Classes and Staffing:
Tiddlers - The teacher is Mrs Solomon. The Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Ali.
Tadpoles- The teacher is Miss Casey and the Learning Support Assistants are Mrs Brady and Mr Vesely.
Welcome back to Spring 2! We hope you are rested and ready for the excitement and busy half term Spring 2 has to offer!
Our new topic theme is 'Do cows drink milk?'
Moo! Baa! Squeak! Cluck! Happy Spring! A fresh start where the weather gets warmer and the days get lighter and reception get busier! We are SO excited for our new Spring 2 focus all about the farmyard! We will be exploring the changes in the seasons, and embracing all what Spring is about!
This half term we are going to reading both fiction and non-fiction texts. Some of these will include Farmyard Hullabaloo, The Naughty Sheep and What the Ladybird Heard. Our non-fiction texts will look at growth and planting, what happens in spring and springtime animals. We will continue to develop our writing by saying sentences, using our kung-fu punctuation and using our phonics knowledge. To help your child with writing, the newsletter given had some wonderful ideas which you can try at home with your child!
In maths we will continue to count in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and backwards again! We will be looking at addition and subtraction and doubling and halving and recording this using our tens frames and our early journaling. You can help your child with maths at home by counting in 2's, 5's and 10s. This could be asking them to help you, there are lots of songs on youtube or just by counting the pairs of socks in the sock drawer!
Our classrooms will also have a few little visitors. Reception will be hatching ducklings from the first week back. We will take the ducklings in as eggs and nurture them until they hatch. We are excited to see how ducks are born and look after them during the early few weeks of their lives!
Our trip this term will be to Smithills Farm. This is an amazing opportunity to see and feed the animals and learn about them from experts. This trip will be at a cost and a letter will be going out after half term to confirm this. If any parents would like to come on this trip, please speak to your child's class teacher as we will be asking for volunteers closer to the time!
PE takes place every THURSDAY. Please ensure your child has a FULL PE Kit in school every week. These can be left on their pegs for the half term. As the Spring days approach, we will be going outside for PE so please make sure they have suitable clothing for outdoor activities.
Rolling Snack is £1.00 a week, payable half termly via Parent Pay. If you wish for your child to have snack this half term please pay £7.00 on Parent Pay. Alternatively a healthy choice from home is also agreeable, however this must be a piece of fruit or some breadsticks. If your child comes in with chocolate or an unhealthy alternative they will be asked to keep it in their bag until the end of the day.
Our Observation System
We use the TAPESTRY system to record observations of the children. This is an online profile that gets updated by us which you can access. Please engage with our tapestry system as it is a great way to keep up with the learning of your children and share what you do at home. We love to celebrate this in class! If you are not already signed up to tapestry, please give your email address to the class teacher who will sign you up.
Thank you to everybody who engages with the homework on a weekly basis. We hope you find this beneficial and a fun activity to do with your child. Homework is set every Friday and should return into school the following Wednesday at the very latest. We have loved seeing your creations and involvement this half term.
All children should have a reading bag in school every day. Please ensure that you read with your child at least five times a week and practise their sounds and high frequency words given to you at learner review. Thank you to everybody who engages with reading at home - it really benefits your child.
Mental Health Awareness
During mental health week between the 4th and 15th February, Reception participated in lots of activities to boost our happiness! We took part in the daily mile, bringing in and discussing things that make us happy, and participating in wake up shake up. We also discussed the importance of breakfast and why we need it to make a good start to our day! Please ensure your child comes to school having eaten a healthy breakfast as it is essential to ensure learning and concentration for the rest of the school day.
Once again thank you for all your support, it is amazing to see all the children enjoy school and achieve huge milestones.
Thank you for your continued support
Mrs Solomon and Miss Casey