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Summer Term - May 2020
We hope you are all keeping well and getting used to your new routine of home schooling! We are still missing all your smiley faces, but we hope you enjoyed the Waynflete Video that we sent out this week.
If you haven't seen it yet then click below and have a look! See if you can spot us all and if you can remember who all of the other members of staff are!
Please keep sharing what you are up to on Tapestry, we are loving all of your photos and videos!
We hope you enjoy this week's task!
Love from Mrs Whiskerd, Mrs Roache, Mrs Lehec, Mrs Isham and Mrs Finch
Boromi fun at home
Following from the amazing Boromi bags / boxes we send home for parents and children to enjoy Boromi have launched a free daily play email for parents who may find it helpful. This is an email shared each morning with an offline, play-based activity that can be enjoyed together at home using just bits and bobs from around the house. If you have missed previous emails all activities to date for you to access are available here.
And here’s the link to sign up if you would like to receive the daily emails directly: http://eepurl.com/gWfuJz.
The above recipe is an ideal way to have some baking fun while measuring and using our Maths skills.
Maybe you could:
- Design and make your own biscuits (Remember to share a photo of your finished biscuits on Tapestry)
- Could you write your own biscuit recipe? Maybe write a sentence to go with each photo on the instructions page
- You might like to follow your own recipe and maybe use some kitchen scales to help you (We learnt about using scales to weigh things last term so hopefully you can remember how to read the numbers etc.. like we did in school)
Below you will find 2 challenge documents that you might like to try, remember you can choose which ones you fancy and maybe write down what you did or to draw what you found out (Problem Solving Skills are good to help children record what they find out and what their answers are using drawings etc... to explain the answer discovered)
Life in Reception
The teachers in the Foundation Stage are Mrs Whiskerd the Foundation Stage Leader. Mrs Lehec and Mrs Roache. We are supported by Mrs Finch and Mrs Isham. We also have Mr Bailey and Mrs Hunt working with us each week.
(We are very lucky in Reception as we also get many other adults coming to help us)
During the year we will continue with daily and weekly RWI sessions, Numicon / Maths sessions, Reading, PE sessions and teacher taught sessions as well as all the activities linked to our weekly themes, this term we are going to be using the children's treasure chest ideas to inform our planning so look out for your chosen topic!
Please remember to check all schools comms for other dates you need for the coming term.
We are looking forward to many busy terms in Reception!
Dates will come through on newsletters and weekly emails so please check these emails and letters as they arrive home.
Our topic overviews are sent home at the beginning of each term. A copy will be added below and a paper copy has been sent home with all children. It contains information about what the children will be learning in all of the different areas of the Foundation Stage Curriculum in Reception.
Please don't be surprised if there are any changes along the way to our overview as we do like to follow the interests of the children.
Our Termly overviews can be found below....................................
Our Treasure Chest Planning
At Waynflete we use treasure chest planning to include children and parents in our planning process, more information about this will be shared with you once the children start school.
We are looking forward to a year filled with learning, friends and fun! Things you need to know .............
Please see the list below on what your child will need in school:
Please find the new parents powerpoints below which has all the information you need to know about the life in Reception over the coming year, if you have any questions please speak to a member of the Reception team.
Letter Sound Cards
Children will be having 4 Read Write Inc Phonic sessions a week. The children will be learning new letter sounds and as these new sounds are taught sheets and sound cards will be sent home in book bags so please keep checking them daily. Please remember to review all previous sounds too! All children will be bringing home sound cards for them to use at home so please look at the sounds with your child and see if they can name the sound either with or without referring to the picture clue on the back of the card. You can use the cards to make words that you can blend with your child or say a word and ask your child to find the card with the initial, final or even middle sound on it. A couple of minutes each day will really help your child to build on what they have been taught in school.
Ideas for using your sound cards at home:
Can children remember the sounds?
Can children remember the formation rhyme? Can children write the letter correctly? (Please do ensure children use the correct formation at all times even when writing their name)
Can children find the sounds they know in their reading books? Can children begin to blend simple words when reading once they know more sounds?
Can children think of words that start with the sounds?
Can children make simple 2 or 3 letter words using the sound cards?
We teach children pure sounds and the link below might be useful if you want to check how the sounds are pronounced: (When you open the page below scroll down until you see the video links, the link / video you need is called “How to pronounce pure sounds”
As soon as children know a set of our tricky red words we will send the next set home for them to learn in their book bags, so keep a look out for new sets appearing!
Waynflete’s Reading Challenge
At Waynflete we encourage children to read at home 5 times a week which was set out in our home school agreement that parents have signed. We believe that providing children with this opportunity is crucial to their development.
Please see the information below where we have provided you with some ideas on how to support your child’s reading at home.
Each time you read or share a book with your child you need to date and sign this ‘Reading Comment Book’. This does not always need to be your child’s reading book, they can read anything!
On a Monday your child’s class teacher will check the comment book, and a sticker will be stuck in the back of the reading diary for those who have read on 5 separate days. When 5 reading stickers have been given children will be awarded a special sticker in their big book and a small prize by Mrs Lagdon.
If you need any further support or have a question please speak to your child’s teacher.
How can I help my child read?
Research shows that the most important thing you can do to help your child achieve at school is read with them. Little and often is the key! Roughly 10 minutes a day is perfect for a child in Reception. Reading with your child should be enjoyable. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to encourage a love of reading.
Tips to support reading at home
Take turns to read: Often you’ll want to listen to your child read aloud – reading to an adult is the most important thing children in the early stages of learning to read can do to develop their reading. But don’t stop reading aloud to them. It’s a great way of building their understanding, showing them what expressive reading sounds like and letting them enjoy a story.
Encourage them to point to each word and re-read the sentence
Find the sounds they know and encourage them to blend when they are ready.
Talk about the book: Asking your child questions such as ‘What can you see in the picture?’, ‘What might happen next?’ and ‘Did you like this story?’
Next Step Footstep Targets
Each child will be given a "Next Step Footstep Target" for them to work towards. Once your child has a target these will be sent home in book bags so you can also support them at home. This target is something which we feel your child needs to be able to do so please support your child at home with their target. We will be reviewing these targets on a regular basis. We will send home a new target once a "Next Step Footstep Target" has been achieved. This could be a personal or academic target, such as, putting on and zipping up coats or recognising numbers to 20. If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Whiskerd, Mrs Lehec or Mrs Roache.
Tapestry is an online learning journal that creates an individual profile for each child. All members of the Foundation team will use iPads to record observations of the children’s learning, which we then link to the foundation stage curriculum as evidence of the children's progress. When an observation is added to your child’s profile you will receive an email. Parents are able to log onto the learning journal to view and comment on the observations that have been made of their own child.
The website can be accessed using the link below:
Tapestry is now up and running!
We hope you will enjoy looking at the observations we send home, please remember to talk to your child about what they have been doing, like the observation and comment so we know you have seen them, thank you for your support with this.
We hope that over the next year parents will support us with Tapestry by accessing the children’s Tapestry learning journeys. We welcome parents to like and comment on the observations and we look forward to seeing observations that have been uploaded from home. Please can we ask for all parents to upload their own observations so we can share with the children what they have been doing at home. If you need any help on uploading an observation please speak to the Foundation Stage Team.