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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!

leslie and Katie named

     

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.

Our topic this term is Bears.

We will be reading lots of stories about bears, looking at facts about bears, making a bear cave for our teddy bears and planning a teddy bears picnic!

Riversdale is having a Book Week (starting 3rd March). We will be reading lots of stories, not only bear stories but our favourite books and dressing up as bears! On Wednesday 5th March children in Nursery and Reception only can come to school dressed in their pyjamas for our story event. Years 1 – 6 will be bringing their PJs to school. Please make sure that they have warm clothes on underneath as they will be going out to play as normal.

We will be making bear ears and masks for the children to wear on Friday 6th March. They can come to school in bear colours on that day, for example black leggings/trousers and t shirt to go with their ears and masks!

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 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!

Clothing

At this time of year we all need to wrap up warm and it can be really easy to lose a glove, hat or scarf so please can you ensure that all of your child’s clothes are clearly marked with their name.

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.                                        

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 5th March – Pyjama day

Friday 7th March – Dressing up day as a bear

Wednesday 19th March – Sunshine Class assembly 10am in the top hall.

        Tracey, Helen, Camilla, 

        Lesley, Kirsty, Jade and Jo

                                

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!

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

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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