Mrs Sonko – Mrs Eyre – Mrs Nunn
Please contact the teachers on the email above if you have any questions.
Journeys Spring Term
This term we will be looking at Journeys. Children will discover and explore about how people and things change and grow. We will look at particular animals and have some in to watch the changes. We will also work on developing a sense of change over time and differentiate between past and present by observing different journeys of growing relating to themselves, animals and plants.
Reading at Home
Your child will bring home two reading books every Friday. One will be a book for you to read and share together, whilst the other will be linked to their phonics. As we are introducing the sounds you will be kept informed of which ones we have been learning. Please record your child’s reading in their reading record at least three times a week. You can also include other books you have been sharing at home.
Please make sure you return your child’s reading books every Friday so they can be changed.
Top Ten Storytimes to Enjoy
This collection of our top 10 tales, often read by the author, are suitable for 3-7-year olds (though older children may enjoy them too). The book covers are include so children can see and CHOOSE what they’d like. Reading for pleasure is about engaging with books or any texts that interest you, so children’s choice is key.
Oxford Owl have free e- books that you can download onto your devices at home.
If you would like to know your child’s reading level for this website, please email me and I can send you the information individually.
Parents can further support their children with their reading through:
Predicting – What do they think this text is about?
Clarify – What new vocabulary have they experienced? Meaning?
Question – What would they still like to know?
Summary – In their words, what is the text about?
In Foundation Stage 2 we will be looking at Letters and Sounds phonics. At the start of the year we focus on Phase 2 and as we learn each phoneme (sound) a sheet will be sent home with your child so you can practise this at home together. This term we will be focusing on phase 3.
Below is a link to the Letters and Sound website we use for home learning videos. This shows the sequence we teach and will also demonstrate the sounds for you.
FLYER – Online Lessons
Phase 2 graphemes:
- Set 1: s, a, t, p.
- Set 2: i, n, m, d.
- Set 3: g, o, c, k.
- Set 4: ck, e, u, r.
- Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss.
Phase 2 Tricky Words:
to, the, I, no, go, into
Phase 3 graphemes:
Set 6: j, v, w, x
Set 7: y, z, zz, qu
Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, th, ng
Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure, er
In school, we share a lot of stories, rhymes and poems. Poetry Basket includes thirty-six videos containing poems with actions for children aged 3 to 6. Performed by MakeBelieve Arts Artistic Director Trisha Lee, these poems include many lesser-known children’s rhymes from anonymous authors.
“If children know eight nursery rhymes by heart, by the time they are four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they are eight.” Mem Fox – Reading Magic
Why not ask your child to teach you one of our Poetry Basket poems, perhaps they can even show you the actions.
Helicopter Stories lets children dictate their stories which are written down verbatim, exactly as they are told, by an adult. The children then act out their stories. Encourage your child to dictate a story and add some simple words and sentences. Please share your stories through Tapestry or the class email.
Alongside the simplicity of this approach is an ethos that is child-centred, creating a culture of curiosity and wonder at the dexterity of children’s imaginings during both the telling and the acting out of their stories.
Some Helpful Tips For Using Helicopter Stories In Your Home:
Helicopter Stories at home
This is a great resource with tutorial videos and activities for Maths. It allows you to watch simple videos and take part in several activities that will help develop your child’s mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.
Please register your child onto this fantastic website and enjoy taking part in the activities. If you haven’t received the details or are experiencing any problems getting started then please let me know.
Why not try yoga with your child to help them to calm down but also to get exercise too. It is a little website called Cosmic Kids yoga and it has several types of yoga based on different stories. For example, the hungry caterpillar, Room on a broom, Frozen. See which story you and your child like the best.