Teacher Training Day
Hope you have all had a fantastic Easter and have enjoyed the glorious sunshine that we had. Don’t forget that tomorrow (Monday) is a Teacher Training Day, so enjoy one last day off of school and we will see you on Tuesday.
Welcome to Miss Lowe
As you are aware, Miss Cookson left us at Easter to take up a teaching post nearer to her home in Bedford. We will be joined by Miss Lowe who has already spent time in school getting to know Simba class. We would like you all to join us in welcoming her to S de S. Please be aware that we are in the process of setting Miss Lowe up with Tapestry admin rights etc, so during this transition time you may see Tapestry observations still being added under the name of Miss Cookson, but these will have been observed by Miss Lowe instead.
Our new whole school theme this term is called ‘Going Places’. In Reception we will be using Superheroes to take us to different places. Our setting, role play, writing and numeracy will have a focus on Superheroes. Advanced warning – the children will be writing an invitation to you soon for a Superhero picnic that we are planning to hold towards the end of our unit. This will be a Superhero dress up day, so thought I’d mention it to give you plenty of time to sort / buy / make / borrow a Superhero costume for your child (and for you, should you wish, as adult dress up is optional).
Mrs Richards’ / Mrs Read’s phonics group – this group have now completed learning the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds, so have been introduced to
Ph 2 – s/a/t/p/i/n/m/d/g/o/c/k/ck/e/u/r/h/b/f/ff/l/ll/ss
Ph 3 – j,v,w,x,y,z,zz,qu,ch,sh,th,ng ,ai,ee,igh,oa,oo,ar,or,ur,ow,oi,ear,air,ure,er
These children will now be starting Phase 4. There are no new sounds taught in Phase 4, but time is spent consolidating all previous sounds and teaching the children to read and write words that have more sounds in them. We will be starting by adding another sound to extend words for example ‘pan’ add a t to make it ‘pant’, but as the phase progresses we will be learning harder words such as ‘flowerpot’ by sounding out using the known phase 2 and 3 sounds f l ow er p o t.
As there are no new sounds to help your child to learn, if you would like to support your child further at home, please go to the Letters and Sounds website and use some of the free downloadable Phase 4 Resources and games at www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4-resources.html. Also, our Phase 4 booklet will be sent home with these children during the week explaining more about your child’s learning.
Miss Lowe’s phonics group (formerly Miss Cookson’s group) – these children are continuing on with Phase 3 and will be learning the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) ch, sh, th and ng. They will be using these sounds in reading and writing words such as ch o p, sh e d, th a n, r i ng.
Mrs Walton / Ms Birch’s phonics group – this group are continuing on with Phase 3 and will be learning the digraphs (two letters that make one sound) oo, ar and or. They will be using these sounds in reading and writing words such as m oo n, s t ar, th or n.
Over the next couple of weeks we will spend time working with each child on a one to one basis. We will be using this time to personalise the learning and teach each child individually to work on specific targets or misconceptions to enable each child to develop new number / problem solving skills. As discussed at parents evening, you can use the Early Learning Goal handout to help support your child further at home.
We have now learnt the correct formation for all lower case letters, all numbers 0-9 and some capital letters. We will be continuing to rehearse what we have learnt so far and continue learning more capital letters. All numbers and all capital letters start from Brave Bounce Monkey’s branch.
Our writing focus for the next couple of weeks is writing about Superheroes. We will be using adjectives to describe the Superheroes and verbs to say how they travel. We will continue to focus on sounding out spellings, using a capital letter at the start of a sentence and for names of people and places, use of a full stop at the end of a sentence and using finger spaces between words.
We look forward to another successful term and hope that the children enjoy our Superhero topic as much as they did the ‘When a Knight Won His Spurs’ topic.