Thorncombe Class Teacher
Watton Class Teacher
Our team comprises of Mrs Matthews (teacher in Watton), Miss Kingston (teacher in Thorncombe), Mrs Campbell (TLA) and Mrs Ramsden (TLA).
What we will be learning across the curriculum (Watton)…
Phonics (letters & sounds) – As your children become more settled in school we begin introducing ‘Read, Wrtie Inc’. Through this literacy programme, your child will be taught a weekly set of sounds that they will become familiar with in preparation for reading and writing.
Reading –Share the book, talk about the pictures and see if your child can recognise any of the letter sounds. It is a time to enjoy looking at a book together, don’t worry if they are not ready to ‘read’. We know that many of you already enjoy reading time with your child – enjoying stories tales and poems! Reading is very much the root of and route to learning
Writing – In school we encourage the children to write their name and use the letter sounds they have learnt to ‘have a go’. This can be using chalk, shaving foam, water and paint brushes – it does not have to just be on paper!
Maths – We will be looking at recognising numbers and counting groups of objects accurately.
What we will be learning across the curriculum (Thorncombe)…
Reading…Decoding words…we must try and recognise the letters and remember the sounds they make.
Learning Top Tip – be careful as you pronounce each sound. Often, we put an ‘u’ sound after a consonant e.g. ‘t’ is pronounced ‘t-u’. If unsure, check out the Oxford Owl Phonics Pronunciation video. (linked on Year 1 page on our website) This aids easier blending of the sounds to make whole words.
Writing…getting ready… Try and remember to take your time to help you form your letters carefully.
Learning Top Tip – we are practising sitting with our back against the chair back, sitting up tall and pinching our pencils. This will make writing easier!
Maths…recognising and ordering numbers, using the language more or less
Learning Top Tip – why not practise counting at home or out and about; there are plenty of things to count! If you took one away, what would you get? How about if you find one more?
Phonics… revisiting letter sounds
Learning Top Tip – while you are reading, why not become a Sound Spotter… can you spot an ‘sh’ as in shell? Did you see that ‘j’ as in jelly? Sounds are everywhere… you could even try spotting sounds you know on shop signs or number plates!
Science – observing seasonal changes / animals (including animals that lay eggs and animal diets) / working scientifically
Art – observational drawings/ colour mixing and painting techniques / pattern, line and shape
DT – building structures/ cooking and nutrition (recipes)
Geography – map skills including bird’s eye view and symbols/ vocabulary
History – castles and settlements compared to now / changes to flight
PE – Weds: (indoor) gymnastics and dance / Fri: (outdoor) ball skills & teamwork
Music – understanding tempo / performance skills
Computing – programming / creating, saving and retrieving files / creating an illustration using programs / changes over time and uses for technology today
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current EYFS learning letter.
Home Learning ideas – Encourage independence: Encourage your child to start getting dressed by themselves or enter the classroom without you. We have WOW cheques in school to celebrate what your child does at home… anything from brushing their teeth by themselves – to challenging themselves to do something new.
READING – It is important that your child reads regularly. Please sign their reading record book and if appropriate make a comment. Remember, if a child reads four times at home and it is noted in their reading diary they will get a RALF sticker. Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag and bought to school every day.
WOW cheques – Please collect additional WOW cheques from the WOW board in your child’s class to celebrate what your child does at home… anything from brushing their teeth by themselves – to challenging themselves to do something new.
- Self-registering – Please encourage your child to be more independent and responsible when they arrive at school by saying your goodbyes outside. Learning activities now take place as soon as they arrive and it is important the children settle down to them quickly. Encourage your child to find their picture with their name on it when they arrive in the morning. They self-register by sticking their picture onto a number on the sea-life spaces.
- Book Bags – All letters are placed inside book bags so please check them regularly. If your child does not have a book bag, letters will be paced in their tray.
- Drinks and Fruit – Children have access to water throughout the day and fresh fruit at breaktime.
- Lunches – If your child has a packed lunch, please ensure it contains healthy options. We are nut-free school so please ensure your child’s lunch does not contain any foods that contain nuts, including chocolate spread.
- PE – Will be on Fridays. Please ensure your child has their coloured t-shirt and shorts in school. Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labeled to help with identification. Please ensure your child has their coloured t-shirt and shorts in school on a Monday.
- Reading books – Please ensure your child’s reading book is in their book bag and bought to school every day.
- SUN SAFETY– Please send your child to school with a sun hat, we spend a lot of time outside and we want to protect your children from the sun. Please also apply sun cream before they come to school for added protection.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.
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