Welcome to Miss Cullen’s Reception Class
There are 25 amazing children in this class, everyone different but equally important and special!
I am very proud of the children for settling in the way they have and for the parents being so supportive and encouraging.
In reception we are guided by the EYFS learning goals.
Please use the link below to give you more information on the EYFS goals.
Autumn Term 1
The topic we will be learning about is ‘Ourselves’.
The children will be talking about why they are special and how everyone is different but special in a unique way. We are learning to draw ourselves and other people, focusing on body parts – where they are for and the names.
The School Day
It is very important that the letters and numbers are written correctly - the right formation is key for the future.
It is very important that your child is in school every day and we advise that you contact the school office if your child is absent for any reason, and that holidays are during school holiday time.
At home it would be very useful for the children to practise changing their own clothes, using a knife and fork and writing their name.
Label clothes and PE kits (navy blue shorts, white t shirt, black plimsolls, spare underwear and socks)
Book bags - check them daily
Children will be taught to read through phonics - learn letter sounds
Snacks- a small piece of fruit only should be sent in a labelled box for morning playtime. In the afternoons children will be given free fruit from school (if you could take off the skin of an orange this would greatly help your child)
Tuck shop- Tuesdays and Thursdays 20p, if required
In class we have been learning how to do the Sign of the Cross and The Hail Mary.
We have also been learning a lunch time and home time prayer - thanking God for the lovely food, friends and family that we have everyday.
Topics that we will be looking at:
Myself -God knows and loves each one
Welcome - Baptism: a welcome into God's Family
Birthday - Looking forward to Jesus' Birthday.
It would be wonderful if you could talk to your child about the different topics that we will be doing in class.
A time to thank God for all the wonderful things in our world.
Talk to your child about how lucky we are to have food and how we can give food to charity to share with people who are less fortunate than us.
Christmas Nativity - Miss Cullen's class Tuesday 12th December 2017 at 2.15pm.
Please bring in costume by Thursday 7th December.
School disco in the afternoon on Monday 18th December - children wear their own clothes - please donate £1 into the school as we are raising money for charity.
School Christmas dinner Wednesday 20th December - children wear their own clothes.
Your child will receive 4 spellings a week to learn and a spelling test every Friday.
There will be no spellings or reading given out over the Christmas holidays.
Correct letter formation is very important.
Here are the following words your child will be learning to read and spell:
Continue to send into school any observations or pictures you take of your child in relation to any learning so we can share with the class.
Children will continue to take home a book from our class library. Children will also take home a book from our RML reading scheme. Please spend 5-10 minutes every night reading with your child. Discuss the book with your child and encourage your child to talk about the pictures. We would encourage all parents to write a short comment in your child’s reading record book.
In Literacy we listen to various stories we enjoy acting these stories out and we like to write about what we are learning.
What we are focusing on in literacy this term
To blend three sounds together to say the word
To ‘chop up’ simple words into their individual sounds
To begin to read words and simple sentences
To use clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning
To write their name and other things such as labels and captions.
To join in with stories and rhymes
Attempt to write short sentences
Read words in sentences
There are lots of things that you can do at home to help your child with literacy such as: spending time exploring books, asking your child questions about the books you have read together, practicing writing their name and identifying the letters that appear in their name and playing games with letters.
In maths our activities include counting, adding and subtracting, 2D/3D shapes, time, weight and height.
What we are focussing on in numeracy this term
To estimate how many objects are in a set and then check by counting them
To find the total in two groups by counting all of them
There are also lots of things that you can do with your child at home to help with their numeracy such as looking at numbers in your home environment ie what numbers can you see on the doors on your street?, singing number songs which encourage counting, counting objects or actions around the home (counting steps going up and down the stairs) and playing games that involve numbers.
Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.
Well done to the children in the nativity. It was great to see all the children singing and saying lines in front of so many people.
Thank you for all the costumes and helping your child learn their lines.
School finishes on Thursday 21st December at 2.00pm - please collect your child at 2pm.
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.
New Year fresh start! Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a well deserved break over Christmas.
Thank you everyone for the lovely cards and gifts for Christmas.
We are now back into the school routine and ready to learn!
Our topic this term is ‘Food’.
In class we will be talking and learning about food and even baking!
Please talk to your children about the importance of healthy eating and making good healthy choices.
We will be learning Set 2 sounds this term:
ay, ee, igh,
ow (brown cow),
oo (poo at the zoo), oo (look at the book),
ar, or, air, ou,
oy, ire, ear, ure
These can be very tricky for the children because there will be 2/3 letters making one sound or the same letters for 2 different sounds - please help your child at home with the new sounds.
At this stage, they need to be secure with the single sounds of the alphabet please practise at home
Spring Term 1
Food: throughout this term we will be learning the names of different fruit and about the different food groups and what our body needs to stay healthy.
Topics that will be covered in our Religion lessons include:
Celebrating: People celebrate in church
Gathering: Parish family gathers to celebrate Eucharist
Growing: Looking forward to Easter
Other Faith: Islam
Class Liturgy: Thursday 8th February 2018 at 10.10am on the main hall - everyone welcome!
This term your child will take home a ‘homework book’ containing literacy and numeracy activities. Homework books are sent home every Monday and we would ask that you return homework books every Friday.
Thursday 8th February 2018 Class liturgy at 10.10am in the mail hall.
International Food Day Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 2.15 in the main hall.
The children have been learning the phonics sounds - below is a list of the sets that the children will learn.
We have learnt set 1 along with a rhyme that helps us remember how to write the letter.
We are now learning set 2
I thought this image would be very useful for you to be aware of and help your children at home.
We have been learning about time - on the hour. For example: It is 2 O' Clock!
We have also discussed what you might do at different parts of the day - morning, midday, afternoon, evening and night time.
Can you believe it is March already?
Could you keep reading with your child, maybe let your child pick a book and read to to develop their love of reading and ask them to sound out words that you know they will be able to - this will help increase their confidence.
Practice writing the words that are in their spelling book, this would be great as we try to use these words in class when the children to to write independently.
We are now expecting the children to write sentences independently , spelling words we have learnt, spelling words phonetically (e.g hapee), using finger space between each word, capital letter at the start of every sentence and a full stop.