Reception’s learning week commencing 12th October and weekend challenges (homework).

We’ve had another good week at school and the children have enjoyed telling us and talking about their families.

We’ve done some internet safety and talked to the children about making sure that they are with an adult whenever they access any devices and that they should be taking a book and not their tablet to bed!  (Parents please be careful if you let your children access You Tube as there are lots of cases where children have seen inappropriate content.)

In phonics the sounds that we have learnt so far are a, i, m, s, t, n, o, p, b, c, g, h.  All the children have been taught how to say these sounds (not letter names) and some are beginning to write them.

In maths this week we learnt about number 5 – counting our 5 objects, recognising the number 5 and as a pattern e.g. on a dice and making 5 in different ways e.g. a 4 and a 1, a 3 and a 2 or two 2s and a 1.

Weekend learning challenges/homework:

  1. As with last week have been working hard to help the children to write their names. It is very empowering for them to be able to do so independently as they can write their name on their work, models, paintings etc. We have sent home wipeable name cards – if your child cannot write their name yet then use a washable pen to help them to practice over writing on these. If they struggle to do this then simply practice drawing lines and anti clockwise circles with a good amount of pencil pressure. Once they can over write their name, get them to practice on paper. And once they can do this, help them to form and size all letters correctly (please see previous blog on how to hold a pencil).  Some of the children who have been practising at home have gone from making marks on their paper to being able to write their names already!
  2. Most children now have a book with simple words in – please do read and re-read as this helps with sound recognition, blending, confidence and pace.
  3. Have a look around the house for things that come in 5s eg. dice, fingers on gloves,

Reminders:

  • You should have received a letter about the Ark Farm visiting us at school after half term.  We will require your permission for your child to participate in this and a voluntary contribution of £3.
  • We do PE on Tuesday – children need to arrive in school wearing their PE kits and not bring their kit to school (this is a temporary arrangement due to Covid)
  • All children need a named water bottle in school – we cannot have self service water in class in case they share cups.
  • Please do log onto Tapestry to check if there are any new observations on there. This, and the blog, is also the means by which we will communicate with you should the class or your child need to self isolate.

Finally, congratulations to Cassius and Nailah for getting the Set the Standard Award this week.  Cassius is one of the children who can now write his name independently and Nailah worked very hard in maths this week.

Thank you for your support

The Reception Team

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