Welcome to Oak Class (Reception)
At Clent Parochial Primary school we strongly believe that your child’s emotional well-being is at the heart of their ability to learn. In supporting your child to learn and develop at their own pace we embrace their individuality and how this is reflected in their learning styles.
The early years of a child’s education will lay the foundations for the rest of their school life; it is imperative that we get it right and your child feels happy, secure and enjoys coming to school. We learn through carefully planned play to appeal to the interests of each child and each week the children help us plan and decide what they would like to learn about next.
We teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds schemes and enhance it with our recently adapted approach towards handwriting ‘Kinetic Letters’ which is proving highly successful across school.
Our topic for this half term is robots. Throughout the term we will be enhancing the skills of writing meaningful sentences, labels and captions. The children will also be focusing on spelling high frequency words or ‘tricky words’. If you wish to help your child with this and other phonics skills the ‘Letters and Sounds’ website is fun and free to use. Your child was given a login to take home at the beginning of the year for the website ‘Teach Your Monster to Read’ which the children find enjoyable and will be of great help to them.
In maths we will be focusing on numbers between 10 and 20, subtracting, adding and problem solving. Most of the children are really struggling with remembering the names of 2D shapes so any opportunity to reinforce this skill through day to day language and conversation will really help your child learn this in a meaningful context.
There will be a big focus on personal, social and emotional development this term in order to ensure that the children are fully prepared for moving up to Year One.
As usual, if you have any concerns or worries about your child, please do not hesitate to come in and see us at the end of the school day or alternatively telephone the office to make an appointment.
Once Upon a Time
Our topic this half term is entitled ‘Once Upon a Time’. We will be using traditional stories and fairy tales as a theme to our planning and learning, and as always we welcome any ideas or resources you may be able to lend us to enhance our curriculum.
On Friday 24th March we will host a special Mothers’ Day treat for the parents. You will be invited to afternoon tea where your children will pamper you and entertain you whilst you relax!! If you are unable to attend grandmas,aunts or even dads and grandpas are welcome in your place. We understand that it is important to the children to have someone there for them so please feel free to send along a ‘stand in’!
We hope that you all had an enjoyable Christmas and plenty of rest. This term our topic will be dinosaurs. We will be planning lots of motivating learning opportunities based on dinosaurs and are hoping to find some exciting trips or visitors to enhance this topic.
Please follow the link to read the spring newsletter, a paper copy will also be sent out this week.
Forest school will recommence next Wednesday (11th January) please could you ensure that your child has all their forest school clothes and they are clearly labelled!!!!!
We will be holding a reading workshop on Friday 13th at 1.30pm. This will be a useful opportunity for you to find out more about how you can help your child. Reading books will be sent home soon after. Children will need their reading books in school every day. We endeavour to hear the children read on a 1:1 basis once per week.
During this week and next we will be learning the following phonemes:
zz, qu, ll, ff, ss
ch, sh, th, ng
We will be reinforcing how to build words as well as exploring measurement of length and weight.
As always, if you have any concerns please come and talk to a member of staff either after school or by contacting the school office.
Christmas production – Christmas Counts
Our Christmas production this week was a huge success. The children are to be commended on their bravery and courage to stand up on stage in front of a large audience to sing and dance.
The children now know all of their phase two Letters and Sounds and some of phase three. They are beginning to use them to build words and sentences. If your child is enjoying learning at home and wants to do more then there are some good games on the Letters and Sounds website: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html but PLEASE don’t make this a homework task. We never want learning to be onerous.
Mrs Roe has broken her ankle so will unfortunately be unable to teach until she is back on two legs in four weeks time.
We have now learned all the following graphemes: h, n, m, r, c, o, a, d, s, qu, e, l, t, i, u, g, b, p and k.
This week we will be focussing on blending c-v-c words practically and moving onto matching pictures to words as well as having a go at writing c-v-c words if we are ready.
In maths we will be finding out about the numbers between five and ten, understanding their value, recognising, reading and writing them as well as matching them to their Numicon shape. We will be doing lots of number hunts.
Five weeks until Christmas!!!
There are five weeks left until we break up for the Christmas holidays which means that it is time for us to being learning the songs for our Nativity Performance!!!!!
If you have any concerns about your child or any questions for us please do not hesitate to come in and chat or phone the school office. We are available at the end of the school day but due to teaching commitments are not able to meet in the morning without an appointment.
Apologies for the delayed update on our webpage
Next week the children will be learning the letter sounds: ‘g’, ‘i’, ‘k’ and ‘ck’. These will be taught using our new ‘Kinetic Letters’ handwriting scheme which will be explained in more detail at the Phonics Workshop on Wednesday.
Following our theme of ‘Celebrations’ we will be learning about the festival of Divali, tasting food and doing Mendhi patterns using Henna. Your child can only take part in these activities if we have the consent form for both activities signed and returned. Simran’s mum has kindly agreed to come in and share her family experiences of Divali and show us some traditional clothes.
In maths this week we have been learning about 2D shape. Due to changes in the curriculum we now refer to ‘corners’ as ‘vertices’ so if your child is talking about shape it is useful to use this terminology to reinforce their learning. Following on from this we will be learning about repeating patterns next week.
In literacy we are learning to sequence and retell stories. We are also beginning to blend c-v-c words and will also begin to learn ‘tricky words’ (common words that can’t be sounded out).