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FS Update 19.10.17

Reception class weekly newsletter: 19th October

Value of the term: Responsibility
We have reached the end of our first term and what a busy but great term it has been. The children have all settled in well and are beginning to demonstrate that they are a class of Red Kite learners. We have had a really good term and it has been lovely to see the children gain in independence and become more responsible for their belongings and learning. I hope you all have a relaxing and restful week next week and look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th October, ready for another exciting term.

This week we have enjoyed being creative. We started the week by looking for autumn objects that we could use in our Andy Goldsworthy inspired art work. We then looked closely at some of his work and used these to inspire us to create our own individual autumn themed Andy Goldsworthy art. I have been really impressed by the children’s imagination and the time that they have taken to create their work. We have taken photographs of each child’s work and will create a display in the shared area.

In our maths we have continued to learn about weight and are beginning to use the correct language to describe what happens when we place light and heavy items in scales. In our phonics lessons we have continued to learn a new sound each day and are beginning to read some simple words that contain the sounds that we know.

Our main focus this week has been autumn and talking about the changes in the environment that we can see. The children have been describing the changes they can see and what autumn means to them.

Helping your child with phonics

I will be holding two sessions for parents to come and join us and see how phonics is taught. These will be at the following times:
Tuesday 31st October at 2.30pm
Friday 3rd November at 8.55am.
Please let me know if you are able to attend. It is a great opportunity to see a phonics lesson in Foundation stage and there will then be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards. Each session will last about half an hour and you only need to attend one session.


We have Poppy Barton, a student from Oxford college in class every Thursday and Friday until May. As part of Poppy’s college course she needs to carry out observations on children. These will all be anonymous and will only be used to help her with her understanding of child development. The children in foundation stage are observed by us everyday as an important part of the learning and development. Please could you let me know if you do not want your child to be observed as part of Poppy’s college course.

Things to do at home:

· Practise writing your name with good pencil control
· Go for an autumn walk and collect different autumn items.
· Make your own Andy Goldsworthy art at home
· Practise counting to 20 and back from 20.

Focus children
-The focus children for the 30th October are: Kiyann, Ayushman and Reuben. 
The focus children for the week beginning Monday 6th November are: Isabella.S, Selina and William. 
Letters were sent home on Thursday in book bags for these three children.

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.

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