Doves Christmas Song
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 stories and make predictions.
- Write sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
- Use conjunctions - and, because and but, in our sentences.
- Write recounts.
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 count, read and write numbers to 100.
- practising finding one more and one less than numbers to 100.
- counting in 2's, 5's and 10's.
The reception children will be working on recognising the numbers from 15-20 and placing the numbers in order. They will also develop their skills in counting up to 20 objects.
In the Doves, we will be having PE lessons every Monday and Tuesday focussing on our fundamental movement skills of kicking and throwing. 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 Tuesdays in preparation for PE so that your child can take part in the lesson.
Our science topic will be plants. We will learn the names of different flowers and will learn to label the different parts of a flower. We will observe the growth of different plants in class and identify different plants in the school's outdoor areas.
Our Spring 2 theme is People who help us. We will be learning all about Florence Nightingale and the work that she did. We will also compare hospitals now and in the past.
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.
Themed Learning Overview - People Who Help Us
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.
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/