Class RC 2020 - 2021
Mrs Carr, Mrs Marshall and Mrs Da Silva
A few reminders:
- Reading books changed: Monday and Friday
- Talk Topic: Thursday
- Friday: P.E
Please make sure your child brings their named water bottle and coat each day. Reading books need to be returned on Monday and Friday.
Please could they also bring a drawstring bag for their spare clothes (school uniform rather than own clothes) that they keep in school on their peg. Nothing else needs to be brought into school at this time.
Please take a moment to look at the Lunch Menu in the file so you can prepare your child for their food options that day.
The 'What to Expect When' file also gives some helpful ideas on how to support your child's learning at each stage of their development.
Mrs Carr and Mrs Marshall have been so impressed with how well the children have engaged with their learning this term. We are looking forward to seeing them next year and hearing all about their Christmas!
Please have a look at the 'Happy Christmas' gallery photos at the bottom of this page with your child. We're sure they would love to share with you what they have been doing!
See you in 2021!!
Week beginning 7.12.20
This week we have introduced 4 new sounds. The children are getting really good at recognising their sounds and are blending them to read and segmenting them to write. Keep up the good work!
- h- hold hands on knees as if out of breath.
- b- place both hands together as if holding a bat saying b.
- f/ff- push hands together as if squeezing air out of something saying f.
- l/ll- pretend to lick lolly saying l.
Can you read and write these words?
fan had him back bin fit huff puff lick bell
Have a go at reading these captions:
it is a hill
cat on a bed.
huff and puff
Maths - in our maths lessons this week we have been ordering and sequencing activities we do in our day to day routines. The children have been using the vocab first, then, next and last.
We were so proud of the children performing, 'We're Going to Find the Baby King' on Thursday. They sang beautifully. We hope you enjoy watching it!
We have been enjoying lots of Christmas activities too, have a look at our festive fun in the 'Gallery Items' below!
Many thanks to those who have sent observations to EExAT from home, it really helps us build up the bigger picture about your child. Here are some ideas of things you might see over the holidays and could send in.
- writing a Christmas list or letter (this could be emergent writing and might not look like writing as we would do it)
- practising counting, maybe the number of mince pies eaten!
- number recognition - opening the right door on their advent calendar.
- taking turns - playing a new game.
- being kind
- a new achievement - maybe riding a new bike or scooter.
Learning journeys will be sent the first week back after the holidays so you can see what they've been up to at school.
Week beginning 23.11.20
This week we have re-capped the sounds we have already learned (s,a,t,p,i,m,n,d,g,o,c,k) and practised using 'sound buttons' to help segment cvc words (such as kit, nap, dog) and to blend them back together again. We have also been reading captions such as 'It is a pin', 'I am sad' and 'pots and pans'.
This week we have started a new early writing program called 'Squiggle While You Wiggle'.
Squiggle While You Wiggle uses dance and large movements (whilst holding a 'flipper flapper' in each hand) to help children develop the fine muscle control they need for writing. They learn gross motor movements to a piece of music. This week it has been 'Daydream Believer', 'Proud Mary' and 'ABC' (Jackson 5). We talk about what letters they could form using these actions, then they use this movement to make marks on our whiteboards, paper, sand etc. So far the children seem to really enjoy it, there are some pictures in the gallery below.
We have also been trying to encourage the children to be a little more independent. This is things like putting on jumpers, coats and shoes by themselves, hanging coats on their pegs, looking after, getting and putting away resources, putting paper in the recycling etc. Any encouragement with this from home would be much appreciated.
Week beginning 16.11.20
In our phases lessons this week we have learned 4 new sounds.
- g- make hand spiral down like water gurgling down a plug g sound
- o- gently clap hands in front of body making o sound like a seal.
- c-pretend to play castanets making c sound.
- k- as above
Can you read these words? cat tag dog kit
Next have a go at writing them too.
We have enjoyed playing the phonics game 'Picnic on Pluto' which you can find at
www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/picnic-on-pluto (set 1 & 2)
In maths this week we have been using positional language like on top of, underneath, next to, over, around, inside and behind. We even made an obstacle course outside and gave our friends directions. You can see it in the gallery below.
Can you make one of your teddies move around by giving them instructions? eg sit on top of the box, go inside the wardrobe.
This week we have also found out more about Diwali. The children have enjoyed making their own rangoli patterns and mehndi patterns. Have a look at them on this week's gallery below!
Week beginning 9th November
In our phases lessons this week we have learnt 4 new sounds.
- i – wiggle fingers near nose like mice whiskers making i sound.
- n – hold out arms to side making n sound like a plane.
- m - rub tummy making m sound like eating something tasty.
- d – pretend to hold drum sticks in each hand and beat drum saying d
We are encouraging the children to pronounce the phonemes very clearly and not to add an ‘uh’ to some (e.g.‘ssssssss’ and not ‘suh’, ‘mmmmmmmm’ and not ‘muh’).
We have learned to read some simple words and have practised the formation of the letters using our magic pads and pens!
Can you read these words? sat, pat, man, map, din, pin, mad.
There are some games to support this on phonicsplay.co.uk (Phase 2 resources).
In our maths this week we have been learning all about the features of 2d shapes, particularly circles and triangles. We have been finding out about an artist called Kandinsky from Russia who used shapes in his art. We made our own pictures by painting different objects such as lids, bottle tops, tubes, 2d and 3d shapes to make different shapes. We also made our own shape art on the carpet by using objects from around the classroom. Please have a look at our shape pictures in the 'Gallery items' below.
The talk topic this week is to find 2d shapes while you are out and about.
In our other areas work this week we have found out all about Remembrance Day and Diwali.
Week beginning 2nd November:
In our Phases lessons this week we have started Phase 2 phonics.
We have introduced 4 new sounds and have been busy blending and segmenting with them. We have also learnt how to form them using our "magic pads and pencils". We have to remember to start each letter at the top.
s- wave hand like a snake - say 's'
a- pretend your hand is an ant and jump up your arm - say 'a'
t- turn your head from side to side like you are watching a tennis match say 't'
p- pretend your finger is a candle and blow it out say - 'p'
Words we can make with these sounds; tap, pat, at, sat
The Phonics Guide is in the files to download section.
In our maths lessons this week we have been looking at the numbers 1, 2 and 3. We have been busy subitising these numbers which means knowing how many there are without counting them which is an important early maths skill. We have found different ways of making the numbers 1, 2 and 3.
We had our first PE lesson this week. We learned about finding our own space in the hall and moving safely. We had great fun driving our imaginary cars in the hall. We had to listen carefully for instructions about traffic lights, roundabouts, speed bumps, traffic jams and even reversing!
We also talked about firework and sparkler safety. In the gallery section below you can see our amazing firework pictures!
You should have now received your EExAT login code. If you haven't please make sure you have filled in the Google sheet on the early years curriculum page on the website. See the guide in the documents below to find out how to create your own login.
EExAT is our assessment system and is a fantastic way of us finding out some of the things that the children do at home. Here are some ideas of things you could upload to show us;
-a new achievement - this could be swimming or as simple as putting on a coat independently.
-being kind to someone.
-taking turns in a game.
-counting the stairs or sorting Autumn objects.
Please try to share an observation with us over the holidays. If you are unsure send it anyway!
I will be creating the children's Learning Journeys over the half term and will share them with you the first week back. This is a great way for you to see what the children have been up to each half term.
This week we have really been working on our fine motor skills and have had lots of fun with our funky fingers activites. We have been moulding cinammon playdough, threading shapes onto string, making patterns with the pegs and peg boards, hanging clothes with mini pegs and stretching elastic bands onto peg boards to create shapes.
Fine motor skills are really important, especially at this time of the year, and we will keep on working on them in our classroom. Strong fingers help us to zip up coats, pick up things and also help us to hold pencils, brushes and scissors.
Here are some ideas you can try at home:
- practice zipping up a coat.
- threading a lace with some pasta.
- using play dough and pushing, squeezing and twisting it.
- going on the monkey bars at the park.
- peeling an orange with one hand.
- using tweezers to move small objects from one bowl to another.
- peeling stickers off.
Week beginning 12th Oct: This week we have been learning the story of The Little Red Hen. We have learned some actions, made a story map, used stick puppets and built a farm to help us re-tell the story. Look at our pictures in the gallery below. Our story map is there so we can re-tell the story at home too!
Some children have been talking about Halloween and said they already had pumpkins at home! We decided to do some 'pumpkin printing' with apples. We got half an apple, dipped it in orange paint and printed it onto black paper, then used a fine paint brush to add the eyes and mouth details, pictures are in the gallery below.
Welcome to Class RC! It has been lovely getting to know the children over the past few days, I have put some pictures in the gallery of their first day and look forward to seeing them again next week!
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