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Acorn Class

Class Teachers

Mrs Howard

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Bailes

 

 

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spring display

 

welsome display board

 

parachute play

 

chicks

 

Eggs and Shells

 

Eggs and Shells

 

nowmen display

 

acorn baking

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2017

 

Dear Parents,

            Welcome to Autumn term one in Acorn Class.  We are very much looking forward to sharing the start of your child’s learning journey in Reception at Benington.  The curriculum is designed to link themes and topics, to encourage the development of the children's independence, communication and skills through play and guidance in an atmosphere of enjoyment and challenge.  This half term we will focus on: Ourselves, Autumn, Creation (God) and Harvest.  Through these areas the children will begin to develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

There are a few details to mention:

Phonics

Each day your child will be taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children.  Each day your child will learn a new phoneme (sound) and will begin applying their phonic knowledge when reading a range of texts and also applying their knowledge when writing for different purposes.

Reading Books

We aim to hear your child read individually at least once a week in school.  Every child must have a clearly labelled book bag in school.  We will send home books to share with your child and they will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  At this stage it is expected that your child is read to each night in order to develop their language and imagination skills.  You will find a Reading Record book in your child’s book bag in which you should write comments to let us know how your child is enjoying the book. As the children progress we will send home reading books that encourage the children to read to you and develop their skills appropriately.
Acorn Class will also host a parent reading morning from 8.45-9.00am every Thursday morning beginning Thursday 14th September

Homework

In a few weeks, the children will begin receiving homework.  They will be given a high frequency (tricky word) book that targets words taught in class.  The children will be expected to learn five high frequency words per week and they will be asked to read them to an adult every Friday.  If your child learns the first five words they will given another five and will be required to read ten words and so it continues throughout the year.  This will ensure your child has a bank of tricky words that they can read and recognise by sight.  In addition to this, every week they will receive either a Literacy task or a Mathematical task to complete.  These will alternate each week.

 

Physical Education (PE)

Our PE days are on Tuesdays (with Rising Stars coaches) and Thursdays (with Mrs Garlick).  We also encourage outdoor activities everyday, so please ensure that your child has a suitable coat and shoes for the time of year.

Parent and Teacher consultations

Within the next few weeks we will begin conducting parent and teacher consultations.  The monitoring and assessment of all children is an on-going day-to-day process.  However, within the next few weeks we will begin focusing on four children in depth per week.  We will take video narratives and analyse their interests, next steps in learning and characteristics of effective learning.  During that week we will have a progress meeting with parents at a convenient time and the children will be able to bring in special items to share with their class.

Other general reminders

Clothing, bags and other belongings should be clearly named.  Please ensure your child has a clearly named water bottle with them everyday.

 

If you have any concerns or queries about your child's progress or well being, please do not hesitate to come and contact us. We are available each day for brief comments about your child's welfare but any longer meetings should be arranged through the office.

 

Mrs Garlick & Miss Jordan

 

 

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