Welcome Back after the holidays!
Thursday 6th September 2018
Today you will find a reading diary and reading book in your child’s book bag. We would like you to share a book with your child every day and to record this in their diary. Please write the book title and a little comment about their reading. As part of our reading initiative in reception when your child reaches 10 reads they will be awarded a prize. 10 reads= medal, 20 reads= bouncy ball etc. The staff will regularly check reading diaries to award prizes.
In addition to this, each Friday those children that have read the most in class will have a chance of winning a book from the weekly reading raffle.
We aim to get all children to be reading as often as possible and will keep note of this. The book bag, dairy and book need to be returned to school each day.
To begin with the reading book will have no words. This is to encourage discussion and story talk developing story language, make predictions and have an opinion about the story and characters. Perhaps together you could take turns making up stories using the pictures as prompts. Please encourage them to talk about what they see in the pictures and make comments. If they make comments you can repeat back and extend their language eg. child “red car” adult “fast red car”.
Children might be able to answer these questions about the story.
What is happening?
Who is that?
How are they feeling?
What might happen next? How do you know?
Did you like this book? Why? What was your favourite part? Can we think of a different ending?
This is a fantastic opportunity to look at the structure of stories: the beginning, middle and end, characters and settings.
An adult in school will aim to read your child’s book each week. We also listen to children daily in their taught RWInc groups. At home we also hope you will look at pictures books, magazines, leaflet and signs with your child. We see print everywhere! We will talk with children about why reading is so important.
Soon we will be starting to teach your child sounds and they will notice them in their book. We do not teach them the sounds in order of the alphabet and if you would like to see how we pronounce the sounds go to this web address.
Mrs Fisher and myself will hold a meeting for parents soon to explaining how we teach reading in school and how you can help at home.
We will also be sending a piece of home learning with your child each week. This will be given out on Thursday and should be back by Tuesday the following week. Please encourage your child to complete this as independently as possible.
Both Gannel and Allen class really need parent readers! If you would like to volunteer please come to a meeting on the 18th September at 2:45 or if you are unable to make it, please your child’s teacher know you would like to help. These readers will also soon help children with their weekly spellings. PLEASE SEE YOUR CHILD’S CLASS TEACHER IF YOU CAN HELP WITH READING. THE CHILDREN NEED YOU! 😊
If you need any more information about reading see your child’s teacher.
Kind regards, Mrs Whittle and Mrs Fisher
Please return to your child’s class teacher
Name of child:………………………………………………………………………………………..
Name of parents:…………………………………………………………………………………….
I understand the requirements for reading and homelearning to help my child’s learning. Please tick ………….
Friday 7th July 2018
Autumn Term Letter
Welcome to Allen class (Mrs Whittle) and Gannel class (Mrs Fisher). Mrs Fisher and Mrs Whittle and our teaching assistants are really excited about the start of a new year. Mrs Allen and Mrs Marques support Mrs Whittle and Mrs Tregunna and Ms Fry support Mrs Fisher.
We look forward to supporting your child with this important transition. We understand this can be an anxious time for you both and we hope that we can help support you with any concerns that you may have. Obviously, you know your child and hold key pieces of information that will help them settle. Please inform us with this, we obviously want your child to settle into school life smoothly so that they can reach their full potential. We are available at the end of the school day if you need to see us and our teaching assistants can pass on messages in the morning.
Attendance and punctuality is really important so that children do not miss their learning. School starts at 8.50 am and finishes at 3.15 pm. If you arrive after 8:50 please take your child to the school office. The first day back is Thursday 6th September.
By the end of the year we hope that with your support:
Children read and understand simple sentences. They use phonic knowledge to read regular words and read them aloud accurately. They also read some common irregular words. They demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words (tricky words). They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Children need to show good language skills to develop their skills in these areas.
Good language development makes a huge impact on how your child develops in all areas of the curriculum.
Please support them with this by;
• Reading stories
• Singing songs
• Playing games-snakes and ladders, eye spy
• Talking all the time with your child!
• Giving them time to think and talk.
Throughout the year children are encouraged to be independent and follow the 6rs.
We hand out home learning every week. This may need some support, but we usually encourage children to be as independent as possible. Homelearning is a core part of your child’s education. The learning that they do at home, should reinforce their learning in class. This means, they should be able to explain to you what they have been learning.
These are our expectations of children in and we would greatly appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance of learning.
– Home Learning pieces to be handed in by Tuesday at the latest. We will give out homelearning on Thursday. Please hand to the class teacher.
– Reading: Ultimately, every child in the school should be reading every day to an adult at home. The more you read the better you will become! Please record this in your child’s diary. We count up at the end of the week and the child who has read the most could win a book! When children first begin to read we encourage them to look at the pictures, make up the story or ask questions about what is happening. Soon after starting school your child will start to learn their sounds and then to read. We will give more information about learning to read in September.
– Please make a note in their green diaries or pop in and see us if they are finding the learning a bit tricky.
– We ask if you read with your child to also write this in their green diary. Reading can consist of their home/school reading book, a book or magazine from home. I cannot express how important your support with reading is; the better the reader the better the writer. We certainly notice the difference in the children that read at home and those that do not. Children will also soon take words home to read. These will be checked once a week. When they are able to read them all, they will be given new words to learn. Children need to keep them in their book bag.
PE and clothing
Children need to remember to bring in their PE kits each week. We expect all children to have suitable PE kit to wear. PE kit consists of school PE t-shirt, navy shorts and black plimpsolls. We also hope children are independent and dress by themselves. We try to encourage independence in Allen and Gannel class and most of the children are usually keen to respond. Jumpers need to be placed in school bags. Please label all of your child’s clothes, which will help prevent distress on PE days. Children need to come to school in a waterproof coat. On sunny days they can bring in sun cream. Any unlabeled clothes can be found in the yellow lost property box in the conservatory. Please could children bring in a pair of labelled wellington boots that can be left at school. If children require spare clothes, please could you put them in their school bag.
This term our topic is “Who am I?” We will find out about each other. We will take on board children’s needs, interests and abilities into our teaching.
When children first start school, it is important that we spend time talking to each child to get to know them and build a good relationship. This scrapbook can be filled with things that tell us something about your child. It is a lovely starting point to a conversation. Feel free to fill it with ‘WOW’ moments and things that make you proud and make them special.
Below is a list of ideas and suggestions you could include in the book:
• Labelled pictures of their family and pets
• Pictures of their favourite foods/toys/interests
• Information about what they like doing (favourite sports/places etc)
• Artwork they may have done
• Places visited in the holidays
• Postcards, leaflets and objects they find during the holidays
It would be lovely if these scrapbooks could be completed with your child so that they have a say in what goes in them.
Your child could draw pictures, write their name and show us any mark making that they would like to do.
All about me box
We would also like to encourage each child to fill a small box (shoe box size) with things from home. This could include:
• Photos of the family
• An old small teddy-something that wouldn’t be missed.
• Favourite objects, books or old toys.
• A hanky that smells like home!
• Special ribbons, sparkles or memories.
We hope these objects will help your child settle into school.
Thank you for your support with this. We look forward to sharing these scrapbooks and special boxes in September!
The Foundation Stage Team