Look at me!
This week will be all about ‘showing off’. Every day the children will have the chance to show off their skills to the rest of the class. These skills could be anything from things they already know, to newly acquired skills. Hopefully this will develop their self-confidence, promote a positive attitude to learning and give everyone a chance to see who they are sharing their class with. We will be exploring what we are all very good at and some of the things we are not so good at.
In Read, Write Inc we will be learning the sounds i, n, p, g and o. We will also be teaching how to blend letters, with a little help from our friends the ‘Alphablocks’.
Maths this week is all about counting − chanting numbers in order up to 10 and then 20, counting items into a set, counting items taken from a larger set, matching a number of items to a numeral, matching written and spoken numerals and being able to count accurately using one-to-one correspondence. Children should also understand conservation of number and be able to count along a number track 1−6.
If your child has access to digital media and you would like to have a look at some maths ‘activities’ together then we will be using 'Number blocks' on the Cbeebies website and ‘The Numtums’ to support their learning. Please take a look!
Do not forget…
The ‘parents meeting’ on Tuesday at 2:45pm - come to the school office and Mrs Harrison will direct you from there.
Harvest Festival at the church on Friday, 9:00am.
If you have a ‘tablet’ of any description and you have not already done so, then please download the Cbeebies apps. There is a Cbeebies play/ play island app and a Cbeebies story app. They are both excellent and meet the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. Have fun!
Where are we?
What a great first week last week was!! Your children were brilliant! They have all settled in wonderfully and it already feels as if they have been part of our school family for ever! Please do not forget that they are still very young and may still become upset occasionally. If this is the case make sure you give them loads of extra cuddles and words of comfort and do not worry – they will ALWAYS been absolutely fine once they are with us in school.
Now the children have settled into school we will start adding in some of the other activities that we do in class. On Monday and Wednesday we will be doing PE. Please make sure that their uniform is named and that they can, at least, have a go at dressing and undressing themselves. Please do not let your child be the scarecrow of the class!!
We will be exploring the school in more detail this week. The children will get to visit all the classrooms and meet all the staff. We will be looking at the classroom and where everything goes and working on our ‘tidying up’ skills!
We will start to learn our letters this week. We will be covering m, a, s, d & t and using them to read some simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words like sat, mat and mad. Alongside a ‘Write dance’ session (pre writing movement activities) we will begin to attempt to write these letters and the letters in our name. Please remember that we use cursive handwriting at Hanley Swan.
In maths we will be counting to 10 and above with correct 1 to 1 correspondence and counting out loud to 10/20 and back.
Every day last week I sat in with the children whilst they ate their lunch. They were great and they all ate most, if not all, of it every day. I will continue to support them in the lunch hall and let individual parents know if there are any issues.
The Home School liaison book will be coming home on Monday. There will not be a reading book in their yet, they will be sent home after we have covered a few sounds in the coming weeks. Although if you do share a book together please do write it in if you would like.
Home liaison book
The ‘Home liaison book’ is for communication between home and school. It can be used in any way that is useful for individual parents. Here is a rough guide to get you started:
When your child brings home a new book we will write the title in the ‘Title’ box. This helps us keep a record of what your child has read (they choose their own books from the appropriate level). If your child reads other books with you at home (please please please make sure you do!!) you are more than welcome to write them in as well, but that is up to you.
The ‘Pages read and comments’ box is for you to note down how far you have got in a book if you have not read it all. You can also add information about things you have noticed whilst sharing the book, e.g. likes, dislikes (this is important so that we can try to encourage them not to pick a similar book again), letters/words they have struggled with, etc.
In the ‘spellings’ box I will write words (later on in the year) that they are finding tricky, you can then look at them at home.
The ‘Home/school message’ box is for you to write any important information in. Changes to who is picking your child up, questions if you do not have time to talk to me in the morning/evening. Any other information about your child that you think will be important to us in school. I will also use this box to write information in if I do not get a chance to speak to you.
The blank box can be used for anything you like…doodle, draw, scribble, colour…
If you have limited time in the evening I would rather you spend an extra 2 minutes cuddling, reading or talking to your child than filling the book in. I hope this helps.
Who are we?
This week we will be settling the children into school life with a strong focus on personal, social and emotional development. There will be a large amount of choice in the activities they do, covering all aspects of the curriculum.
We will also be learning about each other – our names, likes and dislikes, favourite things and the school routine.
On Friday the children will be bringing their first library book home. Please make a big thing about the book and their choice and then enjoy it over the following week. These simple things will make a big difference to their enjoyment and eagerness for reading.
Please remember that your child is still very young and starting school is a very emotional time. If they are feeling uneasy then I am more than happy for them to bring in a small comfort toy to help them settle