Welcome to Class 2
(Reception and Year 1)
Mrs Ladley and Miss Plant
Welcome to Class 2! We hope you all had an amazing summer and are ready to get stuck back in to learning. My name is Mrs Ladley and I am very excited to be joining the Highfield's team this year. My main aim this half term is to help transition all of the children in the class successfully, so that they are happy and eager to learn. If you have any questions at all, or just want to say hello and welcome me to the school then please come and speak to me.
Our theme this half term is
We will be sharing information about ourselves and our families with our new class. We will use this to help us understand both ourselves and others better. We will look at people who help us at home and in our community, as well as famous figures from the past who have helped people. We would love the children to bring in a photo of people in their family to share with the class, which can then be stuck into their books.
All Year 1 children took part in the Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) programme last year and the Reception children have now joined this programme. RWI will continue to take place every morning. The groups will change on a regular basis, ensuring that your child is in the group that matches their reading ability. During these sessions children have a range of experiences that allow them to interact with many different books and genres. This supports the development of phonics and the application of this knowledge to reading, writing and comprehension. As you are aware from last year, the children have made extremely good progress using the RWI programme and we will continue to further develop their independent reading and writing skills this year.
In class we will focus on the application of phonics to both independent reading and writing.
For guidance or support with phonics, there is a wealth of information on our school website in the phonics section. Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have about phonics and Read, Write, Inc.
Click on the following link to access the Read Write Inc website which has a parent section with a wealth of information regarding the teaching & learning of phonics and early reading. This link takes you to a video demonstrating pronunciation of pure sounds.
Our Literacy work this half term will be looking at the fundamentals of writing, such as correct letter formation, finger spaces, relating spoken sounds to written words and trying to use our phonics knowledge to help us sound out words and write them down. Remember: correct spelling is not so important at this stage as long as the words are phonetically plausible. Please encourage the children to wrote at home and they are welcome to bring in and share with the class any writing they do at home.
This half term the children will be continuing to consolidate their knowledge of number, both reading and writing them, alongside counting. Correct number formation is very important for children to master at this early stage so there will be lots of focus in this area. Children will also be thinking about what number amounts numbers represent, as well as the concept of one more and one less.
Our topic this half term is Animals inlcuding Humans. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common animals. We will be describing and comparing a variety of common animals and describing how they are suited to their environment. We will also be learning to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
Homework books will continue to be sent home for all Year 1 children. They will be sent home on a Wednesday and need to be returned on a Monday. The homework will be either Literacy, Numeracy, Science or theme and will link directly to the work that we are doing in school. If you have any questions about homework please feel free to ask. On the inside cover of the homework book there will be a letter with further information on supporting your child at home with their homework. Reception children do not receive homework, therefore it is encouraged that they read with you every night instead.
Outdoor learning: Reception children in Class 2 have access to outdoor learning daily. Please ensure that they come to school with appropriate clothing for the weather. e.g. a raincoat when it is wet and sun hats when it is sunny.
A voluntary contribution of £1.00 per week for our Reception Fund would be really appreciated. (£7 this half term) This will help to cover the costs of baking ingredients, extra food for snacks, food tasting etc and can be paid via parent pay.
We have weekly indoor PE lessons and when the weather permits we will also have outdoor PE sessions. Children do not need a P.E. kits until after half term. However, please practise dressing and undressing with your child at home in preparation for when they bring their kit in.
If any parents, carers or grandparents are able to help in school by listening to children read, your help would be very much appreciated!
Reading: Please make sure that your child reads each night for a minimum of five minutes. Please write in your child's Reading Record Book each time they read at home.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask; we are always happy to answer your questions.
Mrs Ladley and Miss Plant