Mrs Alison Crow
& Designated Safeguarding Lead
Your child will need a named waterproof coat and wellies every day.
Please also ensure they have a drink in school every day.
A healthy fruit snack is offered daily at 10.30am as well as a carton of milk for those children under 5.
Reading records/books (Books Changed)
Reading records/books (All children change ‘reading for pleasure’ books)
Mental Maths Books
Reading records/books (Reception tricky words/key words checked/changed)
Phonics Homework (Reception)
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE
- In Year 1 we will be working on key things such as daily phonics, spelling and handwriting and also write instructions, labels and simple sentences.
- We will also continue to join in with and listen to different poems (and nursery rhymes). We will carefully look at illustrations to understand how a character might be feeling.
- In Reception we will take part in daily phonics, beginning to read simple words and we will start to make marks which look more and more like recognisable letters.
- There will be a lot of ‘book talk’ – a time each day to listen to stories everyone will enjoy. Children will listen to others’ ideas about a book.
- Reception children will be learning to recognise and count numbers to 5 and then 10.
- Year 1 children will continue with their individual mental maths challenges, learn about part whole within 5/10, addition and subtraction, 2D and 3D shape. We will also compare and solve practical problems for example telling the time.
SCIENCE/KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORLD
- We will be learning how to ask simple scientific questions.
- We will learn how amazing our bodies are by exploring the 5 senses – sight, touch, tense, taste and smell.
- We will compare our bodies to other animals.
We will explore what happens to our bodies when we exercise and explore which foods are healthy and not healthy.
ART/EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
- In Art we will continue to make our own colour creations, exploring our favourite colours, learning the primary colours, colour mixing and light and dark.
- We will also learn the skills needed for weaving, create stick sculptures and mandala art.
- We will also make our own Christmas Cards.
- Every week we will practise different skills – catching, throwing, kicking, passing and playing small team games, negotiating space successfully.
- Reception children will be learning to manage their own personal hygiene. To gain greater fine motor control, all children will take part in
- Finger gym/Fine motor control activities e.g. dough play, threading and scissor control skills.
- We will learn about toys in the past and compare them to toys we play with today. We will also learn to identify toys that are old and toys that are new and how they are the same/different. We will also organise toys into different categories and make our own toy museum.
- We will learn to use our voices to speak, sing and chant songs. We will also clap different rhythmic patterns. We will be listening to different music and saying what we like and do not like. We will also learn to follow instructions on when to play and sing.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY/EXPRESSIVE ARTS AND DESIGN
- Reception children will be using simple tools to make clay Diva lamps as part of our Diwali celebrations. Year 1s will use their own ideas and choose the appropriate resources and tools to make a shadow puppet.
- We will be learning ‘What makes me special and who is special to me?’ We will also learn to value ‘difference’ and accept that not everyone likes or enjoys the same thing. We will also learn to speak confidently in front of the class.
- We will learn about the Hindu festival of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita.
- We will also listen to some bible stories and think about what Christians believe about Jesus.
- We will be learning how to use a device safely, and make class rules of how to be safe on a computer. We will also learn to tell a trusted adult immediately if we see something we do not like when using a device.
Read 5 times per week x 10 minutes+ at a time & add to reading log. Practise tricky word bookmarks (and key word cards if your child has been given them – these will be distributed in the latter half of the Autumn term).
Use Oxford Owl website to access online reading ‘ebooks’. All books are banded by colour. Some books your child can choose to listen to rather than read but not all books have this option. The ebooks can be accessed on any tablet or laptop.
Go to https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ and click ‘My Class Login’ at the top of the page.
Log in: Hedgehogsnn
Please visit these phonics sites to play Phase 2 and 3 games (Year R) Phase 5a and b games (Year 1). There are lots of interactive games to help your child improve their phonic skills – recognition of tricky words, blending 2 and 3 letter words and longer sentences. We have played these games in school so they will be familiar.
Reception children are learning to recognise numbers to 5 and then 10 so whenever you are out and about, ask them if they can spot any in their local area.
Year 1 children – keep practicing your mental maths challenges!
Fun learning opportunities linked to our learning focus:
‘Mini-mash’ can be found here: https://www.mini-mash.com/
A great online resource for children – they each have their own log in card (glued into front of reading log). Children can use this to access a range of fun activities – don’t forget to save your work in your tray! I will ‘pin’ suggested learning activities at the top the home page. These will give the children lots of arty and crafty online activities to complete as well as links to our learning in school.