Week 4: 27th September - 1st October 2021
We will be completing our first set of 'Rainbow Challenges' (see below). Have a chat with your child about how they got on with them. For every completed lolly-stick rainbow a gold coin is awarded. When a child has collected 5 gold coins they can trade them in for a gold chocolate coin!
Our next set of challenges will be based on the topic 'Home and Away', which will launch on Tuesday with our trip on the train. We will think about our homes about reasons for journeys. We will look at how vehicles in the past are different from today, with the help of our key text 'The Train Ride' by Julie Crebbin.
Now that the baseline assessments are (almost) finished, and the children have settled in, we will begin our teaching and learning in Maths and Literacy. We have a short whole class Maths session every morning and our 'Letters and Sounds' session between break and lunch. We will be covering the sounds (phonemes) m, a, s & t and using them to read some simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words like sat and mat. See this link Guide to vowels and consonants There will be a ‘Write dance’ session (pre writing movement activities), and we will begin to attempt to write these letters (graphemes).
White Rose Maths Link Just Like Me Week 1
|Monday||m||Matching pairs of socks||Mr Thorne m|
|Tuesday||The Train Ride||Every day language of time & distance||Lovely version by Mr Wurly|
|Wednesday||a||Matching shape & size of buttons||Mr Thorne a|
|Thursday||s||Sorting natural materials||Mr Thorne s|
|Friday||d||Sorting buttons||Mr Thorne d|
On Monday we will send home a red homework book to consolidate the sound introduced in school. Please return this every day so that the next sound can be added. This week your child will have a story book without any words to share at home. Please model how to tell the story in your own words, using complete sentences. Later in the week see if they can have a go at telling the story, and scribe it in their reading record. For other home learning ideas see the links above.
Week 3 20-25th September
This week is the children's first full time week in school. They will be very tired so will probably need early nights to help!
We will be introducing our 'Rainbow Challenges' to the class, and they will work towards collecting their coloured lolly sticks to create a rainbow and reach the 'Proud Cloud'. Our first 'Purple' challenge is for them to remember the morning routine with very little prompting from us; let's see how independent they can be!
The week has a focus on Nursery Rhymes and number rhymes, and our key text is 'Little Lumpty'.
Week 2 Story and words
Our key text for the week was 'Mr Big' a jazz pianist gorilla who had no friends; he was so big that he frightened everyone away, and inside he felt very small. He was very lonely until he bought a piano and his music drifted out of his window around the town. He recieved an invitation from other musicians to play in a band in the jazz club, and then he wasn't alone or lonely anymore! We have been encouraging the children to play together, to be friendly, to incude everyone.We have paired them up to be a 'Learning Partner' with a new friend.
Induction Week 2 13th-17th September
This week we will meet together as a whole class on Monday morning. The children can come in between 8.40 and 8.55am with a friend, sibling or buddy and we will be there to help them with their morning routine. On Monday and Tuesday please collect your child at midday. On Wednesday and Thursday please collect at 1pm and on Friday at 3.15pm.
We will continue to get used the resources, routines, rules and expectations of the classroom and school, and continue to get to know each other.
On Thursday please can your child come to school in PE Kit; they will not need a uniform.
On Friday please can they wear their Forest School clothes to school, and bring a bag with trainers in (rucksack or large shopper bag). They will put their waterproofs and wellies in this after a morning of Forest School.
Please bring their coat, book bag and water bottle every day. Thank you!
Week 1 Stories and Words
Our Focus texts were 'The Colour Monster' and 'The Colour Monster goes to school'. These books help us to understand our feelings, including the mixed up feelings we have about staring school. We have thought about feeling happy, sad, calm, angry and frightened, and how these feelings are represented by the colours yellow, blue, green, red and black. To extend our vocabulary we thought of other words for these emotions, such as cheerful, miserable, relaxed, furious and worried. These words will be revisited through the year as we share stories and empathise with others.
We were using the language of greetings and partings; saying 'hello' and 'goodbye'.
We learned the nhs handwashing song and used the vocabulary palms, knuckles, thumbs, rinse as well as naming other body parts in the song 'heads, shoulders, knees and toes'.
Induction Week Monday 6th-Friday 10th September
Your child will be attending school for a 2 hour induction session every day. They will be supported by their buddy from Year 1 in settling in to life in Class 1. They will learn about the morning routine; what they will be expected to do independently the following week. There is a Power-point presentation below to share with your child.
The children will have the opportunity to explore and play in the different areas of the classroom, indoors and outdoors; to select and use resources and to return them to the right place when they have finished with them, or at tidy up time. They will begin to get to know each other and the layout of the room, including the toilet. Please help your child to be independent with toileting and hand washing. However, there will be explicit teaching of good hygiene procedures in school.
We will observe and chat with the children to get to know them better. We will share stories, songs and rhymes and games that help us to get to know each other too.
Please can your child attend the induction sessions wearing their school uniform. We will give out school water bottles and the bookbags you have ordered, as well as any other items during the first week.