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… predicting and inferring…
Learning Top Tip – when you first explore the book it can be fun to try and guess what might happen in the text. Are there any clues in the pictures to suggest what could happen next? Sometimes you can think about a similar personal experience or how you might feel in a situation to help you understand the characters and their motivations.
Writing… spelling common exception words
Learning Top Tip – common exception words are those tricky words that don’t look the way they sound. This can make them hard to decode so they are words we need to know by sight. Each week we send home a couple to practise in our spelling task but remember to look for any little patterns or similarities to other words you know and if they appear in your reading books.
Maths… counting and reading numbers to 100
Learning Top Tip – remember there are lots of different games to play with counting on a 100 square. Crab counting reminds you to count along the rows backwards and forwards (21, 22, 23…). Spider counting reminds you to count up and down the columns (31, 41, 51…). Frog counting reminds you to leap from numbers in multiples (2, 4, 6…). We will send one home for you to explore together!
Phonics… Phase 4 consonant blends.
Learning Top Tip – these blends are when there are two or three consonants at the beginning or end of a word (such as the s-c-r in screw, t-w in twist, or n-k in bank) and they can often prove a little tricky. If you are struggling to blend these consonants try drumming them out with your hands on your knees or the table top as you say them. Build up the speed as you say them until you are comfortable saying them quickly and accurately.
Science – working scientifically, everyday materials, seasonal changes, identifying common garden and wild plants, naming parts of plants
Art –model making, portrait artists, art in nature, observational drawing
DT – building and improving structures (homes) making toys (using mechanisms and including moving parts) design, make, evaluate
Geography – different homes around the world (climates / landscapes habitats) comparing locality to overseas with non-UK locality, studying settlements (surrounding areas of homes), using maps globes and photos
History – changes in living memory (homes / technology) – Inventors (Franklin / Snowdon / Edison)
RE – New Year (around the world / different faiths)
Music – pattern, rhythm and tempo
Computing – programming algorithms
PSHCE – Dreams and Goals
PE – basketball (indoors) team games & skills (outdoor)
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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