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Welcome to Class Rowan

 

Our teachers are Mrs Rushby (Monday/Tuesday), Mrs De’Ath (Wednesday/Thursday/ Friday) and Mrs Lunat. On Thursday and Friday we also have Mrs Ali, a qualified higher level teaching assistant, who is training to be a teacher. There are 24 children in our class. We play and learn very closely with our friends in the other Reception class 'Class Willow'.

 

We are looking forward to working together to help your children to achieve their best and have an exciting year. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day. Please do not hesitate to come into school and talk to a member of our team if you any questions or concerns.

 

Home learning links

Here are some useful website links that you can use to help your children at home. There are sections within each of these websites aimed at Early Years/Reception children and we sometimes use them in school.

 

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk (Look under phase 2)

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/

http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

http://www.starfall.com

 

 

This Week...

 

Week Commencing – 12th February 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading Mr Wolf's Pancake by Jan Fearnley. We will be discussing the traditional story characters that are featured in the book.

 

We will also be encouraging the children to write cards / notes to people that they love to help celebrate Valentine's day.

 

Maths

We will be learning about the days of the week as well as sequencing the activities that the children do throughout the day. We will be referring to our class calendar and visual timetable. The children will also be helping to weigh out the ingredients needed to make pancake mixture. The children will be taking part in a data collection activity to find out which pancake toppings were the most and least popular. 

 

Physical Development

We will be taking the children into the hall for PE sessions every Wednesday. We will be continuing to follow our PE scheme, 'Real PE'. Our next 3 week unit is called 'Monkey Business'. We are aiming to develop the children's core strength by practising seated balances.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

The children will be encouraged to think about other cultures and how they celebrate different festivals, in particular, Chinese New Year. We will also be reading the story 'Cleversticks' which is about a little Chinese boy who doesn't like school because he thinks everybody else is good at doing things and he isn't, until he discovers he has a very special talent of his own.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taking part in a variety of arts and crafts linked to our Chinese New Year activity day. They will have the opportunity to make dragons, drums, fans and lanterns. We will also be learning a Chinese New Year song. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be discussing the tradition of pancake day. The children will help to prepare and make their own pancakes. They will be encouraged to use their senses to describe the changes they notices before, during and after the pancake is cooked. The children (and staff!) will be definitely be using their sense of taste as they select different toppings and eat their pancakes! Yum! 

 

We will also be talking to the children about the 'Chinese Year of the Dog' and watching a shadow puppet story that explains why each year is named after a different animal. The children will be learning about which animal represents the year they were born in. 

 

Week Commencing – 5th February 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to a new text- If the dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most.

 

 

We will be using our imagination to think of what jobs the dinosaurs could do.

Could they clean the windows of the tallest skyscrapers?

Could they take all of Reception on their next school trip?

 

We will also be focussing upon the settings of stories and encouraging the children to design their setting.

 

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

This week we are focussing upon subtraction/ taking away. There will be lots of activities to help consolidate the children's knowledge and understanding of subtraction. Maths vocabulary will focus upon-subtraction, take away, fewer, less than.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are continuing our focus upon 'friendships' and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be supported in their role of an ‘illustrator’ and will be asked to design their very own setting.

In the creative area we will be painting our own settings and creating our own dinosaurs. Watch out for their creations? Can you spot the Rushbyosaurus or the Constindactyl or the De’AthRex?

 

How you can help at home...

*Share lots of different books with your children- can you talk about where the story takes place?

*Provide some practical support with their subtraction skills- have a bowl of small pieces of fruit/ raisins. Count them together, encourage your child to eat 1 , how many now?

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

 

 

Week Commencing – 29th January 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading more non-fiction books about dinosaurs to find out more information. We will be discussing the work of a 'paleontologist' and learning about dinosaur fossils. 

 

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Physical Development

We have begun our REAL PE unit on Pirates. The children are building up their core strength and are practising balancing on one leg. They are also taking part in lots of team games and noticing the effect that exercise has upon their bodies.

 

Maths

This week our maths focus is on 'money'. We will be helping the children to recognise and understand the value of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins. We will be sorting real and fake coins and going on lots of big coin treasure hunts in our outdoor area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are continuing to focus on 'friendships' and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing examples of when they have been a good friend.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be painting their own brightly coloured abstract fossil pictures.

 

We will also have our very own dinosaur swamp for the children to play with and use their senses to explore!

 

Understanding the World

Once the children have learnt about fossils at the beginning of the week they will have the opportunity to make their  very own dinosaur fossils using salt dough. We will be talking what ingredients we need to use, how they feel when they are mixed together and how the dough changes once it is cooked.

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Encourage your child to balance on one leg. Can they balance for 10 seconds?

*Help your child to sort their books into fiction and non-fiction.

*Encourage your child to play with and recognise 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and 20p coins.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

Week Commencing – 22nd January 2018

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be continuing to learn more about different dinosaurs and their characteristics. We will be reading non-fiction books about dinosaurs to find out more information. We will be discussing the features of non-fiction books and learning about the contents, index and glossary pages.

 

 

The children will then take on the role of a librarians and help to sort fiction and non-fiction dinosaur books. They will be choosing their favourite dinosaur and writing a fact about it.

 

We will also continue our work on reading and writing our Phase 2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

This week we are having a maths themed week in our outdoor area. There will be lots of activities to help consolidate the children's knowledge and understanding of shape, number recognition, ordering, weighing, counting, 1 more/1less and addition. We will also be extending their addition abilities by given them the opportunity to take part in our 'Cheerio Challenge'! 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are focusing on 'friendships' at the moment and talking about the qualities that the children need to be a good friend. We will be having circle times and reading stories about friends too. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create their own dinosaurs using a variety of materials.

We will be learning lots of songs about dinosaurs. Maybe your child could teach you the songs?

 

How you can help at home...

*Find out facts about dinosaurs together.

*Help your child to sort their books into fiction and non-fiction.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and collect gold stars by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

 

Week Commencing – 15th January 2018

 

​This week we will be launching out new topic of Dinosaurs!

 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

We will be reading 'Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs' and finding out about different types of dinosaurs. The children will then be given the opportunity to learn lots of dinosaur names and to write a list of them. We will be encouraging the children to chop the words up into their sounds.

We will also be working on their prediction skills asking them what might happen next in the story.

We will also continue our work upon reading and writing our Phase2/3 Tricky words.

 

Maths

 

This week we will be focusing on weight. We will be using lots of maths vocabulary related to weight and using language to compare weight . Focus words will be heavy/ light/ heavier/ lighter/ heaviest/ lightest.

 

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

After reading the text about Harry losing his bucketful of dinosaurs the children will be encouraged to think how they would feel if they lost something that was special to them. The children will continue to develop their confidence skills by sharing ideas in a familiar group.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be taught to create their own dinosaurs using a variety of materials.

We will be learning lots of songs about dinosaurs. Maybe your child could teach you the songs?

 

How you can help at home...

*Ask your child to tell you the story of Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Help your child to be a confident reader and earn reading merits by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

*Choose two objects from your kitchen cupboard. Place one in each hand and become a ‘human balance’.Which object is the heaviest or lightest?

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 8th January 2018

 

Literacy- This week we will be taking turns to share our holiday news. The children will be encouraged to speak in a clear voice, loud enough for others to hear and also to speak in sentences. On Tuesday we will be writing our holiday news and refreshing and applying our phonic knowledge. On Wednesday the children will be introduced to a new text 'The Stickman' we will discuss the covers, title, author and illustrator. We will be practising our comprehension skills be answering questions related to the text on Thursday and on Friday we will be sharing our own thoughts, ideas and preferences and discussing what we like about the text and why. 

 

 

Mathematics- We will be focusing on positional language e.g. on top, under, next to, behind, in front, inside. The children will begin by responding to an instruction to place an object in a particular position and towards the end of the week, will be encouraged to use this language to describe where something is. 

 

 

PSED- The children will be developing confidence when talking about their own experiences with others (in larger groups). 

 

Art & Design- this week the children will be encouraged to explore using palettes to mix their own colours to make wintery pictures. They will also choose materials that they think are the most appropriate to use to make cold/wintery collages. The children will be encouraged to give reasons for why they chose to use particular things e.g. cotton wool because it looks like snow. 

 

 

How you can help at home...

*Help your child to be a confident reader and earn reading merits by reading their school book with them as often as possible.

*Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

*Practise using positional language to talk about where things are at home. You could place an apple in different places and ask your child to say where it is e.g. 'The apple is on top of the microwave.'

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 11th December 2017

 

Literacy- This week our main text will be The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. It is a beautifully illustrated book that has no text so we will be encouraging the children to retell the story using their own words. We will be watching a DVD of the story too to help bring the story to life. We will be encouraging our children to sequence the main events of the story and support them in talking about the beginning, the middle and the end and writing words and captions to go with the pictures.

Over the next two weeks ,we will be assessing your child’s phonics skills and will be providing you with feedback on how to support your child’s learning.

 

 

Mathematics- We will be starting a new concept – subtraction/ taking away. We will be doing lots of practical activities, games and songs to help teach our children how to take away and solve problems.

We will also be learning to recognise numbers 1 - 25 as we look at our class advent calendars.

 

 

Art- The children will be using a variety of resources to design and create their own snowmen.We will also be decorating the school Christmas tree with the decorations they have made at home.

 

Music- We will learning the words and practising the songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

Understanding the World- We will be finding out a little bit about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We will also be talking about the early signs of winter and perhaps some snow!!

 

How you can help at home...

Ask your child to tell you the story of the Snowman.

Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

Encourage your child to tell you the sounds on their phase 2 sound mat.

Practise simple, practical subtractions.

I have 3 biscuits, but I eat 1 –how many will I have left?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 4th December 2017

 

Literacy- This week our main text is 'Aladdin'. We will be starting the week by watching a theatre group perform 'Aladdin' on Monday. The children will then be discussing and writing about which parts they liked best. 

 

 

We will also be learning to read and write the phase 2 tricky words 'I, to, the, no, go, into'.

 

Mathematics- We will be continuing to focus on simple addition this week but we will be doing this via the theme of Aladdin. The children will be adding jewels and gold coins from the 'Cave of Treasures' to help develop their understanding of combining two groups and counting them altogether to find a total.

 

We will also be learning to recognise numbers 1 - 25 as we look at our class advent calendars.

 

Art- The children will be using a variety of resources to design and create their own 'magic carpets'.

 

 

Music- We will learning the words and practising the songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

Understanding the World- We will be finding out a little bit about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We also have a naughty elf who has appeared in Reception who is having lots of different adventures!!!!

 

How you can help at home...

Ask your child to tell you about the Aladdin performance.

Encourage your child to read the words on their tricky word bookmark and write them too if they can.

Practise simple practical addition with things you have at home, toys, teddies, sweets...

 

Week Commencing - Monday 27th November 2017

 

Literacy- This week we will be introducing the children to the non-fiction text ‘Wolves’. We will be discussing the differences between fiction and non fiction books and will look at talk about some of the features of non-fiction books e.g. true information, contents page, photographs, index and glossary.

 

We will use it to help us to learn some interesting information about wolves and towards the end of the week we will work as a class to create a fact file about wolves. The children will learn about how to apply their phonic knowledge when writing.

 

 

Mathematics- We will be focusing on simple addition this week. We will be using objects and pictures to support them in developing an understanding of combining two groups and counting them altogether to find a total.

 

 

Art- We will be looking closely at photographs of real wolves and using them to create sketches. The children will be encouraged to look for detail and include it in their own pictures.

 

Music- We will be beginning to learn the words and practise songs for our school Aladdin performance in December.

 

 

Understanding the World- Using our non-fiction text and other sources of information such as the internet (google safe search kids) we will be learning about wolves. The children will find out about their habitat, behaviour, what they like to eat and how they find their food.

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 20th November 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will carry on with our work upon the traditional tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The children are now very familiar with the characters and have enjoyed retelling the story with actions. This week we will be looking at different versions and encouraging the children to listen very carefully to spot what is the same or different about the stories. We will also be working upon our rhyming skills. We will be ‘rhyme detectives’ and find the rhyming words in stories and poems. We will also try to create our own rhyming strings such as red……bed……fed…led.

 

 

Physical development

Please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school.

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills. We will be getting changed into our PE kits and continuing our PE sessions in the hall.

 

Personal, social and emotional development

This week , we will continue to encourage our children to try new activities .We will encourage them to talk about how they and others show their feelings and relate this to Little Red Riding Hood and others books they have read.

 

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be helping the children with their number formation. We will also be looking at the concept of ‘1 more’ and using real life examples to aid the children’s understanding.

 

 

 

Understanding the World

This week we will talk about what technology we use at home and at school. We will be listening to a different version of the story on a CD and the children will have the opportunity to take complete lots of simple programs on the computer.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will have the opportunity to mix paint colours to help them create wolf masks.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to make their own rhyming strings .

Let your child practise getting dressed and undressed independently.

Encourage your child to learn their words on their phase 2 bookmark.

Can they tell you the number that is 1 more than……………………………….?

 

PS Don't forget it's our Early Years Literacy Parent’s workshop on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing ideas of how you can help your child with their reading and writing at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 13th November 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will continue our traditional tale theme by reading the story 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots of role play and retelling the story using character voices. The children will be practising their phonic skills by reading and writing some of the character names from the story. 

 

 

Physical development

Please make sure your child has a named PE kit in school. 

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills. We will be getting changed into our PE kits and continuing our PE sessions in the hall. 

 

Personal, social and emotional development

This week we will be thinking about our Diamond rule, 'kind'. We will be relating it to our text by talking about how Little Red Riding Hood was being kind by helping to look after her poorly Grandma. We will then be asking the children to share with us times when they have been kind to others.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be helping the children with their number formation. The children will be counting and recording how many flowers Little Red Riding Hood picked for her Grandma and how many Big Bad Wolves they can see! We will also be encouraging them to order the number tiles from 0 - 10 and maybe 0 - 20 if they can. We will continue to learn a little bit more about 3D shapes and even learn a 3D shape song. 

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about Pudsey Bear and why we have 'Children in Need' day. We will be telling the children about how important it is to care for and look after others.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will have the opportunity to make a Big Bad Wolf mask and paint some flowers for Grandma. There will also be opportunities to draw and decorate Pudsey Bear.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you using character voices.

Let your child practise getting dressed and undressed independently.

Enjoy sharing your child's library book with them. 

 

PS Don't forget it's Parent's Evening on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing you and telling you all about how your child is getting on in Class Rowan.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 6th November 2017

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will continue reading the traditional tale of "The three little pigs". We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots or role play and practising retelling the story. The children will be practising their phonic skills by working as a class to read and write some of the key words from the story. The children will even watch a short play of the story performed by the teachers in the hall. 

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills.We will be continuing our PE sessions in the hall. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them in school. 

 

Personal, social and emotional development

The children will be encouraged to think and share their ideas as a group whilst using the Pentland sculpture base. We will be reminding each other to use and think about our class Diamond rules- kind, share, help, try, polite and listen.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and sorting them into two groups. The children will learn that 2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are solid. They will then be taught the name of some common 3D shapes and will have the opportunity to handle them, build models and look for them in the environment. The children will be encouraged to think about everyday objects that the shapes remind them of. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about the different materials that we use in the sculpture base and why certain materials are more suitable for particular purposes than others. The children will be encouraged to test their ideas and find out by exploring.  

 

Expressive Arts and Design

This week, the children will work in groups in the sculpture base and will be given the challenge to help the little pigs by making a trap for the big bad wolf. 

 

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you including actions!

Look for 3D shapes when you're at home or out and about. 

Help your child with their homework and read their book with them as many times as possible. 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 30th  October 2017

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be reading the traditional tale of "The three little pigs".We will be learning to retell the story and sequence the events using story maps to help us. We will be taking part in lots or role play and practising retelling the story in our own words.

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities and cutting skills.We will be continuing our PE sessions in the hall. Please make sure your child has their PE kit with them in school.

 

Personal, social and emotional development

The children will be encouraged to think and share their ideas as a group.We will be reminding each other to use and think about our class Diamond rules-kind, share, help, try, polite and listen.

 

Mathematics

We will be working upon our touch counting skills, saying the numbers as we count, and using our woodland environment to encourage us to read and write our numbers.We will be using a mix of teaching methods including practical activities, games and Interactive Whiteboard activities to support and extend our children's understanding of number.

 

Understanding the World

We will be talking about the different materials that were used to build the houses- straw, sticks and bricks.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to mix colours and create collage art work.

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to retell the story to you including actions!

Talk about materials at home- Can they find something made out of bricks, wood...?

 

Week Commencing - Monday 16th October 2017

 

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be recapping on 'The Little Red Hen' story. We will be encouraging the children to take on the role of one of the animals in the story and act it out. We will also be receiving a letter from the Little Red Hen and following instructions to make our very own bread.

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities. We will be encouraging our children to take off and put on their own socks and shoes. 

 

Personal. Social and Emotional development

We will continue to focus upon our Diamond Rule of 'help' linking it to our class book. We will be asking the children how they can help their friends and teachers in school.

 

Mathematics

In Mathematics we will be practising number recognition skills to 20. We will be taking part in lots of activities and games that require careful counting. We will be counting lots of different things such as steps, claps, jumps.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be helping to make bread. They will be thinking about the ingredients they need and using their senses to explore how the bread mixture changes when cooking. We will also be learning a little bit about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to combine colours and shapes to make Rangoli patterns for Diwali.

 

 

How you can help at home...

Encourage your child to dress and undress by themselves so that they will find it easier to get change for PE after the half term holiday.

Help your children to practise saying the phase 2 phonic sounds and learn the tricky words on their bookmarks.

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 9th October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to the traditional tale-The Little Red Hen.We will continue our work upon comprehension with a real focus upon the characters and what they do and say. We will be encouraging our children to act out the story and the teachers will be modelling this through a Role Play Show!

 

 

 

Physical development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor skills by using a range of finger gym activities.We will be encouraging our children to take off and put on their own socks and shoes. If parents could encourage their children to do this at home it would be much appreciated.

 

Personal. Social and Emotional development

We will continue to focus upon our Diamond Rule of 'help' linking it to our class book. We will be asking our children to offer help at home so if you could think of some small jobs that they could help with that would be fantastic.

 

Mathematics 

In Mathematics we will be practising our oral counting to 20 and beyond. We will be taking part in lots of activities and games  that require careful counting. We will be counting lots of different things such as steps, claps, jumps.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be encouraged to practise using the computers, especially their mouse skills.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using our creative skills to make masks to help us act out our Little Red Hen story.

 

How you can help at home...

Read your child's book with them as often as you can.

Let them help you with jobs around the house.

 

Week Commencing - Monday 2nd October 2017

 

Communication, Language and Literacy 

This week we will be introducing the children to the text 'The Giant Turnip'. We will work on comprehension and encourage the children to answer questions about what is happening and what might happen next. The children also will be coming up with and sharing their own imaginative ideas for ways of getting the turnip out of the ground. 

 

 

Physical Development

The children will continue to develop their fine motor control through a range of different activities and will also be taught how to hold a pencil correctly and begin to draw some basic shapes. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be learning about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'.

This week we will be focusing on the diamond rule 'help'. In the story that we are reading, the characters all work together and help each other. We will have discussions about how the children can help each other in school. 

 

Mathematics

In mathematics the children will be exploring, handling and learning the names of 2D shapes. We will begin with the basic shapes circle, square, triangle and rectangle and will then move on to introducing an oval, diamond and hexagon later in the week. The children will also be practising holding mark making equipment correctly and drawing the shapes. 

 

 

Understanding the World

We will be learning about the Harvest Festival. Soon, the school will be inviting families to make donations of food, please look out for the collection bank either in the school entrance or in the hall. 

 

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using shapes to make their own patterns and pictures. 

 

How you can help at home...

Look for shapes around the home and practise naming them, encourage your child to count the number of sides. 

 

Read your child's school reading book with them as often as possible.

 

Talk to your child about the school dinner menu each night and what they might choose the next day. As well as the paper copy sent home in the first week, the menu is also available on the website. please visit the 'parents' tab and then click 'school meals' and then scroll down to the bottom and click on the 'Pentland dinner menu

 

Week Commencing - Monday 25th September 2017

 

This week we will be continuing to help the children to make new friends and settle into the class routines. We will also be supporting them with getting used to lunchtimes and we will encourage them to try different things and become more independent. We are still getting to know the children and their interests and will continue to carry out some assessments to find out what they can already do and how they like to learn. We are really pleased with how well they are doing.

 

Communication, Language and Literacy

This week we will be introducing the children to the text 'My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' by Nick Sharratt. We will be using this text as a stimulus to encourage the children to share things about their own family and home life. We will be supporting the children with their speaking and listening skills and developing their confidence when speaking in familiar groups. 

                                   

                                                                            

 

The children will be supported on a one-to-one basis with their reading. We will be teaching them about handling books carefully, turning the pages one at a time, recognising words and pictures and discussing what is happening in the pictures or answering questions. They will then take this reading book home in their book bags to practise these skills with an adult at home. Please check your child's reading diary to see what we have been working on and what you can do to help. Please share your child's book with them as often as possible, reading the same book more than once can help to develop children's understanding of language, and can help them to recognise some letters and words and become more familiar with the characters. Please write in your child's reading diary when you have read at home, letting us know how they did.  

 

Physical Development

The children will have the opportunity to practise their fine motor control through in different ways, this is an important skill that needs to be developed in order to help them to effectively handle different tools and equipment such as pencils for writing and scissors. 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue to learn about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'. The children will be encouraged to think about what different types of behaviour reflect each rule. We aim for the children to know the diamond rules well and understand what they mean for our class. 

 

This week we will also be focusing on ourselves and our families. The children will be encouraged to think and talk about the people who are special to them. We will also be encouraging the children to have the confidence to share their thoughts and ideas with their friends and teachers.

 

Mathematics

This week we will be teaching the children about pattern. This links well with the text that we are learning in literacy 'My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh' because Mum likes spots and Dad likes stripes. We will look at different patterns and talk about them. The children will be supported to talk about colours, shapes and whether patterns are repeating or not. They will then be supported to recognise and continue some repeating patterns. 

 

                                                                            

 

Understanding the World

The children will be encouraged to continue to practise using the computers and getting used to using a mouse to select programmes and use the software 'Education City'. 

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using pastels to draw a self-portrait. They will also be exploring using different media and materials independently in the creative area. The children will also practise making patterns using fruit as stamps to use with paint. 

 

                                                                             

 

How you can help at home...

Look for patterns in the home (clothing , bedding etc.) and encourage your child to talk about them.

 

Read your child's school reading book with them as often as possible.

 

Talk to your child about the school dinner menu each night and what they might choose the next day. As well as the paper copy sent home in the first week, the menu is also available on the website. please visit the 'parents' tab and then click 'school meals' and then scroll down to the bottom and click on the 'Pentland dinner menu'. 

 

 

 

Week Commencing - Monday 11th September 2017

 

At the moment we are helping the children to make new friends and settle into the class routines. We are getting to know the children and their interests and carrying out some assessments to find out what they can already do and how they like to learn. We are really pleased with how well they are doing.

 

Communication and Language 

This week we are encouraging the children to talk about themselves. We will be supporting the children to take it in turns to speak within a group. 

 

Physical Development

The children will be developing their fine motor control by putting pegs into the pegboards.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be learning about our class diamond rules, 'kind', 'share', 'help', 'try', 'polite' and 'listen'.

 

Literacy

This week we will be reading the story 'What Do I Look Like?' by Nick Sharratt. We will be discussing similarities and differences. The children will be focusing on developing their listening and attention skills and their understanding. Each child will also bring home a reading book.

 

Mathematics

The children will be singing a variety of number rhymes and developing their number recognition skills.

 

Understanding the World

The children will be learning how to use the class Ipads to take photographs.

 

Expressive Art and Design

This week the children will be using pastels to draw a self-portrait. 

 

How you can help at home...

Talk to your child about what they have been doing at school and ask them about the friends they have made.

 


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