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Welcome to Reception (aka Foundation Stage)

Willow 1 - Mr Roy, Mrs Slator and Mrs Lee
Willow 2 - Mr Wainer, 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 11th November 2019: 

What an amazing week we had last week!  We had a pirate theme all week, culminating in our first Stay and Play.  Thank you to all of the parents and other family members who were able to support the children for our treasure hunt in the afternoon.  It was a really positive experience, and the children will likely remember their 'pirate day' for years to come!  We also did lots of other pirate activities all week, as well as firework art, and more!

This week we are exploring sources of light, and the children will write a list of different sources of light.  We will also do a range of other work including Maths, P.E. skills, art, and more!

Every day we have been 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 most of the single letter sounds.  We are beginning to learn the Phase 3 single letter sounds, before we move onto two-letter sounds (digraphs) such as ng, th, sh, ch, ai, ee and more.  Some children are already being exposed to these sounds through their range of reading texts and opportunities in class.

We are also consolidating our reading/writing of our first high-frequency words, like I, it, is, in, the and at, and beginning to learn new ones, too!  These initial words appear on the Duck, and we are learning words beyond the Duck, 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.

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' 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.

Also, each child should have a Doodle Maths password.  Can they play some Maths games for short 10 minute bursts 3 times per week?  Please don't support your children with the Maths, as the programme adjusts its difficulty based on how the children do.  You can, of course, support the children in reading the questions.

We are also doing a range of number, shape and measures work at school. We are trying to become more secure in our understanding of teen numbers, amongst other things.

We have continued to have P.E. with Miss Martin on a Friday morning, doing a range of warmup games and improving our ball and other skills.  The children loved last week's games of moving around in different ways, using directions (NESW), rolling balls out of the way to make somebody else's bedroom messy!

Next week, the Tooth Fairy will help us think about healthy eating.  We will write a list of healthy foods, and also paint what we think the Tooth Fairy might look like.  We will read, do Maths games, and far more, too!

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