Welcome to Doves Class!
We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class and our teacher is Mrs. Nagy.
We also have some teaching assistants who work in our class; Mrs. McDermott (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday), Mrs. Bolt (Wednesday) and Miss. Green (every day).
In the event that your child is self-isolating or we have a class closure, work will be uploaded to Seesaw for your child. Please ensure that you are able to log in and access the activities. If you have any problems please come and speak to me or contact the school office by phone.
In our English work this half term we will be learning how to::
- Talk about and tell the story of Handa's surprise.
- Write our own story based on the story of Handa's surprise.
- Identify the key features of a non-fiction text.
- Write our own non-fiction text, based around our theme of 'The Olympics'
In addition to daily English lessons, the children will also take part in daily phonics lessons and group reading activities.
We also have handwriting lessons every week where we are learning to form our letters correctly.
In order to help us become really good readers, we like to read to our grown ups at home as much as possible. On a Monday we will bring home our reading books. It would be really helpful if we could read our books on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at home. Please make sure that our reading records are filled in and signed when we have read. Our reading books will be collected in on a Thursday to be quarantined. It is really important that, as well as reading the words in the book, we talk about the pictures and answer questions about the story.
We love reading to ourselves and each other in our class book corner.
In addition to the reading books that we send home we would like all children to access the 'Big Cat Collins' reading books. The details to log in have been sent on your child's Seesaw. The books have been carefully selected to match your child's phonic abilities.
In our maths lessons we will be:
- learning to identify one more and one less with numbers to 100.
- learning to tell the time to o'clock and half past.
- learning to find halves and quarters of quantities and objects.
- learning about different turns.
- developing our reasoning skills to solve problems.
The reception children will be working on finding one more and one less with numbers to 20. They will also develop their skills in completing simple additions and subtractions and solving problems with halving and sharing.
In the Doves, we will be having PE lessons every Monday and Thursday focussing on fundamental movement skills and dance. We like to make sure we have our PE kits in school and that they are fully named as we sometimes get them mixed up! Please make sure that earrings are removed on Mondays and Thursdays in preparation for PE so that your child can take part in the lesson.
Our science topic will be the human body. We will learn about the five senses and the body parts that we use for each sense. We will also learn about different body parts.
Our Summer 2 theme is 'The Olympics'. In our history lessons we will learn about the Olympics and how the Olympics has changed over the years. We will also learn about famous Olympic athletes from our local area. In our Design technology lessons we will design, make and evaluate our own medals.
You can view our themed learning overview by following the link below, this will tell you all about the exciting things we are going to learn.
Olympics Themed Learning Overview
Homework will be set each week, based around the learning in class. This homework will be in the form of activities on Seesaw. Please ensure that your child logs in each week and completes the activities.
We made Pirate eye patches!
Doves Christmas Song
The Gingerbread Man
Building bridges for the Gingerbread Man
Science - All about germs and how they spread
Phonics is so important as it supports your child's reading and writing. We do daily phonics sessions to help your children to use their blending/ segmenting skills to read and write words correctly. Furthermore, we then encourage your children to apply this knowledge in all of their other subjects.
Next June, every year 1 child will sit the 'Year 1 phonics Screening'. This purely tests your child's ability to use their phonics to read words. Some of the words will be real words but some of them will be made up - so they must be very careful to make sure they don't try to make the 'alien' words sound like a word they already know. For example if the word was 'sike', it may be very tempting to say 'spike' - however, this would be incorrect. It is very likely that your child knows or will soon know more than one way of spelling the same sound. For example 'ai' - can be spelt as 'ai', 'ay, 'a-e' or 'A' e.g 'play' 'paint' 'make' 'Amy' which can be very confusing. To try to help you to support your child with their phonics at home, below you will find some examples of real/ alien (not real) words which contain the sounds which we learn in phonics.
Please use this link to play 'buried treasure' so that your child can practise reading lots of words:
Next, click on 'free' and select the correct phase for your child. Then your child can play on the 'buried treasure' game or the 'obb and bob' game.
I have attached a powerpoint and a quick guide all about reading for you.
There is also lots of helpful information about reading and phonics on the Reception class page of the website; https://www.ribbletonavenue-inf.lancs.sch.uk/reception/