Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas break spending time with your family and friends. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy 2017.
We are all set and ready for the Spring Term ahead with a topic that will explore fairy tales, dragons and castles. We will be using the children's ideas and interests as we plan our ideas and activities for the term ahead. We will be fine tuning our key skills in phonics, reading, writing and maths in order to continue to make progression towards the Early Learning Goals. We often find that the Spring Term is a time when the children consolidate and rehearse the learning from the Autumn term and begin to apply their knowledge and understanding. Everything begins to make sense!
The children have all been assessed with regard to their reading stage. We ensure that the children are sent home with appropriate texts that help your child consolidate reading skills. Please encourage your child to share their books with an adult at home and make a brief note in your child's reading dairy to explain how your child has read. We find that those children who have support with phonics and reading at home make rapid progress. We really appreciate your support with reading and phonics.
The children have all brought home a Phase 2 phonics fan along with a letter to explain how you can use it at home to support blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. Please use this daily as a way of consolidating our work in school. We have noticed a huge surge in progress with those children who read regularly at home. Thank you so much for your support; you play a vital part in ensuring the children have a regular opportunity to rehearse and consolidate phonic and reading knowledge. In early January we will send home a Phase 3 phonics fan that will include all the digraphs and a few trigraphs that will be taught over the coming weeks.
Spring Term Dates for your diary:
13th & 15th February: Parents Evening: please sign up for a time that is convenient to you.
Sign up sheets will be available nearer the time.
17th February: School closes 3:15pm
27th February: INSET day: children not in school
24th March: Reception Class Mothers Day Assembly @ 9:10 followed by tea party for mums, Nanas and Grandmas until approx. 10:15am
31st March: Break up for Easter
Once a week a 'Mystery Reader’ comes into school and has the opportunity to read their own story to the children. The 'Mystery Reader’ can be anybody: a parent, a grandparent, auntie, uncle... The idea is that nobody knows (except us grown ups!) who the 'Mystery Reader' is!
To become a 'Mystery Reader’ please sign up 'discretely' for a convenient slot (see the list on Rainbow Doors in classroom). Please arrive at school ready to read your chosen story at 2:45pm and envisage the session lasting approximately 10-15 minutes. We start to get ready for home time at around 3:00pm
Younger siblings of the 'Mystery Reader’ are very welcome to join in and listen to the story!
Mystery Reader Dates: all @ 2:45pm-3:00pm
Monday 16th January
Wednesday 25th January
Thursday 2nd February
Tuesday 7th February
Tuesday 14th February
Thursday 2nd March
Wednesday 8th March
Monday 13th March
Tuesday 21st March
Thursday 30th March
Many thanks for your continued support and please come and speak to me if you have any concerns.
Miss R Pengelly
All the staff in Reception have had basic first aid training in how to treat somebody who is choking, how to administer CPR and how to use the defibrillator. We had the pleasure of learning directly from Millie's mum who is a true inspiration to us all.
Welly Wednesday: At Lindow we are so lucky to have a beautiful outdoor setting and we take advantage of this every Wednesday afternoon when the Reception children get their wellies on and venture outside to explore! We go out whatever the weather and enjoy a range of activities from all areas of the Early Years curriculum. The children really look forward to our Welly walks and it gives the children chance to explore, create, work with friends, problem solve, experience nature and observe the weather.
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