2020 – 2021
Class Learning Assistant:
Welcome to our Reception class page! I am so glad to have all of the children back in school eager and ready to learn. This half term is always a busy one, espcially with the run up to Christmas. Our topic is ‘Celebrations and Festivals’ where we will be learning about a range of celebrations such as bonfire night, birthdays and Christmas. We will also spend a couple of weeks learning all about Diwali and how the festival is celebrated. We will respect the views of others and understand that people celebrate special times in different ways.
We will continue to develop our knowledge of set 1 sounds and will be practising our segmenting and blending skills within Read Write Inc lessons. I will also be teaching the children some ‘tricky words’ which cannot be sounded out e.g. I, the, no go, to. We will begin to incorporate these skills into our independent writing during Literacy sessions. This half term we will be learning The Gingerbread Man story through Talk for Writing, which includes learning the story off by heart with actions and then creating story maps to retell independently.
Our Maths lessons will focus on deepening our understanding of the numbers 1 to 5. This includes recognising the numbers, counting objects, saying one more/one less and recognising number bonds within 5. We will continue to practise subitising (recognising an amount straight away, without counting) and will learn how to read and record number sentences.
If you are not already doing so, please follow our class twitter page @WhittleRBL to see the exciting things we have been up to during the week.
I understand that due to the current circumstances it is difficult to catch me on the gate but if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children. It helps to develop vocabulary, assists with their writing and gives them an understanding of different concepts of everyday life and from around the world. These early stages of encouraging children to read are vitally important and should promoted within school and at home.
This half term your child will be sent home with a reading book and a reading record. Depending on the stage of reading your child is at, they may recieve a book with pictures or a book with a few words on each page. Please take the time to share and help your child read this book at least 3 times a week whether that be through talking about the pictures, answering questions about it or by encouraging them to tell their own story from the pictures. If your child has a reading book with words in, then it is important to encourage them to segment the sounds in each word and blend them together. Please ensure your child’s record is signed every time they read at home. You are more than welcome to document any other books that you and your child may have shared together.
Also, I will continue to send home the Read Write Inc resources for the sounds learnt each week. The sounds can be cut up and used to build different words for your child to practise reading by sounding them out carefully. It is important that children have regular practise at this in order for the skill to become embedded.
Please ensure that your child’s handwriting sheets are returned to school when they have been completed.