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Welcome to Reception (aka Foundation Stage)

Willow 1 - Mr Roy, Mrs Slator and Mrs Lee
Willow 2 - Mr Wainer, Mrs Mallinson, Mrs Fitzsimons and Mrs Fews 

This blog is a great way of keeping up to date with the work of the Foundation Stage each week. You will find here information about events coming up and what the children are/have been doing in class. Hopefully with the regular twitter updates, the blog each week and the daily drop offs, you will feel that you know what your child has been up to at school.

 w/b 20th January 2020

We're in week 3 and the children have really settled into their routines and are working really hard!

This week we have continued learning about Chinese New Year.  We have looked at a range of pictures and videos to find out how it is celebrated, and wrote what we might see during Chinese New Years celebrations.  On Saturday January 25th, the Year of the Rat begins! 

In Maths this week we will be doubling, including looking at dominoes and doubling the spots!  We will continue doubling in different ways into next week as well.

Every day we are teaching Phonics in our classes, learning one or more new sounds each day or recapping those already taught sounds.  We are following Jolly Phonics, and have now taught ALL of the single letter sounds.  We are continuing to learn the Phase 3 digraphs (two letter sounds), such as ng, th, sh, ch, ai, ee and more, with a focus this week on vowel sounds.  Some children have already been exposed to these sounds through their range of reading texts and opportunities in class.

We are also consolidating our reading/writing of high-frequency words, like I, is, the, me, my, they, etc., and beginning to learn new ones, too!  The initial words appear on 'the Duck', and we have now moved on to learning 'Dinosaur' and other words, too.  Please support your children's interests in these sounds and words at home. For instance, can your child find any of their newly-learned sounds or words in books or on signs?  It can be very exciting for them, and gives real-world context to what they are doing in school.  If the children can read these high-frequency words already, then could you challenge them to write them without looking?

We continue to hear the children read the range of resources in their Reading Pack!  We aim to read with your child one-to-one once each week - this will be in addition to the range of other reading opportunities in the class each day.  Please could you support us by helping your child read at home at least 3 sessions a week?  This could be practicing learned sounds, reading the high-frequency words like 'Duck' or 'Dinosaur' words, or reading your child's coloured stage book. Please note: there will inevitably be some weeks where other activities will prevent us from hearing each reader, such as the week of the Christmas shows.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation Stage team.

Have a lovely week,

The Foundation Stage Team