Reception Newsletter 19th September 2019
We have had a great first full week at school and the children have settled in really well and are enjoying the extended afternoon sessions.
This week we have started learning some letters to help us to learn to read, which is called Phonics. We introduced the children to our Phonics aliens, Roy and Arnold, who help us during our sessions. The children have shown huge enthusiasm for these sessions and have been very engaged. This week we have learnt the letters and sounds for s, a, t, p and I, as well as the tricky word I. Next week we will be learning n, m, d, g and o.
We would like to invite you to a meeting so that you feel more informed about what Phonics involves and some of the terminology we use with the children. We hope that this meeting will help you to feel more able to support your child with their reading at home.
We will be holding two meetings on Tuesday 24th September at 5:30pm or Thursday 26th at 2:30pm. A letter will go out about this on parentmail today with the option to reply if you are able to make it. We would be grateful if you could respond so that we know how many might attend. If you cannot attend, we will be sending information about phonics home to you.
Next week we will be starting our topic for this half term, which is ‘How am I special?’ and will look at how we are all individuals. We will begin by creating pictures of our families and putting some family photos on display. We would be very grateful if you could please bring in one photograph of your family, so that your child is able to talk about and draw those people that are special to them. We are hoping to put these photos on our display board, so please don’t give us anything with big sentimental value, just in case our blu tac doesn’t come off! Thank you.
This week we have introduced some short Maths lessons. We have been counting up to 10 and back on our number line, counting objects one at a time (we call this ‘one to one’ counting or 1:1 for short) and comparing different quantities of objects. We have also had lots of lovely maths based games out for the children to enjoy and practise their skills at the same time. Next week, we will introduce the children to a ‘five frame’, which will allow them to count objects one at a time in an easier way. They will also be able to say how many more or less they may need.
Jeans 4 Genes day
Tomorrow, children may come to school wearing jeans, a denim dress or skirt in exchange for a 50p donation to the Jeans 4 Genes charity. Children should wear their school shoes, polo shirts and jumpers/cardigans as normal.
Things to try at home
- Practise getting dressed and undressed, including coats and jumpers.
- Practise going to the toilet, and wiping in particular.
- Play some maths games with your child. We like the Teddy Numbers game on topmarks, which you can find by clicking here.
- Help your child to practise recognising and/or writing their name.
Dates for the Diary
Friday 20th September – Jeans for Genes day, 50p suggested donation
Tuesday 24th September – Phonics meeting in hall – 5:30pm
Thursday 26th September – Phonics meeting in hall – 2:30pm
Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October – Reception Vision Screening
Monday 21st – Friday 25th – Half Term
Have a fantastic weekend!
Miss Mabin and Mrs Burkill