Wow Cards - Suggested area of learning for this week - Technology.
Have the children been helping at home with any household appliances? Do they help you to program the washing machine? Do they have any toys with programmable instructions? Do they use cameras, ipads etc to take photo's or can they use devices to play music? Any Wow moments to do with technology around the home - let us know.
Thank you to those of you who have brought in Wow cards so far. It has been lovely reading everybody's fantastic achievements.
Week commencing 8.10.18
This week we are continuing our People Who Help Us topic. After our paramedic visit and Fire station visit we shall be discussing different occupations such as doctors, nurses, policemen and women, fire fighters and lots more. We shall talk about what they do to help us and what their jobs entail. We shall set up a Dr's surgery inside and a Fire Station outside. We may even have our own crime to solve! In Phonics we shall be learning the sounds g,o,c,k and in Maths we shall be continuing to look at the number 2, thinking about one more and one less, number order and different representations of two.
Before half term we will be sending home letter fans to help the children learn the new sounds they have been taught so far. I will also send home a copy of the rhymes that go with each letter. We will be holding a Phonics session for parents in the near future but if anyone has any questions about Phonics and how to help your children at home, please don't hesitate to ask.
Week commencing 1.10.18
This week is a very busy week. It is Art week and the whole school is going to be looking at the work of Kandinski. We shall be looking at shape, colour and creating art to music. It is also the start of our new topic 'People Who Help Us'. To introduce this we have a visit from a Paramedic and a trip to the Fire Station. Finally on Thursday we also have a trip to Uppingham Theatre to see How to hide a Lion. A fun filled week!!
In Phonics this week we will learning the sounds i,n, m and d.
In maths we are looking at the number 2.
Wow Cards - Suggested learning area for this week.
Number - Have the children been talking about numbers at home. Can they pick out and recognise numerals around the house or when you're out and about? When reading stories do they count items on the page or sing nursery rhymes including numbers? Let us know!
Week commencing 24.9.18
This week is the last week of our How do you do topic. We shall be concentrating on where we live. We will be looking at Oakham and the different places we regularly visit in Oakham. We will be looking at maps of Rutland and Great Britain. We shall be programming BeeBots to find their way around maps we have made and making our own street scene. This week we are also starting our Phonics sessions. We will be looking at a new letter a day. This week is s, a, t and p.
Thank you to everybody who has been reading at home. We will read at least once a week with the children and change books once a week. However if you feel your child is ready for a new book sooner please feel free to swap books when you drop off in the morning, making sure you write the new book in the reading diaries.
Thank you also to those who have returned WOW cards. It has been lovely sharing the children's achievements.
Wow Cards - Wow cards will be going into book bags on Thursday. This weeks area of learning will be:
Reading - Have the children been enjoying books at home. Maybe they have been sharing books with a brother or sister - fiction or information books. Maybe they have been re-telling some of the stories they have heard at school or making up stories of their own. Any WOW moments - let us know!
Apologies for not adding this weeks learning. I have had a few technical difficulties!
Week commencing 10.9.18
This week as part of our How do you do topic we will be reading You be You by Linda Kranz. It has a lovely message all about being you in a sea full of fish! We will be talking about our favourite things, our families and what makes us special. In maths we will be concentrating on pattern and making our own repeating patterns in lots of different ways. We will be playing circle games in PE and will hopefully join the rest of the school on the playground at lunchtime.
Week commencing 3.9.18
The children were fantastic last week and seemed to settle in really well to school life. This week will be similar to last Thursday and Friday, introducing new routines and getting used to the classroom and the school. We will be taking small groups on a school tour and showing them important areas such as the dinner hall, playgrounds and toilets. We will be doing some activities in the main hall such as circle games and action songs. As part of our topic How do you do we will be painting our portraits using mirrors and counting how many letters in our names. If there are still goody bags to share we will be sharing those with the class too.
Year 1-6 are having a Meet the Teacher session on Thursday 6th. Although I have already met most of you, you are very welcome to stay for a while on Thursday after you pick the children up at 1pm to ask any questions or would like to chat about anything at all.
Week commencing 30.8.18
Our key learning this week:
Welcome to Early Years! We hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and is looking forward to starting school. For the first week or so we will concentrate on settling the children in to school and getting them used to routines and the structure of the day. There will be lots of familiar activities, painting, drawing, building and role play. We will be reading lots of stories and giving the children the oppotunity to share what they got up to over the summer.
A reminder that Thursday 30th and Friday 31st will be a 12pm finish and the week commencing the 3/9/18 will be a 1pm finish.
Thursday 30th August: School Starts
Monday 10th September: Reception class - 8.45-3.15pm (Full day)
Thursday 13th September: Whole School Mass at ST Joseph's @ 9.30am
Tuesday 2nd October: Mass in school @ 9.30am
Friday 5th October: Photographer in school
Saturday 6th October: Open Morning - 10-12 noon.
Wednesday 10th October: 10-12 noon
Friday 12th October: last day of term and Harvest Liturgy and coffee morning - 9.45am
Must do at home, please: (reviewed termly)
You may want to look at these sites/information in order to help when you are looking at the letters/sounds with your child.
For help with sound pronunciation-
To help with letter formation, this is a list of the letters and the rhyme to go with each as your child forms the letter.
Additional ways to support your child:
Read Write Inc.
We use the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. at English Martrys. This PowerPoint presentation explains how it works.
Please click here for worksheets to help with formation of letters to practice with your child at home.
Early learning goals
Early learning goals information for parents can be found here.
As many of you are aware we are currently using the Maths Mastery approach when teaching Numeracy in Early Years and we thought it might be helpful to show you a short lesson that demonstrates some of the techniques and strategies we use when teaching Numeracy to the children. Although this particular lesson was filmed last year with the current Year 1 children it is a good example of a typical maths lesson. If any of you would like to find out more about Maths Mastery, we will be running a short workshop towards the end of January - (dates to follow).
The password to view the video is Oakham.