Allen Class (2017/18)

Summer Term Project

We are all delighted to announce that the new topic for the Summer Term will be ‘Growing’. The children asked to learn all about all things that live and grow in their gardens answering our key question, ‘Who could survive in the garden?’

During our topic, we will be learning about how to grow fruit, vegetables and plants. We will also be learning all about minibeasts and their habitats to become real wildlife gardeners! We will learn all about the parts of a plant, minibeasts and how to take care of them. During this topic we will be making the most of our outdoor area by growing herbs, vegetables and plants to turn it into our very own allotment. We will also be making our own minibeast hotels to encourage wildlife in our outdoor area. We will be working with the Council Park Department to plant our very own flower bed in Boscawen Park. We will also have a workshop from a wildlife expert on how to be wildlife gardeners. During the Summer Term, we are planning to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan to learn about how to grow plants and vegetables, as well as having a minibeast encounter from an expert! To conclude our exciting topic, we will be having our very own market stall to sell all our produce!

Now for the really exciting part……

To launch our topic, we will be having a BIG DIG DAY! We would love to invite all Parents and Grandparents into school for the day to help us get our garden ready for growing on Friday 20th April. We will be preparing and weeding the flower beds, pots and vegetable patches. We would be very grateful if you could bring any gardening tools or left over seeds from your garden sheds!

Reading

Children will be learning to read and understand simple sentences. They will use phonic knowledge to read regular words and read them aloud accurately. They will also read some common irregular words. They will demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read.

Writing

Children will use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They will also learn to write some irregular common words (tricky words). They will learn to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. The will learn to write to spell some words correctly and others that are phonetically plausible.

Numbers

Children will learn to 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. The will learn to use quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They will learn to solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Outline of the school day

8.50am-register

Rules and Routines

Circle time

RWINc-reading

Literacy and self-initiated activities

Snack

Numbers and self-initiated activities

Lunch

Handwriting

Focused group learning and self-initiated activities

Story

3.15pm Home time

Homelearning

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 Allen class and would greatly appreciate your support in reinforcing the importance of learning.

  • Home Learningpieces to be handed in by Tuesday at the latest. We will give out homelearning on Thursday. Please place in the blue tray in the conservatory.
  • Reading: Ultimately, every child in the school should be reading every dayto an adult at home. The more you read the better you will become!
  • Words:Children will also bring home a red word reading book in a few weeks. They will be tested on reading these words each week. Children will need to read these words to begin with and then go onto writing them. Please bring back these books every Tuesday.  Please support your child with learning to read these words at home.
  • Please make a note in their 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 diary. Children will learn enjoy sharing the book with you and soon they will recognise sounds.   Reading can consist of their home/school reading book, a book or magazine from home. Please can book bags be placed in the provided box in the conservatory each day, we aim to check how each child is progressing.  A Teaching Assistant checks each day if children have been reading and we count up the amount so that children could receive a special reward.  If the reading diary is not placed in the box we are not aware that your child has been reading.   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.

Trays

All children have a labelled tray in the conservatory.  In this tray we will put any learning and letters that children do not receive if they are absentPlease check the trays regularly.

PE and clothing

Children need to remember to bring in their PE kits each week on a Monday.  We expect all children to have suitable PE kit to wear. We also hope children are independent and dress by themselves. We try to encourage independence in Allen 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 unlabelled 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.  Please could children have a spare change of clothes in there bag in case of emergencies.

Sun cream can be sent in a labelled bottle.  If it is applied before school we will help children to reapply at lunch time.

Please place lunches in the conservatory on the trolley.  Children do not need snack as we have free fruit and milk.

Please bring in milkshake money in a named envelope.  Milkshake is 50p. Envelopes are available in the office.

Attendance

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 the conservatory door is locked please take your child around to the reception.

By the end of the year we hope that with your support:

Independence

Children will be emotionally resilient and independent. This will help them to learn in all aspects.  Without emotion stability, they will find learning very difficult.  We have clear expectations that follow the rest of the school.  Children will learn about their feelings and how their behaviour affects other people. We will encourage them to think about the 6 Rs-respect, responsibility, relationships, resilience, readiness and resourcefulness.

 

  We made decorations to sell at our Christmas Fair- Real World Outcome

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic first day!  Children have enjoyed playing inside and out.  We have listened to stories and sung songs. Children ate their lunch really well and enjoyed spaghetti.

Please remember book bags tomorrow!

Thursday 7th September 2017

 Allen Class Autumn Term Letter

Welcome to Allen class and Tregolls School!   Both myself and my teaching assistants are really excited about the start of a new year.  We will be 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.  I am available at the end of the school day if you need to see me and my teaching assistants can pass on messages in the morning.

You may not be aware that I got married over the summer holidays and my new name is Mrs Whittle.  My teaching assistants Mrs Allen and Mrs Tregunna are also here to help.

Attendance

 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 the conservatory door is locked please take your child around to the reception.

By the end of the year we hope that with your support:

Independence

Children will be emotionally resilient and independent.   This will help them to learn in all aspects.  Without emotion stability, they will find learning very difficult.  We have clear expectations that follow the rest of the school.  Children will learn about their feelings and how their behavior affects other people.   We will encourage them to think about the 6 rs-respect, responsibility,  relationships, resilience, readiness and resourcefulness.

Reading

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.

Writing

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.

Numbers

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.

Outline of the school day

8.50am-register

Rules and Routines

Circle time

RWINc-reading

Literacy and self-initiated activities

Snack

Numbers

Lunch

Handwriting

Focused group learning and self-initiated activities

Story

3.15pm Home time

Homelearning

 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 Allen class and 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 place in the blue tray in the conservatory.
  • 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!
  • Words: Children will also bring home a red word reading book in a few weeks. They will be tested on reading these words each week. Children will need to read these words to begin with and then go onto writing them. Please bring back these books every Tuesday.   Please support your child with learning to read these words at home.
  • 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. Children will learn enjoy sharing the book with you and soon they will recognise sounds.   Reading can consist of their home/school reading book, a book or magazine from home. Please can book bags be placed in the provided box in the conservatory each day, we aim to check how each child is progressing.  My TA checks each day if children have been reading and we count up the amount so that children could receive a special reward.  If the reading diary is not placed in the box we are not aware that your child has been reading.   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.

 

Trays

All children have a labelled tray in the conservatory.  In this tray we will put any learning and letters that children do not receive if they are absent. Please check the trays regularly.

 

PE and clothing

Children need to remember to bring in their PE kits each week on a Monday.  We expect all children to have suitable PE kit to wear. We also hope children are independent and dress by themselves. We try to encourage independence in Allen 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 unlabelled 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.  Please could children have a spare change of clothes in there bag incase of emergencies.

Suncream can be sent in a labelled bottle.  If it is applied before school we will help children to reapply at lunch time.

Please place lunches in the conservatory on the trolley.  Children do not need snack as we have free fruit and milk.

Please bring in milkshake money in a named envelope.  Milkshake is 50p. Envelopes are available in the office.

Topic

This term our topic is on the weather.  The key question being ‘What would you find at the end of a rainbow?’  We will take on board children’s needs, interests and abilities into our teaching.

 Next, Tuesday 12th September we will have our Wow day when children will dress in all weather gear and jump in puddles.  Please make sure children have their own labelled wellingtons in school and a spare change of clothes.

Please could you also collect any recycling materials such as empty plastic bottles with lids, kitchen roll tubes (not toilet rolls), small boxes, yoghurt pots, small containers and lids.

Please tick and return.

I can confirm that I have received the letter and understand the requirement for homelearning in Allen class.

I am ticking the box as I DO NOT want my child’s image on the school’s website

Signed:________________________ (parent/carer)

Date:______________________

Yours Sincerely,

The Foundation Stage Team