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Welcome to Class Rowan

 

Our teachers are Mrs Rushby (Monday/Tuesday), Mrs De’Ath (Wednesday/Thursday/ Friday) and Mrs Lunat. 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 - 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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