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Autumn 2 2020

Welcome to the second half of the Autumn term.  It has been lovely getting to know your children over the last half term.  They have all settled so well and adapted to our routines brilliantly.  They are a lovely group of children and, already, we have seen a huge change in them.  They are becoming much more independent and resilient and they are really starting to take charge of their learning.  Almost all of the children can now put their coats and wellies on by themselves and many of them are now able to zip coats up.  Thank you for practicing this with them at home.  We will be starting to get changed for PE this half term.  We have already had a go at taking sweatshirts off and putting them back on and many of the children can do this independently.  Please continue to practice this with them at home and give them lots of opportunities to dress and undress themselves independently (showing them how rather than doing it for them).    

Now that the children have all settled and learned our rules and routines we will be starting to do some more focused activities with them.  Our timetable has changed slightly (you will find a copy below).  Each day starts with name writing practice and fine motor activities, followed by some finger gym.  We are currently using 'Crocodile Snap' as our finger gym activity.  This is an activity to encourage the correct tripod grip when holding pencils/pens.  Your children may have come home singing the song to you.  If you would like to have a listen you can find the song on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N6kPcQSSsEY.

We then move on to phonics.  The children are really enjoying using Bug Phonics.  Thank you to all of you for logging in and reading books with your children.  I know a few of you have had some technical difficulties but almost all of the children are now reading books with you all every day which is fantastic.  If any of you are still having difficulties with Bug Phonics please come and speak to us.  

After phonics the children are put into two groups - penguins and polar bears.  One group works on 'sound of the day' where they practice the sound that we have learned that day and have a go at writing.  The other group works on a creative or understanding of the world activity.  There are opportunities for child initiated learning whilst not working with an adult.  On Fridays the two groups are split again for ICT and fine motor/name writing activities.  After playtime the children then swap so they have done both a sound of the day and a creative/understanding of the world activity.  

After lunch we do our number of the week work (apart from Wednesdays where we have a physical development focus for the whole afternoon).  After an introduction from the teacher we allow the children to move around different areas for more child initiated learning.  The adults each work on a different activity to practice the maths skills being taught that week. 

Finally it is time for a story and home time.  

 

 

 

 

8.45

9.00

9.20

10.15-10.45

10.45-11.45

12.00-1.00

1-2.30

2.30-3.00

Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical activities (name writing, cutting, fine motor)

PHONICS

Sound of the day - Penguins

Jigsaw – Polar Bears

 

Speech/Language Link

Play

 

Sound of the day – Polar Bears

Jigsaw – Penguins

 

Speech/Language Link

LUNCH

Number of the week

Woods

Discovery

Creative

Sycamore

 

 

 

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Tuesday

Sound of the day -  Penguins

 

Creative -  Polar Bears 

Play

 

Sound of the day -  Polar Bears

 

Creative -   Penguins 

Number of the week

Field

Discovery

Creative

Willow

Wednesday

Sound of the day -  Penguins

 

UW-  Polar Bears 

Speech/Language Link

Play

 

Sound of the day -  Polar Bears

 

UW -  Penguins

Speech/Language Link

 

 

Fine Motor/ cutting skills

 

 

 

 

PE

Thursday

Sound of the day  -  Penguins

 

Creative (music & outside) -  Polar Bears 

Play

 

Sound of the day -  Polar Bears

 

Creative (music & outside) -  Penguins

Number of the week

Woods

Discovery

Creative

Sycamore

Friday

ICT -  Penguins

 

Name writing practice & finger gym -  Polar Bears

 

Speech/Language Link

Play

 

ICT -  Polar Bears

 

Name writing practice & finger gym -  Penguins)

 

Speech/Language Link

Number of the week

Field

Discovery

Creative

Willow

 

Please find below a general overview of some of the things that we will be learning in school over the next half term.

 

Autumn 2 2020 – Reception Overview

Week & theme

Phonics

Number

PSHE

Music

ICT

PE

Week 1

2nd Nov

Autumn

Phase 2 – g, o, c, k

Number of the day - 5

Our responsibilities

Growth & Change - Winter

2 Paint - Splat

Monkey Business – focus on movement

Week 2

9th Nov

Nursery rhymes

Phase 2 – ck, e, u, r

Number of the day - 5

What I am good at

Growth & Change - Storm

2 Paint -patterns

Week 3

16th Nov

Nursery rhymes

Phase 2 – h, b, ff, ll, ss

Number of the day – recap of numbers to 5

I’m Special, I’m Me

Growth & Change - Caterpillar

2 Paint – winter pictures

Week 4

23rd Nov

My family

Revision of phase 2

Number of the day - 6

Families

Growth & Change – Water, water everywhere

2 Paint - names

Journey to the Blue Planet – focus on movement

Week 5

Winter

Phase 3 –  j, v, w, x

Number of the day - 7

Houses and homes

Growth & Change -  The special drum

2 Paint - Snowflakes

Week 6

Christmas

Phase 3 – y, z, zz, qu

Number of the day - 8

Making friends

Christmas songs

Bee Bots

Week 7

Christmas

Revision of phase 2/3

Review of numbers to 8

Standing up for yourself

Christmas songs

Bee Bots

 

In Reception our planning is very much led by the children and is, therefore, subject to change at short notice.  There are also lots of opportunities for child initiated learning which covers all aspects of our curriculum. 

 

Autumn 2020

 

Welcome to the first term at Tylers Green First School.  Starting school is an exciting time for children and their parents but it can also be a worrying time, particularly in the current climate.  We spend much of this term getting to know each other before thinking about our ‘next steps’.  We have a slightly longer induction period this year to ease the children into school more gradually after missing part of last year at nursery.  This enables us to get to know the children on a more individual basis and allows us to get to know you, their parents, which is really important to us as we will be working closely with you over the coming year.    

Children typically make lots of progress during the Reception year – we will learn to read and write as well as count, add and subtract and learn lots about the world around us.  We plan our curriculum based on the childrens interests so it changes every year.  Already we know that we have lots of dinosaur and car enthusiasts but Paw Patrol continues to be popular.  I’m sure we will hear about lots more interests over the coming weeks.  The Reception year is a busy year but, hopefully, a really fun one for your child (and you). 

We do encourage the children to be as independent as possible and we will be practicing doing things for ourselves. Parents can support this by encouraging their child to practice how to put on wellies and shoes, zip up coats and turn sleeves the right way through and to use the toilet and wash their hands independently. We will also be practicing how to write our names using correct letter formation. 

This is our first term at 'Big School' and it is important that children feel happy and secure. Please do come and speak to your child's class teacher if you have any questions or queries.

 

Timetable - Autumn 2020

 

9.00

9.20

 

9.40

10.30-11.00

11.00-12.00

12.00-1.00

1-2.30

2.30-3.00

Monday

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PHONICS

Sound of the day – input by teacher (teachers &TA’s to work with small groups writing CVC’s for each sound)

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Number of the week – input by teacher (teachers & TA’s to work with small groups on number based activities)

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Registration

Baseline Assessments/child initiated learning

  • Use printed resources to assess individual children.  All staff to focus on baseline assessments & support others with child initiated learning.   
  • All children engaged in child initiated learning in all FSU spaces (one outside space open on alternate weeks). 

 

 

 

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Tuesday

Sound of the day – input by teacher (teachers &TA’s to work with small groups writing CVC’s for each sound)

Number of the week – input by teacher (teachers & TA’s to work with small groups on number based activities)

Wednesday

Sound of the day – input by teacher (teachers &TA’s to work with small groups writing CVC’s for each sound)

Number of the week – input by teacher (teachers & TA’s to work with small groups on number based activities)

 

PE

 

 

Music /Jigsaw

Thursday

Sound of the day – input by teacher (teachers &TA’s to work with small groups writing CVC’s for each sound)

Number of the week – input by teacher (teachers & TA’s to work with small groups on number based activities)

Registration

Baseline Assessments/child initiated learning

  • Use printed resources to assess individual children.  All staff to focus on baseline assessments & support others with child initiated learning.   
  • All children engaged in child initiated learning in all FSU spaces (one outside space open on alternate weeks). 

Friday

Name writing practice & finger gym 

 

ICT 

Name writing practice & finger gym 

 

ICT

Registration/physical - the first job of the morning is some physical exercise!  We will start with some fine motor exercises and name writing practice while the children are coming in and putting their things away.  Once everyone is in the classroom we will move outside (weather permitting) for some gross motor exercises.  We will be focusing on balance and coordination and waking our brains up ready for a day of learning.  

Phonics - we will begin with a recap of Phase 1 phonics which focuses on sound discrimination i.e. being able to tell the difference between a plane and a car, counting how many beats of the drum we can hear etc.  We will then move on to Phase 2 using Bug Phonics.  Each week we will introduce a set of sounds and sometimes tricky words too (words that can't be sounded out phonetically).  Once we have introduced the sounds we will allocate some tasks and reading books for your child.  Most children will need a lot of support to read the books to begin with but with daily practice they will start to get the hang of blending to read words.  

Sound of the day - during phonics the children will be introduced to a new sound (letter).  We then practice writing that sound in a workbook and we have a go at listening for the three sounds in a word beginning with that letter.  For example, when learning about 's' we will ask the children which three sounds they can hear in the word sun.  They then have a go at writing the word sun.  There will be a huge range of children in Reception and we will teach this depending on their level.  Some children will struggle with holding a pencil and we will give them large paper to write on or we will go outside and use chalk or paint.  Some children will be able to hold a pencil but will be unable to hear any sounds in the word.  Some children will be able to hear the sounds but not know how to write them.  A few children may be able to write a word independently.  

Number of the week - we learn about one number each week (sometimes we take two or even three weeks for the really interesting numbers).  We always start by watching the Numberblocks episode to introduce that number.  We then ask the children to have a go at a range of activities based around that number.  For example, when learning about two we may ask the children to show us 2 of something i.e. 2 books, we may talk about pairs and ask the children to sort socks into pairs, we may have a cake shop in the role play area and price everything at 2p or we may go outside and write 2 with chalk or paint.  

Name writing practice and finger gym - children will be practicing how to write their name every day when they come to school.  Each week they will also have a more focused lesson where we look more closely at letter formation and how to hold a pencil effectively.  Children who are not working with the adult will access a range of activities to practice fine motor skills.  

ICT - we bring the laptops into the classroom for the children to use.  This term we will be focusing on teaching the children how to turn on the computer and log on.  We will also be learning how to use the mouse pad to move the mouse and where to click to make choices.  Sometimes we will use Bee Bots (programmable toys) instead of laptops.  

Music - each week the children learn about beat, tempo etc in a 30 minute music lesson.  Initially this is done through singing but we will be introducing percussion instruments as the term goes on.  

Jigsaw - our whole school programme focussing on personal, social and emotional development.  

Weekly newsletters

We will upload a new newsletter each Friday with a recap of the week and highlights of the week ahead.  

Reading & Writing Parents Meeting February 2020

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