Welcome to our page, where you will get to know all about the exciting things we get up to in our class. The adults who help us every day in school are Mrs Baskeyfield, Mrs Cliffe and Mrs Norcup. At lunch time Miss Fielding, Mrs Callahan and Mrs Geagan are some of the adults who come to help us too. We have to show them how we can use our knife and fork all by ourselves and how we can use our manners too.
This term we have been learning about how we grow, and what is special about us and also how other things grow like plants and animals. We have been looking at animals on the farm, and have talked about the baby animals and their special names, like lamb for sheep and calf for cow.
We are going to be looking at real life animals soon in school, when the Zoo to You team come into school and we will even be able to touch the animals and ask the experts questions.
Red and Green Pom poms.
Your children may have come home and told you about our new reward system. The children take responsibility of their own behaviour by making correct choices and earning green pom poms. They are so proud when they get a green and the whole class joins them in celebrating their success. If you would like more information, please come in and speak to us. We would love to hear if the children tell you about what they are learning at home.
Spring Term 1
Our topic this half term is ‘We are growing up!’ We would like to get the children thinking about their unique qualities and abilities.
This will also include finding out about things they like, people they love and developing self-belief. We will learn about sharing and friendship through stories and roleplay, emphasising the importance of kindness. We will also focus on being healthy and will be trying out different foods during snack time.
As always, if there is something in particular that your child is interested in please let us know and we can adapt our planning and environment to suit both their interests and next steps.
Phonics Phonics Phonics.
We have daily phonics sessions in Nursery, where we listen carefully to instruments, environmental sounds and we are beginning to listen to sounds within words. We also learn about the letters of the alphabet. We would like to expose your child to the letters early so that when they are ready to blend sounds, they are already comfortable with what the letters look and sound like. However, we concentrate a great deal on those early, pre reading skills from the Phase One 'Letters and Sounds document', a lot of this includes tuning into sounds, without the need to recognise letters. The reading journey is not a race, each child will achieve when they are ready to, so please do not worry. Again, if you need any further information please arrange an appoinment with Mrs Norcup.
There will be an opportunity to come and work with your child in school, to give you an insight to how we each phonics. A letter will come home with more information about this.
Things to do at home:
I will get a reading diary and library book to bring home. I can change this as often as I would like, and you can help me to do this. Or the grown-ups in school will help me. Please write in my diary every time I read even if it is a book from home.
Soon, I will also bring home a school reading book. At first, this will have no words in, as I just need to know how to turn the pages and talk about what I can see in the pictures. I can make up a story or you can help me to ‘read’ what is happening.
With a little help from an adult I could carry on learning at home using these website links:
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase1Menu.htm (Just phase 1, 2 – the free bits!)
I will need my book bag EVERYDAY please
I will need warm outdoor clothes; coat, hat, and gloves every day too.