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Catkin Class (Reception)
A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Foord
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Catkins Newsletter Term 4 2018
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful and restful half term break.
Last term we had a wonderful time learning all about fairy tales and traditional stories, letting our imaginations flow into make believe. We also had a fantastic opportunity to take part in swimming lessons as our PE last term - the children demonstrated outstanding progress over the 6 weeks, both physically and in their confidence. Last term also gave us the opportunity to learn about the Sikh faith, in world faith week. the children joined in learning about the story of Guru Nanak (the founder of the Sikh faith) and Sikh customs and traditions - we even turned our classroom into a Gurdwara and shared food in the Langar, removing our shoes and covering our heads before we entered.
It's definitely beginning to feel a lot like spring now, especially as the snow has melted! We loved the pictures you shared on tapestry of your children enjoying their snow days and making wonderful memories.
This term we will be focussing on our topic 'Celebrations', where we will be learning lots about Mother's day, birthdays, Christenings and of course Easter and signs of spring/new life.
This term our topic is ‘Celebrations’ where we will be learning all about Mothers day, birthdays, Christenings and of course Easter and signs of spring/new life. We have started the topic with Chinese new year, learning numbers in Chinese, dragon dancing and tasting Chinese foods. During this topic we will focus on a different story each week giving us lots of learning opportunities throughout the term, linked to the 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. Focus books this term will be - Kipper's birthday, Once there were Giants, Abracadabra it's spring, The Jolly Postman.
This term we will also have the opportunity to visit Frinsted Church where Rev. Alan will Christen a Baby Annabelle for us. If your child has been Christened and you wouldn't mind sharing photos to support our learning, we would welcome you to add them to tapestry.
Parents in Class.
Although we had originally planned to deliver a maths focussed parents in class this term, it was decided after speaking with parents that this term we would focus on writing, as lots of you had many questions about how to support writing at home. During the workshop we will share how writing is taught in the reception year at Milstead, the many skills children develop in order to write and how you can help at home. We will now cover maths next term and also look at the 17 Early Learning Goals your children are aiming to achieve by the end of the reception year.
We are now working within phase 4 phonics and continuing to consolodate phase 3. In phase 4 phonics, no new sounds are taught, however we will develop and progress skills needed to blend and segment ccvc (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) and cvcc words, including exploring consonant blends and clusters (listed below) We will also begin to learn to read a new set of tricky words.
Phase 4 consonant blends and clusters
st, nd, mp, nt, nk, ft, sk, lt, lp, lf, lk, pt, xt, tr, dr, gr, cr, br, fr, bl, fl, gl, pl, cl, sl, sp, st, tw, sm, pr, sc, sk, sn, nch, scr, shr, thr, str
Tricky words in phase 4 (we will be learning to read these words and learning to spell the tricky words from phase 3)
have, like, so, said, some, come, do, little, one, were, there, what, when, out.
Please continue to practice these words at home, looking for them in books – how many can you find in a minute? Search for them in the environment, form them in the park or garden with sticks, put them into sentences, chalk them on the ground or use a wet paint brush on a dry day.
We are will be working very hard this term continuing to practice pre-cursive letter formation, ask your children where they start their letters – they’ll tell you ‘on the line!’
PE this term will focus on ball skills, initially by themselves and then moving on to develop ball skills with a partner and then as part of a group. This leads us nicely into the summer term where we'll begin to explore team games. PE will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and will take place in the hall or outside (weather dependent), therefore please ensure your child has a full and named PE kit in school at all times in case of other physically activities we may take part in.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Catkins Team
Mrs Foord – Class Teacher
Mrs DaCosta – Teaching Assistant