Kirklevington Primary School
Willow Newsletter Autumn Term 2017
Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to say welcome to Reception. It has been so lovely to see so many happy, smiley faces coming into class this week. I know it can be a difficult time when the children first start full time school but I have to say that the children have been amazing! They have coped so well with leaving adults in the morning and have done really well with the longer school days and new routines.
This half term our topic will be based on the theme “Marvellous Me” The children will be thinking about themselves, their bodies, families, pets and where they live. We will be learning about our main body parts, our senses and how we can stay healthy. We will be expressing our opinions about our likes and dislikes and talking about our families, homes and local area.
In our Maths sessions, we will be looking at recognising, writing, counting and ordering numbers up to 20. We will be finding one more or one less than a given number and will be comparing amounts using the words more, less or fewer. We will also be starting to look at adding small sets of objects together.
In Literacy, the children will be learning to link sounds to the letters within the phase 2 letters and sounds. These are: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, o, g, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, s, ss. We will also be trying really hard to hear the initial, middle and ending sounds in words and segment and blend Consonant, Vowel, Consonant (CVC) words like cat, sit, pin etc. We will be learning how to form some of these letters and will be having a go at writing about ourselves and our families. There are two very good websites that you may want to let your child access at home that can help with their letters and sounds. These are: www.phonicsplay.co.uk and www.teachyourmonstertoread.com
I will be providing the children with a phoneme frame when I feel they know enough of the letter sounds. This is used to help children learn to recognise the letters and their sounds and segment and blend words. These need to be practised as often as possible. After using these the last few years, they have proven to be extremely helpful in assisting the children to learn to read. When your child receives a phoneme frame, please make sure they come to school every day as we will often check or practise them at school as well.
The children will be continuing with their Home School Book challenges this year. Please can these be returned on a Monday. We really value your input and all the information you provide is fed into your child’s learning profile. Thank you to those parents who are sending photos via the link firstname.lastname@example.org. They are an important addition to your child’s learning journal. It would be really useful if you could just add a comment about what was happening or a comment your child made so that I can assign them to an appropriate objective.
PE will be taking place on a Wednesday morning, though we often get the opportunity to take part in other activities or sometimes need to change our PE slot, so please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every day. These can be left on their pegs and I will send them home to be washed when needed.
Please could I remind you that children should not bring their own toys to school. These toys often get lost or even broken causing the children to become upset. We have lots of things for them to play with so please could they leave their own toys at home.
Lastly could I also remind you about our voluntary contribution of 50p per week. This contribution is vital to providing the little extras that a new topic brings.
I hope you find this information useful and if there are any further questions please don’t hesitate to speak to me.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Reception class teacher
Below are some links to websites you may find useful.