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Welcome to the Early Years page.

There are three classes in the unit –  Nursery, Rainbow and Sunshine Reception classes and there is lots of learning and lots of fun!

Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely break. We have loved reading the children’s holiday diaries and looking at all their fabulous pictures and photographs!

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The key staff working in Early Years this year will be: Tracey (Rainbow Reception Class Teacher), Helen (Sunshine Reception Class Teacher), Kirsty (Learning Support Assistant), Jade (Learning Support Assistant), Camilla (Nursery teacher), Lesley (Nursery Nurse) and Jo (LSA).

 If you have any worries or concerns please feel free to approach any member of the team. It is usually best to speak to us at the end of the school day but anything urgent please speak to us in the morning.

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Topics

Our topic this term is all about Farms and we will be looking at the different animals that live on the farm and the crops that the farmer grows. We will be reading ‘What the Ladybird Heard’, ‘Farmer Duck’, ‘Rosie’s Walk’ as well as information books about farms.

Students

This term we have three students working in the Reception classes. All the students are from Roehampton University- Sarsa is back in Rainbow Class for her second practice with us until half term. Sami is in Rainbow Class and Georgiana is in Sunshine Class until the beginning of July to complete their PGCE.

In Early Years we have activities set up that cover all of the areas of learning, some activities the children can explore independently and others are focused tasks that require adult input. Each class has appropriately levelled focused adult tasks that the children must complete during the course of the day.

Phonics

Everyday the children have a phonics session usually straight after the morning register. We use the Letters and Sounds guidance. We have started phase 2 which are the letter sounds s,a,t,p,i,n,m,d,g,o,c,k,ck,e,u,r,h,b,f,ff,l,ll and ss. We are sending home the sound songs that we use in class and there is a website www.focusonphonics.co.uk which demonstrates how each letter should sound. Phase 3 sounds will be sent out when you child is secure at phase 2.

There are some good websites with phonic games for the children to play at home:

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/alphablocks/games/alphablocks-games/

Tricky words/high frequency words

In Reception we have 45 key words which all children should try and learn to read before going to Year 1. To help us achieve this we will be sending home 4 words a week for your child to learn. Word train 1 a word recognition and sentence making game, will also be sent home. We will check on the words they have learnt every week usually on their reading day.

You can help your child to learn these words by playing snap and making sentences. We will also be playing these games in class. More details about this were given out at the individual parents meeting in October.

Pact Folders (reading book bags)

We ask that the Reception children bring in their pact folders everyday so that we can put letters or any work that need to go home in the bag.

Reception class will have their reading books changed once the reading record has been signed by an adult to say the book has been read.

Nursery pact folders are changed three times a week.

Library

We will be going to Southfields library every three weeks on a Friday to choose books.

Homework

Reception class homework will be sent home on a Friday and is to be returned on Wednesday please. Nursery are sent home a letter of the week and a rhyme to share.

Snack time and noses!

We ask that all parents/ carers pay either £1 a week or £6 each half term as a contribution towards paying for the children’s snacks and for any cooking ingredients that may be required.

We also request that each child bring in a box of tissues at the beginning of each term to help to mop up the runny noses!

Swimming

Swimming for Reception is on a Monday and your child will need a swimming costume, towel and swimming hat on that day. Swimming for Nursery is either on a Monday afternoon or Friday morning.

Lunch

Children who are having pack lunch are able to bring in yoghurt drinks but fruit juice or flavoured drinks are not allowed. We can provide water for the children at lunch time if they have not brought in their own water bottle.

Absences

If your child is ill please ring the school office in the morning - 0208 874 6904. If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea they cannot come back to school until 48 hours has passed from them being ill. If your child needs to take medication please take it to the school office where you will be asked to fill out a consent form.

Requests for time off school during term time have to be made to the Head teacher. Term time holidays will not usually be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances. Forms are available from the office.                                        

        Tracey, Helen, Camilla, 

        Lesley, Kirsty, Jade and Jo

                                

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You may view our Riversdale School Policy on the use of Photos and Videos here.

Chessington 2013 early years

 

We go on some exciting visits to different places.This is a wonderful day out at the Chessington World of Adventure that we went on last year. We saw all the sea life animals up very close. After lunch we saw a sealion show, followed by dancing with King Julian and Alex the lion.

Tracy and Helen treated us to a ride on Bubbleworks which was the highlight of the day.

Enjoy our Smilebox!

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9-10:30

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

               Swimming

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Mathematics activities and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Literacy activities and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Topic work focus and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Library(fortnightly)

Mathematics activities and mix up

10.30-10.45

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

10.45-11am

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

11am-11.45

               Swimming

            

 Story time

Readers and keywords

Mathematics activities and mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

Art

Story time

Readers and keywords

Topic work focus and mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

Mathematics activities and mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

11.45-1.15

L

U

N

C

H

1:15-2:15

Register/circle time

Literacy activities and mix up

Register/circle time

ICT

Register/circle time

Literacy activities and mix up

Register/circle time

Topic work focus and mix up

Register/circle time

 activities and mix up

2:15-2:30

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

2:30-3:30

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

  

    Sunshine class time-table 2013-2014

We have activities set up that cover all of the areas of learning-Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design.  Some activities the children can explore independently and others are focused tasks that require adult input. Each class has appropriately levelled focused adult tasks that the children must complete during the course of the day.

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9-10:30

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Literacy activities and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Mathematics activities and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Literacy activities and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Topic work focus and mix up

Morning welcome/register

Phonics

Library(fortnightly)

Mathematics activities and mix up

10.30-10.45

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

10.45-11am

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

BREAK

11am-11.45

Literacy activities and mix up

Swimming

Story time

Readers and keywords

Mathematics activities and mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

Art

Story time

Readers and keywords

Topic work focus and

mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

Mathematics activities and mix up

Story time

Readers and keywords

11.45-1.15

L

U

N

C

H

1:15-2:15

Register/circle time

Swimming

Register/circle time

ICT

Register/circle time

Literacy activities and mix up

Register/circle time

Topic work focus and mix up

Register/circle time

 activities and mix up

2:15-2:30

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

Snack time

2:30-3:30

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

Mix up

Story/singing/music time

 Rainbow Class time-table 2013-2014

We have activities set up that cover all of the areas of learning-Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Expressive Arts and Design.  Some activities the children can explore independently and others are focused tasks that require adult input. Each class has appropriately levelled focused adult tasks that the children must complete during the course of the day.

Pirate Day Smilebox

 

 

Last year we had a wonderful when we dressed up as Pirates!

receptions explorations
Each day the children have adult led focused activities and a choice of lots of different activities to play independently with their friends both inside the classroom and the outdoor area. We spend time in our own classes but at certain parts of the day we mix up together.
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