Welcome to Reception!
Mrs Chinn, Mrs Richards, Miss Shrimpton and Mrs Williams
YR Newsletter: Monday 26th April
Good morning everyone!
I hope all the children were excited to tell you about their new Special Friend from Y6. Weather permitting we are going to be having a ‘Special friend playtime’ and activities each Friday. Usually the children have a Special Friend at the beginning of the year to help them to settle into school life. We hope they will enjoy having an older friend for this short time during the summer term and have created this ‘bubble’ to stay safe.
We continue our topic- It’s a Bug’s Life and for the next two weeks we will be exploring the story of The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will also listen to some of his other stories too!
Here are just a few of the activities we will be doing over the next two weeks:
We will be sequencing the story, finding out about the life cycle of a butterfly and creating many different insects with art materials.
We will be adding, subtracting and making up our own adds and take-away number stories too.
In PE we are improving our ball skills with a round robin of activities.
We are learning songs and singing outside.
In RE we are continuing to explore the stories of Jesus’s Resurrection.
REMINDER: School uniform is now both suitable and expected to be worn daily. On PE days the school PE kit is a plain white T shirt with navy or black shorts and their school hoody/jumper/cardigan. (On colder days tracksuit bottoms can be worn but dark colours please.) Thank-you for your co-operation.
We have had a few mix-ups with jumpers and cardigans which have no names in them. If your child has come home with the wrong jumper/cardigan please return it to school so we can find its owner. Names in cardigans and jumpers as well as coats does avoid this confusion! Thank-you!
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)
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'
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)
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
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