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::
- Write a story in the style of 'Zog' in our fantasy story unit.
- Look at, and create our own, fact leaflet.
- Investigate poems on a theme.
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.
Whilst we are learning from home you can access additional books using the Oxford Owl website. This is a free website with books that are from the same scheme as to one we use in school. Please ensure you select the correct book band for your child. This can be found on the back of their reading book.
In our maths lessons we will be:
- looking at, and sequencing, time
- learning all about money
- learning how to multiply numbers
- learning all about fractions. This half term we will be looking at halves.
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 materials. We will learn the names of different materials and discuss their properties. We will also complete an investigation into which materials would be best for a roof, identifying which materials are waterproof.
Our Spring 1 theme is Home, Sweet Home. We will be looking at our local area and making maps.
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 - Home Sweet Home
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/