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Reception Newsletter – Spring Term 1 (4.1.19)
It’s a new year and we’ve got lots of new challenges planned to support the children’s learning. Our topic this half term is ‘Time to Rhyme’ and the children will be having lots of opportunities to learn new rhymes and songs as well as identifying and thinking of rhyming words. From next week we will be taking part in the Bookstart Rhyme Time Challenge. This involves the children learning 10 songs and rhymes. They will all receive certificates to celebrate their achievement. We will be sending home the song and rhyme words next week so you can support them with this at home too. Further information and activities to support the love of books and rhymes can be found at www.bookstart.org.uk
We will also be learning about the celebration of ‘Chinese New Year’ which is on Tuesday 5th February and ‘Year of the Pig’.
Phonics – The children have been learning lots of sounds during our daily phonic sessions and the sounds covered so far are:
Letters & Sounds (Phase 2): s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ck, e, u, r, h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss
Letters & Sounds (Phase 3): j, v, w, x, y, z, zz, qu
We are also teaching the name of each sound as well and sing the alphabet song to help with this. It would be great to hear how the children are getting on using the phonics cards we have been sending home as practicing at home really helps to support their learning.
Maths – For the first couple of weeks of this half term we will focusing upon ‘counting and recognition’. From week 3 to week 6 we will be exploring size, weight and capacity.
Literacy – Our first Power of Reading text will be Aaaarrgghh Spider! (By Lydia Monks). We will be finding out about Spiders and their habitats, alongside reading the text.
From this week we will also be taking part in our Rainbow Reader Challenge. The children will be bringing home a small zip wallet in their book bag with all the information needed about this reading challenge. Please could we ask you keep everything together in their book bags as we will be using the resources in school too. We really hope the children will enjoy taking part in this challenge as it will really help with reading the high frequency words found in their books.
Music – We will be continuing our weekly Rhythm and Rhyme sessions which focuses on keeping a steady beat while tapping our claves as well as making up different rhythms, learning new songs and taking part in action songs. ‘Freddie the Frog’ our singing puppet is looking forward to lots of fun during these sessions!
Stay & Play – The next opportunity to share in the children’s learning is on Tuesday 15th January at 2.10pm. This will focus on having fun with phonics and will involve lots of practical activities and games. This is always such a popular event and it’s always great to see so many family members attending to support their children.
15th January (2.10pm) – Stay & Play (Phonics focus)
22nd January – Parents evening (3.45pm-5.30pm)
24th January – Parents evening (3.45pm-7.30pm)
Week Beginning 18.2.19 – Half term