Thank you for looking at our class web-page. This page will let you know what we are learning about each half-term, contain suggestions for helping learning at home, and display photos and children's work so you can see what we have been up to!
Our topic this half-term is "Traditional Tales", which are stories that have been told and re-told for many years and, consequently, become a story that almost everybody knows, for example, Goldilocks or Jack and the Beanstalk. This topic is fantastic for developing story telling/writing skills and our big question throughout the topic is "Can you tell me a good story?". We again start with a 'Talking Tub' of provocations to identify existing knowledge and questions children hold and then use a class floorbook to plan and document our learning. The topic is enriched through several experiences, including visits from story-tellers and a lovely walk to our local deep, dark woods where we might bump into some characters! Our BLP skill focus looks at our imagination and also in developing reciprocity skills: building on our ability to empathise with characters in the stories and collaborate with others when building up narratives in our role play. Click on the 'Traditional Tales overview' link below for more detail of this exciting half-term.
Homework in reception is explained in a link in the homework section below. Some other ideas for continuing your child's learning and enjoyment of this specific topic at home include: reading lots of traditional tales at home with your child to build up their story and vocabulary knowledge (there is a huge repository of free traditional tales on the website 'Storynory' if you'd like to listen too!), and encouraging them to talk about what they have read through asking plenty of questions to help develop comprehension (finding information e.g. what did Cinderella leave at the ball?, inference questions e.g. how can you tell the ugly sisters don't like Cinderella?, and also deductive questions e.g. how do you think Cinderella feels about being left at home?). Espresso also has a free interactive traditional tales module with stories, videos and activities to play at home:
P.E. days this term have changed as we will have a specialist coach for both sessions - they will now be on Wednesdays and Thursdays so please make sure P.E. kits are left on pegs for these days.
Please make sure your child remembers to bring their zip wallet (which contains their school reading book and home-school achievement file) to school every day so they have the opportunity to read with an adult. These will be taken in on Mondays and Fridays so we can change reading books and read any comments you have written. If you would like a new book earlier than this, then please feel free to come into class before or after school and choose one with your child.
Keep looking on our class page to see photos of this year's children learning and having fun in class 1. There are also links to see last year's children's learning as an example of the year ahead.
Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to feel free to come and see me before or after school.
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