Reception Class 2017 - 2018

Mrs Rowson

Reception Class Teacher

Miss Banks

Mrs Hughes

Foundation Stage Teacher

Mrs Higham

Mrs Wilde

HLTA

Welcome to Foundation Stage

On this page you will find out about what we have been learning, finding out and doing.

Reception is a very important year at school and within the year we aim to provide the children with the tools that they need to ensure they have a successful learning journey at Marlborough. The children learn the values that are important to us at both Marlborough and in the wider community, to take responsiblity for their actions, to be tolerant and understanding as well as how to enjoy their learning and work in harmony with others.

We hope you enjoy discovering what life is like at Marlborough. As ever if you have any question please feel free to come in and chat to us after school.

Staff

    
 

The teachers in Foundation Stage are Mrs Rowson, Mrs Higham, Mrs Hughes and Miss Banks.  Mrs Hughes  teaches on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Higham teaches on a Monday and a Tuesday, Mrs Rowson teaches on a Wednesday , Thursday and Friday and Miss Banks teaches on a Thursday and Friday. Miss Tune and Mrs Warburton are the teaching assistants and Mrs Wilde works as a HLTA within the class on alternate Wednesday mornings and alternate Friday afternoons when the teachers have PPA.

 

We got so much out of our Autumn Term activities. Please visit our Gallery page to take a peek at some of our exciting activities.

Spring Term 2018

Wow ! We are amazed at how well our Foundation Stage children have come back into school. They all seem to have grown, are more independant and eager to learn and apply all of their rapidly developing skills. We can't wait to see what adventures unfold in Spring Term.

Dinosaurs!

Our theme for this half term will be Dinosaurs.

Before we broke up for our Christmas holidays we asked the children what they would like to explore next. Dinosaurs was a popular theme and the children were brimming with ideas, prior knowledge and questions that they were keen to explore.

As always, many more ideas and activities evolve from the childrens excitement, interests and ideas that they discover through the topic and also events that happen in the world around them. We will also be exploring Valentines day and Chinese New Year

In Reading, we have all learnt to look after books and have become familiar with illustrations and print. We have loved listening to you retelling stories and are amazed how many of you know your phase 2 tricky words and are using your phase 2 phonics to blend and read words. Keep reading at home it really does make a difference to your child's progress. 

In Phonics we are recapping our knowledge of our phase 2 phonemes and moving into phase 3 diagraphs. We are working really hard blend our phonemes to read words. We can now recognise most of our phase 2 tricky words and are beginning to learn our phase 3 tricky words.

We continue to have a high focus on forming these letters correctly, please practise these whenever you can.

In Maths we are continuing to focus on touch counting acurately and rote counting forwards and backwards with confidence. We are looking closely at numbers to ten and how they can be represented in a variety of ways. Reasoning and problem solving has been introduced and we are incredibly proud of the children's ability to expain why something could represent a certain amount or what we might need to do it to make it represent that amount. We are beginning to estimate different amounts and are introducing simple addition and subtraction problems . We will also be looking at the size and position of objects and 3d shapes.

Please continue to encourage your child to dress and undress independently at home,  including socks, tights, shoes and coats. Encourage little fingers to fasten up their coats, this is fantastic devlopment for the strength needed for writing.

Homework

A key focus throughout the year is reading. The children will usually read in school once a week and we would ideally like them to read to an adult at home every day whenever possible.

In addition to reading, the children have been given a list of high frequency words to learn at home. Please help your child to read these by encouraging them to blend by sounding out the words that are decodable,  for example "b  i  g" and "p  u  t."   There are also "tricky" words, on the list, such as  "the" and "said" and the children should be encouraged to  learn to read these by heart, through little games and tasks, as this will really help to speed up the reading process.

Rainbow Books

Your children have now completed their Rainbow letters book. Please continue to use this book to practise and recap on these important phase 2 phonemes. You may like to use the remaining pages to practise forming your letters or writing words.

Home News Books

A huge focus in Reception is becoming a confident speaker and an attentive listener. This half term children will bring home a home news book on a Friday. This is their book that they can share what they have been doing at home.  They can draw pictures, label them, write sentences stick in tickets, maps or photographs. When supporting your child to write please help them to stretch out and hear the sounds they need to write rather than write the words for them to copy. Please continue to help your child form each letter correctly. Please send in your books each week as at different points in the day we will choose a book and your child will share their work with the rest of their registration group.

 

Useful Websites /Apps to access with your child

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/      This has some lovely games to help support our work on phonics. No need to subscribe click on free phonics play on the far right on the webpage.

www.ictgames.com    There are some lovely games on here to support both Literacy Development and Mathematics.

The Cbeebies website 

Apps 

twinkl 123 count to 20

Forest  phonics

Tricky words

Phonics play

You can read

Useful activities to do with your child at home

Share books and read to your child. Talk about the pictures, characters, events and how they feel about them.

Make the time to intoduce new vocabulary when reading stories, visiting new places or experiencing new things.

Make up stories about toys, objects and journeys.

Encourage your child to spot letters, numbers and shapes in the environment.

Encourage your child to apply their blending skills to read words around them.

Count objects and talk about their size

Play dice games.

I spy

Fruit

During the afternoon each day we have a fruit or vegetable snack, this is a government initiative where children in the infants have a piece of fruit. We call this session "snack and chat" This time provides a lovely opportunity for the children to sit with their peers and reflect upon the day and enjoy a healthy snack.

Each day children require:

A small healthy snack for morning break only.

Reading books and diaries.

A coat  (even when its not raining as we often go to the woods where it is colder)

A pair of wellies (to be left in school)

P.E. Kit (to be left in school) these will be sent home for washing at the end of each half term. Please also put a pair of socks and spare underwear in the bag in case of your child having an accident or getting wet playing in the playground.

If your child borrows any spare clothing from us then please return it ASAP because we have a limited supply.

A water bottle with a sports style top to reduce spills (containing water only please)

Useful information

Below  are two videos that cover all the phonemes we are learning in class.  The first covers the initial sounds that your child will be starting to become familiar with during the Autumn term. The second is the Phase 3 sounds which are made up of two letters (we call these diagraphs).

Your child may enjoy teaching you the actions for each letter. The actions and songs really help the children to remember the letters and sounds so please practice these with your child.

 

 

 

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