This half term the weather has got colder but this hasn’t stopped Reception enjoying our outdoor area. The children are using the outdoor space incredibly well and are developing their physical, imaginative, speaking, listening and social skills whilst they play.
Children have been working hard on developing their fine motor skills. They have been busy building models in the DT area, using tweezers to pick up small objects and threading using beads and pipe cleaners. Furthermore, the children have been working extremely hard using a pencil. Cursive letter formation is being taught and children are encouraged to write in all areas of the classroom. Handwriting using shaving foam, sand, play dough and glass beads has been enjoyed by the whole class and will continue through the spring term. The children are growing in confidence when writing simple words and sentences and are working hard on segmenting a word in order to spell.
Children are now reading on a daily basis. They are developing their blending skills in order to read simple words and sentences. Reading books will continue to be sent home. Please return your child’s reading book as soon as you have read it at home with your child and we can send the next book. Thank you for your continued support.
In maths, we have now looked at all the numbers from one to ten. The children have really enjoyed exploring numbers practically, using musical instruments and exploring and finding different ways to make a number using Numicon i.e 6+3+1=10. The children are developing their 1:1 counting skills and continued support at home would be much appreciated.
We have had two fantastic student teachers work in reception this half term. The children developed super relationships with them and will be sad to see them go now their placement is over. We wish them the best of luck in their teaching careers.
We are introducing a new way to communicate with parents/carers in January, this is called ‘Parent Share’. It is an online system and enables us to share observations with you. In addition, you can send photos and video observations of your child to us and this will enable us to achieve a well rounded picture of each individual child. Star moments will still be another way to share achievements.
Children have made super progress this half term. We look forward to helping them grow and develop in Spring term.
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.