Chaffinches Reception 2021 - 2022
Autumn Term 1 2021
Hello and welcome to Chaffinches class. I hope you have had a lovely summer and are excited to be joining us at Cuddington.
In Chaffinches team this year we have Mrs Hall and Mrs Burrows, plus Mrs Harvey who will join us each Wednesday afternoon.
Our main focus for the first few weeks will be to ensure that your children are happy and settled in school. We will spend lots of time getting to know each other, establishing routines, building friendships and exploring our new environment.
Within the first few weeks, your child will begin learning phonics. Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write by matching spoken sounds to individual letters or groups of letters. It will be taught daily and children will begin by learning initial letter sounds and then progressing onto blending these together to read and write words. Written language is essentially a code and by teaching phonics, we help children to crack that code.
P.E will be taught on a Wednesday. Please make sure that your child has the correct kit and trainers for these sessions. As it begins to get colder, it is advisable that the children bring jogging bottoms and a warm zip up hoodie / jumper for when we have outdoor PE lessons. P.E kits will be sent home each Friday to be washed and should be returned on the following Monday.
Chaffinches are fortunate to have a wonderful outdoor space which we like to use whatever the weather. In order for us to make the most of this area it would be helpful for all children to have their own waterproofs and wellies in school. Please provide your child with a pair of waterproof overalls or trousers and a jacket plus a pair of wellies that can remain in school.
We use Tapestry to record what the children are learning in school and assess where they are up to. You will also be able to upload photos and videos to Tapestry at home. We love to read all about the exciting things that have happened at home and all the WOW moments you notice. This really helps us to assess your child's progress and plan for their future learning.
To keep up to date with what is happening in Chaffinches class please check our school Twitter feed.
Reception is such an exciting year and your child will learn so many new skills, both academically and socially. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to chat to us at the end of the day or contact me at the above email address.
Phonics and Early Reading lead
Meet the teacher
As we are currently still unable to meet together in large groups please find below our 'Meet the teacher' video. In this I have tried to share the expectations and routines as your child joins us in Chaffinches class. If you have further questions please don't hesitate to catch me for a chat after school or email me directly.
Summer Term 2 2021
Welcome to Chaffinchess' class page.
Our final half term has arrived and we have even more exciting learning planned.
English this term will focus on the book 'The Storm Whale' by Benji Davies and this will inspire our own story writing.
In shared reading we will be looking at a wide range of texts, both fiction and non-fiction, based around the sea and seashore.
Our design and technology focus will also link to these areas and will involve boat making and weaving in various forms.
Daily phonics sessions will continue, consolidating Phase 3 work whilst progressing through Phase 4. This focuses on blending cvcc words plus spelling and reading common exception words.
In maths we will consolidate number to 10 before moving on to investigate numbrs to 20. We will also look at 2-D and 3-D shapes, measures and capacity.
PE kits will be required on Wednesdays and will be sent home each Friday for washing. Please ensure that they are returned to school on Monday ready for the next lesson.
We will continue to set homework electronically via Teams each Friday and it should be returned by the following Wednesday. Thank you for all your support so far in helping your child to complete their homework.
For updates to class activities please check our Twitter feed and Tapestry. Please continue to add photos and videos of activities carried out at home as we love to see them.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to chat with us at the end of the day or contact us via email.
Mrs Hall and Mrs Burrows.
Welcome to Reception's class page.
Summer Term 1 2021
We hope that you all enjoyed a relaxing Easter break and are now excited to be back in school for our final term.
Our English this term will focus on the text 'The Extraordinary Gardener’ by Sam Boughton and this will help us to write instructions and short stories.
In our shared reading sessions we will be looking at a range of texts - both fiction and non-fiction - related to plants and growing. This links so well to all the gardening that we have already started in our vegetable and flower patches.
Reception will also be visiting the school library each Wednesday, when they will be able to choose a book to take home. Please ensure that these are returned on the following Wednesday so that your child may choose a new book.
Daily phonics sessions will continue, where we will be recapping on previously learned sounds while continuing to progress through the new digraphs and ‘tricky words’ in Phase 3.
In maths we will continue to focus on the numbers 6 - 10 whilst also exploring number bonds to 10, combining two groups of objects, recapping on measurement and looking at repeating patterns.
We will be introducing Rainbow Challenges this term which are a range of tasks, covering different areas of learning, that children will be expected to complete independently during the week.
We will also begin our Balance Bike training again in order to improve the children's core strength and balance.
PE kits are required on Wednesdays but we may also use them at other times. They will be sent home each Friday to be washed so please ensure that they are returned to school on the following Monday, ready for our next lesson.
Homework will be set electronically via Teams each Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday morning. Thank you in advance for supporting your child to complete their homework.
For regular updates to our class activities please check our school Twitter feed. We will continue to use Tapestry to record the children's learning in school and would love you to carry on uploading photos and videos of their activities at home.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to speak to us at the end of the day or contact us via email.
Warmest wishes for an exciting term ahead.
Mrs Hall and Mrs Burrows
Welcome to Reception's class page.
We hope you all had a restful and relaxing Christmas! We are ready for a new term and can't wait to welcome you all back into school.
This term we will be sharing lots of Superhero themed books with the children. We will have a particular focus on the story Juniper Jupiter and the children will create their own superhero stories.
This term the children will be focusing on number 6-10 whilst delving deeper into number 0-5. We will be making pairs, combining two groups of objects, exploring number bonds to 10 and looking at 3D shapes.
In Reception we have daily phonics sessions. Phonics teaches children letter sounds which then enables them to blend and segment sounds together to help them learn to read and write. This term we will start phase 3 which teaches the children that two letters can make one sound.
We will be introducing the children to Rainbow Challenges during the first week back. These are tasks that the children need to complete indpendently over the week in different areas. At the end of the week if a child has completed all their tasks they will recieve a certificate.
We use Tapestry to record what the children are learning in school and assess where they are up to. You will also be able to upload photos and videos to Tapesty at home. We love to read all about the exciting things that have happened at home and all the WOW moments you notice. This really helps us to assess your child's progress and plan for their future learning.
Please don't hesitate to contact us at the end of the day or via email if you have any questions.
From the 15th Janurary Mrs Hall will be covering Mrs Larbey's maternity leave.
Mrs Hall and Mrs Burrows
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