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FS Update 15.09.17

Reception class weekly newsletter ~ 15th September

Value of the term: Responsibility
We have had a lovely first full week at school and the children have all adapted well to their new routine, although they are certainly feeling tired and in need of a rest this weekend. Much of this week has been spent carrying out initial baseline assessments, these will help us to get an idea of where your child is at the start of their school and then we will closely track and assess them throughout reception. Below you will find a brief overview of the activities the children have been doing this week.

Personal, Social and Emotional development- This week we have enjoyed getting to know each other better and making new friends. We have talked about rules in school and why they are important, the children have then created our own class rules which they know will keep us all happy and safe in school. I have been really impressed with how well the children have settled into the routine of school. Our focus story for this week has been the story ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ this is all about how we can demonstrate kindness to each other. There is a link to this story at the bottom of the page if you would like to explore it further with your child.

Physical development-We have been testing both our fine and gross motor skills this week, both help us to develop our muscles for writing. The children have been demonstrating their ball skills, balance and co-ordination whilst playing outside. We have also been working our muscles with some dough disco. This is a great way of making sure our muscles are warmed up and ready for writing.

Communication and Language-
On Monday we enjoyed sharing our weekend news with our friends. It is worth remembering that this is a weekly event and you might want to support your child with this by talking to them about what they might want to share about their weekend, bringing in a photo to prompt them or by writing something in their news book so we can prompt them if they are unsure. We have talked about the importance of both talking and listening. In class we use a shell to show who is talking during circle time and the children have to listen carefully to the person talking. This is an important skill to learn and one that we will be working on over the coming weeks.

Literacy-We have been fine tuning our listening skills this week, on Tuesday we went on a sound walk around school and heard and identified lots of different sounds. Towards the end of the week we have been working on our rhyming, thinking of different words that rhyme with our names and other words. These words can be real or nonsense words. The children have also been practising writing their names and making sure they can recognise their name.

Maths- This week we have been sorting objects by colour and size as well as counting objects and matching them to a numeral. I have been really impressed with the children’s counting skills and their number recognition.

Expressive art and design-The children have been looking in the mirror this week and then painting their own self portrait. They have been thinking about the different features they have and the colours of paint that they might choose to paint their eyes and hair. It is always nice to see the final product and these will be on display in the classroom for you to see.

Understanding the world-We have enjoyed exploring our environment this week and becoming familiar with the routines and layout. The children have also enjoyed sharing their family photos with their friends and talking about the people who are important to them.

Things to do at home:

· Read the story ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’
· Help your child to recognise their own name and write it.
· Practise sorting objects by colour and size.
· Go on a sound walk and draw pictures or ask an adult to help you write down all the things that you heard.
· Play a rhyming game
· Make some playdough and have a go at dough disco which you can find online Can you make up your own dough disco move.

Next week we will begin our phonics lessons and will be learning the following sounds: m,a,s,d,t. Each day we will be sending home the sound we have been learning that day, please keep this flash card at home and use it to re-inforce our learning in school.

Reminders and dates

WOW leaves-These were sent home in book bags on Tuesday (large orange leaf with the value of the term on) and it would be great if every child could have a WOW leaf by the end of this term.

Focus children-The focus children next week are: Hamish, Enid and Elsie. The focus children for the week beginning Monday 25th September are: Jamel, Grace and Samuel. Letters were sent home on Thursday in book bags for these three children.

Water bottles-
Can I just remind you that all children need water in their water bottles and not squash. We have noticed that quite a few children have squash in their bottles and our school policy clearly states that it is only water that is allowed.

Clothes-Please make sure that all of your child’s belongings are clearly named, there are a few items of clothing that are not yet named and this makes it difficult to return them to their rightful owner. We are trying to teach the children to be responsible for their belongings and look after them and it makes it easier if they are named.

Outdoor area-Just to remind you that the outdoor area is not to be used before or after school.

Harvest-Next Friday we will be joining the year one and two children at their harvest festival. The foundation stage children will not be performing anything but will be joining in with the singing. You are welcome to come and join us in the hall at 1.30pm.

News books-
Can I just remind you that if you have written something in your child’s news book then it needs to be handed to a member of staff in the morning. We will them respond and put it back in your child’s book bag for the end of the day. Please check your child’s book bag at the end of each day.

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend.

Rebecca Honey