Welcome! We are really enjoying getting to know your children - they have all settled in very well. The following is a brief outline of what was discussed at the Parents Meeting in October as well as a few extra bits!
In Reception 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.
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:
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 will be 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.
We will be going to Southfields library every three weeks on a Friday to choose books.
Reception class homework will be sent home on a Friday and is to be returned on Wednesday please.
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 is on a Monday and your child will need a swimming costume, towel and swimming hat on that day.
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.
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.
Our topic this half term is Superheroes and ourselves and as part of this topic we will be looking at getting to know each other, settling in (separating from parents / carers), my routines, my family (History week). We will be looking at story books linked to the topic including ‘Max’, ‘Superhero ABC’, ‘Super Daisy’ as well as non fiction books about our bodies and our senses. In Maths we will be singing number rhymes, recognising numbers and using numbers in play, recognising 2D shapes and sizes, introducing vocabulary to describe shapes and sizes, measuring our height and looking at pairs-arms, legs, feet, eyes etc.
Coffee Mornings/Stay and Play
This is a chance to meet and have a chat with other parents and an opportunity to see what the children are learning in school. The first coffee morning will be on Tuesday 15th October at 9am. The focus will be on phonics.
We look forward to having a fun packed year of learning with you and your child!
Kirsty and Jade