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We have been having lots of fun in Reception. We have talked a lot about Halloween and how it might be different this year compared to other years but this did not stop us from having lots of fun with traditional Halloween activities which also helped us with a lot of learning.
Using pumpkins and other glorious Halloween tricks and treats we have been able to practise our fine motor skills, turn taking, counting and phonics. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to hearing from the children about how they celebrated Halloween.
We have put some ideas on to Google Classroom which we think the children will be able to do at home. Pleas do go on and have a look and send us a comment through the classroom with anything you have managed to do. It would be lovely to see some learning at home.
The most important thing that we have done though is given books through Reading Planet. Just five minutes a day can make a huge impact to your child's understanding of how a book works and also their imagination.
If you do have any questions or concerns then as always, please do send us an email. As it is half term, we hope you all have a safe and fun filled time and we will get back to any emails on Monday 3rd November.
This week we have assigned your children reading books on Reading Planet and sent you the children's login details. If you have not yet received these, please do email us. Please take the time to login and explore the reading books with your child as spending just 10 minutes of focused reading time a day can make the world of difference and enhance your child's confidence, imagination, listening, attention and creativity.
For young readers picture books are an important part of learning and will allow children to gain an increased awareness of how stories are built as the storyteller often uses a beginning, middle and an end. Pictures can also help increase your child's vocabulary helping them to identify colours, shapes, animals, people, places etc.
Below are some hints and tips when reading picture books at home with your children:
*Look at the cover and talk about the title of the story. Can your child predict what the story might be about, looking at the pictures for clues?
* Take a picture walk through the pages of the book and enjoy the pictures. Encourage your child to comment on what they can see and ask some simple questions e.g. What is happening? Who can you see? Is there anything familiar about the setting? How are the characters feeling? What would you do if you were in the story?
*Go back through the book a second time and encourage your child to read their own version of the story. You may want to model this first for them and use lots of sound effects and character voices to engage your child.
*Finish your wordless book by asking a few simple questions about the story. What was your favourite part of the? What was your favourite picture? Which was your favourite character and why?
Some of the books assigned consist solely of CVC words. When young readers are ready to tackle putting together their very first words the simplest way to begin is with CVC words. A CVC word is a three letter word that follows the pattern of consonant, vowel, consonant. e.g. dog. Learning about CVC words is an important tool in phonics as it helps children with reading and writing. CVC words help introduce children to reading by first learning the sounds of individual letters and blending those sounds to read a word.
We will assign new reading books every Friday, once we have checked your child's progress on Reading Planet. I hope you all have lots of fun reading your new books!
Over the last couple of weeks we have met a new character as part of our journey through the Commando Joe's missions. We have been working closely with Charlie Communication to complete various missions. Our first mission was to turn in to mice, we then had to navigate our way around a course using actions as our only form of communication. We had to be really quiet because we didn't want to disturb the humans but we also had to concentrate so that we didn't step on a mouse trap, shh!
Unfortunately one of us lost our tail to a human because we were not listening out for them, oops!
This week all of the cheese was up for grabs. We had to use the skills that we learned from Tanisha Teamwork to work together to retrieve the cheese and bring it back to our groups. By using good communication we could help each other when we forgot what to do.
Using all of these skills has been fantastic and we are looking forward to using them around the unit.
To challenge the children, they even had to record how many pieces of cheese each group had retrieved in order to see which team had one. I know which family of mouse I'll be joining for my tea!
This week saw the children moving into smaller groups for phonics and maths. They have settled in so well to school life and have impressed all of us with how well they have adapted to their new teachers.
This week in phonics we have been learning some new sounds and playing lots of games like 'I spy with my little eye” as well as encouraging the children to find objects in the environment that start with our initial sound. We have also been doing lots of work to encourage the children to write so we have been getting the messy resources out.
In maths this week we have been learning all about the numbers 2 and 3. We have been trying to find the number in the environment as well as learning how to write it, match it to shapes or even add and take away from it. We are all having lots of fun in maths and the children have been singing our songs as well as finding the numbers all around the unit.
The children have been superstar learners this week as we have started to teach phonics and maths this week. We have learnt the sounds; s, a and t and have been practising recognising, saying and writing the sounds. We have also learnt all about the numbers 0 and 1 and represented them in lots of different ways such as marks on paper, finding the numeral and giving one object etc. I wonder if you can practice at home too?
We also had lots of fun starting the motor skills programmes "Squiggle While you Wiggle" and "Disco Dough" This is a programme aimed at developing our motor skills to help prepare us for writing. We put this into practice when learning how to write our names!
We look forward to speaking to you next week on your Parents Evening Telephone Calls. If you have not yet booked a slot, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.