly marked with your child’s name.
We are fortunate to have a dedicated area in the school grounds for Forest School. Forest School offers an ideal opportunity to learn outdoors, and offers a rich and sensory environment for learning, particularly for our youngest children.
Once all the children are attending school full-time, we will hold Forest School every Friday morning. Although we will not take the children outside in heavy rain/snow, we will try to go out whatever the weather!
In the winter months, it may be appropriate to pack gloves and hats. The children will get dirty and muddy, so nothing precious please! If you do not wish your child to wear their school coat (it may get soiled), you are more than welcome to pack another coat in their Forest School bag.
The children can store their wellies outside the Reception Classroom, on the assigned welly rack.
Nursery rhyme project
For several years, I have invited the children to join the Mother Goose Club! Studies have shown that the better children are at detecting rhymes the quicker and more successful they will be at learning to read (Bradley, 1988c, Bradley & Bryant, 1983, Ellis & Large, 1987). Plus, it is great to know that these nursery rhymes can continue to pass from generation to generation.
We will teach the children five new nursery rhymes each half-term (including French rhymes), with the aim of learning thirty nursery rhymes in their first year at school.
For every five newly learnt nursery rhymes, your child will receive a special certificate from Miss Packer! For more information and for details of the rhymes that we will be learning, visit our class page on the school website.