Welcome to Class 1
Within Class 1, we are supporting the children to become ‘school-ready’; developing their independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity. It’s an exciting time, for children and parents as they enter school life. The children will learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing and creating and communicating. Much of our learning will be play based especially for the reception children.
The children will be learning to read through the Little Wandle Phonics Scheme (there is more information about this on the website). They will have daily sessions where they will be introduced to each sound/phoneme and they will be taught to blend these for reading. You will be made aware of the phonemes your child is learning and where they are within the scheme! Feel free to come in and ask for any further details. Children will be encouraged to read daily at home, and they will bring home reading books and have a reading record which we would like you to complete. Your child will also bring home a library book for shared enjoyment which will be changed weekly usually on a Friday.
How to help your child with reading.
Read read read…. Read to your child and encourage them to read to you. Read anything and everything, not just the reading scheme books. Real books, with pictures, rhyme and enjoyable stories are crucial here. Try to encourage your child to talk about the pictures, or to make predictions about what will happen next. It’s most important for your child to enjoy reading above all, so try to relax, and stop when either of you begins to feel pressured or anxious.
In class 1 we have home school diaries. I will send things home for your children to do or I may just make a comment on something your child has been working on that week. I encourage you to write in the books informing me about anything your child has done, said or any experiences they may have had. You may include photos and I encourage children to write or draw in them too. This book is a two-way communication, and it really helps if you have written in the book as it can be a starting point for conversations within school.
In Class 1, we have a different topic each half term which links many of our activities and learning.
- Autumn 1 - All about me
- Autumn 2 - Celebrations
- Spring 1 - Amazing Animals
- Spring 2 - What I want to be
- Summer 1 - Plants
- Summer 2 - Bear Hunt
- Rhymes and Songs
Rhymes learnt in Reception
Here are some of the rhymes and songs which we learn in Reception. There is lots of research about the importance of repeating songs and rhymes to develop language skills. Have a look at the links for the rhymes and songs below and practice them at home with your child - it's lots of fun and they are learning at the same time!
- The Animal Fair The animal fair - BBC Teach
- The Animals went in Two by Two The animals went in two by two - BBC Teach
- 5 Little Ducks Five little ducks went swimming one day - BBC Teach
- 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer Five little men in a flying saucer - BBC Teach
- 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Five little monkeys jumping on the bed - BBC Teach
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Heads, shoulders, knees and toes - BBC Teach
- 5 Little Speckled Frogs Five little speckled frogs - BBC Teach
- If You’re Happy and You Know It If you're happy and you know it - BBC Teach
- A Sailor went to Sea A sailor went to sea, sea, sea - BBC Teach
- Ten in a Bed Ten in the bed - BBC Teach
- 10 Green Bottles Ten green bottles - BBC Teach