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Reception

Welcome to Reception!

Mrs Chinn, Mrs Richards, Mrs Cooke and Mrs May

News from Reception Monday 28th November

 

Hello everyone!

 

This week we continue with our Off we go topic. We will be thinking about the journey Mary and Joseph had to make as we learn our Nativity performance.

 

In number time we will be thinking up our own number stories and counting on and back in a circle.

 

Phonics and funky fingers will continue daily and watch out for the new letter cards in your child’s bag to use to revisit the sounds at home. Some children will be bringing home a ‘Ditty Sheet’ in addition to books and word boxes. These are ditties we have read in phonics and the children can re-read them a number of times at home to increase their fluency. Please note: I and the are RED words and should be learnt as a sight word. (NOT sounded out but recognised and read with little hesitation.) Writing these words on cards and playing games with them (snap, pairs, Kim’s game etc) will help your child’s reading progress. These sheets are to be kept at home and do not need to be returned.

 

In RE we will be thinking about the story of when Jesus was Lost in the Temple and The Wedding at Cana. We will also be thinking about Advent and creating some Advent Wreaths to bring home.

 

Share and Celebrate will be at 3pm on Friday as usual. Please enter via the blue classroom door.

 

Any questions or concerns please do approach me after school or before school if necessary.

 

Mrs Chinn

 

 

 

 

 

Our Dino Worlds

Teeth

 

This year we are talking about our bodies as part of our 'Ten Ten' Catholic Life curriculum. We will be singing songs and talking about how we can keep our bodies healthy with healthy food choices, enough sleep, exercise and by looking after our teeth.

Here are some website you may wish to explore with information  about NHS dentists, how to clean your teeth and ideas for encouraging your child to clean their teeth.

 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/take-care-of-your-teeth-and-gums/

 

https://www.deltadentalia.com/a-healthy-life/dental-health/tooth-brushing-app-for-kids/

 

All the toothpaste manufacturers (e.g. Colgate. Oral B, Aqua fresh) have websites with information and ideas too.

 

Harry and the Dinosaurs say "Raahh!" by Ian Whybrow is a great story to read about visiting the dentist and what fun it can be.

 

 

Read, Write Inc (Phonics)  

 

Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

 

Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress.

 

Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme

 

The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

 

Here at the St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

 

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

 

The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.

 

Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Mrs Evans (Literacy Co-ordinator)

 

Reading

 

When using RWI to read the children will:

 

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts

  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)

  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'

    Writing

    When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds

  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)

    Talking

  • When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions

  • To take turns talking and listening to each other

  • To give positive praise to each other

    Blending

    Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds togerther to make a word.

     

  • Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word. Click the link to hear the true sounds. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/read-write-inc-phonics--1/phonics-pure-sounds-video

     

  • Finally, don't worry if your child is struggling at first with their sounds and words, they will get there in their own time. If you have time (we know it is very precious!), we would urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.

 

I hope you find this information useful.

 

 

Best wishes, Mrs Chinn

Some examples of work completed in YR.

Our Beautiful Crosses and Easter (Pascal) Candles

Life-cycles

Our Easter Tombs

Incey Wincey Spider! We made some wonky spiders and wrote add number sentences on the back!

Bug Hunt

Our Dinosaur Art!

Dino World!

Parachute Fun!

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