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Autumn 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have had a really exciting start to school; the children have settled really well and have certainly found their feet! They have already learnt many school routines and are beginning to show us their interests and they certainly love outdoors.

Main Learning theme

Learning next term will look at the books of Julia Donaldson beginning with The Grufalo and ending with The Stickman. She has written many books so we will look at the children interests and match them to her stories.

Tapestry

You should all have your logins now for Tapestry, if there are any problems please let me know. I have really enjoyed reading your observations and it really helps to build a picture of your child’s achievements.  If you prefer to comment on your child’s learning at home through a paper copy we will have certificates available in our cloakroom for you to fill in after half term.

Literacy – ‘READ, WRITE, INC.’

At Norwood we have adopted Read, Write, Inc. as our phonics program to teach children early reading and writing skills.

The children have been learning a new sound each day and revising those taught at the end of every five days. We will keep sending out the sounds and writing sheets each week to help support your child’s reading and writing at home. Working through this is completely voluntary but if the children complete this please send the sheets back into school.  Don’t forget to share your children’s successes on Tapestry.

Mathematics

This half term we will be focusing on numbers up to 10 and 20 to enhance your child’s counting skills and understanding the value of individual numbers. We will also be learning to measure and will be exploring 2D shapes that are in our environment, it would be great if you could continue this at home. You can do this by going on shape walks and pointing out different 2D shapes in your home, e.g. rectangle for window and circle for wheel. Further math learning will be continued throughout our continuous provision. During this time, your child will have access to all resources that the classroom provides and will learn through independent play. The Reception classroom is designed to provide learning across different areas, for example; an area for maths, creativity, reading and writing.

PE

The children are really enjoying PE and are now well into the routine of changing and looking after their belongings.

The kit can be kept in a bag on your child’s peg. At the moment they do not need to take their PE kit home weekly as they are not running around for very long. The PE kit uniform includes:

  • A PE kit bag
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Black/Grey shorts

Please ensure that all items of clothing that are in school are clearly named to avoid any confusion when changing. We ask that all long hair is tied back on a PE day. Jewellery is not permitted in school however if any earrings are unable to be removed, these should be covered by plasters provided from home.

Wellies

It would be really useful if your child had a pair of wellies in school. Over the next few weeks the children will be visiting the wooded area in school to look at the effects of Autumn and Winter. It is quite muddy and we would like to protect the children’s shoes so a pair of wellies is ideal. It is also helpful when they are playing with water.

Learning Journals

During our parent workshops (which start after half term) we will be chatting about Tapestry, our online journal for each child. As parents we would like you to contribute to your child’s profile. Lots of learning takes place with you. We would like information on your child’s;

  • Physical development e.g. can they swim or ride their bike without stabilisers
  • Sounds e.g. are they spotting sounds in print at the supermarket
  • Mathematics e.g. are they counting accurately, do they recognise shapes when they are out and about.
  • Understanding of the world e.g. are they spotting changes in the seasons
  • Creativity e.g. do they attend dancing classes, do they enjoy drawing
  • Personal and social and emotional development e.g. do they share with brothers and sisters
  • Technology e.g. what technology do they use at home? Can they use the remote control, CD player, Xbox, IPAD’s

I will place copies of all handouts in a box in the cloakroom if you want any further information.

Christmas Production

Just to give you an early heads up, our Christmas production will be on the Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 9.15am.

Lost Property

It is vital that all items of your child’s clothing are named, including shoes. As personal items are difficult to recognise, it will enable members of the team to identify your child’s clothing immediately. If unnamed items of clothing are found, they will be placed in the Lost Property box in the children’s cloakroom.

Just a final reminder to practice the children’s sounds over half term, a week is a long time in the life of 4 and 5 year old!

Useful websites

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zsjsbk7

http://www.gruffalo.com/

I look forward to meeting you all at consultation evening.